Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Episode 2 Recap, Edgic and Analysis

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WOW! After a slow first episode of the season, this was anything but and ended with one of the most shocking eliminations in recent years.

First, this is your home for edgic, analysis and recaps on every single episode of Survivor 33 Millennials vs. Gen X.

Let’s not try to hide it like the producers hid the elimination this episode, but I was not overly impressed with the first half hour of this show. However, once the clock hit 8:38, it was a whole new ball game of entertainment. Let’s get right into the episode.

Love Goggles and A Brief History of Romance on Survivor 

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The theme of Episode 2 of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X centered around Taylor and Figgy’s “love goggles” for each other. Gah, love goggles, such a fickle thing. This romance was already beginning to blossom in episode one, but took to new heights in episode two as Michaela caught them kissing in the middle of the night. You might think that it is pure stupidity to get romantically involved with someone in a game for a million dollars in which you have to survive stranded on an island, but surprisingly the track records of these kinds of couples is actually amazing. For some reason, people want to gravitate towards the couple in love on Survivor. They should be obvious targets and always are, but very few actually make steps to get them out like Mari and Zeke did during this episode. Rob and Amber made it to the end of the game together after hooking up early on, Ozzy and Amanda’s partnership lasted past the merge until Parvati took control, Candice and Adam’s romance lasted until final eight when Yul took control of the game and most recently Trish and LJ…..just kidding. Taylor and Figgy aren’t as savvy as any of the players mentioned above, however in all of these cases, the showmance only got ripped apart by players that were better than them and if it didn’t get ripped apart, they made it to the end together like Rob and Amber. Taylor and Figgy will not have the same trajectory as Rob and Amber but for the time being it’s actually suiting them well to be romantically involved.

Before we begin to talk about edit and edgic, there are a few other things to note about the episode.

  • Paul had a heart attack and nearly died. Okay it wasn’t that bad, but for a second there it was actually pretty scary. As Ken was trying to convince Cece that Paul was in control of the tribe and in the process calling him “invincible”, Paul was collapsing due to the heat and dehydration. Medical swooped in to take a look at him as ever, gave him some water and he was back to normal, swimming like a tarpon in the immunity challenge to help bring immunity to his team.
  • Sunday and David were the narrators of Paul’s attack. Sunday’s perspective of how it could have negative repercussions on the team was nicely juxtaposed with David’s self interested perspective about how it could benefit his game.

The Underdog Edit 

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Wherever David finishes during this season, he will play a massive role in the story. This is evident by a number of factors but most notably is that he had more confessionals (3) before the first commercial break than Hannah, Cece, Bret, Will, Ken and Lucy have had in the first two episodes combined.

David was again the confessional leader for the episode and with good reason. The comedian was at the forefront of the episode from the very beginning after going against his frantic start in episode one, showing growth already by making fire for the tribe in episode two. Then immediately following a confessional from Chris talking about how David is just their “puppy dog” that they are just “keeping him busy”, the writer finds the hidden immunity idol inside of a coconut! There has probably never been as incapable of a Survivor player who has received this strong of an edit and confessional count, so it is actually really refreshing to see David be one of the stars of the show at the moment. It is clear that the producers want us to root for him.

Ken McNickle is another one who has received quite a positive edit despite having minimal airtime. Every time he is around the music changes to a boisterous and cheerful mood. The two of them (David and Ken) decided to take their statuses as outcasts and turn that into an alliance this episode. They bonded over their social awkwardness and discovered that everyone was under Paul’s thumb. This realization would have no impact on episode two, but the indication is that it will definitely play a role sometime in the future. With David being given the underdog edit and Ken being given this hero’s edit, the two of them working together is already looking likely to warm the hearts of American citizens nationwide.

The Massive Shift in the Edit 

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“Mari Takahashi from here on out is my pick to win this season and although it is early, this is unlikely to change as the season progresses” – Me after episode 1.

From Mari having the clearest winner’s edit in episode 1 to spoiler alert, going home in episode 2, this is probably one of the biggest and fastest shifts in the edit of the show we have ever seen. Mari going home in episode two was exactly the opposite of what the edit was setting up and where the show was looking likely to be headed after the first episode. In episode one we were told the story of how Mari rallied the underdogs or rather the misfits against the “Pretty People” who I much rather would call the babbling buffoons, that is Taylor, Jay and Figgy and really how she was in complete control of the Millennials tribe. The trifecta of Taylor, Jay and Figgy were made to appear way over their heads and unsure of what show they were even on, while Mari, Hannah and Zeke were made to appear completely in control of where the tribe was headed! Fast forward to episode two and bible missionary recruiter (yes that is a real job) Michele comes out of nowhere to play a massive role in getting Mari booted of the island! Girls named Michele are becoming more and more dangerous in Survivor by the season!

SIDENOTE: The other noteworthy thing about the shift in the edit was David’s status as an over-the-top out of control character to a complex personality completely in control of his game. Huh, it’s crazy what three days can do in this game.

Throughout the episode, Mari never looked like the likely one to go home. She had two fairly basic middle of the road type confessionals where she talked about the struggles of the game and that was it! Figgy meanwhile was shown several times not fitting in, clashing with other members of the tribe, and causing distress among the people that seemed to have the most poll in the tribe. Even when the plans were shifting towards a potential Mari boot, we still saw no confessional from the professional gamer, which made it appear that she wasn’t going to be the one going home. Even at tribal council it was still looking likely to be Figgy. First and foremost when Jeff said his usual spiel and said “When your fire is gone, so are you”, the cameras zoomed in on the bartender! Secondly, the conversations at tribal council apart from the whispering occurring between Hannah and Michele, revolved around Figgy and her romance with Taylor. Meanwhile Mari’s name was never brought up with negative connotations at all. So even as Hannah was writing her vote, or whatever she was doing in that half hour she was up there for, I at least was still thinking that the votes were coming Figgy’s way! But shockingly we were all Survivor’s fools as it was the professional gamer, Mari, who was sent home.

My initial shock with Mari being the one to be eliminated after such a strong showing in the first episode left me feeling extremely confused even despite taking notes throughout the show. So how did Mari become the second person voted out of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X?

How Did This Happen? 

“If Mari goes home I will officially stop writing about this season” – Page 2 of my notes for this episode.

As over-dramatic as it was to say something like that, this was one of the most surprising votes I have ever seen and I definitely wanted a more reasonable explanation as to why she went home rather than the trifecta (weren’t they calling themselves the triforce last episode?) pulling numbers on to their side to take out someone who seemed strategic and smart. Having said that, you have to give credit where credit is due to Michelle and Jay for pulling numbers on to their side to keep one of their loyal allies in the game. It all started with a conversation in the water between the two of them about how Figgy was looking the likeliest one to go home. Michele replies to Jay’s comments by stating the obvious and saying “But then we’re losing a number on our side” and Jay in typical Millennial fashion apparently responds with “Woah man, I didn’t even think of that. Gnarly observation!”. This inspires the two of them to start pulling in numbers from all different directions to take out a massive threat in the game named Mari. Jay quickly tells Michaela a potential lie or rumour that Zeke told him (Jay) that she (Michaela) would be the next to go after Figgy. This prompts Michaela to want to keep Figgy in the game! Meanwhile, Michele convinces Will that Mari is a big strategic threat and Figgy is just an easy vote that they can take out any time and this prompts Will to vote for Mari too! Finally at tribal council, Michelle again works her dragon voodoo magic to confuse Hannah into voting for Mari and it becomes a massive 6-3 upset! Nobody saw this coming after episode one, especially the author of this article, who claimed that she would be our eventual winner of the season! In all honesty, Jay and Michelle did a masterful job at pulling off this elimination. They approached each potential suitor from a different angle, making sure to convince them of why voting out Mari was not the best move for Michelle and Jay, but the best move for the person they were talking to. For Jay to convince Michaela to vote out Mari instead of Figgy who she clearly dislikes was incredible gameplay while Michelle’s stealthlike social skills in convincing Will and Hannah was equally impressive.

Out of the four most recent seasons (Kaoh Rong, Cambodia, Worlds Apart and San Juan del Sur) I would only put Andrew Savage’s boot in Cambodia and Jeremy’s boot in San Juan del Sur as more of a surprise and more of an audience blindside than this. Well Mari, I will forever remember you as an example as to why you should never make predictions about the outcome of something that isn’t happening for another two months. You will not be forgotten.

EDGIC! 

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Yay! Everyone’s favourite part! It’s time to talk about Edgic!

First let’s talk about visibility.
David continues to lead the confessional board after a strong showing in episode two in which he found the hidden immunity idol. Michaela, Michele and Figgy also had noticeable spikes in their visibility and for good reason, they all played a massive role in the episode. On the other end of the spectrum, six contestants did not receive a single confessional, three of them were entirely invisible. In case you didn’t know, there is a woman named Lucy Huang on this season.

Personally, I would be devastated if I went out on to Survivor and then did not receive a second of air time in the first two episodes. But without further or due, here is where we stand in terms of confessionals after episode two.

SURVIVOR 33 CONFESSIONAL COUNT – EPISODE 2

CASTAWAY

CONFESSIONALS TONE RUNNING TOTAL

David Wright

5 Positive

10

Jessica “Figgy” 4

5

Michaela Bradshaw

4

5

Jay Starett

3

4

Zeke Smith 2 Positive

7

Mari Takahashi 2

6

Michelle Schubert

2 Positive

3

Paul Wachter 2 Negative

4

Taylor Lee Stocker 2

4

Chris Hammons

1 5
Adam Klein 1

5

Ken McNickle 1 Positive

2

Sunday Burquest 1

3

Hannah Shapiro 0

2

Will Wahl 0

2

Jessica Lewis

0 Non-Existent 3
Bret LaBelle 0 Non-Existent

2

Cece Taylor 0 Non-Existent

2

Lucy Huang 0 Non-Existent

0

Now let’s dig into the edgic of the episode. As an introduction to edgic last week to new viewers of the show, I didn’t get all fancy with visibility ratings. However, with the gap between visible and invisible becoming so clear I have to begin to take note. However, to make matters less confusing to viewers unfamiliar with the process, the visibility rating from 1 (being low) to 5 (being high) has been put in its own separate column.

CASTAWAY

VISIBILITY TONE

EDGIC

David Wright 5 Positive

CP

Jessica “Figgy” 4

MOR

Michaela Bradshaw

4

MOR

Jay Starett

3 MOR

Zeke Smith

3 Positive OTTP
Mari Takahashi 3

MOR

Michelle Schubert 3 Positive

UTR

Paul Wachter

2 Negative OTTN

Taylor Lee Stocker

1 MOR
Chris Hammons 1

MOR

Adam Klein 1

MOR

Ken McNickle

2 Positive

UTR

Sunday Burquest 1

MOR

Hannah Shapiro 2

UTR

Will Wahl

1 UTR
Jessica Lewis 0 Non-Existent

INV

Bret LaBelle 0 Non-Existent

INV

Cece Taylor

1 Non-Existent

UTR

Lucy Huang 0 Non-Existent

INV

*What on earth is Edgic? Check out Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Premiere Recap, Edgic and Analysis for all the details 

Zeke had another strong episode. He was shown in tribal council talking about he was living in a dream world and is the best version of himself on the island. Also from the perspective of if this was to be a Figgy boot episode, everything was shown through his eyes. He was the only one shown making the plans to get her out even despite conversations between others undoubtedly occurring. However, it is still unclear whether he is an over the top character who is there to bring up our spirits and bring up the mood for the season or whether he is a complex personnel with an actual shot to win. I think this will become more clear next episode, particularly if a tribe swap occurs, but for now I’m actually changing my way of thinking about him and putting him as an over the top character. Lucy Huang continues to be entirely invisible like a ghost. The moment Lucy starts talking, she will be the one going home and that is a very sad fact.

So Who’s Going To Win? – Episode 2

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So who is going to win? Well to be frank, I have no idea the answer to that question for once. Zeke is too over the top, Taylor is too clueless, Michaela is too imbalanced, Chris isn’t visible enough and David is well, David. This bags the question, who could possibly win? And I’m extraordinarily pleased that I don’t have a clear answer to this question as it will only make tuning in next week more exciting. For now I will change my top contender to Mr. Ken McNickle (pictured above). The light in which he is being shown in is tremendously positive. He was shown talking about how he didn’t really fit in when he was a highschooler and how he’s always been socially awkward, but he told us how he’s making it work for himself on the island. Ken was also shown making plans to oust Paul despite it being David who originally brought the idea up. Moreover, although he didn’t win, that music is reminiscent of the type of boisterous music that Kaoh Rong’s Caleb Reynolds was being shown in! This gives Ken a clear advantage in the department of the hero edit and for now, he takes the cake as having the most concise winner’s edit as well.

Next Time On Survivor….. (+Predictions) 

Next time on Survivor, the contestants will pick a rock from a bag. They will either get say a black coloured rock which would mean trading over to the Gen X tribe or a white coloured rock which would mean staying at their own tribe. Will Wahl was shown saying how he wanted to “see what Gen X had to offer” to solidify that this is what was going to happen. This mix up although being incredibly early is definitely going to be entertaining. Although I would have loved to see the fallout of this Mari elimination and what it would mean for Adam and Zeke, I don’t have any problem with the tribes becoming intermingled so early on. However, the preview gave us absolutely nothing to talk about in terms of who could possibly go home. It’s unlikely that anyone will get screwed over by a tribe swap with eighteen people left but the person going home could be someone who gets stuck with a bunch of people who simply, as sad as it sounds, don’t like them. The only indication of what is going to happen in the future of this season from this episode of the show was Ken and David’s plans to end Paul’s party! Therefore the only thing I can do is predict that Paul will be the next to go home.

Who Will Be Voted Out Next? – Paul
Who Has The Winner’s Edit? – Ken

Concluding Thoughts 

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Well after being quite down on the season after the first episode of the show, I am now really looking forward to seeing how this season will play out. I was initially disappointed with Mari being the one to go, but I see it as a cruel reminder to not make sweeping statements about who will win these shows so early on, and as one of the best audience blindsides in recent memory. This was a fantastic episode of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X and I can’t wait for more. See you next time!

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