Survivor Review: To Benry Or Not To Benry
The big question after tonight’s episode of Survivor “I’m Not Sure Where I Stand” is whether Sash choose the correct alliance or not. His options were Chanely (Chase, Jane and Holly) or Dudry (Dan, Jud and Benry).
Although Sash openly shopped his vote seemingly looking for the best bidder, Sash appeared to make up his mind fairly quickly and even stayed with Chanely after Chase burned him by not selecting him to go on the reward challenge. Sash’s mind likely told him that shopping was his best bet, but his heart told him he couldn’t trust Dudry.
Is that true? Did Sash make the right choice? Let’s break down the pros and cons of both alliances.
- Chase is only real threat to win individual immunity prior to the final immunity.
- The trio appears much more trustworthy than Dan, Jud and Benry.
- Jane’s a HUGE threat to win the final immunity.
- Jane’s a HUGE threat to win the game.
- There’s no obvious choice to eliminate to squeeze into the final three.
- All three seem equally aligned with each other.
Dudry (Dan, Jud and Benry)
- Dan is a non-factor in challenges and to win the game.
- No overwhelming favorite to win among trio.
- Not nearly as cohesive as Chanely, opportunities to break in.
- Benry can’t be trusted.
- Benry and Jud are threats to win challenges.
- Because he’s not a threat, Dan’s an automatic for the final three, leaving just two spots.
In the words of LeBron James, ‘what should [Sash] do?’ Perhaps it’s easy to see and know as the viewer, but Chase, Holly and Jane are not going to take Sash to the finals. Even if they should.
Even if we take out that piece of viewer information, I still think Dudry is the better choice. The second and third pros listed are huge. There are opportunities for Sash to work with any of those three to turn on the others and give him a 25% chance of winning. At the same time, there’s no one Sash simply has to eliminate from getting to the final three, like there is with Jane. This gives Sash (and Benry, Jud and Dan) more options.
But Sash chose Chanely so let’s move forward and evaluate what his game plan should be. How does he break that seemingly unbreakable three-way alliance? I think the key is Holly. Jane is in the driver’s seat and doesn’t need to turn on her alliance. Chase is, as he admitted himself, flighty and unreliable.
Holly, however, has some self awareness to the game. Even though she was excited to go on the reward and probably preferred to have Jane come, she knew it made more sense for Chase to take Sash. The point is, while Holly might not like the idea of getting rid of Jane, I think she’s savvy enough to know that it has to be done.
So what then becomes the strategy? I think the move is to vote out Jud next tribal (unless he wins, then Dan goes home) and then Sash and Holly team up with Dan when five people remain. Jane has to be the target because of Chase’s immunity idol (it’s unclear if the remaining survivors know NaOnka gave it to Chase). After four, Chase’s immunity idol is not valid so they’ve got a 75% (ok, Dan has no shot, so 66%) of getting rid of Chase and taking Holly and Dan to the finals.
That’s my plan for Sash. Are there holes in it? Absolutely. With Jane gone, Sash is the biggest threat to win the game, so perhaps it makes sense for Chase and Holly to take Dan. The only thing I am sure of is that the game will not play out the way I suggested. It’s the lone redeeming quality of this season: it has been impossible to predict.
More thoughts from this episode:
- Survivors really lose it emotionally when they’re playing the game. Jane knew they were going to kill the chicken while they were on the reward, but still bawled at the chicken’s death. She even made a cross for the darned thing. In the words of Vince Lombardi “what the heck is going on here?”
- Where did Benry’s new hat come from? Did I miss that? It looks like he made it at camp.
- This was the worst “one bed, one male, two females” rewards of all time. The show spent all of one segment on the reward and moved on because there was nothing interesting to show. Expected, but disappointing. The sexual tension this season is at an absolute zero.
- I continue to warm to Dan. He has no chance of winning because he’s so pathetic physically, but he’s the calmest person in the game. Even knowing that Sash was the key to their survival, he still recognized that Sash was basically blackmailing them for his vote and called Sash out on it. This challenge to his authority and intelligence took Sash completely by surprise and he hilariously flubbed through the remained of that conversation.