- this is the best season of survivor ever
- is ciera awesome or stupid? i don’t know.
- the rustle/ruffle comment was ingenious and a great moment
- tyson has resting glare face
- gervase is not likable
- convenient that katie is rock-ed off
- when jeff probst read the tied vote, daniel and i went crazy
- jeff probst definitely is becoming a bit too activist during tribal council
Tribal Council. Craziness now please? Jeff Probst steers and Hayden starts with the dead horse beating, saying that the main alliance is being controlled by Tyson. “Let him think what he wants to think,” Ciera says, so Probst reminds her that she didn’t get taken on Reward. Gervase is all, “I took my original Galang members” as if that’s going to make things better. It does not. “This is the opportunity you need,” Probst tells Ciera, telling them exactly what they’d want to do to switch things up. Thanks, Jeff Probst! You may win the million dollars yet! Katie gives a wishy-washy answer and Jeff Probst explains the meaning of the game to her. Then Jeff Probst explains the meaning of the game to Monica. Hayden is lobbying hard, but Gervase tells him he’s trying too hard. “You’re going on the Jury. Believe that,” Gervase says, though he also lists Ciera as only fourth in his alliance. Why is Gervase so determined to alienate Ciera? I have no idea. Off to the side, Hayden tells people around him to vote “Monica,” as Jeff Probst explains that they could vote three-three and force rock-drawing. SHUT UP, PROBST! Tyson tells Ciera he’s sticking with her. Hayden tells her she can be No.4 with them, but he could be Top 3 with him. Then an awesome thing happens: Katie says something to Gervase about a move to “rustle” his feathers. Nobody hears her. Seconds later, Hayden repeats it and Tyson is having none of it. “Ruffle. Ruffle feathers,” Tyson corrects. Nobody understands why this vocabulary lesson is happening. Rock or No. 4? Which will it be?The Vote. Gervase votes for Hayden and loudly says “This isn’t ‘Big Brother.’ It’s ‘Survivor.’ We do things different here. You’re about to get a lesson in how to play the game,” Gervase says. Tyson also votes Hayden. But Ciera is pensive. Tyson doesn’t play his Idol. Probst tallies: Hayden. Hayden. Monica. Monica. Hayden. MONICA. Madness! Ciera flipped. “What are you doing?” Tyson asks. Ciera goes dead in the eyes. The Jury loves it.Bottom Line, Part I. Caleb had one great moment. Nobody can take that away from him. The Tribal Council blindside of Brad Culpepper was relatively unique in “Survivor” annals and will be remembered. Otherwise, it was 30 anonymous days of “Survivor,” followed by some really misguided bitterness that two people he intended to betray broke their word to him. Whatever. And I really don’t know what Tina is doing out there.Bottom Line, Part II. Part of why we love “Survivor” is how even after 27 seasons, new things or rare things continually pop up. Drawing Rocks is a fundamentally weird tiebreaking system and it seems that I’m not the only person confused by whether or not the firemaking tiebreaker exists anymore or if it’s used only in certain circumstances or what. I’d feel a lot more excited about tonight’s rock-drawing if CBS promos hadn’t ruined the surprise and if the entire circumstance hadn’t been brought about 75 percent because of Jeff Probst’s excessive Tribal Council testifying and cheerleading. I’ll give Hayden a solid 20 percent of the credit for his aggressive lawyering and Ciera 5 percent for either being wishy-washy or for being smart, depending on how you view things. Actually, maybe I should take away Ciera’s 5 percent and give that to Gervase, who was determined to alienate Ciera at every turn in that Tribal Council when he could have just been quiet. You can distribute the percentage points however you want, but you can’t deny that Jeff Probst’s impact on the tangible actions of the game are getting more and more manipulative and that that’s problematic to the extreme. If Hayden somehow wins the million bucks, which seems remote but not absurd suddenly, he owes Jeff Probst a big cut, because Hayden was going home and then he wasn’t. Jeff Probst kept Hayden from being eliminated and that’s mighty close to tampering in my book and when you have an executive producer on a competition game show tampering with results? Dunno. I’m overstating it. “Tampering” is obviously not exactly what he’s doing. But Probst definitely looks to either have less confidence in this group of contestants or more desire to insert himself. One or the other.Bottom Line, Part III. A lot of damage was done at that Tribal Council that probably isn’t repairable. In the end, would it have been smarter for Tyson to look Ciera in the eye and say, “Look. I’ll vote Monica. You’re No.3. Are you happy with that? Can we take our Final Three to the end now?” Katie would have done whatever. Gervase would have done what Tyson said. Yes, Tyson would have thrown away Monica’s Jury vote, but it wouldn’t have impacted his alliance and he still would have known he had an Idol in his back pocket (or crotch) for whenever. Dunno. I’m just talking out loud here. Ciera just wanted some reassurance. Tyson could have given it to her. Also, Tyson knows Monica is paranoid and prone to insecurity, so he takes that out of the equation. Or does he? Do you assume that given those people at Redemption, Monica would be a strong contender to win however many Duels remain and then return to the game with an even better case for winning down the road? Instead, Tyson’s temper flared up and things got ugly and between the vocabulary correction and the various displays of hostility, he may now have Jury members looking for alternatives. Like I said, I’m just thinking here.Bottom Line, Part IV. I’m sure we can all agree that that was a dumb Duel format and that the 30 minute time limit was an embarrassment, right?Bottom Line, Part V. I mean, what are you gonna say? Drawing Rocks is a gamble and it can turn the game upside down on pure chance, so of course Katie was willing to do it. She literally had nothing to lose. Ciera? Well, Hayden got in her head and Gervase got in her head. Nothing that Gervase said at Tribal Council was wrong, but it also shouldn’t have been a surprise to Ciera. She had Hayden offering her the keys to swing an alliance and she made her decision at such a late point and in such a wishy-washy way that she was willing to flip a coin, rather than coming to the same realization hours earlier, going to the side with Gervase and Hayden and trying to see if there was a play they could make. Tyson sat there listening to people calling him a target and never for a second thought he was in danger. He could have been blindsided in a proactive move, rather than praying that he’d be eliminated by the luck of the draw, which was what Ciera did.Bottom Line, Part VI. "Rustle" *is* a word. And it does mean something roughly resembling what Hayden said it did. However, it refers to something literal. Gervase does not have feathers. In lieu of literal feathers, it becomes an idiom and the idiom is "ruffle." But Hayden wasn’t TOTALLY stupid.
saw the cirque show amaluna (currently in sf) to celebrate daniel’s birthday! it was fun and awe inducing and unique and super fun to go to with daniel (“it’s rave time!!!” when the water meteors turned on).
if i’m going to be nitpicky; thoughts:
- it’s hard to wow people after having seen other cirque shows
- really incredible stage design, including a rotating stage and a really dynamic cable/aerial system. really great set
- terrible clown act
- really attractive leads… who are also really incredible circus performers. man, a pretty face does not cut it.
- some of the acts were a bit sloppy, sloppier than i would expect from cirque (icarian games/seesaw)
- does cirque have the best circus talent in the world? or the best packaging. i mean, where else do they perform!? cruise ships!?
- not great music.
- really great artistically, i thought. there was this effect of dropping led lights to simulate rain that was beautiful. and the start/end floating fabric which daniel and i are both still extremely puzzled by, technically
- if you’re going for the discount, the best price i’ve seen (that i didn’t get) is $20 off (available at costco and on cyber monday)
- hard to concentrate on an act if you have a shirtless circus guy standing right there
- my favorite acts were the hoop, the icarian games/water meteors, and the handbalancing/waterbowl.
great cirque songs. i miss the days when anna and i would blast cirque music on our ride to school.
we were sitting next to this character. he’s wearing this amaluna shirt and knows everyone in the show. like people will be jumping or acting or balancing or hanging or swinging and he’ll be like “go tina!!!!” “good job tony!!!!!” “wooo mark!!!” etc. and one guy even came over to hug him IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PERFORMANCE when he was offstage between his stage time. and he would clap really loudly and at least triple the speed of everyone else and was the first to stand during the standing ovation. he would give behind the scenes info to everyone who wanted to hear it.
daniel and i were really confused about this person’s existence.
turns out, he’s a really devoted fan and has seen every cirque show (except for the new mj show in vegas) at least once. it’s his 6th time at amaluna (for the record—his favorite is totem; amaluna might be the best if it weren’t for the clown acts).
and he gets the insider information by “hanging out with them”!?!?!?!?!?
it’s also sort of awkward because he’s clearly gay and by far his favorite act was the shirtless tumbling act.
he brought a gay married couple (that he set up?!) that was older. i want to meet more older gay married people.
and no mention of the circus would be complete without this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhecY_epe0I (okay this is not as good as the original video which i can’t finddddddd) when i got REALLY INTO the rolla bolla and circus school…. and this guy.
bonus: can we start a trend where all of our venmo statements are xmas puns?! #xmasvenmemo, let’s make it happen. kthnx