All of that said, my biggest problem with the new formula is not R.I so much as the retread problem. Let inexperienced players play together and save the experienced players to return for an all-star. For me, the shine was taken off of Rob's win because he was playing with noobs. If he had won all-stars, I'd feel like he played "the perfect game."
When we got to the top 5 I thought--wow, here is where they need to target phillip or rob and almost guarantee an all girl final 3. Since it is more likely that Rob would have the idol over crazy phil it would be best to target phillip then take rob out at f4. Even though there is a chance he could win final immunity the 2 girls (ashley and natalie) had to know that one of them would be voted out by rob in favor of phil if they went the other route (the route they ended up taking) and so this all-gal scheme represented the best shot at the million (especially since so many on Zapatera respected Rob's game).
Just think, if the girls werent so stupid there is a good chance Natalie would have received more than 0 votes and Ashley or Andrea would have ended up with the million. Man they are dumb.
I think in the case of the final five scenario, it was Ashley and Natalie who were the stupid ones, as Andrea would probably have gone for an all girl alliance at that point. She certainly was suggesting Phillip or Rob as the ones who had to go. It was the other two who wouldn't go along with it.
Of course that assumes their followers don't vote them off right away! :)
There is not one single person from this past season that I would like to see come back. Not one.This RI thing, I hope they dig further down into their bag of former Survivor contestants to find someone who we might want to see again. Whatever they do, please just skip over the "Survivor-Robfather" season and look for someone else.
As much as I have a love hate relationship with Rob, I'm so glad that he won so that he can move on from this particular game. On a season that introduced a "redemption" twist it only seems fair that the player that has tried numerous times to redeem himself in the game finally won. Good for him, better for me if that means he's hanging up his buff for good. I give him his credit where it is do, he played a good mind game with some of these people, so good that he made it look easy and loads of people won't respect it. On one hand, he's had enough practice at it and on the other hand he had the good fortune of drawing a team full of people who were not a bit strategic. Not one surprise this season, not one exciting blindside. Not once did I get to sit on the edge of my seat and hope that "so and so" was safe. It was like watching someone with their Masters in Survivor schooling a group of Survivor grade schoolers. Fun for Rob and for huge Rob fans, kind of boring for the rest of us.
I doubt Rob will be back since he's currently traveling to film his new show for either the history channel or the travel channel, I'm not sure which. I'd like to get a whole group of people who really have no idea to play the game, like the first couple seasons, and let them hash it out the whole time.
If Natalie thought she could beat anyone, she was deluding herself. Ashely could have at least pointed out that she won immunity when she needed to, had she managed to make it to the final three.
And yeah, they might not have had the greatest shot against Andrea either, but if they'd managed to help oust Rob, they could point out that had they not gone along with Andrea, she would not have been able to oust him and that they had successfully used Rob until he became too much of a threat to keep him, at which point they strategically axed him. They would have looked far less stupid if they had done that, because it would have showed they'd been thinking at least a little bit.
If the three girls had managed to get rid of Phillip and Rob, they'd have had a better shot against each other. Yet none of them thought of that, except, perhaps, Andrea.