Survivor: South Pacific
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
November 15, 2011
Hello, good people, and welcome back to the BOP Survivor: South Pacific recap. The first act of this season was "All About Brandon" and I wanted to poke my eyeballs out with a fork. The second act of this season appears to be "All About Cochran" and I'm not too thrilled with that either. These two guys aside, I am really enjoying the season so far.
After last week's shocking turn of events at Tribal Council, where Cochran turned on his alliance and dumped Keith, there promises to be lots of fireworks back at camp as the spurned Savaii members try to slice Cochran up with words. An interesting footnote to last week's episode: in the "secret scenes" that CBS puts up on their website after the shows, there was one scene of Albert (with Coach's blessing) offering Cochran a Final Four alliance with Coach and Sophie. This is some pretty important information that goes a long way to explaining Cochran's ultimate betrayal. I understand why they couldn't show it last week. I mean, that would have killed all the suspense of the Tribal Council and the flip. What it does, though, is confirm what I suspected as I watched last week. Coach and Co. saw someone on the fence and did what it took to get him to their side of that fence, while Ozzy and Co. sat back and patted themselves on the back for how smart they were. It just reconfirms my belief that this is not Ozzy's game and that he'd be much better suited for the Amazing Race or something that didn't require him to have to read people or think too much.
Before we get to it, word around the campfire is that two people will get booted tonight, so that makes for a very interesting episode. Upolu can basically stick a fork in Savaii tonight...or alliances could be completely shifted and the course of the game altered. Can't wait to see how it goes. Okay, enough from me. Let's get to Power Rankings and then to the show:
Coach - 4-1. Coach improved his position in the game dramatically last week. He also impressed the hell out of me with his masterful handling of Cochran. As it stands now, he's the ultimate power player in the ultimate alliance in the game. He has a few different options when the game gets serious. AND he has an idol in his pocket. Like it or not, the Dragon Slayer is in a great position, much like Boston Rob last season. The interesting thing here is, THIS is when Rob kicked it into high gear and put it away. It's yet to be seen if Coach has that in him.
Albert/Sophie - 8-1. I think either of these two has a great shot to win this game. Neither of them have done anything to separate them yet. They're right there with Coach calling the shots right now. However, everyone is looking at Coach as the leader, which takes the target off of them. As it is right now, a Coach/Albert/Sophie Final Three would not shock me. And if that's the case, I really have no idea who would win.