Survivor: He’s No Joke Strategic and Tactical Analysis by Dr. EJ
November 11, 2016
Wednesday night, I saw something spread through the merged tribe, and I wanted to use medical analogies. But I found I couldn’t. Disease is no joke, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly, compared with a game.
That said, the individual who “spread” infectiously through the tribe is going to cause some devastation for a lot of people’s games if not contained. I’ll get to that individual soon. But first, I’ll deal with one of his unintended victims:
Michelle: I am quite frankly disappointed. I saw you play peacekeeper before, and you needed to do it last night. You were clearly not happy with the polarization of the old Millenials, so why not do something about it? Maybe get Taylor, Adam, and Jay to play nice for now, while the Gen Xers get voted off, or take your pick of the Millenials to join forces with the Gen Xers? You had a solid four, and I think you could have found Gen Xers to vote off Adam – Ken and Jessica found him dangerous, and maybe they could have convinced Chris as well for the majority. You did nothing, and now your game is over.
But the Taylor virus spread because:
Taylor: You have a guy who is giving you information and you’re ready to vote him off for the sole reason that he took out your love interest. Not smart. He is reaching out to you, and you are burning a bridge. You can’t do that in this game.
The best revenge is using Adam to win the game! He is kissing your feet, and did so even after you sold him out. Be patient, not instinctive, as we saw you last night with the food. Think these things through.
Will and Jason: You both have to be more discreet. The Taylor bug has bit you both, and you let it influence how you spread your knowledge, Jason not checking for Zeke’s ears, and Will saying he knew he was at risk. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can more subtly throw people under the bus – Brett for his lying, for instance. The game is wide open. Even though you two are at the bottom right now, enemies are there to be targeted – subtly.
Hannah and Zeke: Hannah, you obviously have a brain beneath your emotions, and Zeke, you are obviously willing to do what it takes to win. Even though you didn’t do it, just to consider voting off your ally is a strong step. It shows flexibility. Now you have built faith in Adam, which will increase his loyalty – and also his susceptibility to a blindside.
His paranoia Wednesday night can be used to win over the likes of Taylor, Adam, and Jason if you need them for votes – or lull them into a false sense of security. Keep it up!
Adam: Your paranoia was a problem last night, but you are clearly thinking. But learn from it!
Taylor is being stubborn, so write him off. Perhaps even point out to Will and Jason how he ruined their plans, and get him voted off. Jason may be more persuasive, but it’s the wildcard that causes paranoia. Eliminate your paranoia.
Gen Xers: I am including all of you together. I appreciated your unity last night. The Millenials are intent on self-destructing. For the most part, let them! It may be the best arrangement for each of you individually, long term. Sure, you might consider taking a strong ally further, but there are risks there.
For instance, Zeke would support the Gen Xers, but then be an ally for Chris and Dave, but not the others. Adam could also be strategic help, or a threat. Right now, treading carefully takes you far.
One other note – I got a lot of good feedback about last week’s article, criticizing my analysis. I ask that future feedback takes that further. I called Will and Jason all wrong, and I’m glad I was called on that by Andrew.
I thought they had a friend in Adam, who sold them out. So I was wrong, and Andrew was right to call me out. But what Andrew left out was what Will and Jason should do now. Their games aren’t over!
The Taylor bug can be identified and eliminated, and they can win new allies, and with Jason’s immunity idol? Who knows? But they, and everyone else, has to be aware of the true threat. Who will do so?
Find out next Wednesday if anyone wakes up to Taylor, then read back here for further strategic and tactical analysis.
Doctor EJ is a licensed clinical psychologist by trade, but his passions include the great game of Survivor, and its social machinations. He is also passionate about travel, and claims to fame include visiting all 50 US States, and losing 145 pounds, both of which are discussed at his blog, The Better Half's Travels at blogspot.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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