Survivor: South Pacific Round-up - what was he thinking?

Let the debate begin!  If you saw last week's episode, you know the question:  Is Ozzy brilliant or just plain stupid for volunteering himself to go to Redemption Island?


As you surf through this week's assortment of articles below, you will get varying opinions on the matter, but most people agree that Ozzy is foolish to volunteer for Redemption Island.  The big problem with the whole theory is that they are concerned about having the numbers going into the merge.  He also assumes he can win the challenge.  In fact, Ozzy summed it up the best during the show, when before losing his mind, he said that sending Cochran to RI was a risk, but it would be an even bigger risk for him to go.

Although the move sure was big and memorable, perhaps being overlooked is the completely insane notion of giving Cochran his Idol "to hold" until he gets back.  Probst confirmed this week that there is no rule stating that you can't have the Idol at RI, and nothing preventing you from giving it to a spectator if you were to lose the Duel.  Ozzy giving away his Idol may end up being the bigger move than choosing to have his torch snuffed.

What I was hoping for?  Ozzy could have made a brilliant... BRILLIANT! move, had he actually changed his mind when he jokingly told Cochran that he did.  He had gotten the entire tribe to vote for him, and then had he played his Idol unexpectedly, Ozzy could choose who would leave.  And if he would have chose Keith, he could have justified it by saying that they did the same thing to him, when they blindsided Elyse.  An eye for an eye.  Savaii would be pissed, but they would still need Ozzy for the numbers.  Even if they plotted against Ozzy, if he really thought the merge was upcoming, he could have just jumped ship and truly been a free agent post-merge.  Now that would have been the biggest move in Survivor history!

But I digress.  Here's what you need to get caught up on from the previos week:

  • Survivor Examiner Recap:  Every week by roughly Midnight EST following the show, my full episode recap can be found at under my column's heading the "Survivor Examiner."  It was a big week, so read all about the so-called "biggest move ever" and give your opinion.
  • TheTVKing: Weekly "Bonus Analysis" of each episode.  Read my break-down of the episode, and what it all means in the big picture.  How has Coach maintained control, and what does Rick's vote mean to him moving forward?  And is Mikayla the answer to defeating Christine at Redemption Island?
  • Exit Interview with Mikayla:  Mikayla seemed like she'd be more memorable, but the game wasn't kind to her.  Hear what she had to say about Brandon's creep-crush on her, and her opinions on Coach, Christine, and Rick.
  • Follow Jeff Probst on Twitter and Tout: Just to re-iterate...follow Jeff!
  • Dalton Ross, EW: Dalton is a writer for Entertainment Weekly and THE MAN when it comes to Survivor.  Here he gives his weekly recap as only Dalton can, and has his weekly "3 questions with Jeff Probst".  Dalton chimes in with his expert opinion on Ozzy's move, and asks Probst all about it.  See what he has to say.
  • Gordon Holmes, Check out Gordon's weekly Survivor Power Rankings, and meet his opponent this season:  Survivor: Redemption Island's Andrea Boehlke, who will face off against Gordon each week.
  • - Hands down, the best all-around Survivor website out there.  From their page, you can get all of the latest Survivor news, and articles on every single season of Survivor.  For those who like spoilers, they also keep up to speed with spoiler-info, but kept separate from the main page so that fans of all kinds can read and enjoy.
  • RTVZone Survivor Roundtable - Nobody does reality TV like Big Brother's Evil Dick Donato.  His hosts a weekly Survivor Roundtable recap, featuring a whole slew of former Survivor all-stars.  Check it out!
  • Again this week, vote for Survivor in the People's Choice Awards for "Favorite TV Competition Show!"
  • For next week, Probst teased via Tout, that you "ain't seen nothin' yet," if you thought last week's move was big.

    Here's the official description of next week's episode, entitled "Double Agent":  "WITH A POTENTIAL MERGE ON THE HORIZON, ONE TRIBE PUTS ON AN ELABORATE SHOW IN HOPES OF GAINING THE UPPER HAND ON THEIR COMPETITION, ON "SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC," WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2.  With a potential merge on the horizon, one tribe puts on an elaborate show in hopes of gaining the upper hand on their competition, and an unlikely castaway holds all the power at a game-changing Tribal Council, on SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Unfortunately there will be no round-up next week, but check back in two weeks for all the latest in Survivor!

    And follow me on Twitter while you're at it, @tomsantilli!

    By FilmSurvivor - Tom Santilli

    About the author

    Tom Santilli is a national columnist and movie critic, who also covers Survivor for  His ongoing work can be found at his blog,  He is a member of the Detroit Film Critic Society, and huge Survivor fan.

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    1 Comment
    On: Friday, October 28, 2011
    Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

    I would label it an act two cute by half ;-) 


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