Thursday, December 06, 2012

Survivor Postlude: Not Carter!

Survivor Philippines' cast member Carter Williams.
(c) CBS, Monty Brinton, 2012.

Okay, I have to be quick today; it's the last day of classes at BYU (prior to finals week) and 24 hours isn't nearly enough time to do all I need to do!

BUT, I did want to say a few things about last night's episode of Survivor (Philippines):

1. NO! Not Carter.
For some reason, I started to really really like Carter after the merge. He's strong in challenges, he seems kind, and he's funny. BUT, that's exactly WHY he had to go last night. I can see why Malcolm, Denise, Skupin and Lisa don't want to sit next to him at the end. (Did he upset anyone on the jury? Uh, no.) PS: His visit with his mom was so sweet. He seems like such a good son, don't you think?

2. Praying in the game.
I'm never comfortable with the public prayers on Survivor. 

I don't have much to say here, other than it just seems awkward. (Maybe that means my own faith is one I hide under a bushel? I dunno.) 

Survivor South Pacific taught me how genuinely precious freedom of religion is--because when a dominant group says, "Pray with us," you feel so obligated to do so. It takes your freedom of thought/agency out of the equation. And that's not to say I don't pray/have faith in a force that guides the universe, it's just to say, I really want people to be feel like they can be themselves--regardless of their belief. Even in/on Survivor. Especially on Survivor.

3. Abi is hanging on!
My affection for Abi is really growing. I don't know what she was like to live with, and I trust Denise/Malcolm when they say she's been extremely difficult. But, I admire her perseverance. Survivor is such a difficult experience. You are emotionally, physically, and spiritually depleted as you play. The fact that she is hanging on amidst ZERO support says a great deal about her character/determination. She is one strong woman.

4. It's almost finale' time.
The final episode of Survivor Philippines will air on Sunday, December 16th. Who do you think will win? I don't see how Malcolm or Denise can lose--and that makes me happy. I think they've both played incredible games.

How about you?