Okay. I’m still watching Survivor. The first reality TV show I ever let myself get hooked on (after stubbornly refusing to watch most of the first season).
Last night was the best episode ever. The first one where I was actually clapping and laughing during the vote at tribal council.
Why? Because the guy who no one fully trusts. The guy who seems to sway with the wind. The guy who’s treated as if he were a child. The guy who seemed like a pawn in several different people’s games? He changed everything. Never has their been a better liar on this game. Particularly one I was rooting for. Who wasn’t lying for his own personal gain, so much, or for the pure joy in manipulation many of the past notorious liars seem to derived, but to gain the trust of others and to send a message to the people he lied to that he was not to be underestimated or patronized.
And, to me, Dreamz helped “the good guys”. Hence my clapping and laughing. The expressions on everyone’s faces when Edguardo’s name came up more than once was priceless!
Watching that show, I’m never cheering for the ones who are so bloody arrogant about their position in the game. It’s usually the strong, good looking guys and as much as it’s nice to keep those guys around to look at, arrogance is the human trait I dislike most. (Another reason why the business world was uncomfortable for me. Many of the people I had to deal with were dripping in it.)
The sensitive side of me hopes the group’s last minute decision to switch from Mookie to Eguardo and not tell Dreamz doesn’t hurt Dreamz too much. He’s already been treated badly by the so called Four Horseman. I feel badly for him. I hope Earl or Yau-Man can convince Dreamz either that they didn’t have time to tell him, or that it was a test and he passed it with flying colors and they now trust him 200%.
But the not-so-sensitive side is rubbing my hands together waiting for the shit to hit the fan and wondering if that mistake, of not trusting Dreamz, will change the game all over again. Next week should be interesting.
For me, Survivor is one of the best studies in human nature on TV. They tend to cast real people. (unlike Big Brother or those dating shows like The Bachelor, where they seem to cast the women by cup-size and the men by the lowest IQ). I just wanted to slap 90% of the cast the one and only time I watched BB) And the Survivor players are all in such close proximity for so long and are thrown so many curves, forced to make big decisions, when they are emotionally and physically taxed.
As writers we know that when under pressure is when people’s true nature comes out.