QUICK NOTE: XFINITY.com is the place to be for all of your bug-eatin’, back-stabbin’, “Survivor” coverage. During the season we’ll have insightful weekly Power Rankings with Bradley Kleihege, exit interviews, and full episode recaps. Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates.
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. For example, if Dan is voted out this episode, Bradley will receive five points and Gordon will receive four points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Last Week: Bradley Kleihege had Bi in spot seventeen and Natalia in spot four for a total of 21 points. Gordon Holmes had Bi in spot sixteen and Natalia in spot twelve for a total of 28 points. So, the current score is Team Bradley 38, Team Gordon 50.
Quick Note: Rankings are not based on who the player thinks is most likely to win. The smart strategy is to rank players based on how safe you think they are in the upcoming vote.
Bradley’s Score: 38
Any questions for Bradley? Drop him a line on Twitter: @bradley_r_k
Gordon’s Score: 50
Any questions for Gordon? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes
|1. John: Now that the Mayor of Slamtown has a comptroller, in addition to his Goliath cronies, he should be safe at least until another mixup.||1. Davie: Alec really opened the door for Davie to take over this game. He’s got the numbers, he’s got an idol, his buddy has the only thing that can nullify his idol. The question is; should they throw some challenges?|
|2. Davie: Impressive move last week shifting the power back to the original Davids in his new tribe.||2. Carl: …because they have two Goliaths they can burn off. They just might make it to the merge with a David majority and two powerful advantages.|
|3. Elizabeth: This cowgirl should ride right on through this week now that she is in the majority.||3. John: Between Dan and John’s brawn and Christian and Gabby’s brains, the Slamtown Olympic Team will probably never have to settle for a bronze. Oh, Alison is there too.|
|4. Carl: Found an advantage and also gets to join a tribe where his original tribe is in the majority. Carl’s fortunes seem to be turning.||4. Dan: You’ve got an idol and one of the most challenge-ready tribes I can remember. You’re good until the next swap.|
|5. Dan: Poor Dan, all alone without a Kara in the world. Will his broken heart allow him to regain focus or will he continue to act like a bumbling fool?||5. Elizabeth: I don’t know how you and Davie did it, but you did it. That’s two significant jams you’ve managed to wiggle your way out of in just four episodes. Well done.|
|6. Mike: Mike got a lucky break, he is in a better position post-swap than he was pre-swap.||6. Angelina: There’s a lot of uncertainty within your new tribe, but I think you’re the safest for now. It’ll probably come down to the Rock Stars trying to get rid of Natalie or the classic Goliaths wanting to get rid of Lyrsa. You’ll make the call.|
|7. Nick: Nick is still on the bottom of his tribe but his alliance with Mike should keep his torch lit through next week.||7. Alison: Hey, buddy.|
|8. Angelina: If someone goes home from her tribe this week I would be shocked if it isn’t Natalie.||8. Christian: So, we all had a lot of fun with our Slamtown infrastructure jokes, but at no point did John and Christian agree to work together. Christian could be in serious trouble. Fortunately, I’m betting Tiva never sees Tribal.|
|9. Christian: He was shown buddying up with John and Dan on his new tribe which is great. However, if he has to go to Tribal his biggest problem is going whether or not he comes across as a bigger threat than Gabby because this would be a perfect chance to get him out.||9. Nick: Whether or not this Rock Stars things pans out, you’ve at least bought yourself another cycle as the classic Goliaths will be more likely to target Lyrsa first.|
|10. Gabby: If her tribe loses, she is probably headed home. But, her tribe has a good balance of physical strength and puzzle acumen, so she should be safe.||10. Mike: Why is Mike this low? Because I’m not convinced that Natalie, Angelina, and John don’t have a final-three deal. If you start pushing to send Natalie home, you could be on your way back to Horace Green.|
|11. Alison: Purple Alison. The week you start talking you’re probably toast.||11. Gabby: I hate having Gabby this low, because I loved her big win last week. But, in the unlikely event Tiva loses, she’s the most likely boot. Although, there’s gotta be an idol on that new beach…|
|12. Lyrsa: No idea where my winners pick stands after the swap. Presumably somewhere on the bottom of her tribe, sadly.||12. Natalie: Natalie telling her tribe exactly how to make the fire might be my favorite “Survivor” moment of the last ten years. I just laughed and laughed. She’s got to feel she’s safe to be acting like that.|
|13. Alec: Alec did what the producers wanted this episode, he made exciting TV, but that doesn’t mean it was good gameplay. He will always be on the bottom of both the original Davids and the original Goliaths now.||13. Lyrsa: The good news? Your buff now matches your hair. The bad news? You aren’t a Goliath or a rock star.|
|14. Kara: On the one hand she got away from her biggest liability, Dan, on the other she lost a key ally. If her tribe goes back to Tribal Council she is probably headed to the place where Natalia is now.||14. Alec: What was it Alec? It can’t have just been that Natalia was being too pushy. Because that move makes zero sense to me.|
|15. Natalie: Natalie had a chance to reset her game and reputation with the swap but that is not the strategy she seems to have taken. While Napalm Natalie burns bright, I think she also burns quick!||15. Kara: You’re down in numbers, the dominant alliance has every reason to start throwing challenges, it is not looking good for you.|
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