The Game Changing In Survivor Continues

Last week on Survivor the big twist that I’ve been waiting to see is the double elimination. Who would get voted off? Which alliances would crumble and who would be on the hot seat? Well, the conclusion of this groundbreaking episode was something I would’ve never guessed would happen in a million years and so, on that note, let me begin my summary of this week’s episode of Survivor.

The Reward Challenge

I was glad to see the first reward challenge of the season. I love the reward challenges in Survivor and the prize for this episode was well worth it. The first team to win would get coffee and chocolate chip cookies while the second team to finish would get iced coffee. I love iced coffee so that would be perfect to have on the blistering island of Fiji.

It was an exciting challenge to watch. I liked that they raised the stakes of the challenge with only two people on each tribe being able to participate. On the dominant tribe Nuku they chose J.T and Malcolm to partake in the challenge, Tauvau had Ozzy and Troyzan, and Mana had Tai and Brad Culpepper. Of course Ozzy was the first person to get through the front half of the challenge even after he dropped his ball because he’s a beast at challenges. Then it was up to Troyzan to finish the job. J.T, due to Ozzy’s mistake, was close behind and so Malcolm easily overtook him in the second half of the challenge. That wasn’t what was surprising. Culpepper, when it was his time to do the challenge, went through it like a mad man. He was throwing those bags at the sand filled sticks with such determination and focus that it was kind of amazing. Troyzan had only two sticks left but he grew flustered under the pressure and Malcolm ended up coming in first place and Culpepper in second.

Troyzan already has a huge target on his back but after his blunder on the reward challenge the bullseye is even larger. The hilarious but frightening thing about this situation is the fact that he has an idol. If everyone goes after him, which they will when they lose, he’s got a defense mechanism they’ll never see coming. I predict Ozzy taking the punishment for this and getting voted off simply by a tricky move Troyzan will make.

When they went back with Tauvau to their camp and they started to focus on Ozzy I was nervous. This was a double elimination episode. Would Tauvau be one of the tribes that lost and Ozzy be a victim to this new twist in Survivor: Game Changers?

The Historic Tribal Council

So of course there was the immunity challenge. As advertised throughout the week two teams were going to lose and would have to go tribal council to vote some people off. Because the stakes were high the challenge was suspenseful as expected. Even though I like everyone on Nuku I was pulling for Tauvau throughout the entire challenge because I really didn’t want to see Ozzy go home. At first it seemed like Nuku was going to win the challenge with flying colors. They got through the blindfolded section of the challenge far before anyone else did. J.T and Malcolm are good at challenges and their participation on that last part of the challenge was stellar. Ozzy and Sandra managed to close the gap and so it came down to the third and final ball in the maze. When Jeff Garner decided to be the one to finish off the challenge I knew they were going to lose. And they did, just barely, and I was so relieved.

This was of course when the game changing twist happened. Yes both tribes lost but they wouldn’t have to individually vote off a tribe member. Both tribes would have to go to tribal council and vote off only one person. That was a mind-blowing twist that I knew was going to result in an epic, exciting, historic tribal council. And did it ever.

Nuku, with their first loss, had to figure out who they would go after on the Mana tribe. They all decided to go after Sierra because she was the strongest female on Mana and they figured she would not have an immunity idol. J.T and Malcolm, however, had other more devious plans. They wanted to get Sandra off because who doesn’t? She’s a two-time winner. She’s like a disguised assassin who sits in the midst of a crowd waiting for their prey and J.T and Malcolm knew this. They figured Mana would be going after Sandra as well which they were. They were outnumbered six to five and yes they could hope J.T would flip over to their side but how could they be certain he would?

So what did Tai do? He went and found an idol in the nick of time. Now Mana had the advantage going into this tribal council because if they could figure out whom Nuku was going after they could save that person and vote off whoever they wanted.

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Well the tribal council was at first like any other tribal council. Then Hali spoke about getting rid of physical threats and it turned into a tornado of whispered discussions, plan changes, secrets revealed, and just a lot of confusion. I didn’t know what was going on. I was just watching in utter bafflement. In Survivor: Game Changers I hoped there would be moments like this that have never happened before. This was definitely one of those moments. There have been whispered discussions during tribal council but never like this. There were people from opposing tribes making plans, the two tribes changing plans of their own, it was bonkers.

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When they went to go vote after that frenzy of last-minute conversation I figured, from the way they edited the episode that Sandra was finally going home. There was no way she was going to escape getting voted out again, especially with her overconfident behavior even at the tribal council. When they finished voting Tai wisely gave his idol to Sierra and sure enough everyone on Nuku voted for her. So, it was the moment of truth. Who did Mana vote for? I figured it was Sandra because there was no way they wouldn’t vote for her. She was at her most vulnerable and it was the perfect chance to finally rid the queen of Survivor her throne. When Jeff Probst held up that slip of paper and slowly opened it I wasn’t even anxious. I just knew he was going to say Sandra’s name. Yet he didn’t. He instead said Malcolm’s name and I’m still stunned.

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What happened? When, in the midst of all that frenzied whispering, did Mana decide to get rid of Malcolm of all people? It was terrible and yet amazing at the same time. Think of it. There have been four people to get voted off so far and three of the four contestants have been strong males. First it was Tony, then Caleb, and now Malcolm. This is definitely a different season of Survivor. These players don’t care about strength. They’re being a lot more strategic and instead are getting rid of these physical threats long before they can get to the merge. That means people such as Ozzy, Mickayla, Culpepper, and J.T will have to watch their backs because this group of contestants does not care about strong players at all. Ozzy has to worry the most because he’s the strongest male left and obviously that leaves a huge target on his back. When Tauvau sees Nuku at the next challenge they are going to be just as stunned as I was. Poor, poor Malcolm, I really didn’t see him going home any time soon. The hashtag for that tribal council was #Wow and it was the perfect description of that historic moment in Survivor.

This week it looks Debbie is going to be very angry at everybody. What about, I have no idea, but it looks like it’s going to be a mess. I’ll of course share my summary of that episode this Thursday. Thank you for reading my post and have a beautiful Monday!

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Here’s A New Look At Thor

Yes, Thor Now Has Short Hair

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This is so exciting! I’ve been waiting paitently for some news about Thor: Ragnarok since I heard it was coming out. There was an incredible tease at Doctor Strange joining Thor in the mid-credit scene for Doctor Strange which was great news but that was all. What was Thor going to be up to in this next movie of his? The last time we saw him he was going to search for answers after his vision in that pool. This past week Entertainment Weekly released the first pictures of Thor: Ragnarok (this was one of them) and I was stunned. Not only did Thor have a completely different hairdo (which I think looks much better) but as you can see on this photo he doesn’t have his hammer. Now I know why he doesn’t have his iconic weapon but I won’t spoil the surprise for you. If you would like to know just go to Entertainment Weekly.com and you’ll find out all you need to know about this installment into Marvel.

I was already excited about this new Thor movie but after this week it’s truly become the Marvel film I’m really anxious to see. I think it’s going to be very entertaining but of course I won’t know for sure until the teaser comes out. Hopefully that’ll be sooner rather than later.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and like I said earlier, if you would like to know more about Thor: Ragnarok go to Entertainment Weekly. They have lots of other cool pictures of characters in the movie that’ll have you even more excited. Until tomorrow, have a great day.

The Second Episode of Survivor Did Not Dissapoint

Last night Survivor aired and even though it was only a one hour episode it was packed with all sorts of plotlines and a first time moment in Survivor history. So on that note let me write my summary of this “Game Changing” episode.

The Tribe Swaps

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It was exciting to see the episode start immediately with the tribes having to swap. They split into three tribes of six and the most shocking change-up was the fact that Caleb and Tai ended up on the same tribe, Mana. It was a fateful occurrence that I knew couldn’t be a coincidence because nothing happens in Survivor by coincidence. Unfortunately for Caleb we know how this ended up but I’ll get to later in the post.

Ozzy and Cirie were placed on the new tribe, Tauvau which is another team-up I’ll be watching carefully. After last week’s two-hour episode it seemed like Ozzy was still sore at Cirie for her helping to vote him off in Season 16. Will them being on the same team be a detriment to each other or will they put their differences aside and become a force to reckoned with? I can’t wait to see.

The dominant tribe, Nuku, has three people from the old Mana tribe, Sandra, Malcolm, and Mickayla. It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll stay together or if they’ll start going after Sandra because she is a legitimate threat that, if not voted off early, will definitely have the chance to get to the final tribal council.

The swaps are thrilling to witness and I can’t wait to see throughout the weeks how it plays out.

JT and Malcolm Catch Some Goats

This was an interesting sequence in the second episode of Survivor. Now, on old seasons people have tried to catch an animal that’ll provide much more food than the occasional fish they get but they usually can’t. Well, for the first time in Survivor history JT and Malcolm actually managed to catch two goats but one was a baby and one was the baby’s mother. It was an intense moment because Sandra really wanted to eat those goats no matter the fact that it was a family. They kept going back and forth on whether they would eat the goats or not and I was watching it with so much anxiety. I was so relieved when they let the goats go. When they showed the baby goat walking off calling for its mother it slightly made me tear up, that’s how sweet it was.

Troyzan Finds An Idol

This was an entertaining portion of the episode. The survivors on the new tribe Tauvau had to start creating a camp. Troyzan was clearly on the bottom and so what did he do? He went and found the idol. It, however, was only a clue and the only way he could obtain it was by getting it during the immunity challenge. I watched that entire challenge with an excited smile upon my face. It was interesting to see Nuku win again even with different people on the tribe but when the new tribe was doing the puzzle at the end I was watching Troyzan the entire time. What was he going to do? Was he going to be able to get that idol? When they barely beat the still losing Mana tribe and he went over to the side of the table where the idol I was so anxious. He got the idol though and now that’s an interesting development in the season because let’s say they lose next week and have to vote somebody off. Everyone’s going to be going after Troyzan not knowing that he has an idol. I suspect next week there’s going to be a lot of exciting, jaw dropping moments with big consequences for the rest of the season.

Caleb’s Fate Is Sealed Again

I feel really sorry for Caleb but before I get to that let me talk about his road to being the third person kicked off of Survivor: Game Changers. So when Mana’s tribe was swapped and there were three people from Season 32 on it, Caleb, Tai, and Debbie it undoubtedly showed that they could become a powerful threesome. Culpepper was not going to have that happen. Hali seemed to clearly be on the outs because she didn’t have any alliances but Culpepper decided that they should get rid of Caleb. When they lost the immunity challenge they had to make a decision. Did they want to keep the team strong and save Caleb or did they want to get rid of that physical threat and keep Hali? Tai was the deciding factor and even though he felt bad about it he slyly gave the order at Tribal Council to vote off his friend. I couldn’t believe it. Caleb was off of Survivor on the ninth day again. This shows that no matter how nice and sweet Tai pretends to be he’s really about as ruthless in this season as someone like Sandra. This season is going to be full of surprises.

Next week there’s going to be a double elimination and I can’t wait to see all of the things that are going to happen. I will of course write about the turn of events that will happen in that episode and you definitely won’t want to miss it. Thank you for reading my post and have a beautiful day.

My Ten Favorite Moments In Star Wars

 

Star Wars is one of the greatest movies in film history and what makes this sci-fi flicks so beloved are the iconic moments in these movies. I have watched every single Star Wars film many, many times and each movie, even the prequels, have some scenes that are simply fun to watch. There are of course instants that are better than others and this is where my post begins.

10. When Rey Force Pulls Luke’s Lightsaber (The Force Awakens)

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This is definitely one of my favorite moments out of all the Star Wars movies. Rey, throughout the movie, was already an incredible heroine. She was tough, resourceful, didn’t need anyone to save her, and she was starting to realize she had the force. I remember when I watched The Force Awakens for the first time I didn’t truly realize she was a Jedi until she pulled Luke’s lightsaber towards her instead of Kylo Ren. That moment was and still is, so powerful. It’s a fantastic part because she’s just as dumbfounded as Kylo Ren when she’s holding that lightsaber. I love the petrified look on her face because she remembers what happened the last time she held that weapon. When she turns it on though she’s ready to fight and it’s such a goosebump-inducing moment. This was definitely one of my favorite moments.

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A Few of Summer’s Blockbusters Have Some New Trailers,but Are They Good?

Wonder Woman

This is the third trailer for Wonder Woman that I’ve seen and I have to say after watching it I have a feeling DC Comics will once again have made a film that just isn’t up to par. Here’s the reason why.

The first fifty or so seconds of the trailer where it’s showing Diana at her homeland is remarkable. It is everything I expect from a Wonder Woman movie. Then it gets to London and that’s where the trailer starts to decline rapidly. There’s too many clips of her fighting. It’s like they’re trying to make sure you know that’s she’s going to be epic but instead left me wondering why is there is so much slow motion? Is every fight scene with her going to involve slow motion because if that’s the case this movie is not going to be good.

Secondly there’s a shot of Chris Pine’s character in what I’m guessing is the cockpit of a plane but the way they have the camera angled is really disorienting. What’s up with that?

Third, the humor at the end of the trailer wasn’t very funny and felt kind of forced. I know DC movies have gotten a bad wrap over their dour movies but don’t incorporate humor into a movie if you can’t execute it right. Marvel does it so effortlessly I forget how difficult it is to have humor in a superhero flick without making it feel ridiculous.

All in all I give this trailer a B- and that’s only because of the beginning of the trailer. Judging from that trailer I have a feeling this movie is going to be beyond awesome while she’s with her Amazonian sisters but as soon as she leaves to go to London the movie’s story and action will start declining ever so slowly.

The only, truly positive thing I can say about this movie is I still have no idea what it’s about except she left her home to come save the world but from what? There’s that woman with the creepy mask, I’m guessing she’ll be a serious threat. The man however is a mystery to me because obviously, as you can see from the trailer, he can actually fight Wonder Woman which means he has to be some sort of powerful being or something like that. The other positive thing is the fact that Wonder Woman was the best person in Batman vs. Superman so maybe her movie will be enjoyable.

Whatever the case I still want to see Wonder Woman but I hope it’s better than this trailer was.

Transformers: The Last Knight

This was an absolutely abysmal movie clip. I was so excited for this new Transformers up until this point. The trailers were so epic, despite the fact that the CGI was pretty horrendous. I couldn’t wait for late June to come because this movie was at the top of my must-see list. Well, after this movie clip it has dropped considerably.

I have nothing against children in movies but when there are kids just in the middle of stuff I find myself always asking, “Why?” Take Iron Man 3 for example. When Tony Stark was stranded in Tennessee and he had to get help from that little boy the story got boring and little corny for that small section of the movie. Now thankfully it was brief which was highly appreciated because if that boy had been with him the whole time the movie would’ve ended up seriously failing.

Let’s say these kids are throughout a large chunk of the movie. That won’t be good because the entire time there will be Transformers and soldiers trying to keep these frightened children safe and the movie will be horrible. Why do the writers for Transformers always do this? The action in each movie is top notch but the story is always mediocre or worse than mediocre. I really thought they had gotten it right this time but that movie clip has definitely started making me think twice about this movie’s success.

There is no doubt I still want to see this in the movies because I know the action is going to be off the chain! And if the CGI still looks as bad as it does now the best place to see it will be at the movies where it won’t be too horrendous. This is your last movie Transformers, please be good.

Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

I love Pirates of the Caribbean. I’ve watched the first one, the second one, and the third one. I tried to watch the fourth one but gave up on that film fifteen minutes in, it was that ridiculous. This is going to be the final adventure Jack Sparrow will undertake and I’m pleased to see that Disney is saving the best for last.

This trailer, from beginning to end, is exceptional. There’s humor that actually made me laugh, action that looks the best out of all the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and the story is superb. Disney has truly become goliaths in the movie industry these days. Everything they make is amazing. They’ve made Marvel an empire for superhero movies, they’ve taken Star Wars to an entirely different level, they’re recreating all of these classic children’s movies and stories into live-action films that are simply stunning to perceive, even the animated films they make are so cute and well made that adults and children can enjoy them. And they’re bringing diversity to movies unlike any other company in the film industry. I already love Disney World but now they’re making my movie experience something really special.

I mean, look at the difference between this trailer and the Wonder Woman trailer or the Transformers movie clip. It’s so much more aesthetically appealing compared to the other two movies that it’s kind of embarrassing if I’m being honest.

Well that’s my opinion of these three movies. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I wish everyone who reads this a good day.

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