The Pagong Show
Over the past few weeks,
we've covered the Wheel, The Race, The Contender, but
have completely neglected "Survivor." Before our eyes,
we have seen a team completely self-destruct, right from
the very beginning. Every episode, nearly every
challenge, even the basics like keeping a camp together,
are not happening at the Ulong camp.
I suppose I should explain
the title of this week's piece. Pagong was one of the
tribes on the first edition of Survivor, back in 2000
(It seems so long ago, doesn't it?). Anyway, Pagong had
four people left, against Tagi's six. Tagi figured out
that no matter who won immunity, they could just pick
off the four Pagong players, by virtue of the voting
numbers. It's become a well known strategy, at least in
the circles that follow the show.
The point is that
everything is going Koror's way, so they might not have
to even worry about employing that strategy.
I think I figured it out.
Koror's captain played it smart, picking all the older,
hard-working people. Ulong's captain went for the young
cute people, who it turns out blew chunks at the
challenges, and can barely do any work. Any sort of
shuffling of the teams at the beginning, and it would be
a different game. But it's not. And I don't mind saying,
I am enjoying every bit of this. I'm not sorry for them
at all. They were happy with the tribe setup, so good
for them. To add to the bashing, this time out gave the
tribes a chance to pick their own way. If Ulong were
saddled with dead weight from the beginning, I could
throw them a little pity. Not so, friends.
Strangely, I don't find it
boring to see Koror completely dominate every type of
challenge. Some people would find it insanely boring,
knowing what the outcome is. What I enjoy is watching
the wheels come off the cart. Loss after loss, going to
Tribal Council, still filled with hope, that 'tomorrow
is another day.' Except that's not how it's working out.
Meanwhile, Koror is living high on the hog, catching
fish, living in a (relatively) lavish shelter, and
kicking ass. It's a sort of payback for all those weeks
I slogged through Vanuatu, watching the capable men
getting picked off by the catty women.
So I praise the eight
remaining Koror players. They are a well-oiled machine
when it comes to swimming, strength or mental agility.
It is an absolute shame that they will eventually have
to turn on each other because Ulong cannot keep up. They
aren't Outplaying, outwitting, and they sure aren't
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