Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer some questions about the latest episode of Survivor: David vs Goliath.
WEEKLY ENTERTAINMENT: We started the episode with Nick and Davids Davies, but we got up again early to look for an idol while the Goliath were all sleeping. Were the Davids looking for clues and idols in the Goliaths, because that certainly seems to be the case?
JEFF PROBST: I agree, it seems that way. I think there are probably a lot of factors that determine whether someone is looking for an idol or not: their personal motivation, their level of tangible energy, their perceived safety in the game, or even their mood. after a tribal council. But it still seems that the people who need it the most are the ones who look the hardest. Who knows, this could also be a fundamental philosophical difference between the Davids and the Goliath! I will try to get to the bottom of things in the final of the meeting on December 19th!
Certainly, I have never been hungry, so it's extremely easy to say, but I will never understand it when people take up a challenge to feed themselves. Yet that's exactly what Carl, Nick and Angelina have done here. We have seen players and jurors comment on the reasons for and against this, but what do you think of the possibility of obtaining immunity?
I think it always depends on the situation and the players. If you think you do not have a lot of luck winning the challenge, it might make sense to try to consume calories in your body. But not participating in the challenge involves risks that go beyond giving up your immunity. You have to consider how this is going to be done with your alliance, you have to weigh how the jury will judge it, and you should also be aware that this says a lot about your overall approach to the game and that other players could Use against you if you go to the last tribal council.
You know how much I love the endurance challenges that persist forever. What did you do with this first battle of immunity between Alec and Christian and the different ways they were motivated to stay – Alec talking to himself and Christian talking to you and all the others ?
It was an EPIC challenge! It was fascinating to see their character reveal themselves throughout the five hours or so when they were sweating. I admired Alec's tactics to try to convince Christian that he would never come down. It was so faithful to his character. I am stronger than you and I can last longer than you. I am everything you are not. Go down now before embarrassing yourself. This tactic can work on a person who lacks confidence in themselves, but this was clearly not the case with Christian. He was not in the least intimidated by Alec and in fact, he had become more confident every hour that passed. What I liked the most about Christian's approach is the sense of humor he used to make me bloom. Both guys used their best weapons and this time, Christian won.
Alec is paying the price for his challenge performance and was the first to be sent home this week. He made some movements but also hesitated before doing others. What was your overall vision of his game?
Alec played a good game. He has built a lot of good relationships based solely on a friendly personality. He has won a lot of challenges based solely on his physical abilities. But what has impressed me the most, is his willingness to act, at any time, he thought it would strengthen his game. He did not analyze it too much. He said "yes" and left. More often than ever, these types of players go deep into the game, as they keep one step ahead by changing it as they go along. Alec played on all three levels of play, play and survivor. Yes, he ended up being eliminated, but that will happen to most players. You can never use being voted as the ultimate measure of the game.
You all have a reason for everything you do. Which leads me to wonder why, in the last few years, you've had strange people who have taken on team reward challenges, you've sat down, and then you've returned to the beach with Losers. Why not allow them to choose a side to base on and then win the reward if that team wins, as you did in the past? Does the thought that they could get an unfair advantage by feasting themselves without physically spending themselves at all in the challenge? Or is it another thing that I am too stupid to think?
If you consider this from an issues perspective, there are certainly more important issues if someone has not been chosen and is not eligible for a reward. But it's really a call to do that we make at the beginning of the season. I think that given the current situation of the game, with people playing so hard and sacrificing so much, the "gifts" will come back less and less often.
Angelina came to see you with a clearly developed commercial proposal to get more rice. You then replied that you would only reach an agreement if someone offered to waive his immunity from the challenge, which Angelina then did. Tell me about your decision to put an individual price tag on a joint win, and do you think Angelina had the right decision to miss out, or would the other players see this as more flagrant jury management?
I really enjoyed that they spent time deciding how to approach the situation and Angelina was well expressed in her opening offer. The reason we countered immunity was the situation. Eating more than the appropriate rice ration really goes against the rules of the game. Obviously we can not let the players starve, so they know we have to give them more rice. So, the only way for a merchandise trade was to make sure that I took all their shelter and that did not seem fair to me considering all that they had experienced this season.
So, the second best marker was immunity. For me, it was more the purpose of the operation than the inherent risk for a player. Immunity is the most important thing in the game. Who is willing to give it up? Obviously, the other players could have simply agreed not to vote Angelina, to trade, to take rice and that would make things easier. But someone still has to agree to give it up. They must agree to go to the tribal council without security. It's always a risk. I think Angelina was absolutely doing it so that her tribe would be favorably perceived, but that would be all those who would make the decision to sacrifice themselves for others. You ask the most important question: will it work for her or against her? And I will say to future players, do not expect a similar exchange if it were to happen again!
Man, I think Carl can again drunk with this feast of rewards, and he seemed really drunk with power. What led to his ultimate downfall since he was the second person to vote this week?
Carl fascinates me. He is so unpredictable and so unequal in his game. Some aspects of Carl make him a great potential Survivor player, and then there are obvious weaknesses, such as a massive lack of consciousness that leads to his ultimate fall. I think we saw a very accurate representation of where Carl lost the plot and his inability to read the situation. I think Carl took for granted that the others were in agreement with the way he assumed the role of leader.
We all have a lot of levels in our personality. You must always be aware of the aspects of your personality that you emphasize in a given situation. You wear essentially a series of masks and you must be able to exchange costumes effortlessly and without anyone noticing. In Carl's case, alcohol has become an adversary for him. He took off his mask of humility to take another beer and forgot to put it back. He stopped paying attention and never saw him coming.
Ok, tease us for next week, sir!
The love is in the air! What I always appreciate about visiting a loved one is that it reminds us that they are sons, daughters, husbands, wives. These are real people who are trying to change the lives of those close to their hearts by smashing their buttocks to earn a million dollars. It will be a good one!
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