Survivor: One World Review, Season 24, Episode 13, â€śItâ€™s Human Natureâ€ť
Airs Wednesdays at 8pm (ET) on CBS
In game theory, thereâ€™s a plan of attack known as a secure strategy where the player chooses the least-worst option. The approach focuses on avoiding risks and protecting against the worst-case scenario. Extending this concept to Survivor, contestants frequently go into the game with the sole purpose of staying on the island. They arenâ€™t working to gain control or garner jury votes and just want to keep playing for as long as possible. While itâ€™s often effective for sticking around, this plan usually doesnâ€™t lead to the ultimate success. This seasonâ€™s definitive example is Christina, whoâ€™s been on the edges of her tribe since the first episode. When the other players exit, they consistently deride the fact that she remains while theyâ€™ve been kicked off the island. Opportunities have appeared for her to change the game, but Christina feels comfortable heading towards the end with no chance of winning the million.
Tarzan has also employed a secure strategy, but heâ€™s added an extra layer to stay out of the firing line. Heâ€™s been willing to join the dominant alliance and vote out whomever they choose, and heâ€™s combined it with outlandish behavior. On the Redemption Island season, Phillip Shepard showed that acting crazy is a solid route to get to the end. Tarzan has found success this way, and heâ€™s truly pushing the limits this week. He wears Katâ€™s tank top to Tribal Council and even puts her underwear on his head. He also randomly yells â€śbitchâ€ť at Alicia after she wins the immunity challenge. Itâ€™s obvious that acting ridiculous isnâ€™t much of a stretch for Tarzan. He seems like the perfect goat to bring to the final Tribal Council, and Kim is ready to consider this option. The problem is his connection to the guys on a bitter jury, who might award him the million to spite the girls running the show. This concern becomes Tarzanâ€™s undoing and sends the oddball character out of the game.
Looking closer at this decision, it makes sense for Kim because Chelsea and Sabrina seem firmly in her camp. Sheâ€™ll use the immunity idol to reach the final four and will get picked by either or both of them to make the finals. The question is whether either of her allies will realize the danger in going to the end with Kim. Sabrina seems more likely to flip and appears to be playing to win, while Chelsea is too focused on who deserves it. The wild card is Alicia, who seems too dangerous to keep around any longer. Her decision to go along with booting Tarzan makes little sense. Kim does a good job convincing her that Tarzan is scheming behind her back, but that doesnâ€™t really matter in terms of the numbers. The editing is strange this week and seems designed to disguise the fact that Tarzan is a sitting duck. Even the music suggests that Kim will blindside her friend, so the end result feels disconnected from whatâ€™s been shown.
This weekâ€™s reward challenge has players spinning in circles to collect disks that decode a series of numbers. The outcome is pretty random and involves throwing the numbers together until the right combination appears. Chelsea wins and gets the dreadful chance to pick two others to join her for an overnight stay on a yacht. She wisely picks Sabrina because she hasnâ€™t earned many rewards and then takes Kim because itâ€™s the law. Itâ€™s surprising that Kim isnâ€™t gaining weight after eating all the giant meals. Back at camp, the unlikely trio of Alicia, Tarzan, and Christina decide theyâ€™re ready to make a move and go after Chelsea if she loses immunity. If they can sway Kim to their side, this plan may be secure. On the yacht, however, the leading trio re-affirms their alliance and prepares to make the final push towards the end.
After a pretty dull reward challenge, the producers decide they want to aim even lower with the immunity challenge. With an arm tied behind their back, players must hook three bags and untie them to access pieces of a fish skeleton. Everyone has a chance this time (even Tarzan), and Alicia pulls out the victory over Kim. The only importance of this contest is the fact that Chelsea doesnâ€™t win, and that result doesnâ€™t play a big role in the end. This challenge seems random and designed specifically to benefit the players that arenâ€™t as physically strong. That approach is fine if the task is interesting, but putting together a fish skeleton doesnâ€™t qualify.
Tribal Council focuses almost on Tarzan, which hints that he might headed for the exits. Watching him try to explain microbes and his reasons for wearing Katâ€™s underwear is too ridiculous to describe. Several moments reveal that this jury might be extremely bitter. Kat mutters â€śbitchesâ€ť at one point and seems really proud when Chelsea gets the first vote. Always looking to be the character, Tarzan gives one last speech, which earns him a middle finger from Michael. Jonas seems like the only person whoâ€™s actually enjoying Tribal Council. Everyone else has stone faces of pure hatred. This may explain why getting rid of Tarzan is the best move. An angry jury is more likely to reward the crazy guy than the people who actually outwitted them. Kim still is the favorite heading into Sundayâ€™s finale, with Sabrina and Chelsea being the most likely candidates to pull the upset. Alicia should at least bring drama before leaving, while Christina remains on the outskirts. Her secure strategy may have gotten her to the finale, but any chances of victory drifted away a long time ago.