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Survivor: San Juan del Sur Power Rankings

Week 5

By Ben Willoughby

October 28, 2014

They weren't smiling like this when John Rocker was there.

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New Hunahpu

New Coyopa continues Old Coyopa’s tradition of being terrible at challenges, and New Hunahpu continues Old Hunahpu’s tradition of being plain terrible. It’s especially bad for the former Coyopa members of Hunahpu – Josh, Alec and Wes - who starved themselves and lost challenges on their old tribe, only to find that their new tribe had adopted the hobbit mealtime schedule and left nothing for the remaining 27 days (or with less hyperbole, the 10 to 12 days until the merge – which is still pretty dumb). As usual, I know nothing about the tribe dynamics at Hunahpu, but then, neither do they.

1. Reed

Reed is #1 because he’s the potential swing vote. He could go with his old Hunahpu tribemates of Natalie, Julie and Jeremy (bringing along Josh), or he could flip over to join his boyfriend Josh, Wes and Alec to take out the singletons. Because this is Reed, whichever choice he makes is likely to be the wrong one, but these are power rankings, not good sense rankings.

2. Alec

Despite the initial shock that Drew was voted out, Alec is still elated that he lasted longer than his older brother in this game. Natalie, who is no stranger to sibling similarities, observes that Alec and his brother are very alike, so she and Jeremy are both putting the full-court press on him. While that must feel very flattering to Alec, it’s not very flattering to have been fingered as the most gullible tribe-member. Still, when other players are sucking up, they’re not voting you out.

3. Josh

Josh got an inspirational interview about his relationship with Reed and how it allowed him to come out to his pastor father and how they are waiting until they get married. Does that mean Josh is doomed? Probably, but for now he looks pretty safe.

4. Wes

As Kelley had to get some camera-time on the episode that would vote her out, someone else had to play “Invisible Survivor” last week.

5. Jeremy

Jeremy has gone from being the guy that everyone listened to, to the guy who has to butter up Alec to keep himself in the game. He has other options, but he’s smart enough not to trust them.

6. Natalie

Natalie seems to be in tight with Jeremy, but not with anyone else on New Hunahpu. We’ll see what happens with her efforts to lure Alec over to the single side.

7. Julie

13 days in and Julie still doesn’t seem to have an alliance with anyone. She should play the “available vote” strategy, though that only works if someone actually wants to play with her.

Those are the power rankings for this week. Tune in tomorrow night to see the steep price New Hunahpu has to pay for Old Hunahpu’s regular double-helpings, and then come back the day after for David and Kim’s recap.


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