Survivor NZ Recap – Episodes 5 & 6

Kemper Boyd continues her descent into the Kiwi madness that is Survivor NZ

Episode 5

Previously on Survivor NZ Izzy went home and now she’s at Redemption Island with Tony who is still salty as all hell. He calls Shay trash, stupid and other rude names, I get the feeling this is how he makes himself feel better about his anger.

It’s Day 9 and Hermosa are complaining about how skinny they are, it’s only going to get worse. Jak floats the idea that they need to throw a challenge to get rid of Barb or Nate to stop them flipping. Lee says, “no one wants to lie to someone’s faces, no one wants to backstab”. Lee what game do you think you are playing you idiot? This is Survivor!
Nate knows they’ll be thinking about throwing the challenge, he can be pretty observant when he wants to be. Cop work.

Avi seems to think that Jak is not in with the young’un alliance over at Hermosa, just because Jak has sat out a challenge.

Reward challenge is the JT Thomas Tooth Memorial Challenge for fishing gear. Nate wants to use the challenge to bond with Sala, it’s a good idea. Mogoton catch three off Barb’s slingshots. Going to 5 on this challenge was a bad idea, way too long a challenge. Mogoton win. Their first challenge win.

Somehow there is still 35 minutes left in this episode.

After some stuff at Hermosa about how they have no food. We see Mogoton do a little victory dance that I really enjoyed. We then get another couple of minutes of filler about how Mogoton are here to stay and Hermosa should maybe be worried.

Wait, Avi has a paper and pen. He’s writing in a sodding notebook!
Lou went looking for shiny shells like the 18-year-old she is. She cut her foot, it’s infected, Tom says she needs to antiseptic it then keep it dry, thanks for the useless advice Tom!  Where is medical?

At Redemption Island, Tony says bad things about Shay. Izzy doesn’t dwell. The duel is the Boston Rob v Candice ropes course and Izzy wins easily. It really wasn’t the type of challenge an old bloke like Tony could do well at.

Hermosa take news that Shay is actually playing the game back to their tribe. I’d have kept that shit secret but whatever.

Lou is really ill. Seriously guys, where the fuck is medical? Avi doesn’t know what to do, the answer is get fucking production.

Over on Hermosa, Shannon is driving herself a bit mad, she’s got the idea she needs Big Moves TM to get the votes from the jury, which is probably right but it’s only day 11ish and she’s clearly going a big mad having not eaten.

Fucking finally! Medical is dealing with Lou and she is getting removed for testing but Matt asks the doctor if she can continue and he says 50/50. This means in Survivor NZ you can be removed for medical treatment and testing without being removed from the game. They load her into a van which also means Survivor NZ puts aside the pretence of “the island” and it’s separateness from the real world.

Survivor NZ Episode 5 Edgic

The Edgic continues to support Barb’s inevitable win.

Episode 6

Episode 6 opens the way I wish all Survivor did; with conversations about how starving Hermosa are. Survivor is at its most entertaining when the contestants are hungry, miserable and have no energy.
Mogoton are worried about Lou and Shay discusses how it will affect them in the game going from a 3-2 majority to a 2-2 tie at Tribal. Yep Shay, you kept voting off your allies and now you are getting towards a rock and a hard stone.

At the immunity challenge Matt breaks the news that Lou cannot continue and the real problem with the 16-player season comes up here, a medevac means that we’re in for more episodes without an elimination. The 4 man Mogoton are going to be competing for her, except NO it’s a swap!

11 people in the game and Matt announces that there are 5 Hermosa, 5 Mogoton and one black buff; which sends the drawer to Redemption before joining the tribe who goes to Tribal and votes someone out. The Hermosa 5 are not happy, they thought they had it all sewn up. Such pretty morons.

The new tribes are:

Hermosa: Avi, Barb, Nate, Georgia and Sala
Mogoton: Tom, Shay, Lee, Mike and Jak

Shannon is off for a a few episodes at Redemption.

It looks like Shay and Georgia are in trouble here. Nate and Barb will be happy to get rid of Georgia but Shay could well be saved by the strength of her new tribe. It’s 3 strong guys, her and Jak.

Immunity is the SDT Memorial Barrel Racing Challenge and New Mogoton wins immunity!

It looks like Georgia could be in trouble but jesus Barb was shooting her mouth off. Georgia needs to go after her with Sala and Avi. At camp Nate and Sala are chatting and they’ve decided it’s Georgia.

Over at Mogoton’s beach it’s the dreaded Men’s Alliance! Shay is all women in this moment when she says “one on one they are nice guys but when they get together I don’t know if it’s a chemical imbalance or something but they just turn into apes”.

Georgia is trying to hustle and get Avi on side; Barb and Nate are ready to get rid of her but wait she’s working on Nate.
Tribal Council time, Barb is sticking with the theme of this season, being completely salty about anything and everything. Georgia makes a great plea to Nate and Barb about creating a strong 4 with her and Shannon against the 3 strong Hermosa boys. She is a smooth talker, she’s smart and she is physical and at the end of her speech she basically says “fine, if you get rid of me and I do come back then I’m 100% not with you”. It’s Georgia who is voted out.

Georgia did it to herself, she could have been fine, swapped onto a tribe 3-2 with her tribemates but she wasn’t making sure to nurse all her relationships once she was in the strong 5 and it screwed her.

Survivor NZ Episode 6 Edgic

As you can see this is Shay’s to lose.

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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, Nat Anderson
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  • Mike Hirsch

    Sounds like Shannon has this in the bag.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Physically after 9 days she somehow looks like Amanda Kimmel on day 39.

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      I think it’s going to be mateship all the way down. Sala wins by not offending anybody, not making any strategic move whatsoever, and going on an individual immunity run (the JT’s tooth challenge showed he’s capable of it).

  • Mike Hirsch

    I also wish the tribe was called Mogotron. Still sticking with Shannon. OWS, as I see it.

    • Kemper Boyd

      Nick on Know it Oz on RHAP calls them Megatron.

      • Neutral Username

        I mentally correcting the purple tribe to Mimosa. It’s the little things that will get us through this.

      • golden4815162342

        I’ll claim responsibility for that one :p

  • turgid_legume

    I was about to throw something at the screen after a 90 minute episode with no vote and an ambiguous maybe-medievac. (But who are we kidding, of course she’s gone.) And then another hour and it’s a super obvious vote with zero tension. If only there was some kind of game innovation that might allow a target with no traditional avenues of escape to have a chance at turning the tables. Like what if there was some kind of, oh I don’t know, concealed invulnerability token, for lack of a better term, that could radically alter voting strategies and shake up these obvious boots. Shame nothing like that has ever existed.

    So far this season is like room-temperature gruel. It’s technically food containing nutrients, but it’s not particularly enjoyable going down.

    • Kemper Boyd

      You may see from my attitude and my edgic I fully agree with you. There is a chance this whole recap thing might go away if it doesn’t pick up.

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      It’s all about casting, mate. Amazon, Pearl Islands, and Palau didn’t have concealed invulnerability tokens.

      • Diego Armando

        Every season since then has. It at least gives them a fighting shot.

      • Max_Jets

        This is true, but they encourage the backstabbing and blindsides that we love and make lying a necessity for players that are hesitant to. Throwing Redemption Island on top of the lack of idols makes the good stuff even less likely.

        (I haven’t actually watched past episode 2 so I don’t even know how relevant this comment is…)

        • Assistant Dragon Slayer

          That’s a very good point. Redemption Island isn’t just a harmless added twist–it actually makes the mateship problem and lack of Big Movez worse by raising the possibility of someone you voted out returning to the game.

          I’m partway through episode 5. Any comment that was relevant after episode 2 is still relevant. I’m on the verge of letting Kemper and Nick do the watching for me. There’s just too much Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to get to.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Kemper is on the verge of not watching. Already feels like a chore and with Georgia going the game loses someone willing to play

          • HBO CEO of Tits

            If I stopped watching I’d miss the dancing people before every commercial break. Bangs Lady and Tattoo Boy have become like family to me.

          • Kemper Boyd

            because I watch on streams the breaks are cut out but sometimes I get a glimpse of them. Dancing happily away like this isn’t a boring abomination of a Survivor franchise.

          • Figaro

            Hey Kemper! Just wanted to say that I’m digging your recaps but if they
            ever become so arduous/soul-sucking that you no longer want to continue, I’d be happy
            to put up my hand to take over recapping duties. Obviously it would be at John and Andy’s discretion, but I’m a kiwi so I’ve got some weird semi-patriotic enthusiasm for the season no matter how bad it is, plus (Bonus!) I used to work with Shannon so I have a vested interest in watching everything go down right to the bitter end and can (maybe) provide some unique insight. 🙂

          • Kemper Boyd

            Get to commenting, one of the soul sucking things is the lack of comments to engage with. Are you enjoying it? Is Shannon always so skinny? is there anything specifically Kiwi we need to know to help us enjoy the show?

          • Maritimer

            Hi Kemper, I’m catching up on NZ Survivor and your recaps (I watched 4 episodes last night somehow) and I came across this comment. Just wanted to say I’m enjoying these and I hope to be caught up to join you guys next week with commenting. Thoughts on these two: losing Georigia sucked, at this point I’m going for Mike because he’s hot and all these people are incredibly boring so I have nothing else to go on

          • Kemper Boyd

            You may have noticed I kind of hated Mike early on, but it’s the kneejerk hatred that I have for hot guys who seem popular. It’s a hold over from my youth. He’s grown on me just by not being in control anymore. Losing Georgia did suck. I think our big leads are Avi and Shannon right now and I’m ok with Shannon less on Avi because he’s a bit dull.

          • Maritimer

            I did notice that, he did have serious douchebag potential though. That’s pretty much how I feel about the other two. Shannon is probably a second favourite but I’m getting weird vibes from her for some reason. Avi is fine, but just fine really

      • turgid_legume

        Casting is important, so but so is editing, pacing, hosting, challenge design, etc. It’s the whole package. I’d probably be able to tolerate this series a lot more if it was one hour-long episode per week with a guaranteed vote at the end, like the American version.

  • Head Architect Sylvia

    I was really optimistic that the switch might make things a bit more interesting but the tribes panned out to be just as bad as/worse than the original tribes. Probably worse – now we have a bro alliance, Barb and Nate are sticking around longer and Shannon is on redemption.

    I understand that Barb was in a tricky spot, but her whole “I’m happy to be going home, I hate these pesky kids” thing was overly bitter and she didn’t deserve such good fortune because she was getting pretty unpleasant. Especially frustrating because seemingly no one was being particularly rude to her, she had just given up and was in the shelter writing and being antisocial in every pre-switch shot we saw. She probably couldn’t have turned anyone but from what we saw this week and last, it seems like she made very little effort and then just sat around moping, waiting to get voted out. Not a huge fan of Nate either but I feel like he would have actually tried to scramble and at least he posited keeping Georgia as a strategic play. Overall though their jealously of the young people primarily because they’re young and they get on well is getting really tiresome.

    Shay did the same thing Lou has been doing by not writing down Izzy’s name simply because she didn’t want to get blood on her hands because she liked Izzy. I don’t like that, but I’m really sympathetic to her right now because she had been doing a good job controlling the majority in her tribe, and now not only is she outnumbered by 3 members of the other tribe, she’s also with the only person from her original tribe she didn’t get on well with. She definitely had the best confessionals in the second ep, she’s growing on me… maybe?

    Do you honestly think Georgia did a great job pleading her case? I think she did a terrible job scrambling. She talked to Nate and although it was probably insincere, it felt like he actually would have liked to hear her opinion on who she’d vote out when he was saying “from what I see, it’s 3v2” and Georgia just didn’t catch on, and then she was like “Oh well I’d vote with you if you want me to”. I doubt Nate would have voted with her in any scenario but it would have been nice if she actually pitched one coherent plan to him because he was at least open to listen. Then later wasn’t Avi like “want to go for a walk” or something like that and she initially declined? Then they had their conversation and she just kept saying “I’m going home, I’m going home” and he was saying “no, you’re not”. Once again, it probably wasn’t sincere from Avi but he also seemed open to at least listen to an idea, he sympathised with her and invited her to have a private conversation, giving her the opportunity. One again, nothing. She literally made no solid pitches to ANYONE before tribal and it was infuriating to watch.

    Then we get to tribal and I feel like she needs a push to even make a half hearted appeal to Barb (who absolutely despises her) and Nate. Good luck. If she was going to make a half-hearted effort at tribal I personally think appealing to Sala and Avi would have been a much better option as she’s only just met them, as opposed to Nate and Barb who don’t particularly like her because Georgia has ignored hem for the last 10 days.

  • Figaro

    I was rooting for Sala right up until he spelt Georgia as ‘Jorja’ on his voting paper. C’mon bro! Get your act together!

    • golden4815162342

      I mean, he was on her tribe for one day it seemed. I’m not sure the best strategy is to go to Georgia and ask ‘excuse me, but how do you spell your name?’

      • Figaro

        But, I mean there’s only one common spelling of Georgia and it’s not the way Sala wrote it.

  • tocantins

    So I just watched it now, because for some weird reason the torrent was really late to appear online. How are you people watching the show? Anyway, as with last week, the first episode is a drag, but the second one is reasonably interesting. (I’m starting to consider only watching even-numbered episodes, although I watch them while eating and doing other stuff, so it is endurable.) I think they managed well to make an obvious boot at least watchable: that part with Shay alone with the apes in particular was really hilarious.

    I don’t want to ruin the joke, but I get really confused with the Edgic charts. Why are there some numbers after the ratings; what a “Dodo music” even is; and is “Can’t teach height” good or bad? Anyway, you should make a guest post explaining your methodology, so we could use it in all the American Survivor recaps. (Who knows, maybe we even manage to attract more Edgic people to this website!)