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Ownage. Like I’ve never seen.
Kim Spradlin’s buddy Chelsea Meissner put it pretty well — after Kim won her fourth immunity challenge on “Survivor: One World” — “You’re a beast.”
Yep. She’s a beast and she’s the best.
Kim just won that immunity, taking her to the final 3, so she hasn’t quite won yet. But she will win. She has to. “Survivor” should quit itself if she doesn’t.
*Update* She did it! Kim won. Sabrina got two votes, somehow, but the jury did its job. *End update*
It’s not like Kim *only* played against fools, like Boston Rob on “Redemption Island.” There were some actual players out there, but they were deluded by Kim’s baby blues and her ability to play both sides but still get people to trust her. And she never gloated to the people she beat, unlike Russell Hantz.
Kim stayed true to her original alliance with Chelsea and Sabrina Thompson, so she can be trusted for some things.
I just hope that doesn’t come back to bite her in the butt here at the end. Because people like Kat are in the jury and they are bitter, bitter, bitter. (*Update* Actually, Kat ditched her bitterness! Instead, she asked the jury to not be mad, because she’s going to have to have surgery again and it’s taught her … whatever. Point is: She’s not bitter anymore.)
Parvati — who should’ve been the first person to win “Survivor” twice, first on “Fans vs. Favorites” and again on “Heroes vs. Villains” — became a “Survivor” icon through flirting, winning challenges and backstabbing. She was the original leader of an all-women alliance, but she didn’t dominate as much as Kim.
Sandra is the first person to win “Survivor” twice, illustrating Jeff Probst’s point about how sometimes the most unlikely people win this game.
And Stephenie is the ultimate female challenge dominator (at least on “Palau,” when she was the strongest member of her dying tribe) — not just when it comes to balancing things or challenges that tend to benefit smaller people.
Kim combined them all — she backstabbed, won every kind of challenge and played an amazing social game, getting people to trust her with their lives even as she had them wrapped around her fingers.
She’s like Amanda, if Amanda didn’t always choke in the end.
I disagree with Mike that Kim should’ve found someone else to blame for her blindsides. She should take pride in them. And she did. She’s not sorry. Kim showed you can lie, backstab and blindside and still come across as a good person. The final Tribal Council was sweet and emotional instead of harsh and bitter because of the tone Kim set. She’s that freakin’ good.
Oh and she won Player of the Season too. Jury picked her. America picked her. $1,100,000 — not bad for about 40 days of work.
I can’t wait to see Kim back on a Winners season. How would she do against Parvati, Boston Rob, Tom Westman and the other power players?
Catch up on my “Survivor” stories in this little archive.
It’s been a while since I added something to my Things That Are Obvious file, but now is the time.
Most of the men and women of “Survivor: One World” have been a series of cringe-worthy stereotypes. But at this point a few decent frontrunners are emerging — and others are eating wood and accusing tribe-mates of “subliminally harassing” them because of a bias against plastic surgeons. (Tarzan, you are officially the Phillip Sheppard of this season. Enjoy the crispy rice.)
It’s pretty obvious that the one player who has been strong the whole season — not just in the halcyon post-Colton weeks — is Kim Spradlin. She’s smart. She’s sly. She seems trustworthy but she’s not afraid to lie. She’s good at damage control. She had no real enemies up to tonight’s “Just Annihilate Them” blindside, whereas her #1 ally, Chelsea Meissner, is currently feuding with Tarzan (and his “rantics”). Chelsea also potentially blew the women’s alliance by asking Jay Byars if he’d like to vote out his own buddy, Mike — and she asked it in front of two people who were not supposed to be in their alliance. Those two people were women, showing Jay that a women’s alliance existed, as opposed to the tight Salani alliance he was counting on. Oops. Even the mild-mannered Kim called her friend’s move “asinine.”
Here’s why I love Kim: She diffused that bomb masterfully. Smartly nervous Jay was about to tell Mike that his name came up, but Kim cut him right off and volunteered Christina as the one to go next. They wanted a woman to go home. She knew it. They bought it. Mike went home instead. (One thing that confuses me: It looks like Jay DID vote for Mike in the end. How did that conversation play out?)
Now the women have the majority. And it’s Kim’s doing. (Although, if you look at the votes, both Alicia and Christina voted for Tarzan to leave, not Mike. So is there really a women’s alliance or just a *selective* alliance led by three women?)
So here’s what I’m thinking — Kim made a huge, smart move but it was based on lies and deception, so will she be rewarded for that if she makes it to the end or will the men bash her in final tribal? She convinced Troyzan that Mike had it in for him — ’cause Troy just doesn’t like Mike for some reason — but the truth will eventually come out.
Big power players rarely get rewarded as often as whoever sits next to them. So will Chelsea or Sabrina — Kim’s main allies — end up winning over her? Will Jay convince Kat — who is as thick as the wood Tarzan was eating — to leave the women’s alliance and target Kim? Or will Kim continue to be brilliant, use her hidden idol wisely and stay smart and charming enough to win that million dollars as the queen bee and next Parvati Shallow?
Even before the season started I picked Kim as the most likely to win. Usually my winner predictions are wrong, but that person usually ends up being the Player of the Season. (I picked Russell Hantz before “Samoa” started and Jane Bright before “Nicaragua.”)
So, whatever else happens, Kim will hopefully win at least one title this season.