Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Season Preview
Part 3 - The Brawn Tribe
By Jim Van Nest
February 18, 2016
Hello, good people! We are back with the last of our three-part series breaking down Survivor's 32nd season, Kaoh Rong - Brains vs Beauty vs Brawn. We've already previewed the Brains and Beauty tribe and today we're here to talk about Brawn. Before we get to that, the last piece of pre-season info I want to share with the group is the change in hidden idols. This season, as with many others, there are multiple hidden idols. But unlike any other season, this time around, there are two idols that will act as puzzle pieces and if anyone possesses both idols, they can create what I'm calling the Voltron Idol. They can play both idols at once as one idol that acts as the Tyler Perry idol, allowing them to play it after the vote. Where this becomes interesting is if two different people possess each half of the Voltron Idol...will they work together? And if so, who gets to use it? There are some interesting possibilities in play with this concept. Hopefully, we'll get to see something cool come out of it.
Ok, enough about crazy idols, let's get to The Brawn tribe. They will be called To Tang and they'll be donning yellow buffs this time around. Here they are:
Alecia Holden - The first member of Brawn is 23-year-old Alecia. She sells real estate and considers herself a tomboy and an adrenaline junkie. Her list of crazy activities would support that - bungee Jumping, base jumping off the Stratosphere, hang gliding, etc. I'm not getting a real good vibe from her. She doesn't like bossy people, people who think they're right all the time and uptight people...which pretty much describes 80% of Survivor players. If they bother her that much, she could have a rough time. And if she thrives on adrenaline, I can't imagine how she'll handle 20-22 hours of absolute nothing and boredom every day.
She worries that her temper might get the best of her. And at the end of the day, she says "at the end of the day" at least five times in her two minute video. That's enough to drive anyone to drink. Her dad was a boxing promoter, so she's been around the ring all her life. I'm not sure how that translates to Survivor, but she mentions it several times, so it seems important. You can probably guess already that I'm not an Alecia fan. Also, I don't think she's long for this game. The one thing going for her is that if history repeats itself, the Brawn tribe will not be heading to Tribal anytime soon. If they do, though, I would fully expect Alecia to be one of the opening targets.
Cydney Gillon - Ok, I honestly have no idea what to say here. Cydney seems okay right off the bat. She's a body builder, so that's kinda cool. I worry for her in that regard, as body builders eat a ton of calories every day. They have to for the kind of training they do. I wonder how she'll do when she's only getting a teeny fraction of what she's used to. Could it cause her to be sick? Will she get pissy and be hard to deal with? She tells us she doesn't really like other girls much, so will she find herself on the outs there? Where she completely loses me is when she starts talking about her other personalities. So, aside from Cydney, we have to be prepared for Rebecca and Storm. Here's what I say about this - should Brawn hit a losing streak, expect Cydney, Rebecca and Storm to be hitting Ponderosa early. The only way she makes the merge is if her tribe stays away from Tribal Council.
Darnell Hamilton - Darnell is an interesting cat. He's from Chicago and he grew up in the projects. Not that living in the projects makes him interesting, but taking a kid from the projects and throwing him into a tropical beach and jungle situation could be interesting. He could thrive out here in the sun, or the rough conditions of Cambodia could be too much for him. I honestly don't know which way he'll go. What I do know is that the guy seems to have a lot of determination and a lot of people telling him he can't do this and he won't make it. That's a HUGE motivator right there and it might just be enough to carry him through for a while I don't see Darnell as a big threat to win the game, but I do see him as someone who will definitely make the merge and then it'll depend on alliances and his social game.