Survivor: South Pacific
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
November 8, 2011
Hello, good people, and thank you for joining me for another thrilling episode of Survivor: South Pacific. This is the episode we've all been waiting for. After making one of the hugest moves in Survivor history last week, Ozzy will put his money where his mouth is by taking on Christine in a Redemption Island duel. The win would be her sixth in a row, but let's be honest; she hasn't had competition like Ozzy before. Aside from the Redemption Island drama is the "will there or won't there" be a merge and the Savaii not-so-hidden idol that rests around Cochran's neck. I realize there's another tribe on the show, but right now, they don't have anything this awesome going on, so suffice to say that everyone knows the idol has been found and there's been a lot of praying going on.
Now, I know that everyone wants to get right to the episode, but my contract here at BOP mandates that I have to include Power Rankings on each recap. And unless I want to lose all the fame and fortune I have from writing this recap, I better comply. I will say this, though: in all my seasons of doing recaps and putting together Power Rankings, I think this is the most up in the air it's ever been for me. I have no idea who to put where right now. I have a feeling things will clear up after tonight's episode. But for now, this is a total wild ass guess, so please...no wagering.
Coach - 6-1. Coach stays atop the list, but this could be his last week here. With a merge looming, and Stacey and Christine outing him as the leader of Upolu, the smart move for Savaii would be to target him. And while he has an idol now, that only buys one reprieve. He's still in a real nice position, but with a merge coming EVERYthing can be shaken up.
Cochran - 10-1. I have to move Cochran up now. He has Ozzy's idol and is in the power alliance in his tribe. When tribes merge, I can't imagine Upolu would target him as a threat. I'll also be interested to see if he tries to broker something with Coach, in the event Ozzy DOES come back into the game and double crosses him.
Albert/Sophie - 15-1. No change here. They're still #s 2 and 3 to Coach and I think if they get the leg up on the Savaii tribe, they are more likely to stick together to the end. I also think with Coach branded "the leader", these two could skate under the radar for a bit and could potentially make a move should Coach get dumped.
Jim - 20-1. Jim is still in control of his alliance, but he doesn't have the idol in his hand. Which takes some of his power and gives it to Cochran. I still think Jim will have a major impact on the rest of this game, but right now, he'd be best suited to sit back and observe rather than get out there and act.