Personally, I don't think RI, as it's been constructed for this season, works. But it is what it is for this season. If Matt were to manage to survive it and get to the final, I personally wouldn't criticize him for playing the game he was dealt, but I would criticize the producers of the show for not thinking the whole RI concept through more fully. If they decided never to do an RI season again, I'd be fine with that. But if they want to do it again, they need to figure out a better way to handle the concept.