Survivor: One World Recap
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
April 16, 2012
At this point in the season, we’re comfortable introducing the Survivor Power Rankings. Up to now, it’s been a little tough to determine where alliances are set, but the picture is becoming clearer.
1) Kim – In a season where true strategic gameplay has been practically nonexistent, Kim has been the only person who has put real thought into how best to move forward in the game and who she wants to be sitting with if she does make it to the final. Right now, she is fully aware that she has a variety of directions she can go with her alliances, which is an excellent position to be in when you’re playing the game of Survivor. She and some of her more solid allies (Sabrina, Chelsea, Kat) tipped their hand some last Tribal Council as they voted out a supposed ally in Mike. Sometimes, people who get in a power position can get overconfident to the point that other Survivors become annoyed and vote them out quickly. We don’t foresee that being an issue for Kim, but she does need to proceed carefully here.
2) Sabrina/Chelsea – These two ladies are just below Kim in terms of rank, mainly because it seems so far that Kim is leading the way when it comes to voting strategy and they are willingly following. Chelsea and Kim are very close knit, and the two of them do have an Immunity Idol the rest of the group has no idea exists. We suspect that Sabrina might be contributing a lot more to the discussion than what we’re shown on TV, because the past couple of seasons of Survivor have been pretty consistent in their attempts to hide the true power players until later in the game. Under any circumstance, these three are a solid power trio until they get to a point where they realize that they really need to be voting for each other at some point in the near future.
3) Kat – She’s not good at the game. She’s kind of annoying. But she’s also still a member of the women’s alliance, and although she’s not one of the big three, she’s also the kind of person that they may want to take to the end because she’s a hanger on. No one’s going to really want to give her the prize money, and we guarantee she’s not going to “outwit” anyone. The one danger she faces is the fact that she is a good compromise choice if there’s a chance of being divided in a vote, especially since Immunity Idols could come into play.
4) Troyzan – He’s in a surprisingly good position in the game because for some reason, he hasn't been perceived as powerful until now. Even so, he’s been able to maintain good relationships with pretty much everyone in the game. If he does catch wind that he might be on the block, he has an Immunity Idol in his pocket. Troyzan doesn’t really have a lot going for him with regard to planning and thinking things through, but he does have potential to make an Immunity run.
5) Jay – We actually think Jay has played a really excellent game so far. Unfortunately, he’s been in the consistently terrible position of always being in the worst possible alliance. He started out by finding himself having to go along with Colton and the Misfits squad even though he despised everyone in that group. He was rejuvenated with the realignment of tribes and has done his best to hold to that new alliance, but he found himself overruled last week when Mike was voted out. He’s smart and he may be able to think himself out of the mess he’s currently in, but ultimately, he’s a strong player in a game where strong players are eliminated and annoying players get to hang around because they’re easy to beat in a final. We’re only ranking him higher than the rest of the group because he’s actually, you know, done some strategizing and playing of the game and stuff. If we were betting Vegas odds, the only two players with a worse chance of winning are Tarzan and Kat.