Tom Paterson Deep Dive Retrospective | Survivor New Zealand 2017

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Avi won the final vote 6-1 at the final tribal council.

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Avi won the final vote 6-1 at the final tribal council.

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Survivor New Zealand | Final Week

Survivor New Zealand |Final Week

By James Rowland

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The first ever season of Survivor New Zealand has come to an exciting finish, with the loveable Avi receiving 6 of the 7 votes to become the sole survivor.

Lets try and break down those hectic four episodes and how we got to the final result.

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Michael Sparrow and Nate Davis Exit Interview | Survivor New Zealand

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Jak Thomas Exit Interview | Survivor New Zealand

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Survivor New Zealand | Week 8 Episode 15 & 16 Recap

Survivor New Zealand |Week 8 Episode 15 & 16 Recap – Avi’s Heart Breaks in Two

By James Rowland

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Hello and welcome to week 8 of Survivor New Zealand. As we near the end of the inaugural season I’d like to thank anyone that has read along with my blogs as the episodes have aired. This is the first time I’ve written about reality television and I’ve loved hearing the feedback, so thank you.

Redemption Island

Shannon, fresh from her boot arrives sheepishly to redemption island. I was interested to see how Mike and Jak would react to Shannon, would they be sour or have open arms? In true Kiwi fashion they both greet Shannon with a big smile and a ‘what the hell!?’. Shannon admitted she got a taste of her own medicine and is more subdued than she was previously. Much like the turtle in the prior images, Shannon has popped her head back in and lost her cut throat nature, which is a shame.

Casar

We have been hearing quite a bit of confidence from Avi and how he thinks every single person left on Casar trusts him. Avi does admit he wants to stick to his loyalty and that everyone can trust him – In Survivor there will come a time young Avi… Where a vote must be cast and you have given too many promises. Remember that.

Remember when Barb was a total badass and voted out the humble Sala in cold blood? Remember ‘that’ Barb? Either she’s gone on vacation or she is really ramping up the lies,  Barb tells Tom to his face that she wants to get him and Avi to the final three and that she would be mortified to get there herself! Is this a false sense of security for Tom or is Barb truly scared of getting to the end? I’d hope she was fooling them but I’m not sure she is.

Next up we have Tom and Shay, the bitter rivals turned frenemies. They continue to reassure each other that they’re set for final three and that even though in the past they have been at each others throats, this time they are solid. Which immediately cuts to Shay, ‘I don’t trust Tom’. Which cuts to Tom, “I don’t trust Shay”. These guys are hilarious, I bet they both thought they were getting away with reassuring the other and they both pull that confessional. So good.

Shay, suspicious of Tom goes to Avi and tells him that Tom is coming for him. Avi, shocked that his good friend would do this goes directly to Tom and asks him if it is true. Tom is bewildered at this accusation and swears it is false. I don’t know what Shay was thinking. Of course Avi, the honour and integrity poster boy is going to ask Tom if it is true.

Avi is pretty upset at Shay, he kind of does let her off the hook by stating that she may of misheard (of course she didn’t). The audio from this scene is under a shot of a spider catching what seems to be a bee in it’s web, another cool shot. Shay has been caught just like the bee.

Reward Challenge

At last there is a reward challenge! And oh boy it’s a big one. The winner will go on an overnight stay at a resort and indulge in food and drink. I’ve never seen Nate so bloody happy, hearing Matt describe this reward.

The challenge is where the players must jump in a pool of mud and get as much as possible into their buckets. Loving the slow motion shots of Tom’s cannonballs in this challenge. The ten minutes is up and it’s time to weigh the buckets. I’m surprised they didn’t air the part where they weigh the buckets, you’ve got 75 minutes and no tribal council yet you cut out a suspenseful part to show? I don’t understand. Nevertheless, Avi beats barb by a decent two kilograms and wins reward.

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Avi is allowed to pick one person, he chooses Tom because he has ‘not been on a reward’. Matt does say after he has picked Tom that he can choose one more, Avi toils a bit on his decision before eventually selecting Barb. Nate and Shay seem to take it pretty well. Avi has done okay with his selections here.

The three really indulge in the reward, they are living up the food, drinks and really having fun. We get another confessional from Barb stating that the would love to see these two young men in the final three. It seems legit from Barb.

LUXURY REWARD Barb, Tom, Avi (Photocredit Scott McAulay) (38)
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Back at camp

You know when you are left alone with someone that you just don’t click with, no matter how hard you try and make small talk it kind of just never flows? I have never seen a clearer case of that than here with Nate and Shay. They would of had to spend almost 24 hours alone together, barely talking. Cringe.

Barb comes back, successfully downplays the reward and how amazing it was…

Redemption Island

How funny was Shannonymous and Jak talking on the coconut phones! ‘Oh man Mike is going to be there? what’s the point!”. Jak believes if he can psyche Mike out into thinking that Jak doesn’t want to win, he can have a mental advantage. I’d try it too if I was up against Mike!

All three are hoping that the winner will re-enter the game but their dreams will have to be put on hold as Matt denies them. One will be eliminated while the other two go back to redemption island.

They must hold their arm in the air and if they slip or lower their arm, the water will fall and they will be sent to the jury. The challenge runs for fifteen minutes before Jak starts trembling, it looks like he is just about done but out of no where Shannon drops her arm and loses! Shannon is sent to the jury and just like that my favourite is gone.

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Episode 16

Ready to hear the same things repeated?

  • Mike is unstoppable
  • Avi is a good guy
  • Most Kiwi’s cant separate human behavior and survivor strategy
  • Shay trusts Avi – Not Tom. WE KNOW!
  • Barb is obviously the godfather and everything she does is part of a master plan – Right? Right!?

Avi is struggling with the nature of Survivor. He sees that the tribe is targeting Shay yet Avi has given his word to Shay. Tom plays on Avi’s heart here and explains to him, you’ve also given me your word. So you will break it to one of us. “If you look closely you can actually pinpoint the exact moment his heart breaks in two.” – Bart Simpson.

Nate is growing ever weary of Shay, he doesn’t trust something about her. Wether it is her running around and telling lies or her nervous laugh (which is noticeable) he just doesn’t trust her. I have no problem with Shay planting seeds of doubt, the problem is the people she’s telling trust each other and they just confirm with others that it is false.

Nate, mirroring myself is sick and tired of people putting friendships before gameplay. ‘It’s called survivor; not friends’. THANK YOU NATE.

Immunity Challenge

The players must balance a ball on a disc, from increasing distances and also from a thinner balance beam as the challenge progresses.

IN CHALLENGE Nate, Avi, Tom (photocredit Scott McAulay)
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Avi desperately wants a win, but falls out in the first round. You can tell he is such a competitor but he just can’t pull it together, he’s furious.

It comes down to Barb against Tom on the last stage, they fight it out for a few minutes before Barb drops her ball resulting in Tom’s fourth individual immunity win in a row! Very impressive. He might out have to win out at this stage though, he must be seen as a massive threat.

Back at camp

Avi is wrestling with the emotions on having to flip on a friend and he tells Tom he doesn’t want to write Shay’s name down.

Nate realizes that Avi is so likable that if he gets to the final three, he will be hard to beat. Nate is angry that Avi will not betray people and he would be the only one who could say that at the end. Lee and Sala would love hearing that. Nate asks Barb if she’d consider voting out Avi. She ponders this in her hammock and as soon as Nate leaves her sight she runs to tell Tom and Avi. Looks like Barb has severed ties with Nate pretty quickly.

Avi comes into some self awareness, realizing that maybe he was naive to believe he could make it through the entire game with full honesty. You’ve harped on about it all season Avi, is it too late to become the bad guy?

Tribal

Matt asks the tribe about honesty, Avi tells him that you suppose you don’t turn on your own. Shay doubles down on this, stating that ‘suppose we already have turned on her own’. I think Shay knows the deal here.

TRIBAL COUNCIL Casar (photocredit Scott McAulay) (11)
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Shay is voted out unanimously and for the second time is on her way to redemption island. Avi has made the move from Harvey Dent to Two Face, what will the jury think of his ‘honest’ approach now?

Going into the finale next week, I will make some predictions.

  • Mike wins his way back into the game, but loses the first immunity and is voted out.
  • Nate is voted out fourth.
  • Final three of Tom, Avi, Barb.
  • Avi gets roasted about ‘honesty’ and how he wanted to play with integrity but ultimately could not.
  • Barb gets roasted for not doing much for the most of the game.
  • Tom is my pick to win if he makes it to the end as he never pretended to be honest and also smashed the immunity challenges.

Thanks for reading, see you next week!

 

Shannon Quinn Exit Interview | Survivor New Zealand Week 8 Episode 15 & 16

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Survivor New Zealand | Week 6 Episode 13 & 14 Recap

Survivor New Zealand |Week 6 Episode 13 & 14 Recap

By James Rowland

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Casar

In the initial aftermath of the blindside of Sala we have a few strong reactions from the tribe members. Avi goes on a full rant on how he trusted Nate, Barb and Shannon and he could not believe how they’d do this to him. A rant we’ve seen many times before on survivor. Do these people forget that the game has the tagline “outwit, outplay, outlast”?

Avi thought he could be a nice guy and make it to the end of the game with his alliance members, a strategy that rarely works. It rarely works because the nice guy will be targeted as no one wants to go against them in the final three!

Tom and Jak are feeling pretty chuffed over what happened at tribal last night, hoping to target Avi next. Jak’s bold move of pointing at clouds to pretend he wasn’t talking about strategy was hilarious, Tom’s response of ‘what a giveaway that is’ was just as good! Funny moment.

Barb now believes that the game has become too easy, the people she is playing with aren’t doing well and she can just sit in the hammock and not worry about being targeted. The whole Barb the Godfather, having people visit her office was great too, good stuff from the editing team.

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Next up we have Shay who is still quite upset over the blindside of her close ally, “All rules went out the window last night… everyone is in this game for themselves” ARE YOU KIDDING ME SHAY!? Of course everyone is in this game for themselves, people aren’t out there to get to the final four and then say, “Nah it’s cool guys, Sala is a good bloke so vote me out here and let him win.

Redemption Island

Everyone attends the duel between Mike and Sala. Sala wants some clarity on who voted him out but also offers the fact that he is not hurt and understands why he was voted out.

Mike on the other hand, finally with the chance to tell Shannon how he feels, comes down hard on her. Mike calls her out for lying and calling her a fake person. Shannon is pretty hurt by Mike’s words which will affect her outcome for the rest of the game.

New Zealand survivors are really harsh on integrity, I can’t say it enough that the game is not about integrity and never has been. Mike was pissed off that he was bested and needed to let the person who got him feel his wrath. That’s fine, but don’t pretend it was ever about honor, you’re pissed off because you got beat.

The memory challenge is played and Sala reveals too many open tiles to Mike in the beginning, Mike takes out the challenge very comfortably and his hopes of re-entering the game stay alive. Sala is sent to the jury to an applause from the remaining members of the game. Sala was so well liked and you can really see it here.

Casar

Back at camp, Avi is having a heart to heart conversation with Nate. You can see Avi’s strength as a social player clearly here, where he makes sure Nate remembers that everyone is out for themselves. Nate relates with Avi, understanding his previous frustration and wants to continue working with him.

Immunity challenge

This is a proper throwback challenge, where the host tells a tale of history from Nicaragua and the survivors’ must answer questions and if they are correct, gather gold medallions. The whole aesthetic is very ominous, playing at night against the backdrop of the jungle with fire spread across the challenge. Tom once again dominates, he gives no one else a chance when he answers every question correctly to win his second immunity in a row.

Casar

Tom really does save himself here. Nate has a plan to keep feeding Mike his mates so if Mike does get back in the game he does not have many ally’s to help keep him in the game. It was going to be Tom, so it switches to Jak.

Avi is on the acting trail now, letting Jak and Tom think that it will be Avi going tonight. Jak is feeling confident enough to bring out the infamous loincloth, asking the tribe “should I wear this to tribal?”.

Nate brings up to Avi that he wants to tell Jak that he will be going home. Don’t do it Nate!

Tribal Council

THE LOINCLOTH MAKES IT!! Jak’s blurred butt makes it’s way into tribal. The whole tribe, who would usually be really tense start cracking up laughing. Even Matt gets in on the laughter, unable to hold back. Matt does ask Jak about it, wondering if he’s perhaps too confident in wearing that at tribal. Jak plays it off with another joke.

Avi tells Matt he is feeling nervous, but he really isn’t. He is feeling confident tonight and his social game has bought him enough votes to feel confident. There is more smoke and mirrors from Nate, saying the game is “predictably unpredictable”.

TRIBAL COUNCIL Matt collects the votes (photocredit Scott McAulay)
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Jak is voted out unanimously and while he looks upset about it, cracks (pun intended) a smile on his way out.

Episode 14

There is a bit of talk around the next vote potentially being Barb. The tribe thinks that she is a goat for the final three – um… how? And it would be better to remove her before she gets dragged to the end. Could Nate turn on his closest ally?

Immunity Challenge

We get to the immunity challenge, oh and by the way why hasn’t there been a reward in like six days? bit rough really.

The contestants must run into the jungle and retrieve bags of sandbags and throw them into boxes of increasing distances. Tom absolutely smashes everyone out of the water (again) and wins his third immunity in a row. Tom is quite clearly a challenge beast by this point.

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Back at camp

We hear from Shannon who is fighting with herself at this point. Shannon came into the game with a clear plan to betray people and vote out threats. She is now feeling bad about that strategy because the people around her (except for Barb) are all about honour and integrity – give me a spell.

Tom who is now in a strong position with his immunity win, reconnects with Avi. They agree that the smart move would be to take out Shannon now, as they think they can get further with Shay. Nate and Barb are are unsure about the vote and would prefer to vote Shay out.

Shannon does gather that there is doubt about tonights vote, she hopes to vote out Barb but has lost her cutthroat nature to really force the issue.

Shay does her best to reconnect with Tom, the same guy she’s been trying to vote out since day one. Funny how things work in survivor. Tom works this conversation well, he exploits Shay’s outreach and gets her to say that she would not want to take Avi to the end. Vital information for Tom to use how he pleases.

Tribal Council

Entering tribal, I have no idea who would leave. It could of easily been Barb, Shannon or Shay and I would not of been shocked.

Shannon tells Matt that she is grappling with the nature of the game. She tells us that she was playing hard but now she has stopped. Matt asks Nate wether you can make it to the end and be honest with everyone, to which he responds ‘I don’t think you can be honest with everyone’.

The votes are read and Shannon is voted out 4-2. Shannon let Mike’s words at redemption get to her and put her foot off the gas pedal, she found her conscience at the wrong time and it led to her demise, which really sucks.

TRIBAL COUNCIL Shannon eliminated (photocredit Scott McAulay) (2)
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Thoughts heading into next week

With only five people remaining, the person returning from redemption island has to come soon, I’m hoping the winner next week re-enters the game or else it will be too chaotic if it happens at the final 4.

Tom is still vulnerable as a challenge competitor, I wonder if he loses if his alliance with Avi will be enough to keep him safe.

Shay was left out in the cold on this vote, She voted for Barb and it will be interesting to see where so votes next time.

Barb should go next, she has made the biggest moves and in my opinion has the biggest case to win. Although the people out there don’t think the same.

See ya next week, survivor lovers.

Sala Tiatia Exit Interview | Survivor New Zealand Week 7 Episode 13 & 14

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