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Survivor: One World Episode 6 – The rise and fall of a queen

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Written by : published Thursday 22nd March 2012

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They say that karma is like a rubber band…it can only stretch so far before it comes back and smacks you in the face.

For Colton Cumbie, this season’s bona fide “all-star” Survivor and super-villain, he stretched the proverbial rubber band about as far back as it would go.  It came back to whack him square in the gut.

In case you missed the episode, be sure to get caught up by watching Episode 6 of Survivor: One World, and then be sure to read my weekly Survivor Examiner episode recap before continuing on to this “Bonus Analysis” coverage.

RIP Colton.  As kind of an “instant legacy,” let’s put Colton’s Survivor experience in perspective.  Now that it is known that he only was on the show for 6 episodes, I think that he should be given some props for becoming so memorable so quickly.  Through nearly 24 seasons, how many contestants does the average fan remember?  Sure Colton is fresh in our heads, but his audacious, unbelievable journey on Survivor I have a feeling will keep him in the forefronts of our minds for seasons to come.

“Hate” is a strong word so I only use it loosely, but he may be the most hated villain ever on Survivor.  Russell Hantz?  He sure has haters, but he also has a large group of fans (I am one of them).  Johnny Fairplay?  He was more of a deceptive sneak than purely evil.  Colton is surely not evil, but he was as abusive as I’ve ever seen a contestant on Survivor.  From referring to Leif as a “munchkin” and an “oompah loompah” to daring Christina to jump in the fire this week, Colton has said some damning things that is sure to bring boos in his direction the next time we see him, on the Live Reunion Show.

As for entertainment value, Colton delivered in spades.  It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out now that the others will share the spotlight in his absence.

To be clear, Colton had zero shot of winning Survivor.  His brand of gameplay may get you far, but it doesn’t garner jury votes.  Still, his was an impressive turn-around from being a fish-out-of-water on Day 1, to ruling supreme by the time of his unexpected departure.

Whether it was bad karma or just bad luck, Colton left the game still selfish as ever, keeping possession of his Immunity Idol.  Even Darth Vader sought redemption in the end.

Drop Your Buffs!  As far as the impact on the game, the biggest development was not Colton’s departure but that the merge finally occurred.  Usually with a merge at 12, it means that we will have a jury of 9 with a Final 3.  This also means that these 12 will be with us until the end in one form or another.  If you consider that a Colton blindside was what many of the fans wanted, consider your wish fulfilled.

The most interesting Tribal of the season may be next week, as the first post-merge Tribal usually has a tremendous impact on how the rest of the game plays out.  Will the men and women stay divided?  Or will the new alliance of Kim, Chelsea, Jay and Troyzan stay strong?

With an Idol in her pocket (or is she still keeping it in her crotch?), Kim still seems to be in a solid position to go far, along with her alliance.  And if next week’s preview is any indication, it looks like Tarzan may be the next to go, which will only further her position of power.  Think about it…Tarzan is shown feuding with Jonas and then quitting his alliance.  The women would need little convincing to vote out a man, so if he doesn’t win Immunity he may very well be next.  What does that do to the tribe’s dynamics?

We’ll have to wait and see.  Hopefully with Colton gone, it doesn’t mean that the memorable moments from Survivor: One World are gone with him.

Make sure to comment below with your thoughts on tonight’s historic episode!

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About the author SurvivorTom


Tom Santilli is a respected journalist and member of the Detroit Film Critics Society.  He writes several on-line columns, most notably as the Detroit Movie Examiner and the Survivor Examiner for Examiner.com.  He also is a contributor as a Survivor-Insider to TVGeekArmy.com and writes exclusive Survivor in-depth episode analysis for TheTVKing.com. He has been featured on Rob Cesternino's "Rob Has a Podcast" and most recently landed the only exclusive Richard Hatch interview given since his latest legal trouble has surfaced. All of Tom's Survivor coverage as well as movie reviews can be found on his blog the "FilmSurvivor", at FilmSurvivor.com

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