Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Kaoh Rong Episode 1 “I’m a Mental Giant”

Survivor: Kaôh Rōng has begun, and thus so has the time for the Purple Rock Survivor Podcast to totally renege on our preseason analysis. Let’s find out what we think about the new cast members now that we have actual things to judge them on!


Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Kaoh Rong episode 1 “I’m a Mental Giant”

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • First impressions of the episode, the season, and the tribes.
  • Why Darnell? How not Alecia?
  • Is it common knowledge that you have to hold your googles while diving?
  • The ear worm! OH GOD THE EAR WORM!
  • Maybe it’s a good idea to acknowledge the humanity of your tribe mates by learning their names.
  • Tai Trang is an awesome human being and those that don’t think so can leave.
  • The Brains tribe is a whole lot more functional than is preferable.
  • You know, except Debbie.
  • What sort of medevac situations we can expect this season.

Of course, we always welcome your comments. You can leave a comment here, tweet us (@purplerockpod, @purplerockjohn, @purplerockandy), or email us at purplerockpodcast on gmail. Thanks for listening and/or watching!

  • sharculese

    Was it not stations on that challenge? I thought the deal was that the people who pulled the ropes had to start the last part, and you do not not want Alecia to be one of the people pushing the boat down that track.

    • andythesaint

      They had to complete the boat hauling before they could run to the puzzle. At which point, it looked like anyone could sub in. Thus, Alecia doing the puzzle didn’t limit her participation elsewhere. And thus it was not a matter of putting her somewhere she’d do the least amount of damage (instead, it was the opposite).

      • sharculese

        Right, what I’m saying was I thought, but I’m not sure, that the idea was that the two people on the rope-pulling end, as opposed to the people physically pushing the boat up the beach (not the berthing the boat part, the part after the wheels are on), had to be the ones who started the final stage of the challenge. And if that’s the case, I can completely understand why that was the position they put Alecia in, because she was not going to be lending anything to pushing that boat.

        • andythesaint

          You could be right. I rarely ever pay attention when Probst is explaining the challenge.

          • I honestly feel like this was a really confusing explanation for a pretty straight-forward challenge.

          • Hornacek

            Stop getting lost in Probst’s clear blue eyes and pay attention to what he’s saying!

  • sharculese

    Awww, thanks guys. Yeah, Beauty are on Bayon beach. It looked that way in the episode, and apparently Joe confirmed it on twitter.

    As for what went wrong with Tai, I think the better comparison than Tony is Kelley last season and her strategy of “I am going to look for supplies, here are the supplies I have found piled conspicuously, in case anyone walks by and asks what I’m doing.”

  • sharculese

    Is the comment about Neal not being Jewish some weird high-level sarcasm I’m not picking up on? His company makes Hannukah themed ice cream.

      • sharculese

        This is the worst I’ve felt about my Jewdar since I was confused why Cochran kept setting it off. But at least he actually turned out be one of us.

      • That seems to be a pretty high contingent of Catholics on a cast.

        • DrVanNostrand

          Raised Catholic =/= Catholic. In fact, one of the best ways to alienate your children from religion altogether is to bore them to tears every Sunday morning in a Catholic church. At least that’s my family’s experience. My Mom is 0/4, but we were all most definitely raised Catholic.

          • That is a valid point. I’m sorry for this mass assumption (pun totally not intended). I guess I am just not used to seeing such a large number of people from one sect of Christianity on this show. When we do get religion covered, it is often one person from various sects.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Raised in a secular household (in fact, my mom is a lapsed Catholic!), but went to a Jesuit university so I can confirm this. It sticks for some, but I have many friends from Catholic backgrounds who are no longer religious in the slightest.

          • DrVanNostrand

            “Raised Catholic” is almost a lapsed Catholic code word, or dog whistle. If I hear someone say they were raised Catholic, I’ll often ask if they are lapsed, and they usually are, or at least not actively practicing. Otherwise, they would just say they were Catholic. It’s like a club where we’re all like, “I feel your pain”.

    • Purple Rock Emma

      He’s pretty into social justice, so he’s probably just being inclusive.

      • sharculese

        I read that in an interview he did with a Jewish San Francisco weekly, which is the extra confusing part.

        http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/69411/talking-with-an-ice-cream-man-who-likes-it-green/

        • Kemper Boyd

          Maybe his dad is or like his dad’s parents? I was raised secular but my mum is Jewish and her parents were married in schul so it am Jewish.

          • sharculese

            Neither of my parents are religious, but my dad’s family are anti-Semitic, which kind of led me to identify as Jewish by default, even though I haven’t been to a temple since I had friends who were Bar Mitzvah age.

          • Kemper Boyd

            I haven’t been since the last of my mum’s cousins kids were Bat/Bar Mitzvahed so 20 years I guess. My dad’s side weren’t anti-semitic so much as classic British xenophobic. I’ve alway identified as Jewish because it’s such an important part of my mum’s identity. I too have Jewdar though, it’s so funny how even those of us who are culturally Jewish can sniff each other out! There are far fewer Jews in the UK than the US and a large percentage is orthodox.

  • Mike Hirsch

    You should call the medical evacuation section “Survivor: Whatever Can Kaôh Rōng Will Kaôh Rōng.”

    • andythesaint

      We’ve decided to try and be the only Survivor-related site to avoid the Koah Rong wordplay.

      • Mike Hirsch

        I appreciate the restraint, even if I don’t necessarily agree with it.

        • andythesaint

          It’s less a critique of the idea and more of not wanting to steal someone else’s joke.

      • Purple Rock Emma

        I’m choosing to believe this is a gift to me.

      • Sylvisual

        Don’t give me ideas.

  • gouis

    Thanks for not bug-shaming me about those roaches. It’s just the kind of thing that happens when you live in an attic in Georgia. My description in person is much more detailed and gruesome.

    • DrVanNostrand

      I’ve never been so happy to have rock hard earwax accumulations. Although, now that I think about it, that just makes me super susceptible after cleaning…

      • Saturday Evening Palsy

        But don’t they feed on earwax? Kinda like how spiders drink sleeping people’s tears?

  • Roswulf

    Now that she’s gotten your “official” dismissal, I’m looking forward to Alecia fulfilling her destiny as the new Tony Vlachos.

    I mean, they are basically the same player. In that they both suck at puzzles and lie unnecessarily.

    • If this happens, I might have to give up podcasting.

    • itsafuckingSTICK

      Tony had drive, though. He may have been terrible at puzzles but he would at least try, rather than stand there and play with his hair.

      • sweaterfan

        Tony frantically moving the tiles around in the slide puzzle in the Cagayan finale (I think?) is one of the most memorable moments of that season. In my household we now call that “Tonying” a puzzle. http://i.imgflip.com/8wr6d.gif

        • Other Scott

          I’m still amazed taking that approach to Survivor actually seems to work.

        • itsafuckingSTICK

          I have NO IDEA how to complete a slide puzzle, but I know that once you learn the trick they’re supposed to be relatively simple. I wish the CBS bios for the castaways would include a simple yes or no response to the question, “Have you studied slide puzzles?” It would make choosing my fantasy picks so much easier.

          • The slide puzzle trick is fairly simple, although I can imagine it might be tougher to calmly remember it in the middle of a stressful competition. At a local science museum they had some tangram puzzles (like the kind Spencer finished so quickly last season). And as I finished the first one in 37 seconds, I yelled, “Suck it, Spencer!”

          • itsafuckingSTICK

            Tangrams I can do, and I feel like could be learned on the fly by someone who’s never done one before. But the slide puzzle really is something that any prospective castaway should spend a day or so practicing.

  • turgid_legume

    This is going to sound like a random question, but does Alecia have tattooed eyeliner?

    • gouis

      It looks like she does. I have a friend who did this.

      • From what I remember, some Survivor women do that in order to have “makeup” on while they are out there. The most recent example was Carolyn, whose permanent eyeliner was so dark that in night vision they stood out.

        • andythesaint

          Didn’t Sierra have it too?

          • If I remember, her weird makeup thing was that she shaved off her eyebrows and had them tattooed on.

          • andythesaint

            That’s probably it.

          • Purplerockmatt

            goddammit stop doing this to yourselves people

          • I agree. I would rather them be natural out there rather than seeing people on day 11 with eyeliner still on (I’m looking at you, Katie Hanson).

          • Purple Rock Emma

            In Sierra’s defense, IIRC hers was more a case of having lost part of her eyebrows for some reason, and that’s why she had them tattooed on to fill it in. Although I could be wrong.

          • sharculese

            iirc it’s because she was in a pretty serious car accident

          • Holy crap, now I feel like a terrible person. I have never heard that story before. However, I never really noticed Sierra’s eyebrows the way I noticed Carolyn’s eyeliner.

  • tocantins

    It would be fitting with the season theme if someone were medivac’d in the F2. It would certainly be a first time ever. And it would be especially funny if a super goat were to win that way. (But now that you said that Jeff spoiled the number of medivacs, this seems unlikely; probably they will all happen in the beginning of the season, otherwise.he wouldn’t spoil it.)

    • Other Scott

      I just like the fact we’re basically guaranteed a final 2 this season.

      • Kemper Boyd

        I don’t mind a suprise final 2. Just not when they take out Cirie

    • Roswulf

      I’m thinking they Medevac BOTH of the final 2, and then give a million dollars to Spencer in a Rupert-style finale-fan vote.

      Hey, it would explain bumping this season until after Second Chances.*

      *I realize there are other, actually plausible explanations for this.

    • I mean, in theory, we came dangerously close in Panama. Had it happened, we would have had Danielle DiLorenzo as a Sole Survivor winner.

  • I cannot wait for the mysterious event that is happening in March. I have a feeling it will be madnes!

    In all seriousness, I am hoping for a bracket of favorite tribes or episodes.

    • Saturday Evening Palsy

      All time favorite winners!

      • But, that was sorta the bracket last year.

        • Saturday Evening Palsy

          I think I was still just at the AVClub last March.

          • Fair enough. Welcome to what I have to assume is March Madness!