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Survivor: The Amazon, MVP Moments for Everyoneby Phil Kural -- 05/19/2003
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Well, it took me a little time to recuperate from the fact that Rob didn't win Survivor: The Amazon, but now that I have accepted it, I'm ready to figure out each player's MVP moment. It was hard for some because there were too many dumb moves by certain people this time around. However, at one point or another everyone did make a smart move. I mean, I still think Rob should have won and that he was a great player, but in the end it was Jenna who took home the prize. Oddly enough, I found myself wanting her to beat Matt. Maybe it's the Pennsylvania pride, I really don't know. In any case, here it is: MVP moments for everyone.
Ryan: Now, it's a little hard starting from the bottom because certain people were not around long enough to have that many "moments." That is the case with Ryan. If there was something that he did do correctly, it was gathering people that were around his age to try and form an alliance. He understood the game, but like Jeff Probst said at the reunion, being in an all-male tribe was really a disadvantage for him. Ryan's MVP moments comes courtesy of when he gathered up Matt and Daniel to vote for Roger at the first tribal council. He was smart to know that an alliance was key, but he just didn't get enough people to get rid of annoying Roger that early. One can only wonder what would have happened if his alliance had succeeded from the beginning. If only he had gotten across that dumb balance beam in the first immunity challenge.
Janet: Janet was one of my original picks to make the final four. Yeah, that really worked out. Honestly, she wanted to go when it was her time. The Amazon was just too much for her. I don't think she had the attitude for the game anyway, she seemed too nice. Anyway, Janet's MVP moment was in episode two when she voted for Jeanne. Instead of voting for Christy, hoping that she may have a chance of not going home, Janet took the road of vengeance and voted for Jeanne. I loved that. Only for the fact that she was bitter over the fact that Jeanne said that she had smuggled a granola bar into the game. To this day that still sounds ridiculous. Give Janet a little more credit then that. I wish she would have lasted longer.
Dan: I honestly think Dan got a bad rap. I just don't think he was as lazy as he was portrayed. He only lasted until episode three, so there isn't much to go by on him. My MVP moment for Dan was when he told Matt to vote for him. He knew that Matt was probably going next (after himself) so he tried to get the attention off of him by telling Matt to vote him off with the rest of the guys. That, to me, is taking the high road. You know you're leaving; no reason to drag someone else with you, especially if you consider them your friend like Dan considered Matt. Too bad about him catching malaria in the Amazon. That has to really suck. I don't even know exactly what malaria is, but it sounds painful.
JoAnna: Way back at episode one, I pegged JoAnna as the first MVP for Jaburu, saying that she was going to be a valuable person to this tribe for morale and strength. Well, I was right on the strength part, but when it came to morale, I'm not so sure JoAnna was that much of a team player. She was loud, obnoxious, rude, and mean. Her actions to Christy still have me all in a huff (and they helped earn her that Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment). Anyway, the only possible thing I can think of to give JoAnna as an MVP moment is for her actions in episode one when I still had respect for her. Now, I find her to be a hypocrite and really could care less to ever see her face again. I have yet to hear some kind of apology from her to Christy.
Jeanne: What a tough break Jeanne had. I mean, she was next to go on Jaburu, then got switched, and was still the next to go. Goes to show you that being a hard worker doesn't always pay off. I don't really believe Heidi when she said that the older women were giving her looks because Jeanne doesn't really seem like that kind of person. However, I loved when she came back from tribal council after JoAnna had been voted out and basically refused to do any work and let the other women have it. That is Jeanne's MVP moment. I'm sorry, but it was great to finally see her speak up and say what was on her mind. At the reunion, I was glad to see that she wasn't really bitter of the fact that the boob troop had screwed her, but still stated the fact that she was too busy working to care about how "cute" the other girls were. Jeanne understood that working was more important in the beginning of the game instead of ripping into the other women.
Shawna: Oh, Shawna. Poor, sweet, innocent Shawna. I have to wonder if she even knew she was going when she did. I think her whole sickness thing was a fake because nobody recuperates as quickly as she did when the men got to their camp. Honestly, now that I think about it, Shawna didn't do a damn thing during the whole game, and I have nothing else to say about her, not even an MVP moment. NEXT!
Roger: Even though he was annoying, Roger was one of the hardest workers. He understood that in order to live comfortably, a shelter had to be built and the food had to be gathered. He constantly worked on the shelter, collecting wood for the fire and making sure that there was ample fishing being done. Not a bad thing to say about his work ethic. However, when it came to the social aspects of the game, he totally messed up. Roger just rubbed too many people the wrong way. So bad, that he was bumped up from Dave to be voted out because he was considered by the women to be too much of a jerk to be on the jury. Rob came to agree. Roger's MVP moment was just like Ryan's: Forming the first alliance. Roger knew that he may be a target for the young guys because he kept ordering them around. So what did he do? Well, he gathered up Butch, Dave, and Alex, the other hard workers, along with Rob, who knew it was important to be in the majority, and took them out. Ryan first, then Dan. Had the switch not occurred, which I wish it had not; I think Roger would have lasted until at least the final six. Oh well, that's what you get for being bossy.
Dave: My pick to win the whole thing became the first member of the jury. Don't worry Dave, I ain't mad at ya. Dave was an excellent motivator. I liked his never give up attitude and I appreciate that fact that he didn't rub in everyone's face that he is a rocket scientist. I mean yeah, he said it a few times, but I don't think it got old. MVP moment for Dave? Well, I don't think there is just one. Dave was an MVP every time he would give one of his little motivational speeches because time and time again he would encourage and lift morale for his team when things were looking bleak. Even when they were going to lose a challenge he still tried his hardest. A real competitor. Can't seem to fault him on that one. Basically, he ended up on the wrong side after the battle lines were drawn and alliances were established, well for that episode anyway - they did change so frequently this season. Bottom line is that he was too strong to remain in the game.1 2 Next-->
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