“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” Episode 9 Recap: Pilot Season

“Survivor: Edge of Extinction” (CBS)

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Last Week: The Wardog barked up the right tree, so the anchor got some bad news, while the firefighter came face to face with a dude who’s been putting out flames for almost twenty years.

39 Days, 18 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Vata Tribe (wearing red)
Aurora, 32 – Divorce Lawyer
David, 44 – Television Writer, also appeared on “Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen-X”
Gavin, 23 – YMCA Program Director
Julia, 24 – Medical Assistant
Julie, 46 – Toymaker
Kelley, 31 – Marketing Manager, also appeared on “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” and “Survivor: Second Chance”
Lauren, 21 – Student
Rick, 33 – Morning News Anchor
Ron, 46 – Teacher
Victoria, 23 – Waitress
Wardog, 38 – Law Student

Oh hey, the “Previously on ‘Survivor’” montage has returned from the Edge of Extinction!

Post-Tribal Shenanigans

Wardog is loving life now that his has crazy plan worked. Well, “crazy” might not be the right term, but it was definitely “unlikely to be successful.”

On the other end of the spectrum is Ron who seems to be falling off of a cliff emotionally. No choreography from him this week.

Gavin takes credit for the move, saying that he was worried about getting to the end with a blank resume. He approaches the Lesu three with the idea of a six-person alliance including himself, Julia, and Victoria. The sextet seems to be willing to work together, with David being the first target.

Oof…going into a six-person alliance with the lines already drawn at three/three seems like a recipe for disaster.

Meanwhile, David and Rick finally decide to mend fences and work together going forward. Aww…it’s every immunity idol’s dream that their parents will get back together after a divorce.

The next morning, Rick and David start making moves to solidify an alliance with Julie and Ron. They’re both definitely up for it because they’re kind of emotionally wrecked.

At the Isle of Extinction

Eric is not the happiest camper after last week’s brutal blindside. He really seems to be considering raising the flag, but he decides to gut it out for his kids.

“Survivor” Mad Libs: (NAME) is sad at the Edge of Extinction and wants to raise the flag, but won’t because of (REASON). Meanwhile, Reem says “(EXPLETIVE).”

Quick Aside: Am I a nutbar for thinking that the Edge of Extinction would be kinda fun? It’d be like a for-real castaway scenario without the reality TV politics of having to conspire against people. I dunno, that’s probably something easy to say from the comfort of my couch.

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a beam and hold a ball on a bow. The last person standing wins immunity.

Quick Aside: Already?! There’s still like 45 minutes left in the show. This Tribal must be insane.

Another Quick Aside: The first few immunities after the merge can all be summarized like this…

Result: Gavin wins immunity by outlasting David.

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Rick is doing his best to hammer home the point that the Lesu three have played together the whole game. He and David also intend to use the idol that night no matter what.

Gavin and Julia want to send David home next, but the Lesu three is pushing for Ron. This worries Julia, because she thinks they may be working with David in secret. This leads her to consider reuniting the Kama Six…er…what’s left of it and going for Kelley.

However…this bugs Gavin because he’s been determined to get rid of David. When three members of the Kama Six tell him their wishes to get rid of Kelley, he says they’re turning it into a dictatorship because they’re not doing what he wants. Wait, the majority getting their preference over one person is the opposite of a dictatorship.

Later that night, the silence and awkward looks around camp convince David and Rick that David is the target. They agree to use the idol to protect him.

Tribal Time

Kelley admits that she was trying to work with new people, but she’s worried that the Kama Six may be doing a reunion tour. Mostly classic hits, maybe a few new tunes.

David compares this to a scene he witnessed this morning where a shark ate a bunch of minnows. He also points out that this happened while he was pooping.

Rick is worried that he might be the poop in this scenario because he has no clue what’s going on.

Julie has a bit of a breakdown because she doesn’t know who to trust and the environment is having an effect on her. She’s worried that the plan she was told isn’t the real plan. While this is going on, Julia assures Kelley that the plan is still on.

However…by admitting that the plan is still on, this leads Rick to believe that Julia is working with the Lesu three.

Julie tells everyone that she’s a free agent. Ron tries to clean this mess up by saying the vote will show them who to trust.

Aurora thinks Lesu is trying to plant seeds of distrust among Kama, but Rick thinks they just need to ask Eric and Aubry about how well Kama trusts each other.

Rick’s on fire tonight. He eventually just puts it all out there saying the original Lesu can partner with Ron and Julie and vote out whoever they want.

Julia accuses Rick of being a passenger, and he counters that his new proposal is the opposite. I’d have to agree.

Quick Aside: I like this new pilot/passenger terminology.

And then the whispering starts. At first Wardog asks Ron if he’d vote for Aurora…then Kelley starts whispering with Aurora…

Then all Hades breaks loose. Dozens of little silent conversations are taking place. People are going from group to group. In the midst of all of this, Julia’s name is thrown out as well.

Kelley also admits to David that his number was up.

Meanwhile, Aubry is in the jury box making Eliza Orlins look subtle.

Finally Wardog says, “Let’s vote.” To which Julia counters, “Shut up, Wardog.”

Wow…just wow.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…the Wonder Twins activate in the form of an immunity idol! Rick plays the fractured idol for David.

Alright, we’ve got one vote for David, one vote for Kelley, five votes for Julia, and the ninth person voted out of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” and the sixth member of the jury is…Julia.

On the way out, Julia retrieves the torch and heads to the Isle of Extinction.

Verdict: Just wow. Great episode. And, it was a smart decision to cut whatever Reward Challenge they played to dedicate more time to the beautiful disaster.

A few years ago the “Survivor” Hall of Fame honored individual Tribal Councils, this one had to rank up there.

Rick: He was worried he was going to be the poop, but he proved he was the (expletive deleted).
Lauren and Kelley: You guys are staying in this spot for as long as you have the guts to hang onto those idols. Amazing.
David: You really should be commended for how well you keep your cool. It seems like you don’t take anything personally.
Wardog: You saw the merit in Rick’s play and you started swinging. Well done again.
Ron: You did your best to keep Julie out of trouble. Now you just need some more confidence in what has been a really solid game.
Gavin: Sometimes you aren’t going to get your way, it’s no reason to throw out a whole alliance.
Julie: It’s hard to give you a much higher grade considering how frantically you were playing and jumping sides. Hopefully you’ll be able to find your center.
Aurora: Maybe I’m reading the edit wrong, but I feel like you’re rubbing everyone the wrong way.
Victoria: I can’t give you full credit if you don’t show your work.

Power Ranking Results: Gabby Pascuzzi had Julia in spot seven, I had Julia in spot nine. So, the current score is Team Gabby 75, Team Gordon 76.

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