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An “Insider” Look at Survivor: One World, Episode 7, Part 1 – Say Goodbye to SushiPage 2
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Jonas felt bad because he could tell that Tarzan felt “sincerely sad.” After the argument, Tarzan wasn’t being his usual “vulgar” self and was “subdued.” So Jonas told Tarzan that he didn’t care if Tarzan was in his alliance anymore; he just wanted to apologize for acting the way he did.
Tarzan, who was really touched by Jonas’ apology, started crying – and Jonas started getting emotional, too, because Tarzan was so sincere about it. The truth is, Jonas likes Tarzan a lot – for his innocence, and how genuine he is.
Jonas explains that he had gone to bed the night before and thought about what he said and how he said it – and felt bad about it. He feels he was in a “psychotic rage” because of sleep and food deprivation, which can “bring out the beast.” The beast was unleashed yesterday – he took off the gloves and started swinging.
It was nice to make up with Tarzan – and now they’re back to having a more solid alliance.
Lost My Periscope (Tarzan)
Tarzan explains that he’s been “the captain of the ship in the operating room for 30 years” and it’s intense in there: Do the wrong thing and somebody dies or you scar them for life. As a result, most good surgeons (and he believes he is one) don’t tolerate imperfection very well.
In his surgical practice, he had his crew that he trusted. When you’re surrounded by other people who act and feel the same way – compulsive and perfectionistic – that’s one thing, but when you’re out of that arena (like being on Survivor), people resent that kind of behavior. They don’t like to be “perfected, refined, or improved” by anyone but themselves. There are people who respect it, but not that many.
Tarzan admits that gradually, some of his behavior has broken down in the game. He’s been abrasive, he’s gotten angry. He wanted the guys to have integrity and have that integrity last until the end of the game – but it hasn’t turned out that way.
The way Tarzan sees it, Colton was the periscope and he was the submarine with torpedoes – and his periscope got knocked off. With Colton gone, everyone has his own opinion again, and Tarzan thinks they’re not playing the game in a way that will make it easier for them to get to the end.
Early in the game, the men stuck together really well. They had formed a meritocracy, everyone was equal, they came together and agreed – to the point that they gave up an idol. When they were split apart, however, the alliance began to break apart, and when they came back together, Tarzan “couldn’t pull it together anymore.” He said that he gave up and decided to let the others come to their own conclusions, and follow whatever path fate directs.
Tarzan describes Colton as a “big, loud, open, gregarious guy” who could guide the alliance without offending anyone, but Tarzan isn’t that kind of guy. Colton was the perfect shield, and now, with the shield gone, everything’s changed. He believes the men could have been the final five, but now there are so many plots and subplots that no one is “adhesing.” Tarzan thinks the ship is sinking, that the submarine has a torpedo in it, and they’re going down – he’s not certain, though, so he’ll see what happens at the next vote.
Merge Experience (Christina)
Christina thinks the game is going to be pretty interesting now that the tribes have merged. Challenges are going to be individual now, so they’re going to see who can pull their own weight. They’re also going to find out where the alliances really are: Who’s solid and who’s not?
Coming back to the camp and finding the merge feast was a great treat, but there was awkwardness, too. Everyone was staring at each other, making eye contact, giving each other a little nudge here and there, trying to figure out what’s going on, who’s in, who’s out. For Christina, it was interesting to see the mixture of personalities and how they’re all interacting with each other.
Christina opted to “play it low a little bit” and observe the new social dynamics. She didn’t want anyone to think she’s already strategizing a new plan. Now, she needs to play the game hard and win individual immunities.
Dream Come True (Troy)
As an “adamant” fan of Survivor, Troy has seen castaways find hidden immunity idols, and it always seemed so difficult to him for players to get in that position. So, to find the idol that morning is like winning the gold medal. This is the Survivor Troy wanted to happen – if he had written out his Survivor experience 11 years ago, this is exactly what would happen.
So far, the game really has been a dream come true. He’s envisioned so many images over the past 11 years: doing challenges, going fishing, bickering with people, starting fires, being hungry, getting scrapes on his legs, everything. And now, his dream is coming true. And this is only the first half of the game! He can’t even imagine what the last half is going to be like. He’s planning on sitting there during the final Tribal Council – he’s already going over a speech in his head.
“It’s all working out!” Troy says. “All the Survivor seasons I’ve watched, I’m taking little pieces, putting them together into ‘Troyzan’s One World experience’ – and it is outstanding!”
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