Welcome to Season 42’s Next Time On Survivor feature on Inside Survivor! This is a tiny section where I breakdown the trailers and any other previews and give my personal predictions of the week’s upcoming episode.
The NTOS trailer for Episode 5 really reminds me of the one we got for Episode 4, where we saw a relatively uncomplicated look into all three tribes.
This week, it begins with a night scene on Ika. Rocksroy, sounding rather spent, says, “My social game is not that good.” This likely happens right after last episode’s Tribal Council, where he was the only vote for Tori against the three remaining Ika members who voted for Swati. So far, it doesn’t seem like Rocksroy has been able to form solid alliances with the right people and has had his name brought up multiple times as a possible vote.
As much as I would like to think this preview is a turning point of sorts for him, I still struggle to place Rocksroy’s game on par with the other convoluted “strategy” games of his tribemates. I feel like this confessional is merely for us to get a sense of the response post-tribal. Perhaps, this just sets up a Rocksroy versus Tori situation down the line.
On Taku, this week’s preview mostly centres around a “stupid fight” between Jonathan and Maryanne. In a confessional, Omar reveals, “This stupid fight is exactly what I don’t want.” I wonder if this is a continuation of the slight annoyance with Jonathan that Maryanne and Omar voiced in Episode 4 — that he revealed too much about Taku to the other two tribes during the challenge.
Could this be signalling the Taku 4 splitting up at the merge? For the most part, Lindsay, Maryanne, Jonathan, and Omar have been portrayed as a tight, well-oiled machine. However, I don’t think this squabble will amount to anything significant at this juncture. What I find interesting is that Omar is the player giving the confessionals narrating the situation. He seems to be in the best position in the tribe, maintaining allies with each individual and staying out of potential trouble.
Over on Vati, we have an exasperated Hai exclaiming, “Daniel’s arm is dislocated, but he’s fishing… What?!” We then see him telling Lydia that “Daniel’s the threat to take out.” Indeed, Daniel is a threat because he’s proven to be untrustworthy to Hai and just about every other player on Vati. He was caught in a lie, threw his alliance under the bus, and didn’t stick to any of his agreements. It’ll definitely be convenient for Hai and Lydia to just get rid of a loose cannon.
In a confessional, Hai then says, “Fool me twice, shame on me.” This could be referring to Chanelle, who also said she was voting with Hai and Lydia two votes ago. Perhaps she now wants to vote work with Hai, seeing how she got burned by Daniel and because Mike doesn’t have a vote. I think Hai is being very cautious here, weighing up the different repercussions of his decision.
From the NTOS trailer, my guess is that Vati goes to Tribal. And it’s really because we’re getting more strategic content from them than a post-Episode 4 situation on Ika and a more casual camp life filler on Taku. I think that Mike works with Hai and Lydia because of the frank relationship Mike and Hai formed in the previous episode. However, that makes only two votes, as Mike still has his vote blocked until the idols are activated.
Thus, I think the vote is between Daniel and Chanelle. I don’t think either would like to work together to make just a 2-2 draw. I feel like the decision would come down to who Hai is more comfortable with and the extent of Daniel’s dislocated shoulder. Ultimately, my prediction is that Daniel becomes the fifth person out of Survivor 42.
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