Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
October 29, 2013
Caleb’s power on the original tribe disintegrated with the tribe switch. Assuming everyone knows about how Brad was voted out, everyone knows that Caleb is unpredictable and that’s not a good way to be perceived on Survivor. Sure, Caleb can make his way in the game by saying he’s an “available vote,” but he is not going to be let into the swing vote chair again.
Now the tribes have switched, Galang has become the hopeless loser tribe. All right, so they have only blown one challenge so far, but they still have that whiff of perpetual defeat about them. Soon Probst will be urging them to choose a leader.
Tina is the one making the calls on Galang. I’m not 100% sure why she decided to get rid of Kat last week – remember, it was her decision to tell Monica that Kat was gunning for her, and then it was her decision to eliminate Kat over Vytas. If Tina really wanted to get rid of Vytas, all she had to do was tell Kat to play it cool, tell Monica nothing and let her annoy a few more people for a few more days and proceed with the “vote for Vytas” plan at Tribal Council. My own theory is that, regardless of what she says to camera about the Vytas-Kat vote being a coin-toss, Tina and Aras’s alliance includes a “you look after my loved one, and I’ll look after yours” clause, and Tina is delivering on her side of the deal.
Katie is Tina’s daughter. No one tells the queen “let’s vote out the princess.” I don’t see Katie having much of a decision-making role on her tribe, but her position seems pretty secure.
Vytas put in a great performance last week. In a game where people are looking for any excuse to vote you out, he didn’t give them one – either in the game or at Tribal Council. Still, I do wonder how many people on his tribe really feel a close connection with someone who talks a yoga-infused used-car salesman spiel.
I think Monica made a big mistake last week by immediately turning on Kat as soon as she heard Kat was scheming against her. It proved that Monica is impulsive and can be manipulated into actions that are against her best interests. Sure, Kat was gunning for Monica, but Monica has bigger threats in the game, such as Vytas and Katie. When Monica’s alliance of five turns into an alliance of seven, Monica becomes expendable, but Monica was too focused on voting out Kat to realize that.
5. Rupert’s Laura
It’s at least Day 16, and I’m not sure that Rupert’s Laura is in an alliance with anyone. I mean, a real alliance. If Galang loses again (and my Magic 8-Ball says “most likely”), I think she’ll be voted out (“it is decidedly so”), and going home soon after (“outlook good”).
She was put on Redemption Island because she is good at challenges, but she is going to need to finish first in the crucial pre-merge challenge to stay in the game. If she does win, it looks like she will join whatever alliance Ciera happens to be in, because “screw those guys, that’s why.”
John has proven to be pretty competent at the Redemption Island duels so far, finishing second, first and second so far. However, he’s not trusted by members of his former tribe and not known by members of the other tribe, which doesn’t bode well for his prospects if he makes it back into the game.
I don’t give Kat any chance on Redemption against Candace-trained John and Laura?, who was sent to Redemption Island because she is good at challenges. See you at the reunion, Kat.