The ‘Survivor: Samoa’ Power Rankings Challenge: Round 2

The Rules: Each week, “Survivor: Tocantins’s” Tamara “Taj” George and your beloved “Survivor” recapped Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of that Thursday’s episode will determine the amount of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if John is voted out this week, Taj will receive 10 points and Gordon will receive 14 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Mike was taken out of the game for medical reasons, earning both Taj and Gordon 19 points. Also, Betsy was voted out by Foa Foa earning Taj 7 points and Gordon 14 points. The current score is now Taj: 26, Gordon: 33.

Betting on the “Survivor: Samoa” Power Rankings Challenge is strongly discouraged.

Taj’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 1
Jaison: I like his quiet, but firm demeanor.  He has actually acquired the “trust” of Evil Russell for NOW.   He could possibly have the ability to blindside Evil Russell and take control of his tribe.  I wonder if he’ll follow his instincts and get rid of Evil Russell before Evil Russell decides to get rid of him.  Notice how everything concerns Evil Russell?
2 2 Russell H.: Did anybody see the same “Survivor: Samoa” Preview that I did?  Is everyone on the Foa Foa Tribe a little slow?  Russell told them blatantly that he was “searching for an idol.”  One of the twists on this season’s show is that there are two idols, one for each tribe, but they are hidden in the other tribe’s camp.  Hence, Yasmin was chosen to go over to the other camp for no apparent reason with a note.  Even if Evil Russell decides to use the idol, is he really safe?  But give the guy credit for his honesty after lying about Hurricane Katrina.
3 5 Russell S.: Good Russell pulled out a can of “whoop a–“ during that last challenge.  He’s Galu’s chosen leader, and is leading by example.  Since Galu seems to be cleaning up on all of the challenges, he is so safe!
4 4 Erik: He was so tough in the last challenge.  I can’t believe he’s from California.  He reminds me of a New Yorker with his strength and swagger.  It must be the bartender in him.  Lol!  I wish we could see more of him.  In fact, I want to see more of Galu period!
5 8 Brett: He was strong in the challenge.  Keep him for now.  Especially since this tribe seems to have brought a good luck charm with them to the island.  Between Evil Russell and Foa Foa losing every week, I barely know the Galu Tribe.
6 6 Dave: He sort of looks like Coach to me with the hair.  Still not enough information to comment.
7 14 Laura: The girl can shoot the long ball.  I want to see more!
8 9 Kelly: I want to see more!
9 13 Monica: See Kelly.
10 16 John: If I had to get rid of one of these guys it would be him.  He seems whine-y and too cute to get dirty.
11 12 Yasmin: Wow!  I thought that maybe with a strong alliance you could go far.  I was wrong.  What can I say?  I want to try, “Shut the hell up!”  Who are you to come into someone else’s camp insulting them and yelling?  You clearly want to go home.  Other than tribal council where you had no choice, did I see you really search for the idol or observing Foa Foa’s camp to take back vital information?  No!  You could have really sealed your fate in a good way with a better attitude.  If you make it to the merge your only hope is that your tribe is dominant.
12 10 Shannon: I really want to like you.  You’re making it really hard though.  With your mullet and headband I thought for sure you would be a blast.  You have to know that with your behavior, if your tribe loses, you’re on the chopping block for sure.  They haven’t seen Yasmin freak out completely yet.  Just you.  Work on your attitude.  The only reason I don’t have her lower on this scale is because her tribe keeps winning.  Lucky Shambo!
13 3 Mick: What a guy.  I love him but he’s not very aggressive.  What in the world were they thinking making him the leader?  Oh yeah, he is very handsome!  Hopefully, he and Jaison will come together and take over the tribe.  If not, the girls might take him.  Lol!
14 11 Elizabeth: Nice girl, too damn smart!  I’m still stuck on the three degrees.  The women in this tribe better start thinking for themselves.  God forbid if they continue to lose.  They will be picked off one by one or however Evil Russell wants them out of there.
15 15 Natalie: A cute, quiet follower.  Probably won’t make it to the merge if her tribe continues to lose.
16 18 Ashley: She needs to toughen up a bit.  She’s not asserting her personality enough to be taken seriously.
17 17 Ben: I want to believe he’s not truly a racist pig but “Survivor” doesn’t provide the castaways with a script.  That’s all him!  Granted, Yasmin is a loud mouth but his comments were completely unnecessary.  He needs to be voted out – those people have enough to deal with out there already without his primitive, racist comments adding fuel to the fire.  Yasmin is better than me.  Jeff, I wish I could see the extra footage of that tribal council.  I know you ripped him a new one!

Gordon’s Picks:

Rank Last Week Contestant Comment
1 1
Good Russell S.: Now, this might just be a rumor…but I’ve heard there’s a second tribe lurking somewhere in Samoa. Surely whoever is running that tribe is doing a fantastic job keeping ten people under the radar. If that person existed, they would surely deserve this week’s top spot.
2 2 Evil Russell H.: Love him or hate him, you have to admit Evil Russell has Foa Foa wrapped around his stubby finger. Add to that the tenacity to find an immunity idol without a clue and you’ve got a dangerous player. I can’t put him higher than Good Russell though, because he’s going to be at a serious numbers disadvantage when they merge.
3 4 Brett: Between having strong guys like Brett and having…you know…socks, I don’t see why Galu won’t continue to dominate the immunity challenges.
4 6 Dave: If you paid super close attention to last week’s episode, you may have seen Dave say something. In those brief sentences, he appeared to be witty and well liked. That’s really all I have to go on. That and he’s part of the yoga quartet they teased during the promo. Ask Ace Gordon from Gabon and Coach from Tocantins how far yoga will get you in this game.
5 8 Laura: Hysterical dissing of Shambo + being able to sink a shot from three-point range during the challenge = high place in the Power Rankings. Hey, when you make your own power rankings you can make your own rules.
6 7 Erik: I don’t know if anyone noticed this, but Erik was the man during the immunity challenge. He sunk a shot, he was physically imposing in the brawl, he didn’t steal anyone’s girlfriend…well done.
7 5 Elizabeth: Liz seems to be playing a very smart game. She’s contributing during challenges, being a good soldier, and not making any waves. If she gets to the merge, she might become a force to be reckoned with.
8 3 Jaison: This week’s preview seemed to hint at Jaison turning on Evil Russell. Or, was that just an editing trick? He said it’s either “Him or me.” But he doesn’t say who the “Him” is. I’m thinking that “Him” is probably Ben.
9 9 Mick: Mick reminds me of Dan from “Survivor: Gabon.” He’s in good shape, he seems like a nice guy, but he doesn’t seem to really be connecting with any of his tribe mates. I think he’s done once the tribes merge.
10 12 Kelly: OK, this was a joke last week, but seriously how am I supposed to rank people who have little to no screen time? I know the “Adventures of Evil Russell” is extremely entertaining, but it’s gotten to the point where it obvious Foa Foa is going to lose immunity because we haven’t been shown anything from Galu.
11 13 Monica: There’s a bit of a problem. I professed my love for Laura thinking she was wearing the awesome 80s socks in my recap. Upon further review, it was Monica. Now I’m torn between Laura’s wit and Monica’s socks. Can you tell I’m scrambling to find things to say about the contestants who have no screen time?
12 17 Ben: It kind of amazes me in this age of media awareness that someone would go on national television and make unfortunate comments that could haunt him after the show. That being said, I think Evil Russell likes having Ben around to take the heat off of him.
13 10 Yasmin: Let’s see…Emmy-winner Jeff Probst gives you a chance to visit the opposing tribe, what do you do? Create alliances? Gather information?  Nope, you call a meeting where you put all of them down and pick a fight with their resident hothead. However, the fact that Good Russell sent her in the first place might mean they have some kind of early alliance. Or, he was sick of listening to her too.
14 15 John: Not much from John this week, but he should be concerned that Galu’s dominance is making it so immunity strength isn’t an important factor. If he’s still annoying them, he could be on the chopping block.
15 11 Natalie: I think everyone who is on Foa Foa that isn’t a physical threat needs to be on full alert. Betsy was a valuable member of the tribe, but was sent home because she couldn’t contribute in challenges…or so Evil Russell would have us believe.
16 18 Shannon: C’mon, Shambo! What they call hell, you call home! I’ve got enough stupid “Rambo” references to last the entire season, but they’ll all go to waste if you keep doing things like breaking the fishing equipment.
17 16 Ashley: Ashley’s in the same boat as Natalie, but Ashley doesn’t seem to tow the Evil Russell line the way the rest of the tribe does. I think that’s enough of a reason for her to be the next on Evil Russell’s hit list.
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