Survivor Worlds Apart: Power Rankings
By Ben Willoughby
April 1, 2015
Last week, the Nagarote misfit tribe turned it around on the Escameca muscle tribe thanks to some good slingshot work and an idiot move to throw the immunity challenge. Still, that worked out better for some Escamecas than others when Joaquin was voted out. Next time, Joaquin, don’t call down the anger of the Survivor gods by saying things will be a “walk in the park” before the merge has even happened.
For a self-described schemer, Joaquin played a really obvious game from the start by lying from the get-go at the “truth or deceit” choice, and then when he was finally able to build another alliance, picked someone that no one likes or trusts. I think Joaquin spent a lot of time thinking about how cool it would be to play Survivor and do exciting stuff like blind-side people, but didn’t actually put a lot of thought into how to win the game.
More buffs will be dropped this week due to the merge, and broadly I see the No Collars allying with the White Collars to vote out the Blue Collars. The Blue Collars are the largest remaining group, but they have not done enough to make bonds with players from the other tribes, with their “Blue Collar all the way” mentality and their dominance of the post-switch Escameca. The Blue Collars have given too many reasons for players like Sierra and Rodney to flip, and no reason for players like Shirin or Tyler to switch over to the Blue Collar side. Meanwhile, the No Collars and White Collars on Nagarote seem to be getting on rather well, and if they reconnect with Joe and Tyler and draw in the disaffected Sierra, they will have numbers to spare.
Here are the power rankings for this week.
Jenn is still running her alliance like she’s Kim Spradlin. Unfortunately for Jenn, her eventual alliance is going to be full of independent-minded people who aren’t necessarily going to do what they are told. Carolyn, Tyler and Joe in particular have very different ideas about who should win this season of Survivor, so Jenn needs to be ready for a lot of stick-handling.
Carolyn would be the lynchpin of a potential White-No Collar alliance. She is in with Jenn and Hali, and she has the old White Collar connection with Tyler that could draw him in and (with Shirin and/or Sierra) confirm a tribe majority. That gives her a lot of power in the game, but also puts her in a similar situation to Jenn. Her sub-alliance will be the minority in her big alliance, and Tyler will want to play his own game.
Joe is back with his No Collar buddies, and he’s sure to re-cement those bonds with some nude body-surfing or tripping on acid to change their whole perspective to the game or something. If he is also able to bring Sierra over to the No Collar side, that puts him in a better position for when his own alliance disintegrates.
Also, I’m going to mention Joe’s solid Tribal Council performance last week. While other players were telegraphing their votes left and right, he was all “it’s us against the Blue Collars” and “I got nobody.” That was well-played.