Survivor 46

Episode 2 – The Edit Bay

What is the edit telling us after Episode 2?


Hello all, welcome back to the Edit Bay! This weekly feature takes a dive into the edit of the latest Survivor episode, analyzing the key stories, main characters, and top winner contenders.

For those new to The Edit Bay, it is a condensed version of Edgic, highlighting some of the stand-out story beats from the most recent episode. It also includes my weekly Edgic ratings for each castaway at the end of the article.


The second episode of Survivor 46 continued this season’s theme of personality clashes. Following Jeff Probst’s opening statements in the premiere about how at least one person in this group won’t gel with the others, we’ve seen that play out in at least two of the tribes so far.

Nami and Yanu are where the main drama is happening, with Siga being this season’s happy-go-lucky tribe. On Nami, Venus has found herself as an outcast, struggling to fit in with her fellow tribemates and feeling ostracized from the group. While on Yanu, Bhanu and, particularly, Jess have had a hard time connecting with the others, with their “socially awkward” personalities named as the reason.

In addition to the recurring personality clash theme, this episode highlighted putting trust in the wrong people. Again, this was mostly present in Nami and Yanu. On Nami, Randend chose to share his Beware Advantage with Venus despite acknowledging how she might burn him in the future. Similarly, on Yanu, Q recognized how Kenzie might not be best for his long game yet still voted with her.

As with last season, I won’t go through every single player remaining in the game. Instead, I will highlight a few key characters and what the edit told us about their stories, their part in the overall narrative, and their winning chances.


Venus’ edit continues to fit best into Probst’s opening statement. She is the one personality that has struggled to fit in with her tribe. Even Soda, whom she seemed closest with last week, all but abandoned her in this episode after realizing the numbers were against her.

The positive for Venus is her self-awareness. She recognizes she is on the bottom and fighting an uphill battle. There is definitely an underdog element at play in her edit. There were certain moments, like the montage of Sodasia snatching the tribal immunity idol from her, that painted Venus as the victim and made her tribemates look bad.

Another good sign for Venus is how this story of her being ostracized launched into her backstory. We learned about how her parents immigrated from Iran to Canada and how she is determined to show how “capable and strong Persian women are.”

She also introduced another potential theme for the season, which is vulnerability. Due to her upbringing and being perceived as weak, Venus said she rarely lets people see her struggle. “I need to be this, like, tough badass,” she said. “In this game, I’m going in with that same mentality, and it’s kind of biting me in the ass because people want to see that vulnerability. They want to be able to connect with you emotionally, and I’m struggling to do that right now.”


Could vulnerability and opening up emotionally be the key to winning this season? It’s something worth bearing in mind moving forward. And it will be interesting to see whether Venus opens up more as the season goes along and if this changes her position in the game.

Right now, Venus is the tribe pariah, but she was handed a lifeline by Randen, the man who referred to as Parvati 2.0 last week. This was an intriguing development, but I’m not sure how much stock I put in this duo, given Randen’s poor premiere and his ominous foreshadowing about Venus stabbing him in the back.

“Weirdly enough, the person I shouldn’t be comfortable with, I’m actually comfortable with Venus,” Randen said. “I shouldn’t be, though. She’s young, she’s ambitious, and I just feel like she will cut my throat.”

Seeing Venus turn on Randen out of self-preservation wouldn’t be shocking. Similarly, Venus turning on the entire Nami tribe come a swap or merge seems inevitable, especially as she outright said she will flip the moment she gets a chance. With all this in mind, I still feel confident in the read that Venus could be the season’s final tribal loser.


This was an excellent episode for Charlie and Maria, especially Charlie, who really got to flesh out his strategy and personality. Most importantly, the pair cemented themselves as a duo, and we know how important duos are in the history of Survivor. On top of that, they were compared to Malcolm and Denise, complete with Season 25 flashbacks.

These scenes set up Charlie and Maria as the linchpins of the Siga tribe. For a tribe that is so far more about “feelgood vibes” rather than gameplay, Charlie and Maria are shown as the strategic thinkers. They are the pair with the power to decide the direction of the tribe, having ties to the girls (Jem & Moriah) and the boys (Ben & Tim).

Charlie received the bulk of the content in this episode, but Maria at least commented on the alliance in confessional, and she appeared to be on board with the Malcolm & Denise 2.0 idea. But Charlie was definitely the focus of the Siga tribe between his strategy scenes and social bonding (with his Taylor Swift v Metallica showdown with Ben).

Charlie and Maria

“I knew coming out into this game that strategy-wise, I’ll be good, but a weakness of mine is the social game,” Charlie said in confessional. “But I think it’s just so important to connect with people out here, and I’m going to have to figure out a way.”

This again comes back to this theme of personality clashes and being able to connect to the group. Charlie recognized it as an important facet of the game, as well as a personal weakness of his, and made an effort to improve in that area. And, by all accounts, it worked.

While all this puts Charlie in good stead moving forward, the excess of content this early on does give me some pause. So when it comes to winner contenders, I’d still put Maria above Charlie for now, just because of the visibility factor.


Kenzie and Tiffany are undoubtedly the stand-out pair in the Yanu tribe, receiving ten confessionals each in this episode. What’s interesting about this duo is that they’re working together right now, but both have aired reservations about the other, suggesting a potential clash down the road.

After the premiere, I compared Kenzie’s edit to Michele’s in Kaoh Rong, mostly due to their first tribe confessional. I wouldn’t make that same comparison after this episode. While we still saw and heard all about the strength of Kenzie’s social game, we also saw her as cutthroat, somewhat cocky, and maybe playing too hard, too fast.

Across the episode, Tiffany, Q, and Jess all voiced concerns about Kenzie and how dangerous she is as a player. “Kenzie has a very vibrant personality. She’s good at making friends, she’s good at, like, you know, just drawing people in. So, it makes me a little nervous,” Tiffany said early in the episode.

“I think Kenzie’s a huge threat. She’s just gonna sail to the final three if they don’t… if they don’t get rid of her,” Jess stated later, while Q said, “She’s a self-starter. Kenzie’s gonna go on the other side and bring in numbers, but those numbers might not benefit me.”


I see this going one of two ways. Either these worries manifest themselves soon and Kenzie is voted out before she gets a chance to sink her fangs into the game. Or, what I think is the more likely scenario, this is all foreshadowing, and not taking out Kenzie here is what will set her up for a deep run in this season.

The reason I see the latter as a more likely possibility is the fact the edit has so far given us a rounded view of Kenzie. It could have easily painted her as arrogant with the way she dismissed Jess and Bhanu as “dinguses.” However, the episode also took the time to show Kenzie’s vulnerable side, which, as mentioned in Venus’ write-up, could be a key factor when it comes to success in this season.

As for Tiffany, this episode proved her content in the premiere wasn’t just circumstantial due to her idol find. She remained a strong presence, commenting on the tribe dynamics and her relationships with Q and Kenzie. There was also somewhat of a reprieve with her reiterating how Jess should have been voted out last week, just as she’d said. This time, she got her way, and Jess went home.


There was also some nice personal content and, again, vulnerability, with the emotion she showed after the immunity challenge. In what I’d describe as a complex confessional, she opened up about perceptions, saying, “Nobody on the other tribes even knows me yet. I don’t want their perception of me to be this crazy, angry Black girl that can’t keep her cool during challenges.”

When a tribe loses the first two immunity challenges, it can be difficult to tell whether the content is long-term important or simply necessary, given who’s attending that night’s tribal. But the complexity and visibility afforded to Kenzie and Tiffany suggest both are crucial characters in this season’s narrative.


Q — This was a solid CP episode for Q; we heard a lot about his thoughts on the current Yanu dynamics and what certain results could mean for his game. The worry is the ominous foreshadowing, specifically in regards to Kenzie. Q correctly recognized Kenzie could throw him under the bus and end up killing his game. Yet, in the end, he kept her around. Sure, he explained his reasoning, not wanting to make a move without Tiffany, but it sets some shaky wheels in motion.

RANDEN — Similarly to Q, there was a ton of ominous foreshadowing in Randen’s edit. Yes, his surprising turnaround with Venus could be the start of a formidable duo. But when you make an alliance with the person you refer to as “the ultimate liar in this game” and how you feel like they will “cut your throat,” it doesn’t scream success.

BEN — Another super positive episode for Ben, who continues to be the Siga tribe’s dean of good vibes. This episode saw him make fire (where he showed vulnerability by crying) and battle with Charlie in a song-list showdown. There was very little, if any, strategy talk, which makes me feel Ben is more of a “big character” edit than a winner contender.

JEM & MORIAH — Very little from these two Siga ladies this week other than their quick comments on the Swift v Metallica battle. I really liked Jem’s lowkey but well-paced premiere last week, and the “Jungle Jem” nickname this week was nice. But if she continues to receive low-vis episodes like this, she will quickly fall down the contender rankings.

SODA — This wasn’t the best episode for Soda. Those flashbacks of her grabbing the immunity idol out of Venus’ hands were… a bad look. She did at least explain why she’d abandoned Venus, telling us she was going with the majority. But there was a negative vibe to her edit in this episode that didn’t fill me with confidence.

TEVIN — A quieter episode for Tevin this week after his big premiere. But we still checked in with him. He told us who he’s closest to (Hunter and Soda) and who he hasn’t clicked with (Venus). But there was a slight dismissiveness to his edit when it came to Venus. It wasn’t quite as negative as Soda’s content, but it was certainly present.


HUNTER — A really under-the-radar episode for Hunter, who only had the one confessional. He did give us a good overview of his approach to the game when he said, “I guess it’s something about being Southern or something about just wanting to collect firewood, but I’ve played it really well because they all think I’m just, you know, the happy-go-lucky country guy who’s just having a good time out here camping. But the reality is I’m here to play hard.” Yet, saying he was confident in finding the idol and then not finding it wasn’t the greatest look.

BHANU — Sadly, I don’t think Bhanu is long for this world. He’s a great character who wears his heart on his sleeve, and, in fitting with this episode’s theme, he isn’t afraid to show his vulnerable side. But he also lets his emotions get the best of him, especially during challenges and tribal council. He is perceived as a liability by his tribemates, and I’m not sure how much longer he can hang on.

LIZ — Liz has such a funny edit. It’s very much character-driven, as we haven’t got any strategic content from her. We’ve learned that she’s an online entrepreneur and rich and also struggles to find a boyfriend because of how rich she is? Her edit is definitely played for laughs, and honestly, I have no idea where her story is heading.

TIM — A quiet episode for Tim, who basically just reminded us that he’s aligned with the Siga men and how he has to be wary of Maria because of her extra vote. His story is very much of the now, with very little pointing to long-term narratives.


Top Tier: Maria, Tiffany, Charlie

Second Tier: Kenzie, Hunter, Jem



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
BenBen OTTP3 OTTP3                        
BhanuBhanu MORP4 OTTN4                        
CharlieCharlie CP3 CPP4                        
HunterHunter CP2 UTR1                        
JemJem MOR2 UTR1                        
KenzieKenzie CP4 CPM5                        
LizLiz UTRN2 OTTN2                        
MariaMaria MORP3 MOR2                        
MoriahMoriah MORP2 UTR1                        
QQ MOR3 CP4                        
RandenRanden UTRN1 CP3                        
SodaSoda MOR3 MORN3                        
TevinTevin CP4 MOR2                        
TiffanyTiffany MOR4 MORP5                        
TimTim MOR2 UTR1                        
VenusVenus MORN3 CPM4                        
JessJess OTTM4 OTTM4                        
JelinskyJelinsky OTTN5                          

Written by

Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

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