Thursday, September 22, 2011

Christine Sent To Redemption Island On Survivor South Pacific While Brandon Fixates On Mikayla

Christine Markoski of the Upolu Tribe joined Semhar Tadesse of the Savaii Tribe on Redemption Island, which would seem to indicate Christine was the second bootee off Survivor South Pacific.

This make two episodes in a row where the pre-Tribal Council plotting did not match the end result.

The Savaii's Ozzy magically found a Hidden Immunity Idol, hidden up a tree. I think it'd be a good plan to get rid of the Hidden Immunity Idol gimmick. Although it would be amusing to see Ozzy get the boot again whilst failing to play the idol, again.

Russell Hantz's nephew, Brandon worked really hard to try and get Mikayla booted out of his tribe. In the end Mikayla received no votes.

Brandon Hantz is starting to seem to be even more of a piece of work than his infamous uncle.

I don't remember if it was in the previews for next week, or on this week's episode, but whenever it was said, what Brandon said was troubling, that being that he is in a constant internal battle between good and evil.

Sort of like Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter.

One can not help but wonder what Brandon Hantz has done in his past to make him turn so overtly and fervently to being a marching soldier of the Lord. Brandon's impassioned prayer with the coach, after revealing to the coach his "evil" relative connection, was of the Creepy Christian sort, to my viewing eyes and ears.

Brandon's unseemly obsession over Mikayla Wingle is something I do not think we have seen on Survivor before. I know a lot of the leering and seeming obsessiveness is courtesy of artful editing. But, still, Brandon has to be giving the editors the material to artfully edit.

Someone on Survivor Sucks calling him or herself "gabbo529" opined quite sueccinctly about the oddness that is Brandon Hantz...

I'm not sure what to think of Brandon. His internal struggle is by far one of the most interesting character developments I've seen on the show in years. Especially considering last season we had the Rob's Zombies show. I find myself getting annoyed by his hypocrisy and denouncement of Mikalya who has done NOTHING wrong, but I find it interesting to watch. Has there ever been a guy on the show that's had two sides like this before: religious, moral zealot/creepy, rage-filled stalker. His whole time on the show you can just picture the devil on one side and the angel on the other.

As some have said, this imbalance probably would have not allowed him to be on the show if his last name wasn't Hantz. With that said, he is on the show and I'm interested to see where this goes from here.

I think it likely that Coach will be turning on Brandon, due to Brandon's lies about who was voting for Mikayla. If Brandon goes to the dark, evil side, I suspect eventually Survivor Security will need to arrive to remove Brandon in a straightjacket. That will make for some good television viewing.

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