Edit Bay this season is going to be a much shorter analysis due to spoilers. However, I will still assign ratings to each player, so readers can track the chart throughout the season. And I will highlight a few potential story arcs and important alliances. But there will be no discussion of potential winner edits.
It took a while, but Survivor 44 is finally finding its groove. Like the previous week, this episode had minimal twists and advantages, allowing us a better look at the players and the tribe dynamics. For perhaps the first time this season, it felt like every character had a significant moment or part to play in the episode.
The best way to describe this episode is as an old-school comedy farce. It was an episode of miscommunication and misconstrued conversations, leading to wonky gameplay and flawed strategy. And that isn’t a bad thing. The edit made it clear to the audience why these mistakes were made, which made the scrambling before tribal council much more effective.
Jaime’s explanation of what happened to her idol was the main point of confusion. A consistent theme of Jaime’s edit has been her false belief about her idol and her perception of where she stands in the game. That led us here, where Jaime was actually telling the truth, but none of her tribemates believed her. Yet, still, Jaime mistakenly thought her story was received positively, not realizing she’d made herself a target.
Even though it was the others who were wrong, it was still Jaime that came out of the situation looking worse. The edit undermined her by including her confessionals about how her plan worked. It might have been different if it was just one other tribemate who didn’t believe her. But given the whole tribe didn’t trust her story, it reflected worse on her than it did them.
The Heidi situation, though, was a little different. Heidi was shown to be on board with taking out Danny, even explaining in confessional that she was here to play for herself, not Danny. So we knew that Heidi meant it when she approached Carolyn later in the episode with a plan to target Danny, and we knew she was telling the truth about Danny telling her he “didn’t need her vote,” as we were shown that scene.
So Carolyn dismissing what Heidi said as being a lie sort of reflected badly on Carolyn’s edit as, unlike the Jaime situation, we weren’t given anything to suggest Heidi shouldn’t be trusted.
Of course, the Heidi confusion was just one part of the episode’s (and season’s) larger narrative to do with the Tika three. Carolyn, Carson, and Yam Yam continue to drive the story forward as a trio. But, as we’ve seen previously, they are not the most cohesive alliance. They are strong personalities with differing views on the game. And it could be coming to a head following the events of this episode.
A large part of the episode centered on Carolyn’s relationship with Frannie. This was bad news for Carson and Yam Yam, as not only had Frannie proven to be a challenge threat, but she could potentially pull Carolyn away from them. But taking out Frannie without upsetting Carolyn would always be a risk. We won’t know the full scale of the fallout until this week’s episode, but we already saw Carolyn’s irritation with Carson and Yam Yam leaving her out.
As for Frannie, she received a positive ending to her journey. She was shown to be a social and physical threat who needed to be taken out. And she had the sweet moment at the reward, picking all the moms to join her and continuing her journey to be “unabashedly herself.”
Even outside of the episode’s strategy, Lauren and Yam Yam got great personal scenes tied to the reward. Lauren had an emotional confessional regarding her father’s letter, where she opened up about her background of overcoming odds. Yam Yam’s was even more interesting edit-wise, seeing as he didn’t even attend the reward, and yet he got the first post-challenge confessional talking about his mother and husband.
As we head into the final stretch of episodes, we finally have a better sense of these remaining players and their relationships. That said, it is still the story of Tika and their eventual rise or fall.
|Name||EP 1||EP 2||EP 3||EP 4||EP 5||EP 6||EP 7||EP 8||EP 9||EP 10||EP 11||EP 12||EP 13||EP 14|