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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Gervase is voted out this week, Malcolm will receive 3 points and Gordon will receive 2 points. Also, each player will pick the players they think will win at Redemption Island. They’ll receive a bonus point for each correct pick. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Last Week: Malcolm and Gordon both had Laura in spot eight. They also both had Vytas winning at Redemption Island. So, the score for this round is Team Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame 9, Team Real American Heroes 9. The current total score is Team Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame 117, Team Real American Heroes 125.
Wager Update: Since there was a straight-up tie last week, Malcolm and Gordon will both have to compare the players to past seasons of “Survivor.” The loser of this week’s rankings will have to compare the players to sitcom stars.
Team Glamor and Glitter, Fashion and Fame: 117
Any advice for Malcolm? Drop him a line on Twitter: @MalcolmWHW
Team Real American Heroes: 125
Any advice for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
| 1. Caleb is “Survivor: Fiji” – No one really remembers, willingly or otherwise, that it exists. And that’s the spot our silent Alabaman hunter is sitting in. Clearly he’s no dummy – his response to Probst’s question about Monica’s reward sacrifice was shockingly good – and hopefully he’ll continue to sneak through the impending melee.
|| 1. Caleb is “Survivor: Fiji” – I haven’t rewatched “Survivor: Fiji” since the original airing. All I remember is Dreamz stabbing Yau-Man in the back over a car. That’s how I feel about Caleb. All I’m going to remember about him is getting the best of Brad.
|2. Katie is “Survivor: One World” – Remember how we were all shocked about how good looking everyone was? And then nothing happened for 39 days? Katie’s fashion sense is second to none on the beach (though she needs to step it up, I’ve been getting let down recently), but not a whole lot’s going on game-wise. That latter fact is a point in her favor – she should be able to sneak through a vote or two unscathed.|| 2. Gervase is “Survivor: Samoa” – If the Coconut Compadres can weather whatever happens this week, they’ll ride off into the sunset with Tyson getting grief from the jury and Gervase coming off scot-free. So basically, he’s the Natalie White to Tyson’s Russell Hantz.
| 3. Gervase is “Survivor: China” – My favorite season of “Survivor” for the guy in the best spot to win. He’s not getting targeted, but is charismatic and has built a good resume for the final three. He probably needs one more big move to propel him to the end, but Vegas odds are shortest on the OG.
||3. Monica is “Survivor: Thailand” – There wasn’t much drama in “Survivor: Thailand.” It was pretty obvious after a while that Brian Heidik was going to run the table. I feel the same way about Monica. I’m pretty sure she’s either going to the end as someone’s goat, or she’s going to get taken out by the great Tadhana uprising.|
|4. Hayden is “Survivor: Gabon” – Underrated season that’s kind of awesome in its own fun way. Everyone’s favorite houseguest-turned-castaway isn’t doing much except dropping emphatic cliché’s, but he’s clearly brilliant socially. That likeability is going to get him in trouble soon, but he’s done a good job of keeping himself out of the crosshairs thus far.||4. Hayden is “Survivor: Philippines” – He’s a young, good-looking, challenge threat with long hair who needs to commit to his original tribemates. If he doesn’t, he’s a goner. Sound like anyone else we know?|
| 5. Ciera is “Survivor: Micronesia – Fans vs. Favorites” – Lackluster in the first half, then mind-blowingly awesome after the merge. That’s how my girl’s game is going right now, especially after last week. Not only does she deftly behead her mom, but that little idol lie to Katie was beautiful. She’s starting to build her resume for the win, but others might be recognizing that too, and thus she’s not completely safe as a goat anymore. Her moving down this list reflects her becoming a threat, and thus is also a good thing for her chances to win.
||5. Katie is “Survivor: The Australian Outback” – For my money, Colby taking your mother to the final two was the dumbest move in “Survivor” history. For “Blood vs. Water” the dumbest move might be someone letting you get to end. You’ll have a ton of friends on the jury and no real blood on your hands.|
| 6. Tyson is “Survivor: All-Stars” – There was once this guy named Robert who hailed from the metropolitan Boston area, and on his first “Survivor” season a billion years ago he was kind of loud and fun, but didn’t really impress anyone with stellar gameplay. Then that guy came back for “All-Stars,” blew everyone’s minds, and no one even remembers his humble beginnings anymore. Such is Tyson, who’s transformed from a guy who was happy to simply taunt weeping girls in Tocantins, into Machiavelli reborn. He’s on top of the pecking order and holding an idol, but he’s also wearing a target the size of Utah on his back. Shots across his bow are imminent.
|| 6. Tyson is “Survivor: Redemption Island” – Tyson’s buddy “Boston” Rob was able to learn from his mistakes and pitch an almost perfect game his fourth time around. Tyson now finds himself in a similar position. If he can use the idol at the right time, he can quell the Tadhana uprising and put himself in the driver’s seat.
| 7. Monica is “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites” – I was there, and to this day I’m not sure if it was brilliant or a train wreck, but it was most certainly a mess. Monica sometimes does great things (immunity challenges) sometimes obnoxious things (referring to self in the third person) and sometimes dumb things (changing vote at Tribal). As 7 is a magic number for crazy Tribals, Monica’s going to be an untrustable wildcard that no one will be willing to stake their game on. If everyone turns on Tyson and he catches wind of it, I’m suspecting Monica as an idol boot.
|| 7. Ciera is “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Is there a term for someone who is voted out immediately after flipping? I’m thinking specifically of Candice, but I’m guessing the same would hold true for John Fincher. And the irony is; Ciera’s going to get heat for her move, but technically she didn’t flip. Either way, I’m thinking she gets Finchered this episode.
| 9. Redemption Island Picks: Vytas is “Survivor: Nicaragua” – Entertaining but slightly evil at the same time.
Laura is “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” – Non-stop intensity. I’m honestly rooting for Tina now – her foul mouth has won me over — but I’m not thrilled about her odds against Bearded Yoga Hunk and Grandma Puzzle Beast.
|Redemption Island Picks: Vytas and Laura are “Survivor: All-Stars” – Why? Because sending Tina home is their first order of business.|
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