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If you have been watching the hit CBS reality show, “Survivor”, you have to be wondering; what happened to the Heroes?
After winning the first reward challenge and getting flints to start fires with, they have spiraled out of control.
Let’s look at that first challenge. Stephanie Lagrossa got her shoulder knocked out of the socket, Rupert Boneham broke his toe, and Jessica”Sugar” Kiper had her bra ripped of her back, by Jerri Manthey of the Villains tribe. Yet they prevailed and won the challenge. So far so good.
However, after that the Heroes have spiraled completely out of control. No one on the tribe seems to be in charge, or seems to be willing to step up. The immunity challenge was a free for all, with the tribe members working on the puzzle completely disorganized. Hence, the Heroes were the first tribe to visit host Jeff Probst at Tribal Council. Sugar was sent home.
One would have thought that would have been enough to make them get their act together. Wrong! The immunity challenge for episode two involved setting up block to form stairs spelling out the tribe name. J.T. Thomas had already done this challenge at Tocantins, and initially the tribe agreed to follow his lead. This agreement went right out the window when the challenge started. J.T. admitted that he should have been a bit more assertive, but the tribe lost – again.
Further proof came at Tribal when James Clement attacked Stephanie during Jeff’s questioning. Tom Westman and Colby Donaldson stuck up for her, but Stephanie was still voted out. As she left she made a comment about not “cursing off your tribe-mates” for her parting shot. James responded by telling her to keep her mouth shut. All Probst could say was; “Tonight’s tribal council speaks for itself.”
So what is going on? Simple. The Heroes have no cohesion, no unity, and has split into factions far earlier than any other season of Survivor. Two episodes in and you would think that a merge had taken place, and it was every man or woman for themselves. Some of the Heroes might have been better off being cast as Villains.
The Villains are winning challenges because they work as a team. Rob Mariano took charge of the stairs puzzle challenge, and led his tribe to victory for the second straight immunity. In fact when Rob passed out from dehydration, several of his tribe-mates gathered around, and showed concern. You have to wonder if the same concern would have been shown on the Heroes tribe.
The Heroes would do well to follow their example, but so far, it looks like a repeat of the Foa Foa Tribe from Survivor: Samoa. Time will tell if the Heroes can come together as a tribe, and start winning challenges. If not, by th time of the merge, there won’t be many Hero’s left.
Survivor:Heroes vs. Villains can be seen locally Thursdays at 7:00PM Central Time on CBS 11 KTVT.