‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur’ Power Rankings – Broadway Blindsider Edition


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The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Keith is voted out this week, Spencer will receive 11 points and Gordon will receive 13 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Spencer and Gordon both had Rocker in nine. So, the current score is Team Spencer 25, Team Gordon 24.

Spencer’s Score = 25

Any questions for Spencer? Drop him a line on Twitter: @SpencerBGM

  Gordon’s Score = 24

Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

 1. Josh – Once again, the official narrator of “Survivor: San Juan Del Sur” has orchestrated the vote and emerged from the fire unscathed. By the fire, I mean the Coyopa tribe currently going down in flames. Amidst the calamity, Josh is sitting back and making calculated decisions to better his game; at least that’s what I heard in one of his 6,389 confessionals.
  1. Josh – Did Josh make the right move last week by blocking Rocker to exit stage left? Maybe-ish. (How’s that for a non-committal answer!) It was good because Rocker simply couldn’t be trusted not to say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time. He just wasn’t a savvy “Survivor” player. However, the tribe that hasn’t won an immunity challenge just lost their biggest challenge threat, and Josh’s idol-wielding ally is now gone. So, Josh is safe for this week, but I’m not sure if he made the best move in the long run.
 2. Jeremy – Jeremy has now gone a couple of weeks without seeing what Tribal looks like. He’s at the head of the only Hunahpu alliance we’ve heard of. He’s physically strong. His wife (and thus part of why he is threatening) is gone. We haven’t seen things go so well for a guy just starting the game since Garrett Adels… oh. Ah well. I already wrote all this.
  2. Missy – Julie’s tribemate berates the love of her life after a challenge. The spray-tan mogul takes a moment to wander off into the Nicaraguan jungle and have herself a bit of a cry. Who was there to be a shoulder for her to cry on? Missy. That’s smart. You never know who’ll end up on the jury. You never know who you might need as an ally down the line. Well done.
 3. Jon – If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. These guys have been atop my rankings for a while now, and still seem remarkably safe. Add this pragmatic (reminding Drew who’s on his team might become a big priority as things heat up) monkey-howler to the trio and you have a group I feel very confident will be around another week.
  3. Kelley – You are a person who is on the 29th season of CBS’s “Survivor.” You are in an alliance that seems to be on wobbly legs. You have blonde hair. You’re probably safe.

 4. Natalie – Natalie took some flack for mouthing off to Rocker last week, and may have lost momentum in some peoples’ books – not mine. The twinnies are still going 50% strong, Natalie appearing to be securely entrenched in Hunahpu. Further, I think her outbursts could actually help her; she has beef with anyone in orange and has no loved one left… Why wouldn’t her tribe mates want to take her toward a swap or merge?
  4. AlecThere’s a solid little core over at Coyponda that’s going to be around for a little bit. It’s made up of Baylor, Josh, Wes, and Alec. Everyone there seems to get along, and they have two people on the outs that they can get rid of before they have to turn on each other. So, they’re mega safe for the time being.
 5. Kelley – Despite speaking as many words this season as Josh speaks before the first commercial break, or as Jeff speaks when berating a tribe for improper negotiation etiquette (oh please let there be more to come), Kelley is SOLID. I’m not compromising on this. Worst case scenario, Coyopa could be a challenge disaster after losing their only member over six feet tall in John Rocker.
 5. Wes – See Alec.
  6. Alec – If the Coyopans have a prayer in challenges, they’ll need their few athletes to perform. Alec could prove indispensable on some kind of sick Ulong-Matsing-Luzon hybrid tribe. Then again, if the tribe anticipates a swap Alec could be walking on thin ice already.
 6. Reed – How’s Reed doing? Alright, I guess. We just don’t know enough about what’s going on over at Hunahpu beach. But, if this week’s preview is to be believed, that’s all about to change.
  7. Drew – Tall. Athletic. Spacey. Lackadaisical. Longhaired. Model. White. Male. Interesting. Entertaining. Sleepy. Strong. These are all words that describe Drew more accurately than “Kingpin.” What I can count on is Drew entertaining us for another week.
 7. Jon – Probably a “no news is good news” situation for Jon last week. At least he didn’t try skipping the flint into the ocean like a stone. It’s unfortunate that due to Hunahpu’s winning streak that we know so little about what’s going on over there.
  8. Julie – I predict Gordon will rank her quite a bit lower than this, and if this is my fatal Power Ranking misstep then so be it, but I’m hitching my wagon to Julie. The now Rockerless and exceptionally competent puzzle guru has room to work.
 8. Natalie – Dude, if Rocker’s depiction of how you act in challenges is accurate, you’re going to be someone’s dream to take to the end. (That is, if someone doesn’t decide to take her out for berating their loved one.) If you don’t feel like clicking over, she was cursing out everyone. Not just Rocker. Add to that the way she called out Drew about his napping schedule, and you have the makings of a Phillip Sheppard-level social game.
  9. Baylor – Slow and steady. Baylor is edging up the food chain week by week, and now has as good a silver lining as she’s found in the game so far – Dale was on the outside of the last vote, and she wasn’t. She isn’t out of the woods just yet, but she’s well on her way to Chase Rice 2.0 status.
  9. Jeremy – I’m thinking Jeremy already has Hunahpu’s immunity idol. If Rocker could find it with the same clue, Jeremy should have no problem. The question is; can Keith be trusted? It really sounded like Keith and Jeremy weren’t seeing eye to eye when Keith was at Exile. Jeremy already has a solid core with Natalie, Missy, and Kelley. I’m sure Jon (or more likely Reed) would jump at the chance to swap into that alliance.
  10. Missy – Missy has been quiet; she hasn’t necessarily left a huge mark. Perhaps being quiet is helping her cause, however, on a tribe with Drew, Natalie and…
  10. Baylor – Baylor should be in the same boat as Alec and Wes, but I can’t really get a good grasp on how Josh feels about her. It’d make sense that she’d be his dream girl to take along to the end of the game, but he keeps treating her like a second-class alliance member. She’s probably safe for now, but she needs to stay on her toes.
  11. Keith – Don’t let our favorite mouthy southerner fool you: He has the emotional spectrum of Lisa Welchel and Dawn Meehan combined. Now that he’s bunking at Hunahpu once again, and not beside Josh on a bed of rocks, he can do what he does best – make people laugh their asses off and have no reason to can him.
  11. Jaclyn – Oh, Jaclyn. If you were on the right side of the vote, why did you almost tip Rocker off at Tribal Council? Rocker plays his idol and Baylor goes home and you’re back where you started. You’ve got to play smarter than that.
  12. Wes – He’s younger than his old man, and he might be able to whoop him in a challenge, but Wes is also on a god awful tribe, and for that he gets slotted down. He’s voted in the majority every time, but on Coyopa, anything’s possible.
  12. Julie – You had a rough week and none of it was really your fault. Fortunately, the Rocker blindside should take a lot of heat off of you. If the wheels are going to start coming off at Hunahpu, your best bet is to stand back and let whatever happens, happen.
  13. Reed – If Reed had a nickel for how many more times than him Josh spoke, he’d demand the most airtight prenup Kassandra McQuillen could write up for when the two tie the knot. Much like the quality of that hypothetical legal document, Reed’s position in the game is disastrous. He sits outside the apparent Hunahpu majority, and across from an imposing partner in Josh. Teammates have every reason to cut Reed at this stage; it would weaken Josh, and hey, they can afford to lose a few challenges without Spider-Man’s physical prowess. They’ve got the lead to do it.
  13. Keith – Why are you so determined to get the idol before Jeremy does? That made no sense to me because I was under the impression that you two were in an alliance. Well, it’s bad news for Keith if he and Jeremy are on the outs. Losing those first two key days of alliance-making could come back to haunt him.
  14. Dale – This… hurts me. Man, I really should have saved the Erik Cardona throwback for this week. I love Dale, but as the only guy who stood by Rocker on an abysmal tribe that only knows defeat, Dale’s fire making goodwill may finally run out this week.
  14. Dale – You’re done. You’re a goner. The tribe is now dominated by youngsters. With Rocker gone, challenge prowess is at a premium. And, you were the only person who voted with Johnny Rock last week. Nobody needs a tribe swap right now more than you do.
  15. Jaclyn – Consistency. It pays off, like when Tony consistently builds spy shacks, schemes and breaks the ankles of cameramen by randomly sprinting on his idol hunts. Sometimes it doesn’t pay off, like when Jaclyn’s allies consistently insist they have two idols. I’m hoping this is one of those situations where my consistency is eventually rewarded.
  15. Drew – If there’s one bad things about being on a tribe that’s dominating challenges; it’s that they’re more likely to get rid of young athletic men who annoy them.

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