Survivor: One World Ep. 24.12, ‘It’s Gonna Be Chaos’: A blindside reduces a player to tears

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Survivor: One World Review, Season 24, Episode 12,
“It’s Gonna Be Chaos”
Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (ET) on CBS

One of the most exciting parts of Survivor is the blindside, which gives clever players a chance to flip the game on an unsuspecting opponent. The editors love telegraphing the move and include plenty of quotes from the goat about how they’re “running the game” and “totally safe”. At Tribal Council, Kat even talks about the fun and excitement of the blindside. Her shocked reaction after the 6-1 vote against her is priceless. Her sobbing confessional during the credits is hard to take, even though her exit is welcome. Kat didn’t understand how the game worked. She talks about being embarrassed by leaving before Christina and Tarzan. The game doesn’t reward players who are the most “deserving”. There’s a good chance one of those two will reach the end, and who can say Kat should be there instead. She had the opportunity to flip the game with Troyzan last week, and her reluctance comes back to haunt her. Kat’s chances to win the million were pretty low, but she does have a Fabio-esque quality that could have swayed the jury.

Hooray for Sprint! It’s family challenge time this week, and everyone’s thrilled to see their loved ones. The players lose it when the greatest phone of all time arrives as tree mail with videos from their families. The highlight is seeing Tarzan’s wife, who seems very sweet and the right fit for him. Another interesting appearance is Christina’s dad, who had a kidney transplant and only has 5-10 years to live. She seems like one of the more genuine people in the game, even if she’s a terrible player. Kat’s guest is her cousin, who’s her best friend in the world. The family members all appear at the reward challenge and get the chance to reunite with the emotional players. The silliest meeting comes from Kat and her cousin, who communicate in a goofy language that only a 22-year-old can understand. It’s too easy to make fun of this weird moment, so it’s time to discuss the challenge! The loved ones compete with each player to untie a series of ropes and reach the end of the line first. Watching them participate is fun, though it’s a pretty dull task. It comes down to Kat versus Kim (a theme of this episode), and the youngster pulls out the victory.

When past Survivor contestants discuss their experiences, the most intelligent ones explain how it’s often unwise to win an individual challenge. This is especially true of reward challenges, which require the victor to pick several others to join in the prize. Although it might be exciting to earn food and drink, being in this position could alienate the rest of the tribe. Strategic players have found a way to make the right choice in this situation. Kat is not that type of competitor. The obvious picks are Tarzan and Christina, which would be understandable to everyone. Instead, Kat picks Kim and Alicia because they’re fun companions for getting drunk. Sigh. Always looking to stir the pot, Jeff points out that Kim didn’t take Kat on the reward last week and chose Alicia. Kat fails to sense the danger of this spot. A note to future contestants: Don’t win the family challenge! There will be plenty of time to see them after the game is over.

The immunity challenge offers the striking image of the players standing above the water and holding a handle behind their backs. This looks like an old-school Survivor challenge, but there’s an added element to keep players from lasting very long. This is disappointing. They should make them stand there for hours! Instead, Jeff turns a crank and forces them to experience discomfort by leaning forward. Amazingly, Tarzan is not the first one out; that prize goes to Sabrina. He departs second, and it eventually comes down to Kim and Kat. One of them is in the zone, and the other is a whiner. Predictably, Kim’s sedate approach earns her another immunity win. While it might seem unwise to put herself out there, Kim isn’t taking any chances. She doesn’t appear to be in anyone’s sights, so it’s a solid strategy. It could also help with earning jury votes in the end. Kat responds poorly to the loss and mopes about not winning. She’s only making the ultimate decision easier with this childish behavior.

Heading into Tribal Council, the choice comes down to Sabrina or Kat. It’s interesting that note how easy the alliance is willing to turn on its members. Alicia claims to be running the game, but it’s obvious that Chelsea and Kim are the power players. Tarzan and Christina will follow their lead and deliver the necessary four votes. The editing seems to promise that Sabrina is headed home, and that might have been the best move. She seems like the biggest threat to Kim’s victory and always gives solid answers at Tribal Council. This rarely happens at this point on the show, but it seems like Kat’s poor behavior ultimately dooms her. Chelsea seems more focused on who’s deserving, and Kim probably feels that Sabrina is a lesser challenge threat. At Tribal Council, Jeff focuses on Kat’s errors, and it’s clear she misses the danger. She’s been comfortable for so long and doesn’t realize that others are playing the game. Removing Kat might cause trouble for Kim and Chelsea if they aren’t careful. Sabrina, Alicia, Tarzan, and Christina might consider flipping the game. This prospect is doubtful because of Alicia, who believes so strongly in her abilities that she’ll head to the end with anyone. That type of tunnel vision spells Kat’s end and should raise warning signs for anyone hoping to dethrone the dominant players going forward.

Dan Heaton

2 Comments
  1. Dylan says

    You allude to Alicia making it to the end; I admit she would be an alluring player to take with you (Kim spelled it all out pretty well last night, if I recall), but you know this would kill me. Thankfully, she seems to have been featured a lot less in the time since the re-merge or whatever (basically, ever since Colton left), but the thought of her having even a chance of winning frightens me. She’s not smart, she’s tactless, she’s annoying – I’d hate it. Why couldn’t her sister have been the contestant? She seemed way nicer.

    I’m a bit shocked that Chelsea got her way – seems like Kim wears the pants (hell, she has a mustache, right?!) in that partnership. Still, I was glad – Sabrina is probably my 2nd favorite of the remaining players after Chelsea (really, I have no favorite) and Kat was in serious need of a kick to the head. Naive is just too kind a word for that poor thing: she’s dumb, and her vacant eyes tell you as much most of the time.

    I think we’re in for a good finish!

    1. Dan Heaton says

      I think the reason Kim was willing to vote out Kat was because Alicia decided to vote for her. After seeing Kat do well, she changed her focus. That means that there was no chance Sabrina was going home, so Kim decided to go along with the majority. Kim hasn’t slipped up yet, and this was wise.

      Right now, I’d be happy if Sabrina, Kim, or Chelsea won, though I think Chelsea needs to stand out more from Kim to have any chance. Of course, if the guys like her more (which may be possible) than Kim, that could be enough. I can’t see any scenario where Christina wins, and Alicia would be awful to see. Tarzan seems like a big long shot, but like we talked about last week, you never know.

      I hope it’s a good finish. Getting rid of Kat this week was a positive step. The previews seem to promise Tarzan is in trouble next week, but I’ll believe that when I see it.

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