Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Episode 6 Recap, Edgic and Analysis

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Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X continues not to be quite as bad as once feared on The Masterind as Episode 6 titled “The Truth Works Well”, of the hit TV show’s latest series,  was another exceedingly entertaining episode. Let’s get right into the action.

After the typical post-tribal discussions from the previous episode’s vote, the show started off with one of this season’s most interesting characters, Jay Starett having a very inspiring confessional talking about his family back home, how he wants to win the game, and then going on an idol hunt. With the help of the practically invisible, Will Wahl (was he even there?) Jay found the hidden immunity idol and jumped for joy. But just seconds later he was busted by Michaela, the exact wrong person you would want to bust you with the idol in your hand out of all the Millennials in this game. Why? Because Michaela as entertaining as she is, is also hot-headed and rash. This idol won’t have an impact any time soon, especially with Jay and Micahela constantly leading their tribe to victory in challenges, but will undoubtedly have an impact sometime this season. Before moving on, one thing to note is that through all of this, Will was silent, highlighting his sad insignificance to the story of the season once again.

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After a commercial break, the scene transitioned to the next reward challenge of the season, where Figgy and Michelle showed exactly how bad they are at this game once again. When Vanua walked in and the other two tribes saw that Cece had been voted out, Figgy immediately began to clap. Now that’s one thing, but what made this just astrocious strategy and gameplay was that when Jeff asked her why she was clapping, she thought it was necessary to disclose to everyone how close of a bond she and Michele had. To make it even worse, Michelle responded back with something that the whole cast of How I Met Your Mother saying “Oh Honey!” by saying “I think the truth works in this game”. Oh Michelle, the truth does not work in this game, even Australian Survivor’s Lee who preached about mateship and truth telling throughout the game lied at times. This could have easily destroyed Michele’s game had Vanua gone to tribal council that night and may still if they go there next vote. It also might have destroyed Figgy’s chances in the game as well and could have easily played a role in Adam’s decision to flip, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk a little bit more about the reward challenge. Actually with all that occurred between Figgy and Michelle before the challenge, the pre-challenge discussions were more entertaining than the challenge itself as the only noteworthy to happen was Hannah needing to be checked out by medical despite not even participating in the challenge due to coming close to having a panic attack. Luckily, Hannah was okay and didn’t come across as weak as she had feared. With all of these medical emergencies that occur on Survivor, no one ever comes across as being weak because all the other castaways aren’t concerned about how it affects them, they are only concerned about making sure that person is okay. Many people predicted that Hannah would have a similar story arc to Aubry of last season and if that is going to come true, that story definitely starts now.

Michaela The Star of the Challenges Again 

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Michaela may be one of the single greatest pre-merge challenge competitors of all time. She has been phenomenal in helping her two teams win a countless number of reward and immunity challenges and without her, Bret and Sunday might have been voted out of the game by now. In terms of her capabilities, she is up there with Joe Anglim and Rob Mariano in terms of her strength in team challenges so far.

The challenge itself was a really creative and fun challenge with a slightly more enthusiastic than normal Jeff Probst. Teams had to race out into the water across a balance beam and then up a structure to retrieve bags full of coconuts. Individuals then had to carry the bags up to shore and then hang them on a coat-hanger like structure. After that, two team members would be waiting to empty the bags, which were full of coconuts, attempting to find three balls mixed within the coconuts. Those same two team members then had to work together to maneuver all three balls through a table maze that had the aforementioned Rob Mariano drooling and reminiscing about his Heroes vs. Villains days. Michaela and Hannah were the first pair to win immunity for their tribe after Michaela’s constant barking of orders towards Hannah worked out in their favour and then the 25-year old Texan decided to help Zeke and Michele (mostly through motivation) finish their table maze, narrowly edging out J Lew and J Figs, sending Takali to tribal council. The other thing to quickly note about this challenge was Bret saying to Michaela “There’s nothing you can’t do” after she led the team to another immunity win, which is a very good omen. I seem to remember Dr. Peter saying a fairly similar thing to Aubry on the first immunity challenge of Survivor Kaoh Rong, along the lines of “you’re the best”. Usually when we see these things on camera, it is a very good thing for that castaway. Is this another sign that she could be the eventual winner of our season? Continue reading to find out.

With Takali heading off to tribal council, Adam was left with a very interesting predicament. Adam had to make a difficult decision that had been set up nicely over the course of the season so far, would he go with the showmance of Taylor and Figgy and take out Ken or would he go with Jessica and Ken and disrupt the showmance, improve his position in the game and take out Figgy? In the end, Adam made the correct move and voted with Ken and Jessica to take out Figgy.

Why Taking Out Figgy Was The Correct Move For Adam

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Unfortunately I think showmance or no-mance, Figgy was doomed right from the start in this game. As approachable as she is, she just doesn’t have the type of personality that can get along with anyone and on top of that is too quick to disclose information about who she is close to too others in the game. In my cast assessment I had her going out in the fifth episode, so in the sixth episode isn’t too far off. All and all, getting involved in a showmance with Taylor and being so open about her other allies in the game definitely contributed to her being booted so early.

Now why was this such a good move for Adam? Well, Adam quickly found himself on the bottom of the Millennials tribe with Zeke after everyone else on his tribe voted out Mari. So when the swap came, the obvious thing for Adam to do was join the Gen X tribe. But it’s not just as simple as that. This is a good move for Adam in every way imaginable. First of all, the Gen X tribe is already down in numbers compared to the Millennial tribe. So by joining them he is already at least one position higher than he was with the Millennials. On top of that, on Vanua, David and Chris are forming a very positive alliance with Adam’s old ally Zeke. While David was also close to Ken and Chris was decently close to Jessica, the two people that Adam is now buddying up to, putting him and Zeke in a much better position than they were in before. Why this is an even better move for Adam is that it breaks up an obvious pairing in Taylor and Figgy that would have never gone after each other before they took him out. Meanwhile, the same cannot be said for the obvious pairing of Ken and Jessica as male model Ken might decide in time that he sees a better path to the end with Adam. In short the homeless shelter manager knew that he was on the bottom of the Millennials tribe and by switching over to the Gen X tribe automatically improved his position in the game, especially due to his closest ally Zeke also making good bonds with members of the Gen X tribe as well.

Adam Klein continues to emerge as one of this season’s standout players. So far he has made the correct move most of the time, has come across extraordinarily likable and adaptable and has a hidden immunity idol in his pocket. Adam is definitely one to watch this season.

Confessional Count – Episode 7 

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CASTAWAY

CONFESSIONALS TONE RUNNING TOTAL

Adam Klein

4

16

Ken McNickle

3 Positive 12

Jay Starett

3 Positive 11
Jessica “Figgy” 3

11

Zeke Smith 2 Positive

15

Taylor Lee Stocker

2 Negative 11

David Wright

1 27
Michaela Bradshaw 1 Positive

11

Jessica Lewis

1

8

Hannah Shapiro 1

5

Chris Hammons

0 14
Michele Schubert

0

6

Bret LaBelle

0

4

Sunday Burquest 0

4

Will Wahl

0

3

Adam Klein emerged as this week’s confessional leader thanks to the tough decision he had to make on who to send home, finally knocking David off of the number one spot. But it is David who continues to have the lead over everyone in the running total, as air time continues to get distributed fairly evenly around 7 or so other big characters. Chris was a surprise castaway to get 0 confessionals this week, while Michele, Bret, Sunday and Will were the others to receive 0 air time in front of the screen this episode. Will Wahl continues to sit in the most precarious position of all as we have barely heard a peep out of him in weeks. The then 18-year old continues to sit on just three confessionals, the lowest of the low, which is a very sad thing given that he actually seems like a really interesting character on the show. Unfortunately, this can only mean that he does not make it far.

Edgic – Episode 6 

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Finally it is time to talk some Edgic! What is edgic? Check out Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X Premiere Recap, Edgic and Analysis to find out. Here are my edgic scores for episode 6 of Survivor 33.

CASTAWAY

VISIBILITY TONE EDGIC

Adam Klein

5

MOR

Ken McNickle

5 Positive MOR

Jay Starett

4 Positive CP
Jessica “Figgy” 5

OTT

Zeke Smith 3 Positive

CP

Taylor Lee Stocker

5 Negative OTT

David Wright

2 UTR
Michaela Bradshaw 5 Positive

CP

Jessica Lewis

4

MOR

Hannah Shapiro 3

Negative

OTT

Chris Hammons

2 Positive UTR
Michele Schubert

1

UTR

Bret LaBelle

1

INV

Sunday Burquest 1

INV

Will Wahl

1

UTR

Despite Will Wahl continuing to be confessional-less for another episode, he did get a bit of air time in Jay’s idol hunt which was unfortunately for Will centred almost entirely around Jay while Will was more or less a piece of the furniture. It was however enough to earn the young man an under the radar score rather than an invisible one. Zeke Smith, Jay Starett and Micahela Bradshaw are the only complex players of the week as all three talked about they would use situations in the game to their advantage rather than just describing what was going on. Lastly David Wright for the first time this season was an under the radar character but that is probably unlikely to ever occur again this season as he continues to have a massive underdog story and a hidden immunity idol as well.

Pre-Season Predictions Are Impossible

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PRE-SEASON PREDICTIONS ARE IMPOSSIBLE! Even though I love to make them, I always look back on my predictions wondering what I was thinking. Below was my pre-season predicted finish order.

20th Lucy
19th Rachel
18th Adam
17th David
16th Figgy
15th Bret
14th Will
13th Michelle
12th Paul
11th Ken
10th Chris
9th Jay
8th Jessica
7th Cece
6th Zeke
5th Sunday
4th Michaela
3rd Hannah
2nd Mari
1st Taylor 

The two most glaring things that I got horribly wrong were Adam being the first out of the Millennial tribe and Mari making it to the end and just coming up short of winning the game. However, the thing that I regret the most is putting Taylor as my pre-season winner pick as he is probably not only the worst player of this entire season but wouldn’t even be able to convince anyone (other than Jay) to give him a penny let alone a million dollars. Taylor will not win this season but here are a few others who might.

The Winner’s Edit 

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Adam’s case to win continues to grow stronger by the episode but I still feel as though Ken McNickle will be our winner of Survivor 33, Millennials vs. Gen X. Ken continues to be a primary figure in the season and was shown putting in a fair amount of work to pull Adam over to his side. Nothing stood out spectacularly well for Ken this week but his form from previous weeks continues to make me feel as though he is the strongest contender of all. Adam meanwhile finally overtook David as the confessional leader for this episode but has a much harder path in front of him to the end and doesn’t have quite as strong of a hero’s edit as Ken does.

Jay also received a very positive edit this episode, becoming the second person to talk about winning the game (after Michaela dis so in episode 5) and finding the hidden immunity idol. Meanwhile Micahela continues to be shown in a positive light despite her outspoken ways and slightly strange sounding confessionals. At this point, Michaela definitely does have the winner’s edit. But, I’m still unsure of her chances of translating that into a winning game because of her outspoken nature.

Some people have their eye on David Wright, but I believe that the former Family Guy writer has no shot at winning this game because of his neurotic nature. Zeke and Chris are the only other two that one could argue to be a contender to win, but I believe that both of these men will come up just short of their dreams.

Who Has The Winner’s Edit? (Ep6) – Ken

Next Time On Survivor

Next time on Survivor, Adam and David will form an unbeatable partnership which will solidify Michelle’s position as the next person voted out of this game. Taylor’s attempts at revenge on Adam will fail miserably as he increases his case to be a pre-merge boot, while Michaela and Jay continue to lead Ika Bula to victory.

Who Will Be Voted Out? (Ep7) – Michelle

Predicted Finish From Here On Out After Six Episodes

Here is my predicted finish from here on out after six episodes of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X. In brackets is what I predicted them to finish before the season began. Hopefully this turns out to be a lot closer than the list I had compiled before the season began.

14th Michelle (13)
13th Will (14)
12th Taylor (1)
11th Sunday (5)
10th Hannah (3)
9th Bret (15)
8th David (17)
7th Jay (9)
6th Chris (10)
5th Zeke (6)
4th Michaela (4)
3rd Jessica Lewis (8)
2nd Adam (18)
1st Ken (11)

For the future of this game, I predict that at the merge the Takali trio of Jessica, Ken and Adam will link up with the Vanua contingent of Chris, David and Zeke and together they will form a massive alliance that will be good enough to make it to the end of the game, especially with the help of their old allies Bret and Sunday. However, David’s paranoia will get him voted off prematurely as the Takali three take off towards the finals. Jay meanwhile will be able to cause some chaos with his hidden immunity idol while Michaela’s edit definitely suggests she will go far even if she may not have the winner’s edit per-say. Hannah might still make it to the end but will get 0 votes if she does while male model Ken will be our winner of Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comment section below.

Conclusion 

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Well Survivor Millennials vs. Gen X continues to surpass expectations. It’s nowhere near as good as last season, Survivor Kaoh Rong, miles off of Survivor Cambodia in every way imaginable but will at least be better than Survivor Worlds Apart, so that is something. It’s also a very exciting time in the game because a merge or a second swap is bound to occur sometime soon and promises to be a very exciting time with an unclear answer to who is likely to team up with who in the long-run. The Mastermind cannot wait for Episode 7 and hopes to see you again next week!

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