My daughter mentioned that Coach is starting to look certifiably nuts on the island. When he was talking about how he wasn't happy Brandon won immunity, he had a crazy look in his eye. I think he's taking this whole thing waaaayy too seriously, frankly, and he's really showing a messed up side of himself with the way he's using religion as a way to absolve himself from abusing his "honour and integrity" mantra in order to further himself in the game and get closer to winning a million bucks. Because that's what this show is about. The only person I truly don't think sees it that way right now is Brandon.
I believe Brandon is still looking for a strong father/mentor figure to guide him and unfortunately he landed on Coach's tribe. Coach has been happy to do so, but has lied to him (about finding the HII) and broken his promises (voting him out because "God" told him to) I feel badly for Brandon watching the show now, and realizing he was played by Coach practically the whole time.
I was really cheering though when Brandon put Coach on the spot at TC. The jury wasn't buying what Coach was selling, though, and you could tell Coach knew it. I wouldn't be surprised though if Brandon still voted to give Coach the $$ if he makes the F3. He's loyal to a fault.
I sincerely hope that Brandon gets a mature, Christian male mentor in his life after leaving "Survivor." He is searching for something that will help his life to go in a direction other than the way it started, and with the examples that appear to be available in his family, he's going to have to go somewhere else to find that role model. Kurt Warner - this kid needs you!!!!
Oh, I forgot to mention, but Sophie really did well in this episode... at tribal she did exactly what she needed to do, distancing herself from Albert, Coach, and Brandon... with a few well placed eyerolls.
I kind of had a crush on Russell. He had the prettiest blue eyes and I loved his focus and determination in the game.
Brandon isn't anywhere near Russell's level of gameplay. He's like a little lost dog looking for some nice person to pet him, despite the fact that he's smelly, mangy, flea-ridden and likely to bite without provocation.
Yep, Brandon's theme song should be "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog".
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I'm not too worried that people will think Christians are all wackos because of a couple of guys on a reality show. There have been plenty of sane religious people on all kinds of reality shows to give us some balance. People who stereotype, will stereotype about all kinds of things, and nothing is going to change that anyway... so whatever.
Watching last night, I have to say Brandon has now made Erik's move redundant in the stupidest move on the show. I mean - honestly the fellow he gave it to was going to be voted out most likely, and is honestly more of a threat to win than Coach is. I like he tries to do the right thing - refreshing compared to his uncle, but it has severely hurt his game. He'd have to hope that he got Coach and Albert to have a chance - because he at least played with his heart and stayed true, which is what jurors tend to respect.
Then again - I think all of them know that if whomever wins this last redemption island makes the finals they most likely will win. Ozzy has the jury currently stacked for him thanks to Upolu's essential "Pagonging" of the tribe, and Brandon the above.
Unfortunately, I think both know too that they will have to immediately win immunity to get this round. Too bad Ozzy was dumb enough to give Cochran the HII (unless he had to), because Ozzy would have a final four spot automatically (or Brandon because I'd think Ozzy would've given it to the winner of this one).
I loved Rick's move at tribal council challenging Albert to give the necklace back to Brandon if you think he might be in trouble. Albert has been completely exposed to not only the tribe, but also the jury. No hope of him winning the $$. I wish Rick could make it to the end based on last night, but the fact that he has been almost non-existent in the edit this season tells me he hasn't got a shot.
This isn’t the Sound of freaking Music we’re watching.......sdl
It's also a little odd that if they sincerely do believe that God is deeply concerned with who wins the game that they're not also at least a little afraid of what kind of retribution they might be facing due to their behavior and actions during the game. You'd think they might at least be looking over their shoulders for the stray divinely inspired lightening bolt.
I think that's why I feel sorry for Brandon. He's said and done some things I definitely don't like--his initial treatment of Mikayla, for instance--but he comes off as the only one who actually does believe what he says he believes, no matter how much it might hurt his game or how much his naivete and desperation to find group acceptance ends up working against him. He's young, he's confused, and I don't necessarily share his world view, but I am uncomfortable with the degree to which he's been used by what sounds like pretty much everyone in his life and in the game. I hope he eventually figures out, as someone else pointed out upthread, that he can't keep looking for verification of his self-worth from others.