Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way. Yes, perfection got in the way of yet another Survivor contestant’s quest for a million bucks on Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor: San Juan del Sur.” This time, it was surfer bro, Drew Christy, who saw his torch snuffed all too soon. For those of you wanting to play Survivor, don’t do as Drew does…his time on the show was an epic example of what not to do to win, or what to do if you want to get home quickly to your family.
Where do we begin? I preface this by saying that I am sure Drew is a nice guy, a terrific person and a stand-up citizen. I always try to give folks the benefit of the doubt…it’s just my nature. As portrayed on Survivor however, Drew was a cocky, lazy, know-it-all, who did not have the first clue as to what was going on in the game around him. He’s a physical specimen, at least in comparison with the others of his tribe, but it seemed like everyone else smelled his bull-caca instantly, and from a mile away. If you missed Episode 4, you can catch the full recap here.
Survivor is undoubtedly a brutal game, more so than any of us experiencing it from the couch can relate to. My guess is that the hunger, the harshness, the realness of Survivor, got to Drew. He was chomping at the bit to play the game, not possessing the patience, the mental toughness or the social awareness to just lay low and let things ride. Instead, he forced his hand. Here’s a guy who is so delusional and used to things going his way, that he actually thinks that he can barter with Jeff Probst to get what he wants. Yeah, thrown challenge or not, Drew was not long for this game.
Speaking of the thrown challenge, Drew’s exit has to rank up there with the most boneheaded self-implosions in Survivor history. He single-handedly – albeit successfully – throws the Immunity Challenge, but he is not the Tribe’s first target…there were several more within the fractured Hunahpu tribe. But in being stubborn and trying to force his will on others, he found himself not only at Tribal Council, but catching the first wave right out of the game.
Where does that leave Hunahpu? Well, things wouldn’t have been good for Jon, but this is Survivor…just hang in there another day and things can change. As we see in the preview for next week, things will be changing in a big way, when we will have the game’s first Tribal shake-up. The swap usually benefits some and hurts others, but it is hard to fathom a worse situation for Jon, than what he would have faced at Hunahpu. Which loved ones will find themselves united? Keith is the sole player in possession of an Idol, and if he is teamed with his son, Wes, that could spell trouble for some others. Dale’s situation can also only improve, one would think.
Jeremy’s original five person alliance seems all but broken at this point and over at Coyopa, Baylor and Alec don’t seem to like each other all that much. It is a very strange season of Survivor thus far, in the sense that there aren’t too many strong alliances that seemed to have formed at an early stage in the game. This will only weaken once the tribe shake-up occurs next episode.
That bodes well for where this season is heading.