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IS WE STILL DOIN THE PLAN REED??????

Yeah. I think they created a big deal out of the bigot and racist thing because it made for "great" television (I agree with Srar, it was just strange), but I think it was fairly obvious that Josh was

I don't like Missy and I don't like Baylor when she is around Missy. I don't mind Natalie but I can't stand the twins when they are together

They are the brothers. Alec is the one still around. Drew was already voted off.

This is my bi-annual rant about Survivor. Last weeks quit took the wind out of the sails for me. It's a testament to poor casting when you place somebody on the show who is willingly to quit. The first six seasons of Survivor didn't feature a single quit. The last 10 seasons have basically had a quitter per season. Go back and watch the episode where Osten "quits" (when they are at tribal council and he is still in fact voted out) in Pearl Island. Jeff Probst goes apeshit. Last season he said it was a good that Lindsay quit. It really sort of devalues the show when you've got people saying "oh, no big deal, I'm just going to leave because I want a vacation with my boyfriend" or "I can't deal with this person, I'm going to punch them in the face, so I quit" and it is just this accepted part of what happens.

Also, the last few seasons of Survivor have been good or okay; just not great. Even this season. It does feel a bit boring. A few seasons ago I was saying "it'd be nice to see some fresh faces, lets stop bringing Survivors back". But the cast just hasn't really turned out to be all that strong this season and there isn't really anybody standing out to me. I think a large part of that is editing and the presentation of the show. Everything being shown is related to who is being voted off or what the strategies are. I think my favorite moment of the season so far was Baylor and Alec arguing a few weeks back. It didn't explain why anybody was voting some off or why so-so got kicked off. It was a character building scene. You got to know something about Alec and you got to figure out who his character was. It may explain why he does something in the show, but it also just might explain to who Alec is. I kind of dug the Jeremy and Keith stuff that was happening about bonding and being firefighters, but it instantly became so strategic focused.

I think what the show needs is a really great and different season. And I'm not talking about something so twist heavy or something that instantly changes the game. Post-Russell and HvV, the show has really become just strategy, strategy, strategy. Strategy obviously has to be part of the game, but we need the characters and we need the stories to go along with it. And everything on the show revolves around strategy. I think the show needs somebody to come along who is dynamic and interesting and who needs to shake up the formula.

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This is a really bad cast, man. This is a really bad cast. Of the players left I like Reed and Natalie of all people and that's kind of it? Keith's kind of alright.

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Yeah. Jon and Jaclyn are dumb. So dumb. Jaclyn's entire reason for wanting to join up with the Jeremy and Natalie to begin with was iffy. So the boys are crass and they don't talk to you. That doesn't necessarily make them worse allies than Jeremy and Natalie, both of whom have been vocal in voting off pairs. And even if that were the case that you wanted to join Jeremy and Natalie, why would you vote off Josh, who was the only one who seemingly was talking to you and relating to you and wanted to work with you? Why not insist you won't vote with them unless they targeted somebody like Wes or Alec?

But you made your (dumb) decision. You no longer wanted to be with the boys and you switch sides. But the next week you flip and vote off Jeremy. So basically, you fucked over Alec/Wes/Keith/Reed/Josh. Your next move is than to flip and fuck over Jeremy/Natalie. That makes no sense. Nobody is going to trust you anymore in the game. You basically just put a sign above your head that says 'nobody trust us'. I don't really see the benefit in Missy and Baylor voting off Jeremy either. So he is a jury threat. You've still got 5-6 votes left to take him out. Missy knows that Alec, Wes and Keith want her daughter off. She effectively took out one person who wasn't going to vote her daughter out and kept 3 people who want her daughter out. It is a terrible decision.

I'm with GoGo. The only two people who I'd be okay with winning at this point would be Reed and Natalie. Jon and Jaclyn are complete idiots. Missy and Baylor are out to to lunch. Keith is funny, but dumber than a bag of rocks. Wes and Alec have no social skills.

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Give it a week (or two) and I'd have been fine with Jeremy being blindsided but as of right now, they know Keith/Wes has an idol, so this week I'd have voted out Reed (who is now my favourite, even if he did betray Keith because... lol... Keith). With Reed gone, then the six (Jeremey, Jon, Jaklyn, Natalie, Baylor and Missy) split their votes for Keith and Wes to flush the idol. With then vote out whichever of them doesn't play the idol.

Instead Jon and Jaklyn pretty much ruined any chance they had at winning this game because well Jon is an utter moron.

The only people I want to see win this now... are Reed, Keith or Natalie (and I can't believe I am rooting for Natalie.)

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Josh and Reed have a habit of getting screwed by the terrible players around them.

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I fully expected to hate Josh and Reed this season because they reeked of being smug, but they actually were pretty likeable this season, knew how to play the game and did really great in challenges. Even Reed has been great the last few weeks after being quiet for the first half. I wouldn't mind seeing either of them get another shot.

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Pretty much down to her or Reed for me.

Nathalie handled Tribal Council (and for the matter getting something from realizing professional dancer Reed was not going to lose that endurance challenge) very well and is now in a position of power with the only idol left.

Although, part of me things it would be hilarious if suddenly, right near the end, Keith reveals himself to be a Verbal Kint type character. Which... isn't going to happen but I would love it if he played it off that way.

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I'm no longer indifferent about Natalie after this latest episode. Her, Reed and Keith are the only people I like. Jon may have proved he's not a total idiot with the blindside on Jeremy, but I hope he gets the boot soon since his idol is adios.

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I actually think the jury is LOVING watching these tribal councils, especially with the twists and the turns and the weeble-wobble-but-don't-get-voted-out style of Keith.

The jury would have savaged Jon (especially Jeremy), now, I think they're enjoying the front row seats for the main event.

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Overall a poor season it but is definitely refreshing to have a season where the players dominating the edits as the obvious winners have been cut down one after the other after the other. Cagayan was a little different in that it was chaotic the whole way through, but Blood vs. Water and Caramoan were one-sided games and Philippines was mostly a matter of who would win between Malcolm and Denise.

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For most of the game I really wanted to see Keith win. In the last few weeks I started to soften on my Anti-Twinnie stance as Nat was great without her sister and once Jeremy went out her game was great so I would have been happy with a Nat win too, so I'm glad at least one of the two won. That next to last tribal council was awesome I actually started cheering when they got Baylor out.

Reeds speech... Wow.

Fun end to the season that was otherwise eh. Not sure what to make of White Collar/Blue Collar/No Collar.

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I feel like this is the first season in a while not to have renewals announced by the end of the fall premiere. Very interesting. My guess is that it is getting moved nights or the budget is going to be slashed.

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