October 30, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X: The Demise of Figtails

10/30/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 6

The tribes compete in a classic Survivor blindfold challenge with a caller directing their tribe to retrieve puzzle pieces and help a castaway solve the puzzle blindfolded. Figgy gets a big lead for her tribe as caller but the other tribes are just so much better at puzzle than Figs, so her tribe loses the reward of milk, cookies, cupcakes, and pie. It was probably hot milk anyways. Meanwhile, Hannah has a panic attack on the sidelines for the challenge from all the suppressed stress of this game. Hopefully a cookie will help. A cookie is definitely just another prize of the day for Jay, who finds the Ikabula Hidden Immunity Idol with Will. Too bad Michaela stumbles upon this big moment and knows about it too - whoops!

It's really not going so well for Figgy. She blew the challenge for Takali and made Michelle a target on the Vanua tribe by outing how tight they are. But at least she has Taylor? Because neither can keep a secret in any way, the self-dubbed Figtails decide to reveal their showmance to Ken and Jessica and SURPRISE, they're not surprised. When it comes to the Immunity Challenge, Michaela actually gives advice to a the Vanua tribe to beat Figgy at the balance puzzle (I guess this is the good deed after berating her tribemate Hannah the whole time during the puzzle). Figgy's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day continues with yet another challenge loss due to her blowing a lead. Heading to their first Tribal Council as a shuffled tribe, Adam has to choose a side between Figtails and Gen X. Figtails wants to target Ken who they consider an impending merge threat, while Jessica and Ken want to target Figgy since she's the brains of the showmance. Adam is worried about putting his trust in a future group of allies he's never even spoke to. What's a Millennial to do?

Tribal Council time! Taylor is very confident that the three Millennials will stick together to pick off Gen X. The showmance is called out and everyone laughs about how obvious it has been. Jeff Probst offers his ordained minister services to hopefully get ratings gold, but alas Figtails aren't that serious. Figgy tries to explain away their showmance as two people that will always vote together which isn't any better when this is a game of numbers. Taylor believes if Adam flips to the Gen X side all the Millennials will join forces come merge to boot him. Adam explains he knows his vote will upset someone leaving and someone returning, but he's thinking of the longterm. With a 3-2 vote the tribe has spoken and Figgy is voted out of the game. The fans rejoice at never having to see Taylor whisper flirt with Figgy again.

Sidebar: this week in Survivor, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Rob Has a Podcast's Survivor Know-It-Alls LIVE. It was so much fun to watch the episode with castaways old and new, as well as finally meet in person some of my longtime Twitter friends. Thanks for a fun night everyone, especially Rob Cesternino for hosting one of my favorite weekly Survivor podcasts.

[All images credited to CBS]

October 23, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X - CeCe Ya Later

10/23/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 5

After David's bold play last episode, the Gen X tribe goes idol hunting. Knowing what to look for already, David finds his second Hidden Immunity Idol stuffed inside a branch. And it's good thing he found it then because it's time for a Tribe Swap! The 16 castaways are shuffled into three tribes, with one tribe getting six people since they're starting from scratch. Most are able to put on decent poker faces at the swap, but Michaela can't hide her rage. I mean, I think the neon green buffs are kinda cool but I'm sitting on a couch typing this.

Michaela's initial pissed-off-ness settles down over at the new Ikabula camp and she builds fire for her tribe. Ikabula has a 4-2 advantage in the numbers with Millennials (Michaela, Jay, Will, Hannah) outnumbering Gen X (Sunday, Bret). Jay's a little cocky they have the numbers, but you never know with Survivor. Much to viewers chagrin, "Figtails" are not split apart and join Adam, Jessica, and Ken on the new Takali tribe. Taylor can barely keep it in his pants, mouthing "You are hot" to Figgy after she insists they attempt to keep their not-so-secret romance under wraps. Jessica and Ken are newly bonded after last week's trust betrayal after she revealed the legacy advantage to him. Their hope is that Adam would be willing to flip on Figgy and Taylor - a scenario Adam is definitely pondering. Vanua's new members are CeCe, David, Chris, Zeke, and Michelle - the only Gen X dominated tribe. Zeke and Chris become instant BFFs over their Oklahoma roots and a tight partnership seems to form immediately. 

Vanua is slaughtered at the Immunity Challenge retrieve buoys underwater and toss them into a basket. David and CeCe have the ofterall worst challenge performance which makes for easy targets at the upcoming Tribal Council, though CeCe assumes as the majority the Gen X will vote off a "millennium". Chris would like revenge for the previous Gen X backstabbing and chooses to keep David since he'll have numbers in a merge. Chris implores David that they need to get rid of CeCe because of her challenge performance. Word gets back to David that Michelle was campaigning to vote him out, which makes David re-think the plan to get rid of CeCe and return to his initial instinct of voting off Michelle. Yet again David wonders if he should use a Hidden Immunity Idol on an ally, which I feel like in the future might as well be called "Pulling a David".

Tribal Council time! Probst gets right to it to ask who is on the bottom in this shuffle, and David says the Gen X likely aren't the bottom given their majority. Zeke stresses that in order to move along and make a move in this game, the Gen X will have to work with Millennials. Chris agrees with this notion and hopes tonight's vote will rebuild some of the prior loss of trust with the Gen Xers. Michelle calls out David specifically as someone she'd like to vote out which maybe isn't the slickest of moves, especially since he's not really the night's target. David decides to show loyalty to Chris this week and votes with the majority to get rid of a surprised CeCe.

[All images credited to CBS]

October 16, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs Gen X: Lucy Speaks, Lucy Goes

10/16/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 4

The tribes compete in the first Reward Challenge of the season, an all-out physical ocean brawl of capture the giant ring. Gen X Chris is such a hulking giant he is able to hold Taylor back that he looks like a child flailing in the arms of his YMCA swimming teacher. Michaela decides to undo her bikini top and let the ta-tas free to win her heat and somewhere Dave from Survivor: China is like, "But I wrestled naked!" The Gen X tribe wins a sausage party but it doesn't really matter much since most of their tribe's focus is on Lucy actually speaking and being quite the schemer herself (more on that later). The Millennials might have lost the food, but young Adam is the true winner of the week after he sneaks off and finds the marked shell that contains a Hidden Immunity Idol.

The Gen X tribe loses the Immunity Challenge to lift tribe members to retrieve numbers and then solve an overly complicated word puzzle (the alleged classic "Somebody loses their flame tonight"). It's time for the Gen X tribe to lose another member and Lucy's earlier talks have put Jessica front and center after she led the ouster of Paul. But when Lucy tries to get Ken and David on her side, Ken doesn't appreciate her demands and rules of alliance compliance. Ken worries that booting Jessica will put him, David, and Cece back on the bottom, so he wants to bring in Jess to get a plan together to oust Lucy. Ken tells Jessica that Lucy is trying to blindside her, then the girl foolishly tells Lucy the entire plan. With all parties now informed of the various betrayals, Ken and Lucy get into it at camp and it seems like the plan is to just follow along and vote out Jessica. David is worried about being at the bottom again and wonders if maybe this is the time to make a big move with his Hidden Immunity Idol.

Tribal Council time! The tribe first addresses last vote's blindside, which only annoyed Chris and Bret since they weren't informed in advance. Well that's how a blindside works, fellas. Jessica hopes all fences have been mended and the five are back to a good place. Lucy admits maybe she used a wrong tone talking to Ken, but she figured he wouldn't care about tone when it's a move that allows him three more days of safety. Ken gives Jess the disappointed dad stare-down when she says she wasn't sure if she should trust him. The tribe casts their votes and Probst drops the declaration to play an idol. There's a second of silence before David decides to stand up and make a little speech before playing his idol for Jessica. The five votes against Jessica do not count, but the two against Lucy do. Two episodes of silence and one big night of talking and Lucy is voted out of the game.

[All images credited to CBS]

October 9, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X: C U L8r Paul

10/09/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 3

Adam and Zeke reel in the aftermath of the Millennial's blindside of Mari, but Hannah's nonstop attempts to apologize and talk out her decision to flip annoy the hell out of Zeke. He doesn't want to talk to you right now! Knowing he is totally screwed in the numbers, Adam begins to work his way back into the fold and plants seed with Michaela that the she is obviously on the bottom of an alliance with the four person Triforce. The cool kids of the Triforce are just chillin' and overconfident in their position. On Gen X, David, Ken, and CeCe continue to work on their anti-Paul as he continues to assert himself as the tribe's alpha and attempted provider (he delivers no fish, unlike Ken Doll - don't call him that).

A summit happens between tribes, with four members from each tribe getting a chance to see the forced generational gap in person. Figgy, Taylor, Jay, and Will attend for the Millennials, while CeCe, David, Chris, and Paul are the Gen X representatives. They're treated with peanut butter and jelly while trying to gain intel and cover secrets. Nice try Taylor and Figgy, but everyone can tell you're hooking up. CeCe and David use their time to make Paul a target with the kiddies too, with David quickly switching back to frantic "I trust you!" mode. Overall it's a totally pointless twist since there's no swap, no hidden immunity idols - nothing.

Gen X loses the tribe due to CeCe's performance in the challenge, taking forever to cross the wonky balance beam with a heavy bag. The tribe is in agreement that CeCe is the target, but never trust an early declaration of doom. With nothing to lose, Ken and David try to get the target pointed in Paul's direction and they might get some takers. A conversation between Jessica and Paul leads to her being concerned that the men would group up and turn on the women down the line. It's all the ammunition Jessica needs to get the other women, plus the outsiders, on board to take out Paul.

Tribal Council! Probst gets a recap about the letdown of a summit with David concluding that now the Millennials are actual people. Chris stresses that this early in the game there is truly no bottom in a big alliance. But there is a bottom in the tribe itself, and CeCe admits she knows it is her. Probst points out that at the challenge the Millennials worked well as a team while the Gen X seemed to each go at it alone. All this perfect leads to the topic Jeff Probst has been dying to shoehorn in: Gen X people barely text and if they do, they use full words not abbreviations which are changing the lexicon. In 33 seasons of Survivor, this may be the most-forced, cringiest moment I have seen and I saw a man fall into a campfire. Jessica hopes the vote will bring together the tribe for them to succeed together. And with that, Paul is voted off the Gen X tribe.

[All images credited to CBS]

October 2, 2016

Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X: Puppies, Butts, and Blindsides

10/02/2016 Posted by Mel Got Served , No comments
Week 2

The Millennial tribe is up and down this week and most of it centers around Figgy. Taylor and Figgy's flirtation escalates to late night smooching in the shelter, regardless of the fact that they haven't brushed their teeth in days. Figgy is arrogant enough to think no one views them as a power couple, but everyone sees their pairing as a problem including their Triforce ally, Jay. Michaela can't tolerate Figgy and the two get into an argument. You youths and your drama! Over on Gen X, David is turning his abysmal first few days around even if his outsider status might seal his fate. He builds fire, finds the "Hidden" Immunity Idol (I mean it's a painted coconut right in your face - it's kinda obvious), and makes a solid ally with octopus-catching babe Ken. The duo are very aware they are on the outside and need to take down "Paul's Posse." Paul almost gets booted from the game on his own when medical is brought in to treat his dehydration (which at first seems like a heart attack).

A beautiful overhead shot pans to the Immunity Challenge setup smack dab in the middle of the ocean. The challenge is for everyone to dive (poorly) into the ocean to jump off a platform to retrieve keys, then swim below to get rings, ending in a big ol' game of ring toss. Like any good carnie would have predicted, it comes down to the ring toss where Gen X defeats the Millennials to win immunity and a tarp. The Millennials head back to camp with what seems like a straightforward vote: Figgy. That is until Zeke tells Jay, who then tells Michelle. Michelle is not right to loose her tightest ally and break up the Triforce that is actually four people. Michelle heads over to convince high school student Will to join in on the plan, while Jay plays mediator for Figgy and Michaela. Once Jay tells Michaela that Zeke wants to target her next, she's ready to do what it takes to cover her own butt. Who to target instead? Mari, the professional gamer that the tribe already sees as a future threat to win the game.

Tribal Council time! The show's superfans are giddy to light their torch and take in the surroundings on the Tribal Council set. It's the first chance for Probst to use all his stereotypes of Millennials to compare it to their game. That's right guys, because Gen X people don't use phones or text anyone - only the youths! As Probst is doing his job and getting into the details of the Figgy/Taylor hookup and Michaela continues to lay into Figgy, there's an intense side conversation going on between Michelle and Hannah. Michelle is whispering to Hannah that her side is voting for Mari and Hannah is completely flustered. Probst eventually calls out the sidebar convo, but Mari brushes it off that Hannah is probably talking about "puppies or butts or something". When it comes time to vote, Hannah is genuinely torn and stands in the voting booth for long enough that Probst has to do a side pop-in like, "Hey you OK in there?" In a shocking first vote, the Millennials blindside Mari in a 7-3 vote.

[All images credited to CBS and Digi-Bridge]