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An “Insider” Look at Survivor: One World, Episode 6, Part 1 – Colton’s Last Scenes Make a Sceneby Andy Baker -- 03/23/2011
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Secret Scene Colton
Because of Colton’s medevac, we’ve thankfully been spared a “Day After” interview filled to overflowing with self-pity; we do, however, get one last glimpse of his staggering ignorance during his secret scene.
The members of Manono are trying to get some sleep when loud animal noises echo in the jungle around them. Colton, never one to pass up an opportunity to hear himself speak, offers up an explanation of what the noises might be. According to Jonas, Colton says, they had walked across a burial ground marked by piles of stones – Colton is suggesting that the souls of the undead are now unhappy with them.
As Jonas explains more about the burial ground, Christina starts to freak out and announces she now won’t be able to sleep. Colton silently mocks Christina to the camera, much to Alicia’s amusement. When Christina jokingly says that they have Tarzan to protect them, Colton and Alicia, ever the dismissive bullies, roll their eyes.
Colton steps out of the shelter and tells the camera that Christina drives them crazy because she’s annoying. Christina is the next to go, says Colton, because he doesn’t need her anymore.
We cut back to the shelter, where Christina reacts to another noise from the jungle, and see precisely why Survivor fans are thrilled that Colton’s body quit on him: Colton pulls at the skin by his eyes to mock Christina’s eye shape (a racially-charged gesture). Alicia joins in, copying Colton and then doubling over in repressed laughter (this is all happening about five feet away from Christina).
Once again away from the shelter, Colton compares himself and Alicia to popular girls in high school. According to Colton, he’s the popular cheerleader/homecoming queen, and Alicia is the girl who’s trying to fit in.
The scene ends with Christina telling Colton not to get excited when he feels Alicia’s knees on his back – it’s not a sexual advance, it’s just Alicia sleeping in the fetal position. Once again, Colton mocks Christina, and once again, Alicia quietly laughs at Christina’s expense.
I Don’t Want to Go (Colton)
Colton writhes in pain on the stretcher as he waits to be medevac’d. He confesses that this turn of events is hard to deal with; he’s dreamed of being on Survivor since he was nine. He used to watch the show with his “nanny” (his grandmother) after he moved in with her at age 14 to help her with his ailing grandfather – so it’s been a dream to be out there.
A tearful Colton explains that everyone, including Probst, knows that he doesn’t want to go. He can go 23 more days without food and sleeping on bamboo, and he couldn’t care less about the ice cream parlor reward; all he wants to do is play the game. Then, in a psychologically revealing moment (which helps explain why he would hold onto the immunity idol rather than giving it to another castaway), Colton points out that he has the hidden immunity idol around his neck in the vain hope that he “can play it when he comes out of the hospital.” He just doesn’t want to go.
Good at Lying (Colton)
In a pre-medevac confessional, Colton tells us that he didn’t know he was this good at lying until he played Survivor. He has a drive, a “survival instinct,” that emerged on day one, when he knew he was on the bottom of the food chain.
“I have literally clawed, scratched and fought my way to the top,” Colton tells us, and now that he’s there, it’s so much fun to have everyone believe everything he says. Borrowing a simile from Russell “Vastly Superior to Colton” Hantz, Colton says he’s “working these people like they’re puppets.”
Colton insists that he lies to people only when he has a reason to do so: to keep them in line, to make sure they don’t talk to someone else, or to get them to dislike someone. He doesn’t lie just to lie – that would be “stupid.” He just wants to keep the other castaways “satisfied” until he can send them home.
Unexpected Tragedy (Tarzan)
A clearly disappointed Tarzan discusses Colton’s departure from the game. He begins by explaining that they were told there was no way Colton would return to the game, no matter what the diagnosis was. Since Colton was an “integral part of our unity,” it was a “a sad thing” that Colton had to leave.
Tarzan thinks that Colton’s medevac is terrible because Colton was dedicated to the game, and he had a good chance of getting to the end. He had the idol, and if he stuck with the Misfit alliance, Colton would have made it at least to the top five, and he could have gone all the way.
To Tarzan, the feeling around camp is like there was a funeral. And so, for this one night, he should probably keep his thoughts and feelings to himself.
Typical Colton (Jonas)
In a confessional, Jonas talks about getting emotional when Colton was pulled from the game. What stunned him, though, was Colton keeping the idol; for Jonas, that took Colton’s respect level “from a ten to a negative three.” There is no way, Jonas says, that he would ever do that – it wouldn’t even cross his mind.
From Jonas’s perspective, Colton took a million dollar necklace home with him. “For what?!” an incredulous Jonas asks. “So he can put it on his wall?” He’d hire someone to make ten of them for Colton – just give his tribe the idol!
If Jonas knew that there was no way he could win a million dollars, and he had a million dollar lottery ticket in his hand, why wouldn’t he give it to somebody, anybody? Now no one is going to get it! But to Jonas and the other castaways, this selfish act is typical Colton.1 2 Next-->
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