“Survivor: South Pacific” player Brandon Hantz is an interesting character. While he showed viewers last week that he has Hantz blood in him, he isn’t the evil mastermind his uncle, Russell, was on his seasons. Instead of continuing with his lying ways, Brandon came clean on Wednesday’s episode – telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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Viewers saw him struggle with the secret of his true identity last week, and it just seemed as if all was not right in his mind. He was taking issue with Mikayla for no reason, and he was copping at tribal council to lies he told even though no one asked for his opinion. This week was apparently his breaking point, though, as he finally told his tribe he was a Hantz – a name that brings about a lot of negative feelings in the world of “Survivor.” Everyone was shocked, but most of the tribe was willing to forgive and forget; unfortunately, even with forgive and forget, it wasn’t long before the tribe was feeling uneasy about Brandon’s ability to control himself. Frustrated that Mikayla wouldn’t accept his apology, Brandon basically threw her under the bus in front of the tribe. It freaked everyone out, Brandon included – he later broke down in tears, asking God to help him stop sinning – and it made the tribe question whether it was safe to keep such a loose cannon. The sad part about Brandon is that he’s only trying to do right by his morals and his beliefs; but this is “Survivor,” and Matt Elrod would be the first to tell you religion has no place in this game.
Despite a tough few days at camp, Upolu managed to stay out of tribal council. Going into tribal council, still feeling the sting of losing an intensely physical challenge, it was all about ridding the tribe of the weak. The tribe made the decision before council to send Mark “Papa Bear” Caruso to Redemption Island, using Cochran as the pawn. Pawn or no pawn, Papa Bear knew he was going home, so he spent a lot of time prior to council looking for the hidden immunity idol. Unfortunately, his searching was incredibly obvious, so his suspicious behavior created more of a reason to send him home. He never found the idol (Ozzy has it, so viewers knew he was searching for nothing), so his last ditch effort was to create an idol – a last ditch effort of many past castaways, not one which has won the $1 million.
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To make room for Mark, one of the inhabitants of Redemption Island had to go home, making episode three the first true elimination episode. The battle was Semhar, formally of Savaii and voted out on day three, versus Christine, formally of Upolu and voted out on day five. The object of the challenge was to balance a totem on a continually growing pole longer than your opponent. I, like Coach, was looking for Christine to go home, as she has talked herself up without proving she is worthy – an incredibly annoying trait whether in real life or the game of “Survivor.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t her time to go. Semhar Tadesse’s totem fell first, making her the first player officially eliminated from “Survivor: South Pacific.”
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