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Survivor: Pearl Islands, Episode 8 MVP – I’ll Get Back to You Laterby Phil Kural -- 11/10/2003
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Okay, I can officially say that this is one of my favorite seasons of Survivor. It ranks right up there with Marquesas, my previous favorite. The twist this season has also been my favorite and I think Mark Burnett is doing an excellent job with character development. Actually, I can honestly say I have something to talk about concerning every person that is still in the game – even Darrah, who seems to get next to no camera time. I still feel like I know who she is and what she’s about. Anyway, I picked an MVP this week that I think will be quite a shock. Actually, I usually pick the person that shocks people, and that’s part of the fun in doing this article. So let’s take a look at who our shining star is this week.
Oh, first though, we have an honorable mention. When I found out that Burton was going back into the game, I figured he would go back so vengeful that it would be tough for him to mesh back into the Drake tribe. That wasn’t the case at all. If anything, I think he went right back in there and made his case, said what had to be said, threw out some apologies, and let bygones be bygones. At least, that is what we are led to believe. Burton said himself that he would never forget that they voted him out. He is in one of the best positions out of everyone right now. He is back with the people who used to be in the Drake tribe – and they are happy to have him. We know that he vowed to the members of the Outcast tribe that he would never lie to them, which pleases Lill because she is all about honesty, and it looks to me like the old Morgan tribe wants Jon gone before Burton. Therefore, he’s basically on everyone’s good side for the time being. Burton did an amazing job this week of getting back into his tribe, winning immunity, and gaining a stronger bond with Rupert after giving him the immunity that he won. We know that Rupert is a good friend to have in this game because he pulls a lot of strings. This may end up backfiring on him, but on that we have to wait and see. So kudos to Burton, for wheeling in the honorable mention this week.
I picked an MVP this week that I had wanted to name as an MVP when the game first began. Since her tribe was doing so badly though, it was hard to find something good to say, even though we know she was doing most of the labor at camp. This week’s MVP is Lill, and I couldn’t be happier to say that. So why Lill? Well, first off, I think she deserves it for getting back into the game. Who would have thought that three of the Outcast tribe would vote for the “older woman” over someone more athletic like Michelle or Nicole? It was so nice to watch her face light up as Jeff announced that she was the second player going back into the game – in fact, I don’t even think she believed it for the first five seconds. I’m proud of Lill. She showed that she is a competitor and a hard worker, and deserves to be back in there.
This is not the only reason I picked her. I picked Lill because she was honest. When she went back to camp, she had no qualms about speaking her mind about being upset that she was voted out. She told Andrew that she was disappointed in him that he never got back to her and let him know that she was still going to try and work her way back into the tribe, although she knew that she would still be the odd woman out if they had to face tribal council again. She worked just as hard as everyone else during the immunity challenge, even doing better than Andrew, the “leader” of the Morgans. I still think that one is highly debatable. Such a great leader, when all he did was bitch and complain about anything that didn’t seem to go his way. He made poor decisions and that’s why Morgan had no supplies in the beginning, the shelter that was shot to hell, and they had next to no food to eat.
Anyway, this isn’t about Andrew, it’s about our MVP, Lill. There is just one more thing I want to add that made Lill our MVP. She voted Andrew out. That’s right, she did exactly what she wanted to do, regardless about how far it would take her in the game, although I think that decision will work more for her advantage because the Drakes will take her along for the ride while she knew the Morgans would dump her again at the first opportunity. I almost died when Andrew asked her to get back to him before she voted and then Lill immediately responded that she had asked him to do the same thing when they voted her out. Priceless! Lill was definitely the woman this week and practically decided who went home. In the end though, she made the right choice, and it earned her the MVP award.
There you have it folks, our honorable mention, Burton, and our MVP, Lill. Both did a great job when it came to getting back into the game, and I think both are going to get further than they are getting credit for, especially Burton. I wish both of them nothing but luck and revenge because neither deserved to go when they did. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens now, since it will be back to only one person having immunity. I can only be sure that Lill won’t disappoint me and Burton will compete until he has no energy left, which I don’t see happening.
Phil Kural is a senior at Temple University, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with any MVP suggestions.
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