Survivor Game Changers “It is Not a High Without a Low” Recap, Edgic and Analysis

Survivor Game Changers came up with another fun episode tonight as the post-merge continues to be an improvement on what was seen previously. Although the end result was not all that surprising, this was still a highly entertaining episode, so let’s get right into the latest episode of the season titled “It Is Not a High Without a Low” and all that it had to offer.

Michaela and Tai Play The Middle

After Tai received votes from his own alliance at the previous night’s vote, he immediately had a desire to change sides. He called Michaela his strongest ally on the island and they took comfort in each other thanks to both being on the bottom of their respective alliances. Tai as we cannot forget also has that strong connection to Aubry and that could have played a role here in swaying them. We also can’t forget how close of a connection Michaela has to Cirie and convincing her to flip over to Brad’s side would not be all that easy. From the edit we were being given it looked like it really was Sarah and Sierra who were putting in the most amount of work to get them to vote their way. And in the end, the pair chose to vote with Sarah and take out Sierra, once a very close ally for Tai.

The thing that was perhaps most alarming and interesting was how threatened the minority was by Andrea. She is an amazing challenge performer and more than decent strategist and social player, but surely Cirie and Aubry are bigger threats right? Is Andrea really running this game? Quite possibly! She really does seem to be in control and Cirie has almost perfectly been using her as that shield in front of her. Sierra said this episode “If any of us sit in the end with Andrea none of us win”. This highlights how afraid the minority group seemed to be of her and gives us a nice amount of insight into why they wanted to take her out.

Andrea actually is playing a great game right now. But she’s maybe just slightly too out in the open. She needs to be using Cirie as her shield rather than the other way around and right now with her being the figurehead of a massive group, she’s always going to get taken down, and it could happen very soon.

Sierra’s Legacy Advantage Blunder Sends Her Home 

I could not believe that Sierra thought disclosing her legacy advantage to Sarah would help her advance in the game. Indications suggest that Sarah actually did want to keep Sierra in the game but it was almost like as the episode went on she realized the great benefit of not having her around. Sierra told the police officer that she would will her the legacy advantage if she got taken out, so why would Sarah not want to take her out? It’s not rocket science. The former Worlds Apart contestant had such a poor choice of words in her conversation with the cop as well, dumming it down by calling it “basically an immunity idol”. That’s pretty scary in the mind of Sarah. In her mind she’s basically thinking that’s a Tony Vlachos superidol that can be used after the votes have been read. Now she wants Sierra gone! Especially if she can have this thing and no one has to know about it! Sarah even masterfully used that reason, that it was an immunity idol, as a tool to persuade Michaela into voting her way. Sarah was brilliant on all ends up tonight. She easily persuaded people to vote her out so that she could have the legacy advantage but still managed to not cause enough of a feeling of betrayal that would cause Sierra to want to give it to someone else. If only she hadn’t made so many confused faces when Sierra left the game, it would have been absolutely flawless.

So in the end Sierra went home by a vote of 6-3. Sierra, Brad and Troyzan were the only people to vote for Andrea as the rest combined together to take out the Worlds Apart contestant. Sierra has played pretty well this season but as she said in her final words she just got too comfortable and too overconfident. She put herself on that pedestal at the top of her alliance and as a result was always going to be targeted. Once the votes flipped in favour of Cirie’s group, Sierra was the natural target due to the way she positioned herself. That is just one of a couple main reasons why Sierra was sent home but there were many more so stay tuned for Why Sierra Was Voted Out, coming very soon!

Confessional Count

Rank

Player # of Confessionals Running Total

1st

Michaela Bradshaw 5 20

2nd

Sierra Dawn-Thomas 4 21

3rd

Sarah Lacina 3 34

4th

Brad Culpepper 3

25

5th Cirie Fields 2

29

6th Andrea Boehlke 2

16

7th Tai Trang 1

20

8th Aubry Bracco 0

12

9th Troy ‘Troyzan’ Robertson 0

8

Michaela was absolutely on fire with her confessionals this episode and ends as this week’s top getter with 5. Sarah Lacina however is still in the lead, now with 34, after receiving 3 this week. Also on the podium is Sierra Dawn Thomas who will end the season with 21 confessionals after receiving 4 in her boot episode.

Troyzan and Aubry went confessional-less again while Tai was only given one chance to speak and it was very late in the episode.

Perhaps most interesting of all were Brad’s confessionals. He only received three tonight but they were all very intriguing. He talked about needing to sway back Tai and possibly even Michaela after the way last night’s vote went, and as well as just general positioning he also talked about how much of a resource former player Monica could be once they got to spend time on the loved ones reward together. But was this enough to contribute to his winner’s edit this time around or has a new contender emerged? Find out Sunday!

Edgic & Player Storylines 

Player

Edgic Visibility Tone

Michaela Bradshaw

CP 5

Sierra Dawn-Thomas

CP 5

Sarah Lacina

CP 5 Positive

Brad Culpepper

CP 4

Positive

Cirie Fields MOR 3

Andrea Boehlke MOR 3

Negative

Tai Trang UTR 2

Aubry Bracco INV 1

Troy ‘Troyzan’ Robertson INV 1

Strikingly, Michaela Bradshaw was the most influential and prominent player in this week’s episode. She’s certainly been very quiet all season long, particularly since Cirie pulled in her, but she was all over this week’s episode. Her significance on Wednesday night however centred around her desire to want to flip the script on her allies for not letting her have enough of a say – something she ultimately did not end up doing. So although Michaela’s role in this episode was significant, her stagnant edit and non-existent story arch are likely to go back to normal next week. That being said, I still see the possibility that she is an end game goat who won’t be receiving a single vote at the final tribal council should she make it there.

Brad Culpepper was heavily involved in the show again and did such a good job in his confessionals once again. He really has been made to look like this very astute strategic player who just gets along well with everyone. Maybe his confessionals are just way better, but the question has to be asked as to why Brad has been given 25 confessionals and so much solid airtime when Troyzan has only been given 8 confessionals and next to no airtime. They’ve been in similar positions the entire game but Brad has simply been shown so much more! The way I look at Brad’s edit in Survivor Game Changers thus far is pretty similar to how I see Michele’s edit in Survivor Kaoh Rong. The game is happening around Brad just like it was happening around Michele, but then every once in a while we’ll get a “hey, let’s check in with Brad” kind of moment. Now that’s not to say that Brad’s role on this season is to talk about the weather like it seemed as though Michele’s role in Kaoh Rong was at times, but it is to say that despite not having any level of control we are still being shown his point of view on what is happening far more than most players on this season. This all continues to suggest that Brad Culpepper has to be the winner of this game, even despite his lackluster position right now.

I know I keep saying it, but I really have enjoyed Brad on Survivor Game Changers. A lot of his confessionals are just like “What is best for Brad?” which of course is shockingly similar to “What’s best for Monica?”. His edit really is just so strong that even despite being a former NFL player and probably having loads of money already in the bank, it still looks as though he’d get a lot of the votes if he made it to the end.

So let’s say Brad is the winner of this game. That means he has made it there without Sarah, Andrea, and Sarah who I think all beat him in the final tribal council. It probably means that he is there with his best bud Troyzan who he has been bro-ing down with ever since the second swap, and some combination of Tai and Michaela, the two most likely people to make it to the end and be a zero-vote finalist. But the way the season is working out right now it’s really hard to see how that happens! So this makes Brad’s winner’s edit all the more confusing as it clearly looks as though it will be him, but it is so unclear as to how exactly he can make it happen! Whatever he does to make it to that final tribal, I cannot wait to see it happen. But one thing is still certain in my mind about this season and that is that Brad Culpepper will be the winner.

Meanwhile, Cirie Fields being the winner of the season is what most fans of the show are wishing for at this stage. But I still don’t think she has a shot from an editing standpoint. Her confessionals have always been great but a lot of the time, she is just describing what is going on, which was her main role in this week’s episode as well. I think that for the most part, Cirie’s edit this season has been a lot of ‘This is her fourth time out now, look at how amazing she is, look at how much she’s changed and look at the things that have stayed the same’. She’s been magnificent to watch all season long, but I just think that when you compare her edit to Brad and Sarah that she simply won’t be the winner this season.

Sarah Lacina really has been one of my favourites, if not my favourite player of this season so far. She has been so much fun to watch and although her gameplay might be a little messy and not as closely tight to the vest as it should be, she really is just making for amazing TV. At times, it is almost like she is trying to play like Tony Vlachos! But at the same time she’s built amazing social relationships with everyone on the island, so much so that she’s almost like an Adam Klein!

But I still wonder where Sarah’s game goes from here. Is she the winner and are they trying to psych us out with their Michele-styled editing job of Brad? Is she going to go out in the Kelley Wentworth spot right before the finale? Or is she going nowhere near that final tribal with her edit being so strong due to the fact that she’s naturally been such a large part of the past three or four eliminations from the game? In the hypothetical scenario that Andrea, Cirie, Aubry, Tai, Michaela and Sarah are able to take out Troyzan and Brad next and go to the final six together, Sarah has a great shot at winning. All she really has to do after that is just get there with anyone other than Cirie or Andrea and she wins. Actually for that matter, even if she were to get there with Cirie or Andrea she actually would have a great shot at winning! I have just loved watching Sarah so far on this season and the way she took out Sierra to get the legacy advantage in her possession was so stealthy and so amazing to watch. In terms of her edit, she is still a bit of an enigma, but the thought of her being a losing finalist is quickly escaping my mind as it looks less and less likely each week. Sarah is either going all the way to the end and winning or going out around fourth or fifth place.

I love Andrea Boehlke and think she’s actually playing a low-key ‘could win the money’ type of game. She’s already made it this far so we know she’s done a lot right this season, but we just haven’t been shown it enough. She’s been practically the figurehead of this massive alliance involving some of the game’s greatest ever female players in Cirie and Aubry, but she hasn’t been given enough of a chance to tell us what she is doing in the game and why she’ll make it to the end. This is why I think that she could go out next if not very, very soon. She went out in nearly identical positions in both Survivor Caramoan and Survivor Redemption Island and well, she’s probably going out around that time again this season. I really would love to see Andrea make it to the end, and again despite putting herself in the power position I think she has played a really good game, but the fact that she has had so much control now for several weeks and hasn’t been given enough of a platform to disclose her thoughts, simply suggests that she won’t win and she won’t make it to the end. But I still love you Andrea!    

Tai continues to be a really under-edited entity in this season. This is a bit shocking since for one he played such a big role in Kaoh Rong (due in large part to all his flipping around), but for another also how he flipped over to the majority this episode! Surely there was a story there that needed to be told by him! But instead it was all narrated by Michaela and Brad! Maybe his position in the majority isn’t something that lasts but again we have to question Tai’s role in this season when he seems to play a bit of an understated role in getting Sierra out this week and still isn’t shown at all.

Sierra’s story this week revolved primarily around whether or not she would be a piece to the puzzle in Sarah’s game. Sarah debated about keeping the Worlds Apart contestant around as an ally, but after discovering how good the legacy advantage could potentially be for her game, she quickly made plans to ensure her elimination. When you look back on a lot of Sierra’s confessionals, a lot of them do centre around Sarah and the relationship they have together which really does highlight how her main role in the episode was to make Sarah look more badass! In her final words, Sierra said that she made it farther than she thought she would. That really surprised me because she made it way less far than I thought she would. I actually think the main reason why she’s been the first one taken out of this minority alliance group is because she put herself in that power position in front of Brad, so unnecessarily. Even if some viewed her as the second in command, once Brad won immunity she was done! Overall, Sierra’s been okay this season but I still feel absolutely robbed of not being able to see Natalie Anderson (or Carolyn River or so many others) back on this season.

Troyzan and Aubry went invisible this week. The latter was far more apparent in specific sections of the scheming to send Sierra home however neither received any confessionals. As discussed earlier, Troyzan could even make it to the end if Brad does as well but he’s still not being shown! Aubry meanwhile is so deeply rooted in the majority alliance and seems to have so many strong connections yet still isn’t being given the chance to disclose her thoughts. So it really is strange and unfortunate. I really wish that the both of them could be bigger characters on this season, but unfortunately, it’s just not happening.

So that is Edgic for this week! Now check out more on the winner’s edit!

The Winner’s Edit 

Brad Culpepper was heavily involved in the show again and did such a good job in his confessionals once again. He really has been made to look like this very astute strategic player who just gets along well with everyone. Maybe his confessionals are just way better, but the question has to be asked as to why Brad has been given 25 confessionals and so much solid airtime when Troyzan has only been given 8 confessionals and next to no airtime. They’ve been in similar positions the entire game but Brad has simply been shown so much more! The way I look at Brad’s edit in Survivor Game Changers thus far is pretty similar to how I see Michele’s edit in Survivor Kaoh Rong. The game is happening around Brad just like it was happening around Michele, but then every once in a while we’ll get a “hey, let’s check in with Brad” kind of moment. Now that’s not to say that Brad’s role on this season is to talk about the weather like it seemed as though Michele’s role in Kaoh Rong was at times, but it is to say that despite not having any level of control we are still being shown his point of view on what is happening far more than most players on this season. This all continues to suggest that Brad Culpepper has to be the winner of this game, even despite his lackluster position right now.

I know I keep saying it, but I really have enjoyed Brad on Survivor Game Changers. A lot of his confessionals are just like “What is best for Brad?” which of course is shockingly similar to “What’s best for Monica?”. His edit really is just so strong that even despite being a former NFL player and probably having loads of money already in the bank, it still looks as though he’d get a lot of the votes if he made it to the end.

So let’s say Brad is the winner of this game. That means he has made it there without Sarah, Andrea, and Sarah who I think all beat him in the final tribal council. It probably means that he is there with his best bud Troyzan who he has been bro-ing down with ever since the second swap, and some combination of Tai and Michaela, the two most likely people to make it to the end and be a zero-vote finalist. But the way the season is working out right now it’s really hard to see how that happens! So this makes Brad’s winner’s edit all the more confusing as it clearly looks as though it will be him, but it is so unclear as to how exactly he can make it happen! Whatever he does to make it to that final tribal, I cannot wait to see it happen. But one thing is still certain in my mind about this season and that is that Brad Culpepper will be the winner.

Player of the Week

Sarah Lacina is this week’s Player of the Week! Once Sierra told her that she had the legacy advantage, Sarah came to a realization eventually that she needed to go so that the advantage could be hers. She was amazing in convincing Michaela and Tai to vote out Sierra because of the fact that she “basically had an idol” and really did a fantastic job in getting her way in such a subtle manner. Her social relationships have been magnificent all season long and they’ve really made a difference in this instance again as despite not voting with Sierra on the last two votes, she’s still managed to maintain such a good relationship with her. And despite betraying a close ally, Sierra still gave the legacy advantage to her, which was amazing really. Amazing play all around from Sarah Lacina and that is why she is this week’s Player of the Week!

Quote of the Week 

“It’s a great thing when the decision is in your hand as long as it’s the right one” – Michaela Bradshaw with some wise words right before the vote.

Next Time On Survivor 

Next time on Survivor “tensions are high”. We are then given the wonderful shot of Brad Culpepper throwing a rock into the water, clearly upset about something. Then Jeff declares that this “Forces Cirie to make a tough decision”. Cirie has played amazingly well to somehow remain under the radar so far. But next week it is looking like she’s ready to really come out of that shell and start making one of those incredible moves that we all know she is capable of. I think that Cirie will try and take out one of her own and try and use someone like Brad. I think she might have officer Sarah on her radar even. Whatever it could be, it is bound to be entertaining, especially with Cirie in charge! The Mastermind cannot wait for next week’s Survivor. 

 Conclusion

Although I have been proclaiming Brad to be the winner of this season all along, with Sierra now gone, I seriously worry for his chances moving forward. If it is Brad that goes next, Cirie and Sarah will definitely do battle for that honour of being the sole survivor. Either one of them winning would be a highly desirable result and I can’t wait to see how the rest of this season and next week’s episode play out. See you then!

PS… Make sure to stay tuned for Why Sierra Was Voted Out..coming on Monday night! 

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