Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains Recap
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
February 17, 2010
Yesterday, we touched on our lasting opinions of the various Heroes of this season of Survivor. The Villains are the reason why we are not enthusiastic about the current competition. Yes, we accept that a lot of viewers like to root for the bad guys on the show. We do not count ourselves among these numbers. In point of fact, we were nodding our heads in emphatic agreement when one of last season's contestants pointed out the madness of it all. The same people someone would never associate with in their professional much less their personal lives are the ones that a certain segment of the audience determines are fun to watch. This gives some total bastards the creative license to behave abominably and without judgment. We have a name for people who show this particular characteristic: they are called criminals. Last season's selection of Fan Favorite goes a long way in demonstrating that the premise of the movie Death Race is no longer unbelievable. This trend bothers us and if it continues in season 20, we've already said this will be our last time recapping the show. It's just not our cup of tea.
Keeping the above in mind, here are our thoughts on some of the various Villains. Tyson is infrequently funny and constantly mean-spirited. He is also a lousy strategist, making him absolutely no threat to win this game. Conversely, due to his blundering incompetence, he is a tremendous choice to play the role of patsy to one of his infinitely more cunning tribemates. In this regard, Randy Bailey also qualifies as he isn't much of a game play expert, either. In point of fact, he famously attempted to play a fake immunity idol at a Tribal Council moments before being voted off the show. It was one of the most embarrassing moments in the show's history. The difference between the two Villains is that Randy isn't vile, simply socially awkward. Toward the end of his season and even after his elimination, circumstances showed that Randy's heart was in the right place a lot of the time. It's just that he had the occasional problem with misguided anger. On the Villains tribe, Randy is one of the most likable contestants, but he still falls into the category of Likely Patsies.
Danielle is one of the least memorable finalists in the history of the show. She made an alliance with several tribe members who comprised six of the final seven participants during Survivor: Panama. Note that this was the same season that Heroes member Cirie finished in fourth place, two spots behind Danielle. The difference between the two women is that Cirie played a strong strategic game while Danielle was carried to the final three where she pulled off a huge upset and won the immunity challenge. She is a better player than Tyson or Randy and could make a deep run for the same reason she did during the Panama season. She's a decent strategist who also isn't a serious threat to win the final vote. Courtney is the same type of player. Like Heroes contestant Amanda, she made it to the final vote during the Survivor: China season yet failed to win a single vote from the jury. She demonstrated an ability to make strong alliances as well as aptly target the appropriate victims at Tribal Council. She was also quite funny with mean-spirited quips. Overall, she's pretty nasty and absolutely no physical threat due to falling into the same weight class as Karen Carpenter. Danielle and Courtney are both decent candidates to make extended runs in the game if the Villains win a lot of early Immunity Challenges. Both are solid strategists while being perceived as no threat to actually win. One of the core flaws of Survivor is that people like that inevitably get carried along in the game thanks to their personal failings.