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Don’t miss the season premiere of “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X,” Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8pm ET.
The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the players will earn. The person with the most points at the end of the season will be declared the “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X” champion.
Quick Note: XFINITY “Survivor” loudmouth Gordon Holmes will be unable to participate in this season’s Power Rankings due to being more than a bit spoiled. Therefore, he has invited defending Power Rankings champion Shirin Oskooi to take his place.
Yet Another Quick Note: No points will be awarded during the pre-season ranking portion. Scoring will begin next week.
Michele Fitzgerald and Shirin Oskooi’s Pre-Season Rankings
Michele’s Score = 0
Any questions for Michele? Drop her a line on Twitter: @meeshfitz
Shirin’s Score = 0
| 1. – Adam: Dang, he says all the right things. Mix social, strategic, superfan with an endearing motivation to win… My vote goes to him.
|| 1. – Zeke: “I’m going to give you four reasons to watch Survivor: Millennials vs Gen-X … Number 2: Zeke.” – Jeff Probst
| 2. – Chris: He prides himself on being able to juggle peoples’ personalities so I have high hopes that he can handle all the balls that “Survivor” will throw at him.
|| 2. – Adam: Small, snowy, nonthreatening on the surface, like an iceberg, the bulk of Adam’s substance looms beneath.
| 3. – Figgy: Nashville mirrors everything I like about Figgy: bright, fun and electric. She should be able to figure out when to stay in an alliance, and when to go, and be able to justify it without any hard feelings.
||3. – Chris: Gangster in a Oprah Louis CK suit.|
| 4. – Michaela: She definitely acts older than she is, and I appreciate that she doesn’t feel like the world owes her anything. “Survivor” doesn’t give any handouts, and I feel like she’s scrappy enough to fight for what she wants.
||4. – Figgy: Wasps fly into figs on a suicide mission to pollinate the fig and lay eggs. The fig rips off a wasp’s wings, antennae, legs, then digests the body, stinger and all. This is what it means to be “figgy.”|
| 5. – Taylor: I think this bro will get along with everyone. He seems casual, adaptable, and social. He should have no problem finding a comfortable spot on the Millennial tribe, and I foresee many open conversations with people about where he stands.
||5. – Ken: The motherhood penalty vs. the fatherhood bonus on the road to final Tribal Council. (see: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/upshot/a-child-helps-your-career-if-youre-a-man.html).|
| 6. – Zeke: Hello, you vibrant thing. I’m willing to overlook the New Jersey dig because you will probably soon be “Survivor” fan-favorite royalty.
|| 6. – Mari: She’s a self-made (YouTube subscriber) millionaire,
Thug livin’ on the island, pink dye in the hair.
| 7. – Michelle: “Studies dragons and the stars,” “inspiration is God” … I have no idea what to think here. She has definitely got her head in the clouds, but there was something endearing about her soft spoken meet-the-cast video. If she can stay grounded, she should connect with a lot of people on this cast.
||7. – Sunday: Sunday always comes too late. #thecure|
| 8. – Rachel: I thought this Playboy bunny was all soft and fuzzy until I realized she wrote a book and won 6 chess tournaments. If she can play up to the “beauty girl” stereotype, she may be able to slide deep and then surprise people.
||8. – Paul: Once that cyclone hits, Paul’s hair will be the star of a glamrock video. People will probably ignore the lyrics. #PourSomeSugarOnHim|
| 9. – CeCe: As we saw with Cydney’s pregame, having multiple personalities isn’t always a bad thing, as long as you know when and how to use them. CeCe is like an onion, multi-layered and strong. I predict she should outlast most of the other Gen-Xers.
||9. – Bret: It’s always comforting to hear someone in law enforcement assert, “Not one person ever tells me the truth.” Here’s hoping Will doesn’t become Bret’s Brendan Dassey.|
| 10. – Jay: He seems outgoing, fun, and positive. I’m thinking he will be the challenge beast of the season, only to be sent packing as soon as he loses. His eagerness and enthusiasm have blindside written all over it.
||10. – Will: High school. Low voice. Medium finish.|
| 11. – Boston Bret: Police officers must be able to read the room, assess possible threats, and distinguish truths from lies. He has all the tools to go deep in this game, but listing his biggest pet peeve as “people who talk religion at thanksgiving dinner” means I’m predicting tension at the merge feast.
||11. – Hannah: May all the religious peeps this season form a prayer circle to save the smart, funny girl.|
|12. – Ken: “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” I’m getting serious Zoolander vibes from this guy – handsome, but maybe a little shallow.||12. – Michaela: She’s got hot sauce in her bag. #swag|
|13. – David: I like that he embraces that “Survivor” is out of his comfort zone. He seems like a good mix between millennial mindset and gen-X, I just don’t know if he can find a strong place to fit in long term.||13. – David: Cochrans don’t win the first time they play. But the bullies’ reality is a high and dry future while even the invisible find their way back to the island.|
| 14. – Mari: Whoa, this girl is intense. On paper, Mari has the tools to dominate this game. But sometimes what seems like obvious winner qualities (competitive, focused, calculating) doesn’t always translate to “Survivor.”
||14. – CeCe: You may wonder why CeCe is so low.|
| 15. – Paul: I am getting Debbie vibes. It’s hard to tell whether a big personality like this will be endearing or will struggle to connect with other castaways. No matter what, I have a feeling Paul will be in our face until he gets sent packing.
||15. – Jay: You may wonder why Jay is so high.|
| 16. – Lucy: I love Lucy but describing herself as “stubborn” and “controlling” gives me some red flags. If she doesn’t loosen up, she may have a hard time at a swap.
||16. – Taylor: Re: Josh Wigler’s interview with Taylor: Like if I see a bro, some people look at that as just a boring Ozzy or Drew. I look at that as a jungle gym, and it’s like, TV gods are going to climb that bro. They’re going to go do that.|
|17. – Will: It is in our nature, as Survivors, to want to break records. I worry that Will’s record as youngest Survivor ever will be his main accomplishment on this season.||17. – Jessica: I plead the fifth.|
| 18. – Hannah: Her quirkiness seems a little forced to me. I can see the comparison to Cochran and even to fellow Bostonian Aubry, but I think she will lack the complexity and maturity to use that fish out of water-ness to her advantage.
||18. – Rachel: (TIE) “I think sexiness comes from within…It’s in here like a little tiger. I can pull it out. And I attempt not to pull it out because if I do, it’s a little much.” Yeah, pulling it out is risky.|
| 19. – Sunday: I immediately see her as the physically weak link. She strikes me as someone who will be sweet, but may fall into the ‘mom’ role and could end up a little naggy.
||18. – Michelle: (TIE) Michelle, a dinosaur with wings is called a “pterodactyl.”|
|20. – Jessica: I liked Jessica until I found out she drinks her champagne with salt and vinegar chips. No amount of persuasion could convince me that this is a good pairing. I worry for her choice in alliance.
|| 18. – Lucy: (TIE) Holmes: If there is a twist, what do you think it could be?
Huang: That the weakest link will win.