Survivor Caramoan – Interview With Erik Reichenbach And He Was Not Happy About The Reunion
Erik Reichenbach on the favourites tribe on Survivor Caramoan and he had the very bad luck of being medically evacuated from the game just after he made the top 5. He was in a solid alliance and had never been targeted for elimination.
We talk about his medical evacuation, how he was unhappy with the reunion show, and his non-strategy strategy.
Reality Raver: Erik in your first season you were known as Erik the ice-cream scooper. Is that what you are still doing?
Erik Reichenbach: No that was four years ago. I have moved from Michigan to California and am studying graphic arts.
RR: I was just reading on EW that you were not happy about how the reunion went down and how the pre-jury contestants were sat off stage and the fact Jeff Prosbst did not ask you a question. Was this new seating arrangement to do with Brandon Hantz not being invited to the finale?
ER: I would have been fine to meet Brandon if he had been there, either way. I was a little displeased with the way the reunion went. It is because the people were voted off early were not allowed to be on the stage which might seem like a small superficial thing but to me if you are the first person voted off or you are the winner of the game everybody was apart of that adventure together. All those twenty people were there at the same time. They were not happy. They had invited their family to see them. It is an accomplishment to be on this show even to be chosen to be on Survivor in the first place and a lot of them were very displeased with what happened with the fact they had to be in the audience and not onstage. There is all these loose ends, everybody was there and people want to know what happened and to know what they are doing now. We did not really get to see a lot of that there was more of a focus just on more controversial people that played the game rather than “hey let’s find out what’s happened”. If someone gets medically evacuated in the final five you would at least like to hear a little about that. “Are you OK? What happened?”.
RR: Speaking of the medical evacuation, it was quite heart wrenching to see you removed from the game. What happened had you been ill for a long time?
ER: I’d been getting worse and worse and it had culminated that day. I actually had a cut on my leg from awhile ago which I got 11 or 12 days into the game. The Survivor medical team had been great they helped me and said “Keep an eye on it, do these certain things and you can take care of it” and it began to heal. Fast forward to when my brother came on the family visit and my older brother was looking me up and down and noticing I had been starving. He said “Man I think your leg is infected” and when we looked at it it was it was starting to get a lot worse. Leading up to the tribal council when Brenda went home I started feeling very dizzy and I realised this was getting bad really fast. I don’t know if you have seen online but I talk about this as well in other interviews. I started getting pretty dizzy and I did not know who was getting voted out. I thought Sherri had been voted out. I tried to keep it together as I knew if I fell down or showed any signs of fainting there I might be out in sixth instead of fifth place.
RR: One thing about the scene last night they put in an IV fluid while you were lying there and then Jeff Probst gave you the option or talk about whether you’d stay in the game or not. My understanding is that as a player that once you got that much medical interference you were just automatically pulled from the game. Was there at any stage any likelihood of you staying in the game?
ER: I understand what you are saying and I know that the rules are very specific in that you can’t have any extreme medical assistance. You would have an unfair advantage. If I had gotten that IV then gone back into the game there is a huge advantage for me as I got all that medical care. The actual editing of that was a little different as I know that Jeff actually said that prior to me having an IV in my arm. They did give me the option. “What do you want to do Erik? How do you feel?” In a half daze I don’t really know what was going on I remember saying “we can wait it out let’s just wait here in the middle of this jungle”. That was not an option I was pretty loopy at the point.
RR: I was talking to Andrea and we were discussing whether you having no strategy was actually a strategy. What was your strategy going into the game?
ER: My strategy was no strategy. It was a little different then that. There is so much information that you have to process when you play a game like Survivor and I there was no way I could process all that information. I didn’t want to know what people were thinking or saying an hour or two before tribal council. I wanted to know what they were thinking right before they were going to tribal council. I basically told everyone to don’t talk strategy with me just tell me who to vote for right before we go. I told that to everybody as I was trying to limit the amount of information I would have had to process and what would have happened is that I became a pretty valuable swing vote. What would happen people would come to me with a proposal. They would say this is who we are voting for and this is who is voting this way and then I could decide whether Sherri would really vote for Eddie in that situation, would that person really vote for that person. I could at least process that information easier. In a way it was a no strategy strategy.
RR: If you had not been medically evacuated it is a pretty high chance you would have made final three. Do you think you could won?
ER: I think I would have had a shot at it. I know that Sherri was not was not well liked by a lot of people just because of the way she was around camp. The big dilemma for me was to convince people I actually played a strategy. They would think I was not playing strategy and they would say I specifically asked them not to know what they were thinking.
RR: Why was there no fishing this season? Were there no fish around?
ER: We were trying to catch fish and from time to time we would find giant clams that we would eat. Other then that a lot of what we ate were coconuts as they were easy to find and they are on the ground and you don’t have to climb a huge tree to find them. Coconuts are plentiful and they don’t take a lot of energy to get. To catch fish takes quite a bit of energy. People would go fishing but it was not successful. We did not have anybody on our team who were like an Ozzy or Rupert player that can really hunt down fish so we were not successful at it.
RR: Would you go on another reality TV show and if so what would it be?
ER: Anthony Bourdain has this awesome show No Reservations. Come on you can’t get any better then going around and eating food all over the world.