Survivor NZ – Episodes 15 & 16 Recap

Another two episodes of Survivor NZ. I’d write more of an intro, but Kemper forgot to and I’ve never watched this show…

Episode 15

Shannon heads to Redemption Island and Mike and Jak laughed heartily at her turning up.
In the real game, Shay pretends she isn’t particularly annoyed and they all discuss that they want Shannon to beat Mike. Avi thinks that everyone trusts him but as we know everyone also thinks he’ll beat anyone he sits next to.

Barb continues her mind games with her fellow contestants. She sits in her hammock and lets the lemmings come to her. Barb lets them see what they want to in her so I find her is pretty amazing, to be honest.

At the main camp, everyone seems to be playing everyone else. Avi thinks he can control people because they trust him and Shay is lying about Tom telling Nate to vote for Avi. Avi’s love for Tom is confounding, he is a physical threat, he’s a nice guy and he’s got no blood on his hands. In one of the single weirdest moment in any season of Survivor, I can remember Avi confronting Shay about it is played as audio over footage of a spider catching and eating a bug in its web.

We go to the Reward Challenge which is the Ozzy Lusth memorial mud sticking challenge. The reward is a night away from camp, with horse-riding, a spa, and food. The challenge is won by Avi, firstly the pick he chooses Tom then Barb.

I do not understand how the minds of the NZ contestants work. Tom once again says that Barb seems to have done too little too late as though engineering the two biggest blindsides of the game and then getting a group to vote out the hated Shannon instead of her is nothing!

At the Reward, not much happens except Barb says she wants to see Tom and Avi in the top 3. What on earth is going on? Why is no one playing this game? Surely the best top 3 for Barb is Nate who has done nothing and Shay who the boys don’t like? Or Shannon if she comes back? Avi shouldn’t take Tom and Tom shouldn’t take Avi.

It’s time for the Redemption Island battle. Thank god Matt was good enough not to call it a duel! It’s a Parvati special, hold your hand above your head, if it comes down then the water falls and you lose. Simple. Jak wobbles a lot but Shannon is the one to go down first and loses her shot. Jak and Mike continue on Redemption.

Episode 16

Episode 16 opens with a crushing sense of ennui, wait that’s not the show? Oh no that’s just my feelings on it. The episode continues as all episodes have gone on, Nate and Shay are concerned about Tom and Mike joining back up. But Avi trusts Tom completely; we are at a point that I want Tom to turn on Avi so badly just because of how annoying his trust in everyone is. His comeuppance would be intensely satisfying to me: but I think Avi is going to win. Tom says, “Shay’s playing a game”. YES, TOM. THE GAME IS CALLED SURVIVOR!

Tom wins immunity again.

Blah blah everyone wants to take out Shay. Nate is talking about taking out Avi, which is probably the right move. THIS IS THE RIGHT MOVE to undermine Tom and keep the power with Nate and Barb. Avi is a nice guy who wants to spend the money on underprivileged kids. But Barb for some reason decides to tell Avi about it. WHY BARB? Avi now wants Nate out.

Tribal Council is as you’d expect, everyone is nervous. Shay gets voted out which seems to me like the wrong move as she only has two jury votes tops and won’t beat Mike at Redemption.

Survivor NZ – Edgic