Survivor Worlds Apart - Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
March 3, 2015
In a strong first episode, Survivor made it clear that they have cast the requisite strategists, saps and delusionals that are key to a good season. The show is sticking so hard to its season gimmick that it doesn’t even bother to use the official tribe names (at least - spoiler alert for people who've never watched the show before - not before the inevitable tribe switch around episode 4), so neither shall I. Here are the power rankings for this week.
I know it is early in the season, but we’ve already found our loser tribe that will fail at challenges and be picked off one by one. In a puzzle challenge where they just needed to be mediocre to be safe from the vote, they still threw under. Lots of attention was given to Shirin’s slow puzzle-solving, but not one of these veterans of team-building problem-solving training sessions had the confidence to step up and say “I’ll do the five piece puzzle.” The good news for White Collar is that they got rid of their second-least trustful member. So long, “So much drama." At least you're dating Malcolm!
Tyler has made an early move to shape the game the way he wants it. While the others were saying “I guess it’s between Carolyn and Shirin, whatever, so long as it’s not me”, he decided he didn’t like either option and decided to break up the budding alliance between the two people who’d shown they couldn’t be trusted.
Max seems like a smart enough player, but I can’t get behind anyone who is into beard culture as fully as he is. Remember when mullets were “business in the front, party in the back”? Well, Max is “business up top, disgusting mess down below”. Also Max, why tell everyone that you’re a good liar? I have Max marked down as the self-proclaimed expert who is maybe not as expert as he thinks he is.
Carolyn was smart (or really, paranoid) enough to find the idol without a clue, and it seems like she may have an alliance in Tyler.
Shirin is a Yahoo! executive, and is apparently high enough on the chain to be getting congratulatory tweets from Marisa Mayer. If she had been first out, I wonder if she would have been fired? It certainly would have made for some awkward meetings.
Even though his tribe is all white collar, Joaquin was the only one who turned up in a suit. When So suggested that the better move might be to go with honesty over deceit, he shut it down with an immediate “that’s silly.” It’s only day three and already no one trusts him. Sounds like a marketing director to me!