Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers and More
Hey look: it’s Fiji again.
Survivor as a show might not be on the edge of extinction, as long as the ratings are good, but eighteen castaways are.
I mean, they aren’t going to DIE or anything. It’s just the title of a television show.
I know what you’re thinking: Bracket Yard, we just got through one season that ended in December. How can there be another one so soon? For the answer, if you want one, I would pass along Jeff Probst’s contact information but he’s asked me not to give it out anymore.
Needless to say, if you are a fan of the show, just sit back and enjoy it.
We will follow this from the first tribal council until the finale and track your favorite, and most reviled, survivors. This season launches on February 20, 2019.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction: Previously
Fun fact: this season started shooting a few weeks after the last one, and in the same place (just like the five before it).
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Season Progress
Click to enlarge — updated following the April 17, 2019 episode
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 10th and 11th Boots: David and Kelley
The last two wily veterans went out thanks to the Wardog. Is nobody going to latch onto the fact that he is calling every shot? If Wardog makes it to the finale, he is going to win Survivor.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about the fact that Wentworth went home (to Bitter Betty Island) with an idol. For all our talk about her seeming to have great instincts for the game, she did not see the storm clouds coming. David absolutely would have played an idol in his vote-out if he had one; Kelley apparently did not even know she was in trouble.
The episode lacked for excitement, but let’s be fair: some big moves were made. One person has been involved in orchestrating most of them, and it’s usually those people making moves and not getting pinned for them that win. Last year, Nick was not in the middle of everything, but had a hand in enough of the big stuff. He could then also back it up with challenge wins at the end. Wardog, based on his throwing motion, does not look like he’s going to win challenges any time soon, but his strategic game, even with being completely unpredictable, has been stellar.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 9th Boot: Julia
Let’s dispense with the fluff and get to tribal, which was almost half the episode. Why show all the back-and-forth in camp when tribal itself had plenty of it?
Tribal council was absolute chaos: the Jeff question-and-answer session devolved into breakout groups. In the midst of these shapeshifting caucuses, Julie lost it, Julia lost it, Aurora was left out, Kelley spilled to David, and that’s just part of it. All because Rick Devens set off the discussion about Lesu.
It happens every season: someone talks their way from apparently safe to out of the game in the span of a tribal council. Tonight, it was Julia. Way to have a complete meltdown. Sure, it’s not just because she snapped at a few people (“Shut up, Wardog”). Julia and Aurora both had loose lips about their plans and suspicions were aroused immediately. Remember, it’s Survivor, a game in which paranoia is embraced like a member of the family. There is always the possibility that the editors omitted any instance of Julia’s name coming up at camp. This still does not make her performance any better. If you come at The Wardog, you best not miss, because The Wardog spares nobody. Then The Wardog refers to himself as The Wardog some more.
Poor Julia went down in flames with one of the worst tribals we’ve seen by a player in some time, and now Aurora is out on an island, both literally and figuratively. It’s a good thing Kama (Joe, if we’re being honest) was so good at challenges early in the season because Survivor masterminds they ain’t, save for a small handful.
Somehow, Devens went from the bottom of a fragile minority to…somewhat okay? Maybe better than somewhat okay?
Wily old veterans David and Kelley still ride, and Wentworth still has her idol. I’m not saying that their prior Survivor experience alone is why they’re still here, but it’s one of the reasons they have each persevered. David is an unassuming guy but a force in the game, not that we need to hear about his bowel movements. The frenemy relationship between the two of them is gold, Jerry, gold.
We did not hear much from Bitter Betty Island this week except for scantily-clad eye candy Chris spearing a stingray.
Stray closing thought: Did they ever catch the chickens and eat them, perhaps with a nice beurre blanc?
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 8th Boot: Eric
Eric wasn’t Kama-Strong enough. By a vote of 8-2-2 (Kelley and Lauren being the other vote-getters), he was sent to Bitter Betty Island where he was warmly greeted by Mayor Reem. For all that talk about the family visit, now he instead gets to spend time with the miserable, feral, moping evictees.
Lauren getting voted out after passing out/practically dying during the immunity challenge would have been cruel. Maybe not sending Rick back to Edge of Extinction cruel, Julie, but cruel. Both Lauren AND Kelley sat on their idols as well. That’s guts right there.
Aurora and Victoria totally ignoring the medical response situation going on beneath them was a real skill of concentration. Trying to cut immunity deals at the same time is how the game is played, kids.
What is Ron the puppetmaster of, exactly? If someone figures it out, please let me know. The Kama strong thing is already old like the Goliath strong and the Naviti strong were. I have no idea what Ron has actually done so far but hey, good for you, sir. Nice job watching your “Kama Strong” buddy get voted out tonight. Imagine that: a “puppetmaster” on the wrong side of an 8-2-2 vote. Gavin, Victoria, Aurora, and Julia went against the family and pulled off a big move with some help. Wardog has at times looked like he was going to flame out in spectacular fashion, but for a change, he was on the right side tonight and deserves credit as well for orchestrating.
It must be a good feeling for Aurora to win immunity and get a second vote (and also to get some camera time for once). She felt unsafe, which must be common in a game where a healthy amount of paranoia is normal, but was she actually a target? Doubt it. If anything, the Kama Strong epicenter of Ron and Eric were dopes to be overconfident and take people like her for granted. Did we not just see this last year? Dan was the Goliath up there saying how the remnants of the other tribe didn’t matter and then came the blindside and eventually, several got picked off in a row.
Rick, playing with nothing to lose at this stage, told Wardog and the tribal council what he thinks of his old tribe. Not only that, but that he wants in with the Kama Strong schtick. You could just be an independent, Mr. News Anchor. Even getting into the Kama circle, what’s left of it, you’re still on the bottom. He’s not the best strategic mind out there, let’s say that.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 7th Boot: Joe
Drop your buffs: the tribes are merged into the Vata tribe.
Survivor went straight into the Bitter Betty Island Buyback Challenge. Expected winner Chris did not, in fact, win. In a mild surprise, Rick Devens won the competition. Wendy almost did, which would have been a serious surprise, but maybe not as much of one as Keith or Reem. Seriously, though: give Wendy credit. We have been (very) hard on her non-existent gameplay but she was having Tourette’s episodes during the challenge and came within inches of winning it. That is determination.
Chris, Reem, and Aubry stayed on Bitter Betty Island and may yet return to the game again. Let’s give this a reality check, however: is anyone still in exile going to win Survivor? Who is going to vote for someone who was playing a separate game of Survivor half the season? This is a hypothetical at this point but it would be a unique challenge.
Tonight, we found out there is someone on the show this season named Julie. Nice to meet you for the first time. Have you been on camera before? Wait, what was your name again?
The island folk could not decide if they wanted to bag Rick (again), Joe, or Kelley. They settled on Joe in a widely-split vote. In their mind, it was the right time to get rid of him: the merge took place, the challenge beast lost, and he had no idol. You might not get another good chance to do it. It’s a safe bet, however, that nobody on Bitter Betty Island was happy Joe, said challenge beast, is there. Good luck beating him. To be fair, Joe did not do much of anything to protect himself, like, say, campaigning.
Ron started to show a little bit of arrogance tonight about his position when he is not the one calling the shots. The edit is setting him up for a fall.
Wentworth had an alright time in that she wasn’t the main target, but a bad week in that she’s probably the next target. Gotta live week to week in Survivor, but she’s made it difficult for herself. Why anyone would think Rick should be the target is beyond me. He’s not the biggest threat, but she wanted “easy.”
Nevertheless, it could be worse, folks. Imagine you are Wendy watching tonight’s episode and learning that the islanders went to hunt down your liberated chickens. She knows as much as you do that they ended up on a rotisserie. I hope she and Keith enjoyed their double-bacon chicken sandwiches at Ponderosa.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 5th & 6th Boots: Aubry and Wendy
Two bagged for the price of one, and two tribal councils coming together. It was the merge before the merge, which is happening next time.
First, the Aubry blindside. Maybe she’s lost her touch or just does not know how to deal with prosperity. Whatever the case, she went home to Bitter Betty Island with advantages in her pocket. She, a returning player, allowed herself to get faked out by people she thought she “trusted.” Do you credit the others for lulling her into a false sense of security, or fault Aubry for not being a little more paranoid? Maybe both.
Now, the swan song for Big Wendy. Up until the end of the second hour, Wendy made it clear in not so many words that she did not care about winning; she’s satisfied with being on the show. What was surprising is that she went to Bitter Betty Island instead of Ponderosa. Considering that her gameplay was not that of someone attempting to win, it was quite the point of intrigue. She may yet remain to entertain Survivor fans who are gobsmacked by her, and either love or hate that they are gobsmacked by her.
Two tribes lost the second immunity challenge (not Kama, who do not lose anything), and they had a joint tribal council. The first vote split, but then, after a great deal of Wardog caucusing, Wendy was the settled-upon target. Good luck winning a challenge to get back in the game, if it comes to that.
Now, back to the other island. Reem and Keith – the whining, the pettiness, the bitterness. I can’t even with either one of them, and before you say that the Edge of Extinction is driving them nuts, I wasn’t a fan before getting booted, either. Now, they’re all coming back for revenge.
Can I thumb my nose at Keith for running off and looking for the clue when the rest of the group vowed to search together? Yes and no. No, because he has to do what he has to do in the game, and he’s trying. Yes, because he did it in broad daylight and very obviously.
On a final note, some of the Lesu folk may want to try throwing around the ol’ baseball or football back at home. There was some terrible form on those challenge throws, like an octogenarian throwing the first pitch at a Double-A game.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 4th Boot: Rick
Buffs were dropped, and so was Rick. The TV anchor signed off for the last time after the vote.
Let’s begin, however, with the real topic of conversation: Wendy. I’d rather eat Wendy’s than play Survivor with them. Unless, you know, she has a problem with people eating Wendy’s.
In fact, Wendy is playing Survivor like how George Costanza lived his life for a day doing everything the opposite of his instincts. Now, that got him a job as the Assistant to the Traveling Secretary for the Yankees. It only hasn’t gotten Wendy sent home yet because her tribe won. Will anyone on her tribe trust her? Can she talk her way in with them? Guess they’re going to have to lose first to find out, except it may not happen before the merge. Chances are she will be around longer than we think, but for her to win while playing such a reckless and cavalier game would be a sight.
How pathetic it was that Wendy went to such lengths to hide her poultry jailbreak, but the rest of the tribe figured out almost immediately that she did it. Swing and a miss.
I will take this opportunity also to call out smart Survivor play after such rank idiocy last week. Ron gave Joe the vote of confidence, the hugs, the bro-love, whatever you want to call it, all while he had someone search Joe’s bag for an idol. His profession of support was a setup, a setup I tell ya. Ron is sly and I like it.
Lesu, aptly named, is a tribe of less-u than stellar athletes. They were not that far behind in the challenge, but they still took the big L.
The tribe, sent to see Jeff, waxed on about how much they love each other. Then they split their vote, but just enough voted Rick off to Bitter Betty Island. The mayor of this island is obviously Reem, who cannot hide her enmity for at least two of the people there, in addition to her enmity towards the island itself, anyone, and anything.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 3rd Boot: Chris
Tonight’s episode was a master class on how to be exceedingly stupid at Survivor, at least by a few different players.
Wendy got injured in the reward challenge, which her tribe finally won, and then pulled out the Lisa Simpson moral outrage card. She hatched a plan to bust the reward chickens out of the slammer, one of course she could not herself execute. Not only did she not want to eat them, but she didn’t want anyone else to eat them, either. Target, meet back.
Then, select members of the esteemed Manu tribe flailed trying to put together a puzzle, blowing a lead in the immunity challenge. Kama figured it out just fine, but “puzzles are hard.”
Finally, in a stroke of hubristic incompetence, Chris gets himself voted out, 5-2, when he was not initially a target. David TOLD you not to tell Wardog about the blindside because it was going to blow up the plan. So, what does Chris go on and do? Tell Wardog about the blindside. David may not look like a threat on the outside, but his Survivor instincts are on point.
Chris took the heat for a blindside plan that wasn’t even his idea, and suddenly, his tribe wants him gone. Not the returnee who knows what the hell she is doing, and not the wounded animal justice crusader who wanted to free the tribe’s source of food to score karma points with the universe. The strongest player on the tribe when you can barely compete in challenges as it is. Well done.
Meanwhile, Bitter Betty Island population is now three. It’s not like none of them earned their way there, but here we are.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 2nd Boot: Keith
The two tribes competed, Manu lost the immunity challenge again, Keith can’t swim, yada yada yada he gets sent home.
Is anyone else a little bored with this season so far? Yes, it’s only two episodes in, but the excitement has been limited.
They tried to make a suspenseful moment out of Keith muttering, yammering, and/or hand-wringing over whether or not to go to Extinction Island. In fact, he is probably still there. I’m not sure why I don’t care but here we are. Poor Reem, but at least if you’re going to get stranded somewhere, it’s a beautiful beach in Fiji.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Spoilers — 1st Boot: Reem
We mentioned this already, but Edge of Extinction has big shoes to fill, both in terms of the cast and how the season is edited. David vs. Goliath reset the bar for recent seasons. One episode into the season, as with any new beginning of a television show, it is hard to know how you feel about most of the characters. It may be a number of episodes before the dominant figures of Edge of Extinction emerge.
What we do know is that Reem, the “motherly figure” was first to get sent out on a split vote. She did not take it well, a mood not earlier helped by Wardog pointing out that he would not be able to deal with her personality for 39 days.
Then, the twist of the season: Reem is presented with the opportunity to go to Ponderosa and get her daily continental breakfast or head for the great unknown and a chance to re-enter the game. She grabs a torch, gets on a boat, and is sent to a deserted island, in the rain, in the middle of the night, with nothing but her animosity towards the Manu tribe. This twist could work, which also assumes that the future inhabitants will all become Bitter Betties. It doesn’t seem quite so silly at this point but it depends how they feature it, and when the buy-back comes into play.
Survivor: Edge of Extinction Castaways
|Aubry Bracco||32||Los Angeles, CA|
|Aurora McCreary||32||Orlando, FL|
|Chris Underwood||25||Greenville, SC|
|Dan “Wardog” DaSilva||38||Los Angeles, CA|
|David Wright||44||Sherman Oaks, CA|
|Eric Hafemann||34||Livermore, CA|
|Gavin Whitson||23||Erwin, TN|
|Joe Anglim||29||Ogden, UT|
|Julia Carter||24||Bethesda, MD|
|Julie Rosenberg||46||New York, NY|
|Keith Sowell||19||Durham, NC|
|Kelley Wentworth||31||Seattle, WA|
|Lauren O’Connell||21||Waco, TX|
|Reem Daly||46||Ashburn, VA|
|Rick Devens||33||Macon, GA|
|Ron Clark||46||Atlanta, GA|
|Victoria Baamonde||23||Bronx, NY|
|Wendy Diaz||25||Bell, CA|
Edge of Extinction Returnees
• Aubry Bracco (Kaôh Rōng-32 and Game Changers-34)
• David Wright (Millennials vs. Gen X-33)
• Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart-30 and Cambodia-31)
• Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur-29 and Cambodia-31)