It’s time to drop your buffs, for we now have reached the halfway level of the sport–the merge! This episode the contestants are tempted with meals, but with there being six Champions and six Contenders remaining, the starvation for energy is the actual story.
As Janine says, probably the most thrilling a part of the merge is the fact that the sport resets and the positioning of the players have to be reevaluated consequently. With even sides, we see contestants battle towards their want to remove threats inside their own alliances versus retaining their numbers. Regardless that the vote was unanimous on this episode, there was a whole lot of social and strategic manoeuvring happening, with many gamers on the brink of strike at the most opportune second.
We kick off the episode with the primary individual Reward Problem of the season. The winner receives a big mystery crate. It’s a basic Survivor challenge of endurance the place the contestants should hold a heavy sandbag over their heads. There are a selection of rewards on supply to tempt the contestants into dropping, beginning with chocolate biscuits, a telephone call house, beef tacos, a Mexican parmigiana, alcohol, an entire cake and, in fact, an advantage for the subsequent Immunity Challenge. Nearly all of gamers pounce at the alternative to take these rewards until only three are left standing: Daisy, David, and Simon. All three refuse to step down for a pizza, a whole chocolate cake, and the Immunity Problem advantage.
In the long run, Daisy wins the first particular person problem, and along with it, the mysterious crate that Jonathan says will set her up for the remainder of the game. The caveat is that Daisy must enjoy the contents of the crate away from the camp on her personal. Contained in the box are all of the rewards that have been on supply in the course of the challenge–the whole lot from the chocolate biscuits to the challenge benefit. Above all, nestled in the corner of the crate underneath a picket field is a Hidden Immunity Idol. It wasn’t probably the most troublesome place on the planet to cover an idol, but when somebody have been to be so consumed in the excessive meals and the feelings of talking to a liked one, it might be easily missed.
Upon arriving back from the reward, Daisy is met by all of the contestants eagerly awaiting news of what was within the crate. Unsurprisingly, regardless that Daisy tells the reality, David doesn’t buy anything that she says and as an alternative believes that she found an idol contained in the box and nothing else. This spurs him to provide you with a plan to make Daisy as paranoid as potential and flush her idol on the subsequent Tribal Council.
With all the reward shenanigans out of the best way, let’s speak about where everybody stands before heading into Tribal. There are six players that the narrative focuses on this episode: David, Janine, Pia, Daisy, Shaun, and Andy. With the Champions and Contenders tied with six numbers on both sides, the primary query that must be answered is, do you flip in your alliance and take out anyone you don’t belief or persist with your alliance and pressure a tie? No one needs to budge and provides the other aspect the numerical advantage, however with David and Daisy each in possession of an Immunity Idol, both factions have alternatives to leverage their power and drive a flip.
NEW TRIBE, SAME DAVID
David wastes no time in reclaiming his place because the leader of the Champions. As soon because the tribe arrives again to camp from the Reward Challenge, it turns into instantly evident that previous tribal strains are nonetheless alive and kicking. David takes management of the Champions (minus Luke) by bringing them collectively and debriefing them on the events that happened in the course of the tribe swap. They reaffirm their strategy to stay Champions robust and David positions Shaun as the primary target with Daisy because the backup. Shaun & Daisy are seen as the most important energy couple over on the Contenders aspect and are also robust problem threats.
If there is a flaw in David’s recreation, it’s his unapologetic want to be in management always. He makes no concerted effort to make his alliance feel like they have any vital input in the strategic selections which might be being made, and it has made him a goal for a while now. To be truthful, he has been enjoying from the underside for therefore lengthy that he should find himself in a Survivor cruise management with no option to decelerate and ease up his depth. Nevertheless, it’s essential to notice, for the majority of the episode, David is enjoying beneath the idea that Daisy has an idol. With that in thoughts, as soon as Shaun wins the Immunity Challenge, David believes Daisy is nearly as good as protected, thus prompting him to shift his goal to Andy. This is primarily because David is resentful over the truth that Andy was the rationale why Luke and himself used their idols. Regardless that this plan isn’t met with much disagreement, David’s egotistical want to name the photographs is rubbing individuals the incorrect means.
David and Luke make their method around the Champions and Contenders, telling them that Andy is now the one that might be going residence. Heading into Tribal Council, David is as assured as ever that Daisy will flush her idol along with Andy being voted out. In contrast to with the Contenders, the Champions are assured of their potential to get the numbers on their aspect and get the Contenders to flip on Andy.
THE CONTENDER POWER COUPLE
With regards to Daisy and Shaun, their want to focus on David is certainly mutual. The pair are made conscious by Harry that they’re the highest two targets in the recreation as they’re seen as the strongest energy couple. Shaun and David have had an ongoing rivalry for a number of weeks now, and since Shaun stands out because the perceived chief of the Contenders, the goal is aimed in the direction of David. This rivalry only intensifies this episode with Shaun being incensed by the audacity of David and Luke to imagine that they’ll be a part of them in voting Andy out of the game. With Daisy and Shaun profitable the primary two particular person challenges of the post-merge, along with an Idol in their possession, they have undoubtedly reaffirmed their standing as threats in the recreation.
Nevertheless, with Shaun profitable the primary Immunity Challenge, the most important question they face is whether Daisy should play her Idol for herself or for Andy, who’s the consensus target amongst each tribes. With the information that Daisy may be a potential target, it turns into a battle towards her own paranoia that may determine whether or not she is going to play the Idol for herself. Shaun throws out the thought of forcing a 6-6 vote tie, but the Contenders are so fractured and unbonded that it will be foolish of them to danger a rock draw for such an unstable alliance. It might sound so easy to play the Idol for Andy and send David house, but with David in Daisy’s ear making her paranoid, then it’s no surprise that she finally plays it for herself.
A LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES
Probably the most compelling narrative of this episode includes the connection between Pia and Janine. The show persistently reminds us that Pia is enjoying arduous, and despite the fact that her recreation has been social and low-key, it has been very calculated. Pia needs David out; she’s been after him since means back before the tribe swap even happened. All of the shenanigans with mendacity about enjoying an Idol for Pia and throwing out her identify as a potential target to Abbey has given David a popularity of being a power-hungry and boastful participant amongst the Champion ladies. Nevertheless, although Pia needs David out, she needs to construct the vote however not be at the forefront of it in such a means that it paints a goal on her again. She discusses several occasions this episode about having shields in the form of Janine, who she needs to be seen as the poster baby of all of the strategic selections.
A self-described “love story for the ages,” the connection between Pia and Janine is truthfully a match made in Survivor heaven. They are the right mixture of social and strategic gameplay and complement each other so properly. I feel what I like most about this pairing is that they aren’t threatened by how good the opposite one is enjoying. In truth, they embrace it. Janine says in her confessional that the other contestants want to observe their backs as a result of Pia has a knife in her hand and is able to backstab everybody. Janine is aware that behind the grins and the laughter Pia is a critical menace. Figuring out your closet ally is capable of mendacity and backstabbing everybody round you is usually a trigger for concern, however Janine is ready to put her ego apart and let Pia shine when she must.
Janine and Pia aren’t threatened by the opposite, and it has been the secret to how they’ve thrived on this recreation collectively.
And E. Coyote
The last word causality of this episode and the victim of a unanimous vote, let’s talk about Andy’s recreation and the way it went fallacious. Together with his used automotive salesman grin and over-enthusiastic method of speaking, nothing seemed to go Andy’s approach this season. He has spoken about enjoying probably the most dominant strategic recreation the Survivor franchise has ever seen, but he as an alternative received a front-row seat to observe gamers like David and Luke present him how the game is meant to be played. Andy tried to vote Daisy out, which didn’t work, he outed Shaun having an idol, which Daisy overheard, he outed Sarah’s plans to vote Daisy out, which Sarah overheard, and he trusted David and thought that they had a superb working relationship when in truth David had zero belief in him.
Nothing Andy did in the recreation worked out in his favour. He was like the Wile E. Coyote of Survivor. The most effective transfer Andy made was telling everyone that David had an Idol as he exited Tribal Council–and he didn’t even do this on objective! Probably the most successful recreation transfer Andy made was a random shot in the dead of night which could have some repercussions within the recreation shifting ahead.
Andy is helpless this episode; he really doesn’t stand much of a chance. By the point the votes are forged we study that no one, apart from Shaun, actually trusts him. To his credit, he’s fairly self-aware of his actions and acknowledges that he may need lied too many occasions and misplaced due to it. Andy tries to talk to Janine, Pia, and Abbey by letting them know that David and Luke are huge threats and have to be voted out, however it’s to no avail. Andy has lost all credibility within the recreation. Through the Tribal, David and Luke shine the highlight on Andy’s means to be trustworthy–again not letting go of how he “misled” them in the course of the vote that wasted Luke’s Idol. Andy is coy and dismissive in the moment, which is one thing that Luke and David come down arduous on. They say that they will’t respect someone who can’t personal their recreation and the strikes they make.
That is the place I consider Andy lost the game. He lied about his occupation and who he’s as an individual above of all the other game-related lies he made. When he realised (if he did in any respect) that the remainder of the contestants weren’t shopping for what he was selling and have been beginning to distance themselves from him, he should have dropped all of the lies, owned his recreation and performed his coronary heart out. That is something Harry was capable of do extremely nicely. When his back was up towards a wall, he dropped the lie about his pretend son Oscar and owned his standing as a gameplaying strategic villain. In doing so, he earned the respect of the Champions on his tribe and is perhaps someone they think about preserving round due to it.
The highlight of Andy’s recreation additionally came on this episode when he suggests that the merge tribe identify must be Soli Bula, which he claims is a Fijian term for “welcoming collectively.” In confessional, he boasts that it truly means “sacrifice,” though Google Translate would disagree. I used to be personally ready for Andy to tug an “Enil Edam” and identify the tribe after a beloved one, so calling it something as darkish because the Fijian word for sacrifice was amusing.
Australian Survivor has a knack of creating these seemingly mundane and straight forward votes so extremely compelling. Despite the fact that the Champions appear so strong in their alliance proper now, the fractures are alive by way of Pia and Janine and current themselves as a blind spot for David. The season continues to maneuver from power to power, and I look ahead to seeing how the season unfolds next week.