In a post a few weeks ago, I said that Survivor's Joel would turn out to be the greatest contestant ever to play the game.
He was obnoxiously big and strong and unabashedly uncaring about anyone else in the game. But he was also very smart and buried himself in game strategy from day one. He was employing tactics never seen before by playing an individual game from the jump.
Normally, players will keep their teams somewhat strong, because until you get down to the final 10, having a strong team is what keeps you in the game. But Joel had been dragging three weaker players -- including Chet, the undernourished dish rag/pageant coach -- with him the whole game, knocking out his biggest competition along the way.
I stopped short a few weeks ago of declaring him the winner. It's a good thing, because his big ass is history. It seems that Chet led by Cirie, the queen of the weak players, and a couple of others talked the new odds-on-favorite Ozzy into dumping Joel before he either eliminated them or killed them in their sleep.
So this season is taking on an interesting twist. As all of the strong players try to drag along the lifeless, worthless corpses of the weak, the weak are banding together and picking off the strong one by one. Thanks to the power of creative reality show editing, we of course can see this crystal clearly, while everyone else in the game cluelessly wonders around bitching about the rain.
So at this point, I have no idea who's going to win this thing, but the show has been a little boring this season so I'm actually wondering if I truly care. Of course as reality TV devotee/cult member I'm sure I'll stick it out ... At least I'll stick around longer than Joel.