Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Kaoh Rong Episode 5 “The Devils You Know”

It’s swap time on the fifth episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong, leading to a debate over how much is truly in the hands of the players, and how much is just plain luck.

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Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Kaoh Rong episode 5 “The Devils You Know”

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Was Anna screwed by the swap? What could she have done differently?
  • Was voting her out the wrong move? Why did Aubry want to vote out Tai instead?
  • Should Tai have played his idol?
  • What did we think of Scot’s play? Is knowledge of both idols that valuable?
  • Peter is just awful at this, isn’t he?
  • Is Debbie actually good at Survivor?
  • Will Jason and Cydney remain in power, or was this a one-time deal?
  • Is the Intentional Matsing strategy legitimate?
  • More outlandish evacuation scenarios. Because no one almost died this week.

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9 thoughts on “Purple Rock Survivor Podcast: Kaoh Rong Episode 5 “The Devils You Know”

  1. The vocab nerd in me appreciates Andy’s usage and pronunciation of the word “prescient.”

  2. In trying to think up a way Anna would have succeeded in not being screwed here, I think Andy hit on the only real answer: be close enough to Tai pre-swap that he feels like saving you with his idol is a good move for him, and she didn’t do that.

    That said, that’s a high degree of difficulty play that takes a lot of foresight and expectation on how badly things are going to go wrong that you have to rely on Tai for that, so it’s tough to be too hard on Anna for not quite achieving that.

    1. I think this is simply a textbook example of being put in a hopeless position by the swap. Even if Anna had allied more closely with Tai before the swap, he was never going to be ahead of Julia in her pecking order, and by the same token, Anna was never going to be more than marginally more valuable than Julia to Tai, certainly not to the point where it’s worth expending his idol for.

      I think that once Anna went down the road of throwing Tai under the bus, she should have gone all the way and told the Brains that Tai has the idol and needs to be blind-sided.

      1. Oh, I agree her position is hopeless. There’s been a lot of arguments on what she should have done and Andy’s take was the only one I found that would even be remotely helpful. And even that one is really frickin hard to achieve.

        The key is to make each person in your tribe think you’re their number one ally. If it was Caleb in Anna’s position, or Tai thinks Anna is the equivalent of what Caleb was to him, than there’s a lot more likely scenario that Tai plays his idol. However, saying that’s easier said than done is a massive understatement.

        If Anna tells the brains Tai has an idol, they probably vote for Anna to be safe. Tai is too likely to play an idol in that scenario for them to risk anything else.

  3. I haven’t finished the podcast yet, so maybe this has been addressed but —

    If having an uneven-swap was so undesirable (Jeff made it sound like they had no choice), then why didn’t they do the swap after Caleb was medivaced? It wouldn’t have been THAT hard to switch the 3-tribe immunity challenge to a 2-tribe immunity challenge.

    Anna was screwed by chance, she pulled the short stick. There was really no way to counter the fact that Julia was coming back from exile-beach. Unless maybe she was Tony and it was a tribe full of Woo’s….

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