First of all, I want to apologize for not doing a recap of last Wednesday’s episode, finals caught up with me in a big way. In short, last week before the immunity challenge, Rick, Coach, and Sophie had all decided to vote off Brandon at the next tribal- he was becoming too much of a threat. At the immunity challenge, however, Brandon won, throwing a wrench in the three’s plans. Conveniently, at the same time all of Albert’s devious schemings caught up to him and it became clear he was the next to go. Albert, scrambling, convinced Brandon “as a Christian man” to forgive him. At tribal, Brandon gave Albert the immunity necklace to protect him. Unable to see any other option, the three others reverted back to the original plan, voting off Brandon. Basically, Albert looked like a terrible person.
Sunday night, as I sat down to watch the finale from my couch at home, I realized how insane it is that Sophie has made it this far. I started watching this season just to see Sophie and support Middkids, but as I explained what had happened in the season to my parents, I realized that this show is actually a crazy test of strength, both mentally and physically- which makes it all the more impressive that Sophie did so well. That being said, this two hour finale was DRAMATIC- Very exciting. I was a little too excited actually. Also, this is long, sorry I’m not sorry.
Ozzy kicked off the episode with a pretty appropriate analysis of Brandon’s game play in the tribal the night before. ”Brandon’s trying to play this game like he’s playing with God. He’s not playing with God, he’s playing with greedy people who want money. That’s the game.” THANK YOU OZZY.
This season has had, in my opinion, an uncomfortable amount of weight put on religion, with many of the contestants using God to justify their actions or thanking God for victories. Many of them seemed to have forgotten that this is a game in which deceptiveness and cunning are not only expected, but required to do well. While loyalties are important, eventually it is an individual game and you will have to vote off people you were friends with.
Anyway, with that in mind, the episode began with the final Redemption Island duel. Ozzy and Brandon fought it out in what has to be one of the hardest duels yet- hold onto a pole, without holds, for as long as possible. While both put up a good fight, Brandon ultimately lost, putting Ozzy back in the game and justifiably terrifying all of the other remaining contestants.
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