In Depth Spoiler Analysis for Survivor: Africa
Written December 5, 2001 by TapeWatcherB65
This paper will attempt to call the winner of Survivor: Africa based entirely on editing patterns demonstrated in Episode 1 and beyond. It was written after viewing the first seven episodes of the show when there were nine contestants remaining. Everything written here can be verified by reviewing the tapes. This document was written in MS Word and was zipped with crude vidcaps included. A copy is also webbed at ***edited***. A copy was also placed on the Survivor Sucks EZ board. The vidcaps should link to it from EZ, but if they dont it should still be readable without them. If for some reason the links become broken this author is open to suggestions as for a reliable place to store them. This is NOT a short paper so dont go near it unless youve got about 15 minutes and your favorite beverage. And now that all that mumble/jumble is over, on with the show
When one is trying to judge what Mark Burnett would have done with his editing, it is important to look for patterns in the editing decisions. For S2, this author wrote an article entitled The Dog That Didnt Bark that outlined a pattern of how eventual winner Tina Wesson was systematically absent from the tape in a deliberate manner. There was certainly nothing like that on the S3- E1 tape. Carl and Kelly didnt get much face time but they both got on. So, one needed to look elsewhere. There were two cuts on the tape that appeared to be the most striking on first viewing.
One of them was of Silas attempting to start the fire at Samburu. The other was of Ethan kneeling in a prayer position at Boran after attempts to start a file had failed. The two cuts seemed somewhat symmetrical. They are facing towards each other when the shots are placed side by side. Theyre the two longest cuts on the tape, with Silas being almost twice as long as Ethans. And they seemed to set up a symbolic Good v. Evil showdown: the good Ethan praying vs. the bad Silas with fire and smoke blowing around him. Of the two shots however, Ethans was more puzzling.
Silas shot could be justified as he was trying to start a fire. However, it was initially difficult to come up for a reason for Ethans picture. Especially considering it followed a somewhat bizarre sequence where four of his tribe mates are sticking out their tongues. Ethans shot is twelve-seconds where basically nothing seems to happen. The camera pans back from his face to show a full body prayer position. The position of the gloves near his head was interesting, they pointed out in three different directions. Combined with the position of the body, it creates an almost cross like effect. During all this, Kim Johnsons voice can be heard in the background discussing the water situation and concludes with this line:
we may be a little dehydrated but its not like were gonna die or something.
At that point the sun explodes over Ethans head and then fills the screen. Its not obvious at first, but if one looks very closely at that sun one can make out six faint spikes coming out of the side of it. Its the Star of David. Indeed, a brighter version of the Star of David had appeared just a few frames earlier during the tongue segment. The principle hallmark of this show so far has been a LOT of pictures of the sun. And so, if one watches E1 and looks just for the sun, one notices something very interesting.
The sun (star) appears over Samburu 8 times and is always round. Borans sun, however, appears 5 times and is evolving.
1. On the way to camp, the Star of David fills the screen as it looks down on Lex and Ethan hauling their supplies.
2. During the tongues segment the Star can still be clearly seen, but it is smaller than before.
3. The Star blows up on Ethans head. The six points on it are barely visible.
4. When the tribe returns to the water hole after losing the IC, the Star is pale with multiple faint beams coming out of it.
5. Just before Tribal Council the Star appears behind black clouds and looks a lot like Samburus.
Symbolism is always a risky thing to base analysis on, as one picture can be used to justify anything the viewer wants (i.e. Kucha and the kangaroo). Patterned symbolism, however, is quite useful. And this is a definite pattern. The Star of David was slowly extinguished. Why?
If a Star of David is being extinguished, one cant help but symbolically think of the death of Jesus Christ. One is further reminded of this after viewing a scene between Lex and Ethan after trying to start fire.
They stand around and compare the holes in their hands. It starts to dawn on one that maybe everything being seen on this tape may have a symbolic meaning. There is nothing accidental about the footage Burnett puts on his show. If Lindsey is the only one talking about her menstrual cycle on tape, Burnett has a reason for doing that. If one tribe is shown gathering thorns to set up their camp and the other isnt, perhaps there is a reason. Which brings up the one thing that was most puzzling about the Immunity Challenge: Why did Ethan spend so much of it falling down?
Various reports said the fire cart event took between half an hour to an hour to complete. Ethan wasnt the only one who was falling down. Its not as though hes fallen down much since then, he seemed quite graceful jumping on a net in the E4 reward challenge. All he did during the E1 IC was fall down and have painful facial expressions while dragging that cart around. Speaking of that cart, did anyone notice anything unusual about it?
Where the two torches meet the carriage two crosses are formed. The four lead runners in the IC were actually running with crucifixes behind them. And suddenly everything starts coming into focus: Ethan falling, the tongues, Lindseys period, Borans dumping of the water, JC Penney, the thorns, one sheep jumps in a hole, the cherries, the crosses, and especially the Star. And while it is not entirely chronologically accurate, all the important events are there. Hypothetical situation:
1. Youre the executive producer of a reality TV game show.
2. You cared enough about your winner in S2 that you spent the entire show editing out every strategic act she did so shed be presentable as a likeable winner.
3. Youve just finished S3 and you know who won it. For the sake of argument, lets say its a young man who by all accounts is soft spoken, moral, and likeable. With a big beard. And funny hair. And Jewish.
4. Youre an egomaniac with a God complex that feels he can twist reality into anything he wants in order to present entertaining television. You dont just produce routine television; youre a man of Grand Ideas with Important Messages to present. You can put whatever cuts you wish onto a tape and then put others around them to hide what your real intention is.
Well, what would he do? Could he crucify Jesus in 40 minutes?
its not like were gonna die or something.
Well, Ms. Johnson, speak for yourself. And heres how I think he did it
The drama begins with the introductory shots.
Note the height of the names on the screen as the contestants are being introduced. The doomed Samburus are introduced first and all have their names at the bottom of the screen. Borans names are at different heights. Ethan has the highest name placement on the screen; Dianes is next highest. This symbolizes what will happen to them at the end of the cart pull IC. Note also that Kellys intro immediately follows Ethans and that just before the intro, Ethan and Kelly turn their heads toward the window at the same time.
No great drama is complete without music.
Do we want music? ask the Samburu girls. Of course we do.
Burnett spends the first segment of the show putting as many crosses in the center of the screen as possible.
From the straps on the water gourds to the intersection of all the spears during the gathering of supplies to Borans stake in its vegetable garden, the first segment of the show is a non-stop cross jamboree. This continues during Borans walk to camp. Samburus walk, however, does not contain such footage.
Jesus spent his last days outside the city in Bethany.
St. Mark 14 v. 3-5: And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given the poor. And they murmured against her.
The following things should be noted when watching the pouring of the water:
1. Burnett shows Lex and Kim in the same cut discussing the situation. A cut is included of Kims gloved hand reaching for the water gourd, symbolizing her decision to pour the water.
2. A sword crosses in front of Ethans hands in the first frame of him pouring.
3. In the wide shot of Ethan pouring, the cross that was in the middle of the screen starts sliding across the screen to the right over Ethan and Kelly, symbolizing what the pouring is really all about.
In Jerusalem, the slaughter of the lambs is underway for Passover.
St. Mark 14 v. 13: And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.
One sheep jumps in a hole, the rest of them follow says Tom.
Dianes carrying a water jug. Follow her!
The Star of David shines brightly in the sky above.
Of course, since Jesus is a kind person he might do some laying of the hands on someone on his way into the city.
Note that Burnett doesnt bother with showing Diane getting up; he just wanted the shot of Ethan touching her.
Often when Jesus arrived in the city, he would fall to the ground and kiss it.
Note that Ethan is shown both touching the Survivor flag and kissing the pole as he reaches it. He has reached Burnetts kingdom.
Samburu stars gathering thorns
A notice to the evil Samburus informs them its time for thorn gathering. Samburus morality is as opposite to Borans as its sun is. From Carls Whats the matter and refusal to slow down after supplies are dropped to the spears theyre shown carrying on the way in, these people are out for blood.
Samburus star is as ugly as they are. While it does not appear in the sky above, the good Star of David actually makes a quick cameo near Brandon as he walks by a tree.
Silas turns and spits at it. Meanwhile, Samburus star is getting really weird in the sky.
St. Mark 15 v. 33: And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
When a fire is attempting to be started in Samburus, their ugly star actually disappears from the sky leaving nothing but a white space and then reappears in a different location.
A listing of the transgressions occurring at Samburu is quite long and includes everything Burnett could possibly throw on the screen:
-General backbiting and bitchiness.
-Sun disappears in the middle of the day.
-Linda praising false gods.
-Franks cheery Pick it up, the suns going down (he aint kiddin).
-Silas spitting at the Star.
-Silas breaking the cross when hes attempting to start a fire.
-Spitting out the life giving water and saying it tastes like turpentine (vinegar?).
-And Lindseys bloody, bloody period. From her cramps to Tamponos to Linda spinning tampons in the air from the medical kit, the Samburus are drenched in blood. When they did their little fire dance it was amazing that Burnett didnt just open up the ground and swallow them. The sun goes bonkers in the sky above them. And after nightfall has come, the last shot out is STILL the sun in the sky. And no list would be complete without a complimentary reference to JC Penney (30 coins, Mr. Burnett).
Meanwhile, back at Boran, some tribe members go to the waterhole.
Luke 22 v. 44: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
This is otherwise known as the Toms Butt Crack scene. However, it is a well-known editing trick to throw something striking on a screen to distract from something more interesting. The thing to watch here is Ethans back. For some reason, it has ugly red blotches all over it. This only occurs at the waterhole; his back has no marks on it when its seen later at the end of the IC and at the later trip to the waterhole. In all likelihood, the effect is computer generated.
Back at Jerusalem, Ethan compares hand holes with Lex and begins final preparations for whats to come.
He has a last reverential prayer moment and some final bowing down before the cross. He knows hell face his fatal moment alone.
As the Star of David starts to grow smaller in the sky his companions start deserting him. Four tribe members stick out their tongues (everyone on the show sticks out their tongue at least once in this episode except Ethan). Three of them have since departed the show and the fourth is likely to be the next one out from old Boran. As he kneels alone in prayer and his star fading, he knows Kims statement of Its not like were gonna die isnt true. He has been forsaken.
St. Mark 14 v. 22-24: And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
St. Mark 14 v. 25: Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
The following things should be noted when watching the cherries:
1. Ethan is shown both opening the can and passing the cup. He is the symbolic provider and server of the meal.
2. He himself is not shown eating or drinking from the cup.
3. Is it really likely that with eight people standing around who hadnt eaten recently Ethan is the only one who notices Clarence taking two cherries? Whether he was the only one who spotted it is not clear; however symbolically he is meant to be shown as the sole one who knows. He knows someone at the meal has sinned and notes how tempting it is to sin.
4. As soon as he finishes noting what happened, Burnett engages us in an arty sequence of everyone making furtive questioning glances at each other (Is it I? Is it I?).
At the Immunity Challenge, the tribes gather for the crucifixion.
St. Mark 15 v. 27: And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
Notice how Burnett does three quick cuts of Clarence, Ethan, and Diane as Probst talks to the tribes. Ethan is symbolically between the two food thieves.
Just before the race begins, Probst yells, Ready!
Hell ya, reply the evil Samburus.
Ethan bows his head. He knows his fate.
Crucifixion sequence (100 frames):
Frame 1: Go!
Frame 3: Amazing Cameraman in bush outfit
Frame 20: Ethan puts torch back in cart after lighting first flame.
Frame 49: Ethan Cmon!
Frame 65: Lex and Ethan fall for first time.
Frame 75: Giving up the Ghost.
Frame 90: Frank climbs to light final flame.
Frame 100: Race over.
The torches on the carts intersect the cart beams, creating four crosses behind the four contestants. Because the crosses are not directly behind the contestants, for a contestant to be on the cross it is necessary for them to be shot at an angle. For purposes of this exercise being on the cross is defined when their upper back (not the head) is blocking the view of the intersection of the torch and the cart behind them, and top and both sides of the cross are visible. Burnett would have multiple cameras and angles to choose from when deciding what clips to show from this race. Some reports said this race lasted from 30 minutes to an hour.
Theory: If four people are running with crosses in the background and the editor is NOT thinking about a particular contestant, then each contestant should hit the cross an equal number of times.
That does NOT happen here. Lindsey hits it on F5, Kim Powers on F81, and Lex on F41 and F86. Ethan however is a walking Easter card throughout the race and hits it at least 10 times.
An example of this occurs in F4:
And again in F6:
While not actually on the cart, Ethans jump down from lighting the first torch in F18 is interesting:
Two interesting views of Ethan and the cross occur in F22, one with Kelly at his side and one amongst the thorns:
St. Mark 15 v. 19: And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshiped him.
Although Jesus was struck with reeds before the crucifixion, Burnett still demonstrates this effect in F28:
Ethans face is shown being lashed on the tall grass. Lex is also in the picture bowing down towards him.
Ethan is shown dangling limply against the cross in F34:
St. Mark 15 v. 34: And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying EloI, EloI, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
St. Mark 15 v. 26: And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS
In F49, Ethan is shown yelling Cmon! up in the air, signifying his aggravation with all the things going on. In F64, a helpful Boran Leading sign appears as a reminder as to what he represents.
Ethan starts to stumble about, but by F71 its obvious hes getting weaker.
He fought the good fight for a long time, but Burnett finally decides to put him out of his misery. He Gives Up the Ghost on F75.
In this frame, its actually Kellys arm on the left.
In F77 the angelic Kelly points forward its just a little further, were almost there. But by now Ethans face is a death mask as shown in F81. After this shot, there will be no more close-up of Ethans face until hes at the water hole after the challenge.
From this point forward, Ethan will still be shown on the cross, but from the back, which first appeared in F74.
When the race is finally over, Diane collapses in exhaustion. We see Ethan bending over her imploring Look at me, look into my eyes.
We see Diane being pushed upward by a big mop of curly hair; Ethans face is not visible. Ethan is symbolically carrying her to heaven in accordance with the height placement of the names in the beginning of the show. When Probst comes to inform Boran of their appointment at Tribal Council, Ethan and Diane are not there.
St. Mark 16 v.1: And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices that they might come and anoint him.
Note that went Boran gets ready to go to the waterhole the previously omnipresent Ethan is not to be found (hes briefly seen in the upper left of the screen as he walks off). And as they walk to the hole, Ethans back is to the camera. Of course, as previously noted, the Star of David is shown to have gone out in the sky above during their walk. Burnett includes a cut of just the three women going to the water hole carrying the water gourds to symbolize the biblical women. When theyre first shown at the water hole Ethans back is to the camera facing the women; symbolizing Jesus first appearance before Mary Magdalene.
St. Luke 24 v. 15-16: And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
St. Mark 16 v. 14: Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
St. Luke 24 v. 30: And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
Note that when Ethan returns to camp, Burnett focuses on Ethan wearing a hat that somewhat obscures his appearance. At camp, in a rare moment of harshness from him, he upbraids Clarence for eating the beans Theyd shoot you!. And of course hes also shown holding a can of food during the beans incident, which he passes on to the others. He even asks where a can is.
At the end of the show, Boran arrives at Tribal Council, after a shot of the star now obscured by black clouds. Probst questions them about the events that have happened. Note Ethans reactions around Diane.
When Probst questions Diane about her rough time in the IC, Ethan bows his head in sympathy. Later when Clarence is voting and goes off on Diane, as the camera zooms on her Ethan winces and bows his head. Symbolically he is with the person who rose with him at the end of the IC, not Clarence.
When Probst goes to get the votes, a cut shot of each contestant is shown.
Note how Ethans head tilts back during his cut. The final judgment is at hand. After Diane has left, Jeff Probst says:
Try to do some mending as a tribe.
Ethan nods his head. Mending is his middle name. And hes got just 40 days to do it.
B. The Star
D. Ethan and Kelly
Can it be certain that the above interpretation of Episode 1 is correct? Well, only Mark Burnett knows for sure. For it to be wrong, EVERYTHING on it would have to be a coincidence from the thorns to the midday sun disappearance to the hand holes to Ethan repeatedly hitting the cross. And especially, the Star. If it is true, its one of the most brilliant things ever put on television. But even if its accurate, by itself it doesn't prove Ethan is the winner of the game. Burnett could have hit upon the cart and Ethan's stumbles and decided to just do the first episode as a parable. To prove that a pattern is being carried out throughout the show, it is necessary to see the same editing decisions being made repeatedly.
For Survivor 2, this author wrote an article entitled "The Dog That Didn't Bark" which some people misinterpreted. While it was true Tina was on screen very little during Episode 1, the main point was that she wasn't on screen during the entire show when she should have been. Amber didn't get much time in E1 either but by midseason it was obvious she had nothing to contribute to the proceedings. However, outside interviews were revealing that Tina was practically running the show. From engineering Mitchell's ouster to getting Jeff's vote out of Kimmi to breaking the Keith/Colby deadlock over ousting Jerri she was the master of the game. But on Burnetts program she was portrayed as the kind, motherly housewife who was nice enough to step off a pole so Keith could have immunity. It was only after wondering why she was never shown plotting that a review of Episode 1 was done. It was then discovered that everyone talked on the screen alone but her, that everyone got exactly one shot going to camp except for her, etc. From that, it was easy to determine that Tina was the one being most thought of by Burnett during the editing of the show and would be the winner (this is assumed, obviously Burnett is the only one who could say). It's a two-step process:
-An overview of the show's editing pattern is demonstrated in the first episode.
-The pattern is repeated throughout the show.
In S2, the main pattern was Tina's absence from the screen during key points. In S3, it is Ethan's Star.
The sun is an ideal instrument to make the symbolic focus of the show. People will look for symbolism in everything from the contestants to animals to nighttime constellations. But when the sun comes on the screen, the brain takes a quick rest. And yet it shouldn't. For the star was often different at the two camps.
At Boran, the sun sometimes came through in pointed rays, such as through Jessie's mosquito netting in E2. It didn't always do it, but when it did it only happened at Boran and stayed there after the three-person swap. The effect never occurred at Samburu. Obviously for that to happen regularly the lighting effects would have to be computer generated. The star could appear anywhere, not just in the sky. And so, at TapeWatcher's house, S3 has become a weekly game of "Where's Waldo?" where the big search for the Star of David takes place.
In E2, Ethan is shown at a confessional at the waterhole. He's somewhat paranoid that Lex could be plotting against him.
Fortunately for him, the star shows up and bathes him in reassurance as he heads back to camp with the water.
In E3, Boran is in danger of losing a third straight Immunity Challenge. Ethan could be in trouble if his team falters.
Fortunately, the star makes an assuring appearance on Clarence's mirror and Boran wins the SOS contest. Of course, Samburu's compass can't reflect anything.
At the E4 reward challenge, Ethan jumps down from the net after retrieving a food basket.
The star appears next to him in a visually interesting sequence as he runs above the net. More interesting is whatever the other object is coming at him from the left. (As a side note, watch Ethan's reactions as Kim Johnson has trouble retrieving her second basket. With him saying "pull" and clasping his hands, it almost looks like he's channeling towards her).
Later in E4, Ethan reassures Kim Johnson about her status as they go to retrieve the tree mail for the house moving IC.
The star shows up in Ethan's hair. Considering the condition of his hair, its surprising it was able to get out of it.
At the E4 reward challenge, Boran is carrying the house up the hill.
The star appears behind them in the sky to provide a helpful push. It also appears later as the team assembles the house. Note that the star never appears over Samburu at any point during the show (other than Silas spitting at it in E1).
In E5, Boran has just won the goat RC.
The last shot before commercial features Ethan happy for the team's victory. The first shot after commercial contains the star demurely appearing in the sky above.
Later in E5, Ethan discusses whether to lose the upcoming IC with Kim Johnson. He tells her that no matter what it's a "win-win situation"
The all-knowing star shows up in the next frame on Frank's glasses in knowing agreement.
In E6, Ethan goes to the tree mail to retrieve news about the upcoming archery IC.
The star shines confidently through the tree just above the arrow.
As a side note, the fire that appears after Ethan hits his second target should be watched carefully.
While not a full star, the shape that appears in the fire is quite interesting.
In E7, the last four contestants are hanging on in the IC being crucified.
The star appears over Clarence. As soon as that happened it was obvious that Clarence would lose the IC and be toast at Tribal Council.
Ethan watches from close by and even asks Clarence if he'd like a pizza. Of course, one shows up a short time later.
It's no wonder Ethan is so paranoid what with happened in the first episode and a star following him around all the time. One can only imagine where the star will continue to show up at, but don't worry it will.
In addition to being contestants on the show, several of the Survivors seem to have been assigned symbolic significance by Burnett. Linda was an obvious caricature, praising false Gods (or ones Burnett would perceive as false). When the first round of voting at Tribal Council in E3 was done, Linda had the last word about the African goddesses. Shortly after there is a shot of Carl clasping his hands in prayer. Linda's gods cannot save him.
Silas was always the anti-Ethan. From his Judas like kiss off in E2 to his "nice guys finish last" spiel, he was edited to be the bad guy. The E2 RC of setting up the peg staircase was basically cuts back and forth between him and Ethan. When he says he's going to "shoot for the stars" the next cut of the sun reveals that his star is a false one. In E5 Silas and Ethan had their symbolic showdown just before TC. And when they glance at each other as the vote is being read, Ethan has his revenge for Silas' disrespect to his star (Of course in reality, they probably didn't glance at each other at that moment, but in Burnett's world that's what it was).
Lindsey, bloody Lindsey. From her period to the tic on her rear, Lindsey was blood personified. At the E2 blood drinking challenge Burnett was sure to show how Lindsey had no hesitation in lapping up the beverage. The anti-blood Ethan opposite her doesn't even have to stick his tongue out when he's done. Vaporized by Ethan's arrow.
Clarence, who betrayed Ethan immediately by taking two cherries. Vaporized by the star in E7.
Another point is the comments that Burnett shows Ethan making (and does he have a lot of confessionals from different angles or what). Perhaps it's only because of the preconceived idea created from E1, but taken in a vacuum some of Ethan's comments sound, well, you be the judge...
"It's so tempting to take two."
"That's a very noble thing to do."
"If you're weak you can jog behind."
"You and Tom are like...who I really think is honest."
"This is so nice."
"You know, it's nice to win."
"Tom had his eyes up, Thank God."
"I've never fixed anything...I'll be honest with you..."
"It was absolute shock...You know my stomach dropped and it was like, Oh My God..."
"Like, Oh My God, maybe the merge is not in three days."
And the double whammy at TC7 where he goes off twice:
"It's a good old, big old happy family."
But the second one, dictated into TapeWatcher's voice activation software, is just so good it defies description:
"It's important to yourself to feel good about what you say, feel good about how you say it, how to present yourself. I have a tough time looking someone in the eye and saying, you know, I love you, you're my best friend and then, you know, voting against them. I like truth."
That last speech has been framed on the wall here at the house. He's obviously a nice guy, but sometimes one wishes Burnett had shown his f***in chicken remark or his Zimbabwe African penis speeches from the Insider.
Ethan and Kelly
The most important relationship on the show is the Ethan/Kelly one. Let's review every exchange they've had through 7 episodes:
Well, that didn't take long. At the waterhole in E1 Ethan says "We got water!" and Kelly goes "Woo!" in a trumpeting way but she turns away from him when she does it. It's symbolic of their relationship to date. The only other time Kelly addressed Ethan was during his falls at the first IC, she points straight out and tells him its just a little further; Ethan doesn't answer her. By itself the lack of interaction isnt necessarily anything - Frank hasn't communicated with many people. The problem is that the girl loving, invention-naming Vassar grad and the man-manipulating high-SAT sorority girl likely have been communicating in real life (Some have said Kelly is Jewish but that's never been confirmed). On at least two occasions they had their arms around each other by E2. There has been some speculation concerning Ethan's remark concerning whom his "two friends" are who left at the tribe split. It would appear from other sources that Lex and Tom are in fact Ethan's buddies. However, the "two friends" confessional contains an obvious splice and Ethan may have said more. Further, consider this exchange between Lex and Ethan in E2 near the waterhole:
Lex: "...our three way agreement, you, him and me."
Ethan: "You and Tom are like, the three most honest guys, who I really think is honest..."
Ethan states THREE people who he thinks are honest. There was a name he said in front of you that was cut. Who would he have considered honest within 5 days of meeting? Obviously not Clarence, if it were Jessie there would have been no reason to cut it. Kim Johnson is a possibility but in terms of similar backgrounds and interests Kelly is the most likely. During Ethans other statements at this time: theres no other way and right, his mouth isnt facing the camera and it doesnt sound like his voice. Inserting a different voice into the tape is a possibility; note how during E5 when asked which three should go on the quest Ethans statement of Lex, Tom and Kelly is an obvious dub.
The problem is not just that Ethan and Kelly are shown together all the time not speaking (it even happened on the highlight show). Its that its Burnetts most frequent cut decision for the entire show; i.e. when Kelly makes a remark about Frank needing prescription drugs, the next shot is of Ethan drinking wine. A shot with Ethan is most likely to be preceded or followed by a shot of Lex or Kelly; that was started as early as the cherries in E1. So why is Burnett so interested in hiding the Ethan/Kelly relationship?
-Theyre secretly aligned. A possibility.
-Theyre not aligned, but its Burnetts way of signaling theyre the F2.
-Theyre physically involved. Unlikely in that environment, and if it was would Burnett pass up the chance to show it (unless it went against the image he was creating for Ethan).
-Its a symbolic relationship. While shes a canny, condescending game player in reality shes Ethans golden haired angel in Burnetts story. Her actions in the game will somehow bring about his victory.
Believe it or not, theres one other thing to mention. In E2 there is a close up shot of Ethans left face. It occurs at the waterhole, three frames after the exciting close-up of Kim Johnsons lips. Ethan is sticking his tongue out. There are a lot of tongues being stuck out on this show (it was no accident Brandons chapstick got mentioned in E1 as the sole luxury item). Indeed, it was noted in E1 that everybody stuck his or her tongue out at least once except Ethan.
Look very carefully at the pattern on Ethans beard. A cross has been digitally placed on his face. Its best seen as soon as the frame changes to his picture.
Based on the editing of the show, it is this writers conclusion that Ethan Zohn will join Richard Hatch and Tina Wesson as a Survivor winner. Its his show and if they try to vote him out his star will vaporize everyone who wrote his name down. Hell beat Lex or Kelly in the F2, and the vote will NOT be 4-3. After hiding his last winner for most of the show Burnett is showcasing the fan favorite this time and he will win. But this show is not really about Ethan, Kelly or any of the contestants. Its about Mark Burnett and his fascinating mixture of fantasy and reality. Hes the most interesting person connected to Survivor, not any of the contestants. What the events happening here say about Burnetts God like view of himself are all too obvious. One hopes that while hes playing with all this fantasy and religious imagery he knows what hes doing.
Well, thats about it. If it seemed too long I apologize. It wasnt as time consuming to write and cut as it appears; it was all cut on the computer and dictated through voice software. Perhaps thats even how Burnett does it. This was not written to be complimented, it was written to be reviewed for accuracy. Everything here is verifiable to anyone who has taped the show. If there is another reason for the show being the way it is, then that opinion should be stated. Finally to those who read this, keep looking for editing patterns throughout the show. Look for tongues being stuck out. Look for Ethan and Kelly sitting silently together. And above all, if you see something shining with six points on it, follow it. Ignore false spoiler reports. You yourself are the best judge of what you have seen. Of course, if you get lost along the way, you could look to your savior,
But perhaps it would be best to do what wise men knew to do 2000 years ago, and just Follow the Star.
Kind thanks to all who offered their help in restoring this post. Special thanks to VG and SurvivorPhoenix for providing the images for this post. Also, please note that there are still three images missing from this post. If anyone has them would they be kind enough to PM me with details. Thanks.