Survivor: Redemption Island
We Hate Our Tribe
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
March 16, 2011
Hello, good people, and welcome once again to BOP's recap of Survivor: Redemption Island. Last time on Survivor, Rob found an idol, Ralph told everyone about HIS idol, Phillip is getting crazier (if you can believe that) and Kristina finally ran out of luck and was sent packing to Redemption Island. Oh yeah...and Russell lost the RI duel to Matt and was sent home, for good.
This week's previews suggest that the Ometepe Tribe has reached the end of their ropes with Phillip. Of course, Rob knows how helpful that could be and could be looking to keep Phillip around for a while. Over at Zapatera, we're promised that Russell's girls (Stephanie and Krista) learned something from the villain and will be wreaking havoc on their tribe. Also, Matt will go for a third RI duel win in a row.
Before we get to the new episode, let's update the Power Rankings:
Rob - 4-1 Nothing has happened to drop Rob in the rankings. On top of running the show on his tribe, he now has an idol that no one knows about. He's definitely in this for the long haul...he'd just better hope his tribe can pull off an immunity win soon, or all his power (and his idol) won't mean much of anything.
Grant - 8-1 I'm finally separating Grant from the rest of the Rob alliance. He actually had a confessional last week and he seems to not agree with everything that Rob is doing. At some point, Rob will have to be taken down and I'm starting to get the feeling that Grant's fingerprints may be on the handle of that knife in Rob's back.
Ralph - 10-1 This may be the last week Ralph is ranked this high. He still has an idol, but now EVERYone in the game knows it, including the Ometepe tribe. He's also gotten so cocky, he's starting to turn into Russell Jr. That's not going to sit well with people...but if his tribe keeps winning, he's in no danger of going home. He does strike me as a huge target come merge-time. And it wouldn't shock me at all to see him go home when Rob finally has to play his idol.
Mike/Steve/Sarita/David/Julie - 15-1 We have spent so little time with the Zapatera tribe, I still can't think of a reason to separate any of these people. Eventually they'll have to make moves, but as it is right now, they just keep winning challenges and hating on Russell. Maybe this week we'll spend some time there and see if one of these folks can separate themselves.
Phillip - 20-1 Phillip moves up a bit this week, because it's starting to look like he could be dragged through this entire game because he'll be good to sit next to at the final Tribal Council. This week will go a long way to determining what kind of stay Phillip can have in this game. if Rob gets his way, Phillip could be around to make us giggle for many more weeks.