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01/05/15 04:30 PM
First of all, thank you again for the
Rooting through my laptop, I found the
voting spreadsheet I made, but it doesn't have many of the finer
details, such as challenge winners and other story points. Therefore,
most of the below information is from memory.
Brief recap for everyone (including
myself, haha) as it's been so long:
The idea for this season was to have 4
tribes, split based on class/wealth. We had the following:
Jalisco: Rich tribe (Yellow/Gold)
Guerrero: Upper-middle tribe (Purple)
Oaxaca: Lower-middle tribe (Blue)
Colima: Poor tribe (Red)
For a cast
reminder, click here
I will try and
shed some light into what's going on behind the voting spreadsheet.
the main storylines for the season were as follows:
Little trivia tidbit: Grace became an absolute fan favourite from the
first few popularity, whereas I always pictured her as a bit of a
non-entity! This led me to change the Jalisco tribal council at the
last minute so that she leaves in a fire-making challenge, giving her
a bit of an exciting end to her story (and is why the spreadsheet
doesn't reflect that). I did this by having Tara randomly change her
vote for no reason, as a bit of an in-joke to me randomly changing it
reduced to 3 members meant it was time for a swap. The Oaxaca tribe
was split, becoming captains of the other 3 tribes seperately. Can't
remember how the tribes were picked after that, but it resulted in
The new tribes
would have stuck until the merger, making it the first time more than
2 tribes enter the merge, bringing a slightly different dynamic.
would have been sent to Tribal in the remaining pre-merge episodes.
booted from Colima for being annoying
booted from Guerrero for his actor background, as he is considered
less deserving (spearheaded by Victoria).
booted from Jalisco as Amanda breaks her Guerrero ties to vote her
out, making a new alliance with Max, Darryl and Fernando.
We then enter
the merge with 3 tribes of 4.
of this featured quite heavily in my completed episodes, mainly to
get it established before the tribe swap in ep 5, where they are
split up for a week. Cue several confessionals about each missing the
other during this time, and then a cute reunion come the merge.
have been quite well liked among the fellow castaways, and quite a
neat couple, but wouldn't have been overly strategic players. Darryl
sticks around after the Guerrero decimation (see below) partly by
being a challenge beast and Carla is more just unlucky when she gets
booted in 9th place in perhaps the weirdest tribal council
vote ever (again, see below for more on that)
straight after merge
Tara leaves after the merge in a land-slide vote. The episodes in
between the swap and the merge would continue to involve Tara
insulting everyone and fucking up everyone's game to the point that,
come the merge, the need to get her out transcends all alliances and
She is completely oblivious to this and the whole episode would have
been Tara unintentionally making things worse for herself at every
The morning before the swap, a scene would have taken place on Oaxaca
where Victoria, Kurt and Fernando would re-affirm their alliance, in
case they get split up. This chat is spearheaded by Victoria, who
senses a swap is on the horizon.
The idea is proposed that in this scenario, they pretend that they
did not get along before the swap, and that there is no alliance or
loyalties between them, to avoid suspicions of the trio once the
Lo and behold, the swap happens and all 3 are split up. All 3 stick
to the plan, pretending that Oaxaca did not get on as a tribe. Kurt
and Fernando form new side alliances with their new tribemates.
Victoria is not able to infiltrate the bond of the 3 Guerreros but
does successfully convince them to get rid of Scott over her.
Merge hits, the three continue to keep their alliance a secret, in
part due to everyone joining up for a few weeks to oust Tara and then
the Guerrero members. Victoria has Kurt wrapped around her finger
whereas Fernando not so much, but the alliance remains solid,
eventually meaning the final 4 is the Oaxaca 3 + Darryl.
In the merge episode, Julia makes a throwaway comment about people
earning their wealth. Max, who did come from a poorer background
originally, takes this as a slight against him. This leads to Max
hating Julia for the rest of the game.
This would have been played as a more comedic thing though, as
Julia's comment was actually referring to Tara, and she would remain
oblivious to the whole thing. Max is desperate to get her out and
constantly feels she is scheming against him (these
comments/confessionals would often be intercut with Julia doing nice
things, juxtaposing Max's paranoia).
Sort of related to this, I found this sentence written down. I think
it would have stemmed from Max's Julia hate, leading to him
convincing Amanda that Julia was playing the nice on as a strategy.
This would have led to them trying to outdo each other or something.
Just a semi-comedic side-plot to the main action.
vs. The World:
The edit pre-merge was designed to present the Guerrero tribe as
all-round the best tribe in terms of the survival and physcial
aspects of the game. They have by far the best shelter, lose one
challenge of the entire pre-merge and are by far the most athletic.
The swap leads the tribe to be split into 3 (Johnny, Lance and Maddy)
and 2 (Amanda and Nicole). The former 3 form a very tight bond, one
that is extremely obvious come the merge. Meanwhile, on Jalisco,
Amanda and Nicole drift apart, leading to Amanda making an alliance
with Max, Darryl and Fernando and voting Nicole out.
The obvious strong bond between Johnny, Lance and Maddy (JLM) leads
to them becoming immediate threats to everyone, including Amanda,
once Tara leaves. Thinking that Amanda is still on side, JLM believe
they have the advantage as they don't consider any of the other
groups to be as strong as theirs.
Instead, what happens is everyone unites against JLM. Johnny goes
first due to his perceived strength in individual challenges (he wins
the first, and comes close to winning the second immunity challenge).
This is then followed by Lance, and the plan is to then get rid of
Maddy. However, things don't go quite to plan....
Episode 10 Tribal Council
Episode 10 is the double boot episode. Operation “Take Out
Guerrero” is in full effect, with Lance successfully voted out as
Jeff then reveals that another person will be leaving. Not looking
good for Maddy, as all signs point to her exit.
However, an immunity challenge needs to be played first, to determine
who gets immunity from this round of voting. And, what do ya know,
Maddy wins it, just when she needs to.
The other contestants have been so focused on getting Guerrero out,
they don't really have a clear strategy after that, and there is zero
time to strategise before the vote. Cue an absolute clusterfuck of
The reason Carla goes....the Oaxaca 3! They have been discussing
future strategy, but only as far as to say that the Carryl showmance
could be a problem. Victoria doesn't like Carla's social position
within the game (she is seen as the smarter of the two) and she is
the one targetted. If I remember right, Victoria was going to
secretly signal to Fernando and Kurt that Carla would be the one to
go, potentially by drawing a C on their arms (both are sitting close
The rest of the voting is a mess. I definitely remember making sure
that everyone had a reason for voting the way they did, it's just a
case of no-one being sure who to target, but Carla is the one to go,
with 3 votes out of 9.
After the epic tribal mentioned above the main alliances stand as
The Oaxaca 3: Victoria, Fernando and Kurt
Max, Amanda and Darryl (+ Fernando).
Due to Kurt and Victoria's close relationship, the tribe is aware
that they are aligned. However, as Fernando is not as close to
Victoria, he is seen as a member of Max's alliance by everyone else.
Ep11: In episode 11, Maddy tries to use Darryl's annoyance at
Carla's boot to try and stay in the game. Maddy tries to use logic,
and pins the blame on Fernando for Carla's boot, effectively
uncovering the Oxaca 3. Unfortunately, she fails to convince any
other tribe members and as she is unable to win immunity in episode
11, she is booted soon after, as originally planned. However, the
seeds stay and Darryl tries to vote out Fernando at every turn after
Ep12: Julia is next to go, due to Max's dislike of her.
Fernando relays this info to Victoria and Kurt, meaning that all vote
unanimously except Darryl, who again votes for Fernando.
Ep13: It has now become clear that Darryl voted for Fernando.
Darryl openly reveals Maddy's suspicions about the Oaxaca 3,
revealing that Fernando is not loyal. Max, Amanda and Darryl think
Fernando is the leader of the alliance, not Victoria leading him to
Darryl wins immunity, leading Max to be the Oaxaca target, and Amanda
wooed as the potential swing vote.
The vote is a tie, but Amanda switches in the re-vote, leading to Max
Finale: Amanda switches
under the assumption Darryl will be next to go. However, Darryl again
wins immunity, meaning the Oaxaca 3 go back on their word. Thinking
Victoria is a bit-player, Amanda and Darryl try to convince her to
take out Fernando, guaranteeing final 3 if she does. She stays loyal
and Amanda goes in the first vote.
This leaves the Oaxaca 3 and Darryl as the final four. Darryl again
wins immunity, meaning the Oaxaca's must get rid of one of their own.
Fernando tries to convince Darryl that Victoria is the more dangerous
between she and him, but Darryl does not budge, still upset over
This leads to Fernando finishing
Final 3: In the final tribal
council, Victoria would have revealed all about her scheming, showing
that she was able to keep the 3 together. Kurt is a non-entity in
terms of strategy, and does not give very convincing answers, tying
himself up in knots.
Darryl's main gambit is his challenge prowess and his honesty
throughout the game. However, he is called out for his inability to
identify Victoria as the leader and Maddy takes a lot of the credit
for him figuring it out.
Victoria definitely won, with Darryl in second and Kurt in third with
0 votes. Carla definitely votes for Darryl, and I think Amanda did as
there you have it
I hope it wasn't too difficult to follow. There are a lot of names in
there you might not be able to pin-point if it's been a long time
since you read the original episodes.
I will try to get some All-Stars notes up too in the next few days.
They will in no way be in as much details as this (I was toying with
having another season in between Mexico and All-Stars, so nothing was
formally layed out), but I'll be able to give you an indicator of
some of the ideas I had planned and the direction the story would
02/18/15 06:13 PM
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