Survivor NZ – Episode 9 & 10 Recap

It’s time for this week’s check-in with those crazy Kiwis competing for peanuts.

Episode 9

It’s week 5 of Survivor NZ and the boys have gotten rid of big bad Shay. Now boys will be boys and by that I mean they will do incomprehensible things like pulling an enormous log to camp and sing nonsense chants. Honestly gentleman, if this is what you are like in groups without women I’m thankful to have been born with a vagina. (not all men obviously). Jak says one of the dumbest things a man can say when he said: “no girls can tell us what to do and we are ready to take over the world”. Bruv, you have the world, you’ve had it for time immemorial. You’ve lost a tiny bit of it and you think the sky has fallen in.

It’s time for Redemption Island. That’s early you think, well it is. Everyone is invited to the duel which pricks up everyone’s ears and they all think MERGE; and it is! The winner from the Duel re-enters the game. It’s a house of cards challenge and both sides want their ally back in obviously.
Georgia starts off badly, she’s shaking and can’t get a base but she fights her way back into it. Suddenly all of Georgia’s fall and Shay manages to finish before Georgia really gets started again. I fear we lost one of the most dynamic players this season pre-merge. Georgia had the combination of strategic thinking and interesting personality this show is lacking at this point and it sucks to see her go. Even if I’m a little excited by the fact that the boys alliance shouldn’t be able to easily get the numbers post merge.

The Casar Tribe goes back to camp for the merge feast and now it’s game on. Interestingly when Mike lays out the split he believes it is 5-5 and he has Shannon but I’m not sure that will be the case and if the writing is on the wall there is a good chance Tom will jump ship too. Avi and Shay talk and Shay has seen through Tom’s vote rouse of the last tribal.
Avi wants to bring Tom back in but Shay is not interested.

It really is game on, Shannon is pretending to be in with the boys, or is she pretending? She doesn’t seem to be and Shannon is well away that being in the middle isn’t great as you are on the bottom whichever way you choose and the other side will hate you. Well unless you are Tony or Officer Sarah. The boys are working on Avi, Tom and Jak want to convince him that it would be Avi, Shannon, Tom and Jak as the top 4.

Reward Challenge is a memory one and Mike wins, he choses Shay and Shannon to share it because they came 3rd and 2nd respectively which is a nice move. (Tom also came 3rd and let the ladies have it). They have 5 minutes to eat it and it’s gross.

Jak refuses to shut up, he has exceptional pop culture knowledge but he will not close his goddamn mouth about them. Lee is Kiwi Ozzy, he decides to build a new shelter to better use the tarp. He has nicer hair than Ozzy too. Then I’ll be honest my stream went down so I didn’t watch the last 5 minutes of the episode.

Episode 10

We come back and Lee is still being Mr Camplife. He even vocalises that he is completely Ozzy 1.0, he isn’t strategizing, just fishing, building and being island boy generally.

Tom continues to work on Avi, telling him that they should go to the end with Barb. Avi though has the whole game mapped out though and that can only mean that Avi is going to get blindsided at some point.
This episode is basically a continuation of the previous until the challenge. Shannon is in the middle and needs to decide which side she’s on but it’s fairly obvious she’s with Avi and the old people. They get on great (I ship it). The boys keep working on Shannon and Avi and the old people are just sitting tight.
Lee then burns a horn that Nate wanted to bring home to his son or something. Nate doesn’t like Lee doing things his own way.

Immunity: Oh Jesus, the immunity necklace looks like a rather talented 7 year old made it as a Mother’s Day gift. The challenge is to balance a ball on a disc held up by ropes. The ball innuendo is strong. There is a lot of wind and it takes people out quickly. Mike wins and he really needed to and then Barb passes out standing up after putting in a bloody great performance in the challenge. The weird thing is we don’t see anything of the treatment and the tribe go back to camp without her.
Barb’s absence makes things slightly interesting, it gives Shannon a lot more power. But it’s fine, she’s back. The boys are playing cards (yes playing cards!) with Avi.

It’s Tribal time. What’s it all about Nate? It’s about trust, Shannon agrees. Lee talks about the complex the new tribe is. Sala talks about big moves earning respect. Blah, blah tribal is everything you expect it to be, no big revelations or anything. They vote and Matt is getting the hang of pulling them out and reading them. Lee is voted out 6-4 as expected but he’s not on the Jury, he’s off to Redemption Island and in true Ozzy fashion he points at someone probably Shannon or Avi and says “you better hope you don’t make it to Redemption Island”. How can he be surprised by this? Avi was never flipping, he did the bare minimum to convince the boys he would and after Mike he’s the obvious physical threat.

WAIT, it’s a surprise immunity challenge there at Tribal. How very early Survivor of them, I assume this is so they can have a redemption duel next episode. But no… CLIFF HANGER.

Survivor NZ Edgic 

Edgic continues to support Georgia making it back from Redemption Island and winning the whole thing.

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Kemper Boyd became a fan of Survivor after watching Cook Islands because of all the press about the theme, she managed to watch every season by the start of Fiji and has been watching and rewatching ever since. Oh and she's super British so that explains the extra U's in words.

Favourite seasons: HvV, Pearl Islands, Cook Islands, Micronesia, SJDS

Favourite players: Sandra, Kim, Courtney, Parvati, Yul
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  • Mike Hirsch

    Despite not watching at all, feeling pretty good about my Shannon pick. I credit the edgic chart.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Note to self make edgic less realistic if that is remotely possible.

  • Assistant Dragon Slayer

    It could be worse, @disqus_R9cNRvxsfG:disqus: Olympic athlete Kostas Kokkinakas (water polo, 2008 and 2012) was the 13th player voted out of Survivor Greece in Episode 68. They’re now down to the final 9.

    • Diego Armando

      Holy Hell! Is the entire country playing?

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        No, they started with 25. 13 voted out, two quits, one medevac (car accident; which, whaaa?)

        • Figaro

          Whaaaat? That’s insane! Is it at least good Survivor or are there just A LOT of scenes of camp life?

          • Kemper Boyd

            I once floated the idea of doing a 32 person season. It begins as two seperate games of 3 tribe Survivor and when those two games hits 10 people they don’t merge but they start again in 2 tribes at the beginning of a 20 person game.
            I do not like this anymore. It’s too many people and too much Survivor.

          • Figaro

            That’s a really cool idea, but yeah it would probably be too messy to work as a season of Survivor. Hypothetically though I’d love to see how the two tribes of 10 would view each other. I think each tribe could potentially be more cohesive and that competition would be even more fierce because the other tribe is essentially an unknown quantity to them… although it might also make it less likely for people to flip. Would be cool to see.

          • Kemper Boyd

            OR those tribes would already have unfixable fault lines which could be fun. But it’s too many people to keep up with unless it returnees.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            A bunch of episodes are on YouTube. Not only are they up to 71 episodes now, but some episodes appear to last 2-3 hours. They seem to spend a tremendous amount of time on challenges.

        • Diego Armando

          First: Do they edit nothing and just have an episode developed to pre-Challenge, a challenge episode, a post challenge episode, and a tribridal episode?

          Second: How do the viewers put up with this? There are more episodes of 1 Greek Survivor Season than all of Game of Thrones.

          Third: Why was there a car in Survivor?

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            As far as I can piece together from Wikipedia and YouTube, the show runs every night from Sunday through Thursday, with one elimination per week.

            It seems like they throw in elements of every reality competition you can think of. The sheer length of the season is quite Big Brother like. During tribals all the players are shown with long chyrons of texts that includes URLs and phone numbers so I think there’s a viewer vote component. One of the (extremely long) challenges was essentially karaoke with a live backing band, with the other players rating them from 1-10, so it was basically Grecian Idol.

            Many of the challenges involve an obstacle course that the players run in teams but in 1-1 matchups. First team to 10 points wins. So if each heat averages five minutes and the final score is 10-8 that’s 90 minutes of show right there.

            The kicker is that the current season is half celebrities, half non-celebrities. I dunno, if I had so few gigs that I could go on a 100-episode season of Survivor, I’d fire my agent.

          • Diego Armando

            This is reminding me of when I watched a season of Last Comic Standing. It was a train wreck. The producers had watched American Idol and Survivor and decided to copy those, but had no idea what made either of them work. Let’s have them do a reward challenge with no reward. Let’s have them do vote outs and we have to watch EVERY SINGLE VOTE AND SPEECH VOTING SPEECH. Let’s change this from self contained format to audience vote format. It was dumb.

          • Diego Armando

            Why is karaoke a Survivor challenge? Why are they interacting with outside the game players? Why was there a car? This does not sound real.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Yeah but Survivor Australia is coming ADS. It’s coming.

  • Diego Armando

    So the Immunity Necklace was made by the same person who did the Game Changers one.

  • Figaro

    I was really hoping they would drop redemption island after the merge and also drop to one regular hour-long episode a week, but alas…

  • Maritimer

    My thoughts after an aggressive binge watch to catch up (featuring 8 episodes in 2 days):
    1) I’m sad the Nate/Barb side won out because I cannot stand those two, they are so bitter about everything. I like the rest though they are all incredibly boring since Georgia left. Its going to get more boring since we seem headed straight for Pagong city. I’m pulling for Mike because shallowness.
    2) Host-guy (I haven’t learned his name) needs to find his own personal groove a bit more and try to imitate Probst less
    3) The editing is just so weird. I feel like every boot has been pretty strongly telegraphed. They can only make nothing happen for so long without tipping their hand. The fact that these people are so boring makes the episodes just drag and they tell the same story 2 or 3 times by the time each episode pair is complete, sometimes literally showing the same scene twice

    • HBO CEO of Tits

      I find barb much more bitter than nate.

      • Maritimer

        Shannon is a clear favourite gameplay wise for sure. But y’know, the shallow thing again. This episode did show some promise. If they mix it up a bit instead of Pagonging the post-merge could be alright

  • turgid_legume

    I can get behind Shannon and Avi as decent players, and the edit seems to favor them. Everyone else is a bore or a drip or a boring drip. Pacing is still glacial, production values are still poor, boot tension still nonexistent. The only reason I’m still watching this is because I’ve been enjoying Nick’s podcast.

    • Maritimer

      What’s a drip?

      • HBO CEO of Tits

        A drip is what your grandma called the people too boring to become your grandpa.