Survivor: Nicaragua Recap
Pulling the Trigger
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
October 7, 2010
Previously on Survivor, Dan’s scar was not HD friendly. NaOnka took on a one-legged woman in a butt-kicking contest, and didn’t care if America abhorred her afterward. Jimmy T. complained about his playing time.
Also, Jimmy Johnson was there.
Well, he was there, but he’s not anymore. Early on in the last episode, Jill manipulated Marty into revealing he had the hidden Immunity Idol. The warm reception he received made Marty believe that it was his time to shine. Seeking to consolidate power, he targeted the player who made him most insecure. The end result is that Marty believes he is in command of the elder tribe. This makes us wonder if Milton is right that it’s better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven, because being in tribe of Espada means he’s Captain Ahab.
We also wonder how much ratings are going to drop tonight. This season started with a big concept in old versus young and star power with Jimmy Johnson. Obviously, the star power is gone now as he finishes in 18th place, and a big concept means nothing if the elder tribe is simply going o be picked off one by one, who will care? We’ve heard a lot of chatter about how much people dislike the members of the younger tribe, which can’t be a good thing if they dominate.
Also, NaOnka is such a vile personality that she’s just difficult to watch. Yes, Survivor likes its villains; however, the evil things that spew from her mouth with regard to her teammates is not Evil Loser Russell fun (though we’d argue that he was never fun, either). It’s just horrifying.
Anyway, on to the show. Since you’re probably not watching, you can read our recap instead. Tonight’s episode begins with the only remaining Jimmy annoying people to death. He tries to point out that Survivor is an individual game of self-interest and that Jimmy Johnson was never going to like him anyway. All of this is correct, but when Jimmy T. has to ask Dan if he’s going to make it through the night, you can’t help but wonder what they were thinking with their recent vote. That’s not to say that Jimmy Johnson would be in better shape, but at least with him you have a proven leader. It seemed as though he got voted out for having his team start the season 1-2.
After the break, it’s more of the same. So far, the theme of this episode is “Jimmy T. is not someone you want to be trapped with on a deserted island.” We see that conditions are terrible at Espada. It has been raining for days, and as a result the water by their beach is rushing by in a flood, making it all but impossible to fish. They’re down to two cups of rice a day as far as rations. It’s at this point that Jimmy T. takes it upon himself to do the fishing. Marty offers to help, but Jimmy T. has no plans to be a team player. Marty makes it very clear that he disagrees with just about everything Jimmy T. is doing here, and Jane laments that by voting off Jimmy Johnson, they voted off the one guy who was a good fisherman. Oops.