Cutting down on the interaction between the two former tribes after a merge potentially cuts down a lot on potential drama, which could make it more difficult to edit the footage down to an interesting show. The way Rob's running his tribe, there's not much to tape there except Rob and Phillip, but Phillip's only getting the airtime he is, because he behaves so strangely. Maybe they're okay with that this season, because they view Rob as a big enough draw, but unless they're never planning on another season with an entirely new cast, they need to think about ways to keep genuine interaction going with all the tribe members if they want to have the greatest potential for dramatic story lines developing.
I think I missed where he insisted on these things...I didn't see where he said they should have separate shelters. I was under the impression that the whole tribe wanted to be together and they have the tarp, so they wanted to continue sleeping under it. Separate meals? Up until the fish incident, I always watched them eat together. Rob was off doing something (probably PI's) when the crispy rice controversy occurred. But other than that...I thought they all ate together.Quote:
Ever since Rob insisted on the separate shelters, separate meal times etc.
After the merge...he did a PI where he was talking about wanting to keep the two tribes as seperate as possible to make his own minions think of the Zaps as the Others. So he was trying to have them eat at a different time from the Zaps, the Ometepe are sleeping in the part of the shelter under the tarp, the Zaps aren't.
Personally, I think it's a brilliant way to keep your tribe together and cut down on the risk of someone flipping
And yes, that PI is what I was thinking of when I said he "insisted" on separate shelters, separate mealtimes. I guess you could argue about whether he "insisted" or "persuaded," but it was Rob's idea, and Rob's doing it largely, if not entirely, for his own benefit, because it serves his purposes best if he can keep anyone flipping from an alliance he controls--and if he can reduce contact between his minions and the Zaps as much as possible, it decreases the possibility that the Zaps will be able to make any headway in convincing someone to flip. It also helps his cause if he can convince them that the Zaps are the "other," the enemy, and it's easier to do that if his followers spend as little time as possible fraternizing with them. If anyone on Ometepe believes Rob is doing any of this for anyone's benefit than his own, they're even dumber than I think they are (unless someone's doing an amazing job of playing dumb).
Most importantly, they could be more careful of how they cast. There must be some pretty people out there who aren't total sheep--and casting people who aren't "pretty" but are smart and/or interesting would be a nice change too. They could also save the idea for returning former players to all star seasons or use them as rewards---win a rewards challenge and you have a choice of, say, spending time with a family member or meeting with someone who's played the game well and might be able to offer some useful advice. Or use someone like Rob or Russell as the challenger in a RI situation---you have to keep beating an established player to have a chance to get back in the game. Of course, the rules for RI would have to change then, and it would only work if they decide to keep the RI idea around past this season, but it would be a way to incorporate more experienced players without throwing newbies in with people who've played the game two or three times.
They need to at least try and develop scenarios where there is more potential for flipping and drama. I assume they thought that's what would happen when they brought back Russell and Rob, but it's failed rather badly, and if you look at the responses to Jeff's latest blog, there are plenty of posters unhappy with the way this season has been going, because it's too predictable for their tastes. It's impossible to know how many people are really represented by on-line opinions, but I'd think the show's producers would pay attention to a significant number of complaints about the show becoming dull and predictable and/or a one person show. That's another thing they could do better--they could edit so that so many PIs weren't devoted to one or two people (Rob, Phillip), even if they think they're the funniest or the most popular or the strangest or whatever. It's difficult to know what's going on in all the players' minds with regard to strategy (if anything is) if we see so few of them. I've had a terrible time even remembering some players' names simply because we see so little of them. That also gives some players a huge advantage in the fan favorite competition. If fans can't remember players' names, they're certainly not going to vote for them.