In last week’s episode, there was much talk about “black and white,” and people’s loyalties being clearly defined. This week, the topic of conversation will surely land us more in a gray area, as we are…if you believe the episode teases…on the verge of witnessing some Survivor history tonight.
What qualifies something as “Survivor history”-worthy? Usually it means that something truly brilliant and unexpected just happened, like when Parvati dished out not 1 but 2 Immunity Idols at a Tribal during Heroes vs. Villains. Or, more often than not, it refers to something so completely boneheaded and stupid, that you just scratch your head in wonder. Think Erik giving away his Immunity Necklace and then getting voted out, or Ozzy getting blindsided with an Idol in his pocket.
Something tells me Ozzy is on the verge of making Survivor history…in a bad way.
What evidence do we have of this? Here’s tonight’s episode description:
Episode 7 “Trojan Horse” – A TRIBE IS IN SHOCK WHEN ONE OF THEIR OWN MAKES A RISKY PLAY THAT WILL GO DOWN IN SURVIVOR HISTORY, ON “SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26. One tribe calls upon the heavens in hopes of changing their luck, while the other tribe is left in shock when one of their own makes a risky move that will go down in Survivor history.
Analysis. So, if you follow Jeff Probst via Twitter and Tout (and don’t even tell me that you aren’t doing this…get with it!!), you can gather enough obvious evidence to predict what will happen tonight…and it doesn’t seem pretty. Remember this is pure speculation, no spoiler.
First, as part of Jeff Probst’s tease (from EW.com) for tonight’s episode, he tells us that we can expect some “Coach-chi”, which means that it will be Coach’s Upolu tribe that “calls upon the heavens” tonight. The description above tells us that the “other” tribe is left in shock…revealing that Upolu win presumably win tonight’s challenge, sending Savaii to Tribal Council.
As part of the video preview for this week’s episode, we got a seemingly insignificant clip of Ozzy and Cochran chatting, with Ozzy sounding darned close like he was volunteering to go to Redemption Island. With the episode being called “Trojan Horse,” let’s review our history a bit…a Trojan Horse, of course, of course, is from mythology, when the Greeks opposed the Trojans during the Trojan War. A large wooden horse was given as a gift, allowed to enter the city of Troy. Once inside the city walls, it was revealed that there were Greek soldiers inside of the horse, and the Greeks over-ran Troy, winning and ending the war. In a nutshell, a Trojan Horse is something that is served up to your enemy, seemingly harmless, that once inside can do major damage.
So carrying this into the Survivor-realm, does Ozzy serve himself up as a Trojan Horse? Is he sent purposely to Redemption Island with hopes of infiltrating his enemies, or better yet, befriending them only to set up an attack down the road?
All signs point to this being our bit of “Survivor history” this week.
Of course, if any of this was true, it would be famous simply due to the head-scratching stupidity of it all. Ozzy, now seeing himself as a “free agent,” may think he can gain support of his Savaii members by serving himself up. With a merge upcoming, and Ozzy’s reputation as a great challenge competitor, he may only have to win one or two Duels in order to return to the game. If this strategy would work, wouldn’t that be enough to get Savaii back in his good graces post-merge?
Let’s not mince words: Volunteering to go to Redemption Island would definitely go down as one of the dumbest moves in Survivor history, period. If it was truly Ozzy who did it, it would be doubly-impressive, given Ozzy’s history as a bad “social player” and having already left the game once with an Idol in his pocket. He once again has an Idol in his pocket, so if he does volunteer for Redemption, what does he do with the Idol? Take it with him? Give it away? How did we come to this?
Or are we wrong to assume that Ozzy will make a horrific move? Could he volunteer to go, but then play the Idol at the last minute, sending somebody else out of the game? Wouldn’t that qualify as a “brilliant” Survivor-history-type move?
I’m excited to see how far off my anaylsis of tonight’s episode is…what are your thoughts? Probst also Touted that we would never guess, in a million years, who would make this big move. Is that a hint or verification that it will indeed involve Ozzy, but as a brilliant strategist instead of a drifty tree-hugger?
Check back tonight for my full episode recap and find out! Survivor is on at 8 pm EST only on CBS. One other note, for those who follow Jeff Probst on Twitter, he will be tweeting live during the West Coast broadcast this week, not the East Coast like normal…I believe the Touts will remain on East Coast time?? Either way, you can check in on them if you’re an East Coaster like myself, starting at 11 pm EST.
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