Welcome back to Give Me Five! Each week, Brent Sullivan will look at the top five impactful moments from the latest episode that could influence the rest of the season.
The theme of the season is really starting to come into focus a little bit more now. I am still not sure of the way that I feel the Edge of Extinction, part of me wishes they were showing the tribes’ camp life instead… but let’s give it a few more weeks and see how it continues to play out. Onto the most recent episode moments:
1. Life on Extinction Island. Okay, so this is a two-parter. First, we find out that Keith did indeed join Reem on the Edge of Extinction. They had a friendship before the two of them were voted out, so they worked together really well with Reem taking on sort of a motherly role. They both went along to try and find their daily ration of rice, and I don’t see any reason why they won’t continue to work together. The second part of this is that Chris was voted out at the end of the episode and will also be joining them. That is going to bring a whole new dynamic since they never worked with him while back on Manu. In fact, Keith really trusted Chris, and yet Chris still voted him out. So, how will they all survive together? Will they bury the hatchet or will we see some conflict arise? This is the part of Edge of Extinction that I have been waiting for! I am curious to see how this plays out.
2. Big Wendy. Oh man, did Wendy ever have a bad episode! She knows that she’s on the bottom since both Reem and Keith were her allies and they both went home. She was trying to get Rick and David on her side, but nothing has come of that as of yet. Knowing that she’s on the bottom, you would think that she would play a little smarter, but instead, she insisted on talking non-stop about not eating the chickens and even told Rick that she wanted to set them free, which is crazy. Then she got into an argument with Wardog about not eating them. None of this makes sense for any Survivor contestant especially one that has no obvious allies. But the icing on the chicken is that she stole the flint so that the tribe couldn’t start a fire to cook their poultry feast. At the moment, no one seems to know that she did it for sure (although they are suspicious), but that is still a very risky move. Finally, Wendy seemed to have hurt her ankle in the reward challenge. She got lucky and was able to swim in the immunity challenge, but how badly is the damage and how will it affect her game? When you add all of this up, things are not looking too good for Wildcard Wendy.
3. Aurora is with the returnees. One of the problems (for us viewers), when one tribe keeps winning all of the immunity challenges, is that we never hardly see their tribe dynamics. It’s especially the case this season with airtime going to Extinction Island. So, we have no clue as to how Aurora became so close with the returning duo of Aubry and Joe. Other than the one remark made in the first episode about her being on team Joe, we have seen nothing else. But, regardless of how it happened, the three of them found themselves on the short end of a 6 to 3 split in the tribe loyalty department. Victoria even mentioned how if they lost Immunity that one of the three must go. That should work in Aubry and Joe’s favor. They somehow ended up with a shield that they can throw out onto the front line at a vote. This is obviously bad for Aurora, and she may end up being the first Kama member to be eliminated from this season.
4. The second idol is found. So far we have had an advantage found, which apparently has expired. We have one idol at the Manu beach that only Lauren knows about, and that’s it, right? Well, now after a beautiful montage of Aubry looking for idols on her first two seasons, she located the second official idol of the season. If anyone needed it, it was her. She has been put into a bad position in the game, and she only made it worse for herself last week with “dialogue” chat. With a tribe swap coming up, Aubry may not have to use it that quickly, but depending on how things shake out, this may be a huge move to make during a tribe swap tribal council. Let’s see if her experience in the game allows her to keep a secret or if she ends up telling Joe or Aurora about it.
5. Wardog’s game. I’m not sure exactly how to explain Wardog’s game, but he is definitely a character! He has made some questionable moves, and somehow he has gotten so close to Kelley that he trusted her more than Chris… when did that happen? Unfortunately for Chris, he got voted out because of it. Now granted, that is more on Chris since David right out told him not to tell Wardog of the plan and he did anyway! Now Chris is going to be pissed at Wardog for this decision. Amazingly, both David and Rick come out of this without being implicated in the potential Kelley vote-off, but Wardog took a hit. Chris trusted him and is gone. He trusts Kelley, but most people don’t. He doesn’t want Wendy around, and David doesn’t trust him. So, he doesn’t have a very clear path to navigate after three episodes, what will he do to dig out of this hole that he seems to be in?
There you go. What moments from this week’s episode do you think made an impact?