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Some Final Thoughts on ‘Survivor: Cook Islands’Page 2
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Nate: Nate was the first of many Raro members to allow personal feelings to interfere with playing the game. He failed to make any back-up alliances to help him out in the game because he was so attached to Parvati and Adam. However, we can’t totally lay his failure at his door. He might have formed a back-up alliance with Ozzy, if only Yul hadn’t found out about it first. Once he did, Nate was the first on Aitu’s hit parade, especially when Yul got Jonathan to flip.
Candice: Candice should never have mutinied. She should have stuck where she was and waited until the merge. If she had, she could’ve jumped back to Raro and she’d have been in a much better position. As it was, she allowed her friendship with Adam and Parvati (and her romantic feelings towards Adam) to cause her to mutiny, thus earning her the wrath of the Aitu-4 (and three trips to Exile Island). It also made her the next one from Raro to go home. I guess mutineers are the first ones to die after all.
Jonathan: Jonathan too should never have mutinied. But where Candice’s decision to mutiny was dictated by personal feelings, Jonathan’s was dictated by strategic concerns and by the conviction that Adam held the hidden immunity idol, not Yul. After learning that he had been mistaken, Jonathan jumped back and earned the wrath of Raro.
If Jonathan hadn’t been sent to Exile Island when Parvati and her dad won a reward challenge, he might have stuck around one more day. Or maybe the Aitu-4 would’ve all agreed to get rid of him anyway. In any case, he was too much of a threat to Yul’s own plans, so out the door he went.
Parvati: Like Nate before her, Parvati didn’t initially try to make any back-up alliances once the merge hit. Nor did she allow Jonathan to feel totally comfortable. Both were mistakes. Parvati did try to save herself after Jonathan flipped, but it was too little, too late; and her efforts only made Yul realize that she was a bigger threat than Adam. So once Ozzy won immunity, Parvati too had to go.
Adam: I don’t know if it says anything good about Adam that despite his being a big, strong guy, he was the last to go from Raro. I’d say not. In any case, he was the least threatening person to the Aitu-4’s chances, so he was allowed to stay longer than any of the others did. But in the end, the only chance he had was to win immunity. But once again, Ozzy won it, so out the door Adam went. To his credit, he tried to get the hidden immunity idol out of the game before he left, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Sundra: I’ve never seen a more pathetic fire-making challenge! Was it just nerves? Were Sundra and Becky using a different form of flint than what they were used to? Or was it a combination of those things? I don’t know.
What I do know is that Sundra was too emotionally attached to her allies (mainly Becky and Yul) and unable to separate integrity from game play. So her only chance was to win immunity, but even though she came close, Ozzy won again. At least she went out with class and there were no hard feelings amongst any of the Aitu-4.
Becky: Becky had very long odds once she reached the final three and had to face the jury. She had kept her scheming and plotting very secret – too secret, in fact. And she just couldn’t turn on Yul. She might have won some votes if she had been able to make fire more effectively, but she was almost as pathetic as Sundra was. So she was stuck between two giants – a challenge giant and a strategic one. She had no chance.
Ozzy: Ozzy’s fate proves that being a challenge demon and having unmatched survival skills is all well and good, but it’s not enough without any decent amount of strategy. Ozzy just spent too much time hunting and fishing and not enough time strategizing. He did manage to get into an alliance despite not doing enough strategizing, and he did get four votes by doing so well in challenges, but he was up against Yul and it was just too much. At least he got a car and $100,000.
Yul: My favorite in the game, and a truly deserving winner. He did so many things right, and very few things wrong. And the things he did do wrong didn’t matter in the end.
Yul plotted and schemed without making himself the villain and he knew when it was time to backstab and when it was time to lay off. He worked at making sure his alliance survived, he was very nice and didn’t show any hint of what his politics or beliefs might be, and he made sure there were bigger threats around.
Best of all, Yul knew how to get votes before and during the final jury session. He maximized the good luck he had and minimized the bad luck of the mutiny. I don’t know if he’s a better player than Richard Hatch, but I’d say he’s just about as good. And I say congratulations Yul!
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Belle Book is a library clerk for a community college in Pennsylvania. She is delighted that Yul is the Sole Survivor of Cook Islands! If you wish to contact Belle, she can be reached at BelleBook@aol.com.
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