Survivor Redemption Island – Russell Hantz Eliminated
We saw Redemption Island for the first time tonight and I like it. It adds a bit more frission to the show. Francesca lost at the challenge, which I thought was unfortunate I would have liked to have seen a lot more of her.
Maybe one series in the future could be players that got knocked out early that had the potential to go all the way.
First – why did Russell shave his armpits? It was gross having to look at their pustules. It would be interesting to know his rationale on that one.
Also I know they wanted to get rid of Russell, but when will teams learn not to throw challenges, this can lead to it all going downhill after that. Zapatera decided not to go for the comfort items, something that will cause fear and loathing the next time that cold chill goes through the camp, but throw the challenge to boot Russell out.
Stephania who is in Russell’s alliance was faking she had the idol, but as we know Ralph has it. So the major alliance decided to split the vote. Again I was impressed with Ralph for not cracking and telling his alliance he had the idol. As he knew once he did he would be vulnerable. However at the beginning of the next episode he did ‘fess up.
Russell was voted out of the tribe.
It was classic Russell when he said to camera ” This is the first time I have been voted out. I was pissed off, I wanted to bitch slap every single one of them”.
And he was off to Redemption Island expecting to find Francesa but instead there was Matt.
In the head to head challenge Matt beat Russell and he was out of this game. He looked devastated and started sobbing I have to say I don’t care that he is gone, as he just plays the same strategic game each time.
He let off a spray about the tribe, telling the two observers from the other tribe who the alliances were.
Ralph’s ego finally cracked and told Russell that there was a new immunity king in town and he had found the immunity idol “within 15 seconds”. Russell tried to goad him into showing it to him, but Ralph’s team mate told him to zip it. So he then back tracked and lied that he didn’t have it. Special Agent Phillip didn’t believe him.
Now speaking of dumb Phillip, who finally says he worked as a field sanitation officer , so not a spook, thinks he can use this information to his advantage. He says to Boston Rob and his sidekick, I will tell you the information if you don’t eliminated Christina next.
Christina, who I quite like, is smart enough to know he has the potential to shoot himself in the foot stays right out of it. And she was almost safe as Boston Rob and co realised Phillip could not be trusted, or was a lunatic, or both. It looked like Phillip was gone.
However when Christina was playing around implying she may have the idol, Boston Rob realised she was a bigger threat than Phillip who no one likes. I mean seriously I wouldn’t be surprised if he sticks around awhile as why wouldn’t you want to take him with you to the top three?
Rob in the meantime had found the clue to the immunity idol and went hunting for it whilst pretending to be constipated as he set the team up on the beach so he could search the camp. Will he tell his team mates he has it? I don’t think so, as it will put a double target on his back.
Christina was voted out and she was off to Redemption Island.
Below is an interview Jeff Probst did with Russell Hantz the night his elimination episode aired in the US. It is interesting. I still find him a bit unhinged.