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‘Survivor: Caramoan’ Power Rankings: Meltdown Edition

March 12, 2013

Brandon Hantz (CBS)

Quick Note: We’re going to be bringing you all kinds of “Survivor” fun this season including episode recaps, exit interviews, and Power Rankings with Michael Skupin. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute news and info.

The Rules: Each week Michael and Gordon 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 Cochran is voted out this week, Michael will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 2 points. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Caramoan’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Michael and I both had Shamar in spot seventeen. Michael had Laura in twelve, while I had her in spot thirteen. So, Michael gets 29 total points, and I get 30. That brings our current score to Team Skupin: 50, Team Lighting Punch: 66.

Before we kick off this week’s rankings, let’s check in with our competitors…

Michael Skupin: Two challenges are back!
Gordon Holmes: Oh, I knew that would make you happy. What’d you think of last week’s episode?
Skupin: The fans are still wearing shoes for every water challenge…what a disadvantage…think competing in soggy, heavy, squishy sneakers. And we got a celebrity appearance from a man named after women’s floatation devices, “TaTa” and he certainly lived up to his name. I was as interested in his shelter building as I was his island chef routine. The fans “sans tarp” sure could have used him. And for the recond, I loved the “local flavor” of this twist!

Holmes: Any parting words for Shamar?
Skupin: There’s so much irony in a man that did two tours in Iraq (90+% sand) and one grain of sand takes him out of this game.  I’m sure the pain was intense, but enduring pain on “Survivor” is part of it. As a soldier, you have ALL my respect and admiration forever no questions asked, as a Survivor…you never quite got it.  I’ll miss you out there.

Holmes: And for Laura?
Skupin: A gutsy, semi-strategical game we saw out there. You were potentially a couple of sessions through P90X short of making the merge.

Holmes: Do you think Gota can turn this thing around?
Skupin: Although it appears the fans have a decimated tribe (which is partially true), it may have actually been strengthened. Although a beast, what role would Shamar have played in the immunity challenge?  They remind me a bit of Matsing (blue tribe from “Survivor: Philippines”) when they were down to three pretty powerful athletes, Malcolm, Denise, and Russell Swan, but ended up one rice pot short of a victory.

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Michael’s Current Score: 50

Any advice for Michael? Drop him a line on Twitter: @mikeskupin

Gordon’s Current Score: 66

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

 1. Brenda: Stays at number one. We didn’t see much of the favorites…Tata got all their airtime and was certainly more interesting. A challenge beast again, this chica came to play.
 1. Malcolm: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this Wednesday’s episode will be forever known as “The One Where Brandon Freaks Out.” I’m assuming it’ll also be a perfect example of why Malcolm is so dangerous in the game of “Survivor.” Namely, the dude knows when to duck into the background and let other people fight. When Russell Swan was losing it, Malcolm was quiet. When Tandang was imploding, Malcolm was quiet. I expect to hear next to nothing from Malcolm this week.
 2. Malcolm: After living in Malaysia for 18 months and often catching his own dinner to make ends meet, he likely was the most entertained by Tata. Even with two challenges, nothing happened to make the favorites change any of their positions, although they didn’t put Malcolm in charge of the carnival games for the first time.
 2. Cochran: It’s hard to write about any member of Bikal this week without tying it into the impending meltdown. So, instead of going into how I think everyone should fade into the scenery, I’ll give odds on how that person set Brandon off… Odds – 30 to 1: Cochran asks for his “South Pacific” sweater vest back and Brandon is overcome with grief because he left it in Samoa.
 3. Dawn: She may have taken a vacation in this episode…maybe “mom” was out shopping or at the mall.  3. Dawn: Odds – 1000 to 1: Brandon has had it with Dawn’s constant cursing and spitting around camp and finally gives her a piece of his mind.

  4. Cochran: Although the red hue in his arms appears painful, understand pain is a part of the game. If Cochran ever says he was going “deer” hunting for food, we now know he’s more than likely “dear” hunting. I’m voting him most likely to be blindsided by Victoria’s Secret (she’s in this season … right?)
 4. Erik: Odds – 50 to 1: Erik proposes starting up a “Guys Who Foolishly Gave Away Their Immunity Idols Right Before Being Voted Out” support group. Brandon doesn’t react well to this idea.

  5. Michael: They haven’t shown any real relationship or alliance with Sherri but I see one brewing here. He moved up in the rankings because it appears he’s beginning to follow the power in his tribe. If the Michael/Matt alliance explodes, I’m afraid “The Beard” will be seen as the bigger threat and rightfully so. His “we’re not winning with you guys” rant regarding Reynold and Eddie was spot on.
 5. Michael:  Michael and Matt are two peas in a pod. They’re running the show over at Gota. However, Michael is doing a slightly better job, because it doesn’t come off like he’s controlling the game as much as Matt is.
 6. Sherri: The best expression at Tribal Council since Eliza Orlins! She lost a few spots based on her “yes, I said that,” uncharacteristic of her level-headed play thus far.  She’s still in a strong position and her name is not coming up during the many Tribal Council conversations swirling around the Gota tribe since they’ve gone three straight times.
 6. Matt: Basically what I said about Michael, but a little less subtle. And, the reason I’m pushing this point is it looks like Gota is going to hit the merge down numbers. When that happens, you don’t want to be the guy people are viewing as the leader. He’d be better off letting the remnants of Gota pitch ideas rather than coming up with them by himself.
 7. Matt: We’re way underestimating this guy I put as 19th in the Power Rankings week one.  He steadily moves up the charts. Matt’s methods are working great and I believe he literally has an alliance with everyone on his tribe.  He’s underestimated physically and has this calm…“It’s all good” non-threatening way. 
  7. SherriAlright Sherri, you’ve got some reorganizing to do. You lost your Phillip and your Natalie in a two-day period. That’s no good. I’m not too worried about you though. You should make it to the merge easily, and then have some room to maneuver while the alpha-types battle it out.
 8. Phillip: The first seven minutes of the episode were all Phillip and his antics. If corporations and coconuts have anything to do with success, we’re seeing the next Zuckerberg.  There’s so much other drama from what should be a drama-free, winning, eating, Tata-loving tribe…he’s beginning to fall under the radar.  Although it appears he’s scorning the most strategic player out there, Andrea.
 8. Andrea: Odds – 25 to 1: Brandon is mad that Andrea took him down last week with a side headlock takedown. However, Andrea refuses to give him a rematch.
 9. Andrea: She’s been scrambling it seems since day one out there but there are few more capable.  She’s good in challenges and strategically I think she’s safe.  She’s a farmer out there as she is constantly planting seeds and watching what blooms. 
 9. Corinne: Odds – 2 to 1: Brandon loses his cool when Corinne calls him “An unemployed, uneducated leech on society, and the only thing I’d vote to give you is a handful of anti-depressants so that no one else has to be subjected to your constant crying anymore.”
 10. Eddie: He appears to be less of a threat, yet less of a challenge beast than Reynold.  He’s been on the wrong side of every vote thus far.  If he could start playing both sides, he could possibly save himself if he makes it to the merge and create an entirely new game for himself. 
  10. Brenda: Odds – 10 to 1: Brenda’s…um…attractive physique…accidentally sparks some kind of Mikayla flashback.
 11. Julia: Although she was outted at Tribal Council as being the strongest female, and although strategically she doesn’t appear to be playing a strong game or in a good position, I think she’s safe for now.  She’s not this low in the ranking based on her safety in the game but based on her “power” in the game to change it. Step on the gas, race-car driver!
  11. Phillip: Odds – EVEN: Phillip’s crazy mixes with Brandon’s crazy and they have a bit of a crazy showdown.
 12. Corinne: I had so much hope for you out there this time.  The shift in your game play was awesome until you got over-charmed by Malcolm as so many have.  Instead of joining a two-person alliance, and being a three-headed force, you joined the new guy out there who is scrambling to find his place out there.
  12. Eddie: You and Reynold are kind of a matched pair at this point, but you might want to distance yourself from him. Reynold seems to be rubbing everyone the wrong way, but people seem to really like you. Maybe you, Julia, Sherri, Matt, and Michael can hold numbers until the merge.
 13. Reynold: Goodbye, “Not-so Hidden Immunity Idol.” Goodbye, chance of making the merge. The only reason you’ll live to see another day is you finding a way to beat the favorites in the immunity challenge. Sadly, your time left out there may be as short as your shorts. I really wish you understood this game, you’re a heck of a competitor. And one lesson you need to learn…people lie on “Survivor.” Even my day-one alliance and good friend Lisa Whelchel learned that eventually.
  13. Julia: If Gota loses again, they’re in deep trouble. As in, Pagonging-on-the-on-deck-circle kind of trouble. (How’s that for a mixed metaphor?!) Anywho, Sherri’s proven that she’s in well enough to avoid the “We need to get rid of challenge liabilities” hammer. And while Julia may be better in challenges, Matt and Michael are the ones calling the shots and they saved Eddie and Reynold last week.
 14. Erik: He seems a little in over his head this season. He may be the most athletically gifted in challenges but mentally and emotionally I think he’s still playing the “what if” game from his last time out there. 
  14. Reynold: C’mon, Reynold. You need to win friends and influence people. Instead you’re telling everyone how you don’t trust them. Matt and Michael appreciate that they need you if they’re going to get to merge in decent shape. Play nice and act like you want to align with them even if you don’t.
 15. Brandon: Although I loved his challenge beast-ness, Brandon may have too much pride for this game.  Pride may be a softer word than ego in this case.  All Hantzs have a lot of fight and a lot of passion in them.  Russell strategically channeled his fight. Brandon sadly doesn’t have that skill set yet. He’s definitely entertaining. Team dynamics are as big as alliances this early in the game. Brandon’s doesn’t appear to be playing a “team game.”   15. Brandon: Are you shocked that Brandon is going to freak out? I’m not. Other members of the press who interviewed him before the game started aren’t shocked either. The guy just doesn’t respond well to the pressure of “Survivor.”

‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings: Round Nine

November 20, 2012


'Survivor: Philippines' (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

The Rules: Each week Kat and Gordon 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 Malcolm is voted out this week, Kat will receive 5 points and Gordon will receive 1 point. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be crowned the ‘Survivor: Philippines’ Power Rankings champion!

Last Week: Kat had Artis in spot seven while I had him in spot six. So, the current score is Team Kat: 108, Team Awesome Thunder: 110.

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Kat’s Current Score: 108 

Any advice for Kat? Drop her a line on Twitter: @KatEdorsson

Gordon’s Current Score: 110

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

 1. Denise: My how the tables have turned! Did you see Denise softly taking command over the majority votes? I know I would hate to be on her bad side! Denise is a force to be reckoned with. Clearly she still dominates in challenges and now it looks like the new “Kalabaw” has pulled Skupin and sometimes Lisa (lol) for the majority. She’s competitive, charming, understanding, and genuine. Perfect winner for the game!  1. Malcolm: Seriously, this whole Power Rankings is going to be one big cluster kerfuffle. I don’t know who’s aligning with who, I don’t know which way is up, I don’t know even know if I’d like to know what I’m playing for. But one thing I do know is that Malcolm has an immunity idol. And for that reason, he’s safe. Right…?
 2. Lisa: My final three is a scenario that I would LOVE to see happen! After last Tribal we got to see the three women in this game interacting and I thought it was amazing! Could you image Abi sitting in between these two women? Secretly hoping Lisa stands up and goes ‘“Facts Of Life’ Child Star” on her a**! POW! POW! Lol, totally kidding, but how funny would that be!! However I highly doubt we will have another final three of women as we did in “Survivor: One World.”

 2. Abi-Maria: Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Abi-Maria should be thankful that there are so many solid strategists this season. If the previews are telling the truth and Abi is one of the most annoying players ever, then there are several people left who appreciate the value of taking an annoying person to the end.QUICK ASIDE: How mean is that promo?
 3. Abi-Maria: You throw Lisa under the bus at Tribal and yet again sat out of a challenge with a splash of consistent, spicy Latino attitude. Abi is perfect for a final-three vote. However, only those who play with their head and not their heart will choose Abi for a final-three vote. But you need to wonder how many votes she could have in the jury if her tripod is sitting there.  3. Michael: OK, I’m thinking since you’re the swing vote, you only swung because you were offered some kind of future plan of attack. They had to say; we’ll get rid of Artis, then Pete, then Abi, then we’ll create some kind of sling for your rapidly dissolving shoulder.

  4. Carter: Yah Yah Yah, I know, what in the world is Carter doing up here? The kid is really growing on me and in the challenges he’s really doing work. If Carter didn’t pick up the slack on the red team during the RC it probably wouldn’t have been a blow out! My only problem with Carter is; I feel like he still might be a pawn player. And coming from experience, when playing the game you never believe you are a pawn until you’re blindsided or fighting for your life or you clearly didn’t know being a threat in the end is an honest mistake and you piss everyone off. Lol, I pray for you Carter!  4. Denise: Denise can win “Survivor.” When Penner confronted her about voting for him, she calmly said it fit her game and he was cool with that. If last week’s voting group holds she’s got the numbers. She’s a challenge threat, but not an obvious one. None of the current jurors have a problem with her. In fact, if I’m making a list of the people I’d least want to have sitting with me, she’s probably on top. Actually…her or Penner…

  5. Malcolm: Malcolm is out of the danger zone and he still has an idol. (Mind you, this is openly known.) He is also in the majority for taking out the remaining players and he clearly has a final three. Skupin and Penner need Malcolm, Denise and Carter want to keep them around in order to stay in this game, and since Peter and Abi look like the remaining targets they just might be in luck! I have a feeling Malcolm will do his best in the challenges in the next few episodes so he will have nothing to worry about.
 5. Lisa:  How loyal are you, Lisa? Can you patch up the Tandang alliance? Or is it time to finally send Pete packing? Artis made it sound like you’re listening to too many people during his exit interview. Is that throwing off your end game? Was your end game to get to the end with Pete and Abi? That seems like a winning plan, but the numbers don’t support it anymore. Might be time for you to sit back and watch for a cycle. Because if you’re caught pulling for Abi or Pete too hard, you might get lumped in with them.
 6. Michael: You’re still my favorite Skupin, but I can’t tell if the remaining players are going to let a veteran win yet! Happy you have won immunity and hopefully you’ll keep doing this so you will have nothing to worry about, but there are players with idols. Just keep making the good moves to vote with Denise and Malcolm so they clearly know your loyalty is with them.
 6. Penner: I don’t regret creating the rule that makes Philippines players ineligible for the 2012 “Survivor” Hall of Fame. The current season shouldn’t have an influence on a vote that’s supposed to reflect the best in the show’s history. That being said, Penner’s going to be a serious threat next year. He’s been playing beautifully this season. I don’t know if he has it in him to make it to the end, but that’s only because everyone has to realize what a fantastic job he’s been doing. I hope he enjoys his Fan Favorite check.
 7. Penner: I think all the hard work might have paid off. There are enough players to win immunity that would rather keep you over Peter. Not because you’re not a threat because YOU ARE, but because you happen to be more likable as of right now. I don’t think this will save you for long, but hopefully they will keep you for another week. #TEAMPENNER

  7. Carter: I’m predicting a messy Tribal Council. If the vote stays the same as last time we’ve got five on one side and three on the other. That’s not enough to split the vote to flush out an idol. Does Abi play hers? Does Malcolm play his? Can Skup convince Lisa to join up with him so it won’t matter? Either way, Penner is the obvious choice for Abi and Pete’s votes. So, I’m bet they’re going to vote for Carter.
 8. Pete: Between Peter and Penner, it could be either one who is going home this week, I think Peter would go before Penner, because Penner is doing an incredible job with shmuzzingggg Lisa and Skupin. Don’t get me wrong, Peter’s so much fun to watch, rocking my pink hoodie like it’s his JOB! But I think the remaining members of the tribe will be finally taking off the head of the snake I happen to love! Great game kid, but I know Abi will not save anyone with her idol, but you’re still one of my faves!
  8. Pete: Your alliance lost the lead. That’s bad. Your closest ally has an immunity idol. That’s good. However, your closest ally has been very much about self-preservation to the point that she turned on her former closest ally based on slights that might not have actually happened. That’s bad. “Molly…you in danger, girl.”Twenty five “Survivor” Points to whoever gets that quote. (“Survivor” points have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for anything ever.)

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