‘Hard Edit’ – “The Genius,” Season 2: Doohee’s Story

Sangmin (상민) Oppa (오빠) and Hongchul (홍철) Oppa swore revenge on Doohee (두희), since Episode 2, when Doohee betrayed their alliance, in the Wang (King) Game. They let Jiwon (지원) and Yuyoon (유영) take hold of and hold on to Doohee’s ID plate token (sinbunjeung). I find it hard to believe that Jiwon and Yuyoon didn’t know that Doohee’s ID tag wasn’t the hidden immunity item – taken out of the safe, behind the James Dean Blvd. sign.

The hunt for the hidden immunity item was so all-consuming and the hidden immunity item was so overpowered – spring-boarding Yohwan into the Semifinals, and then Finals – that The Genius never used such an in-game mechanism ever again.

Sangmin Oppa was on the periphery of the Season 2 majority alliance (that’s why he was working with Jiwon, Yohwan (요환) and Yunseon (윤선) Eonni (언니), during the Blackout episode). The hidden immunity item was his only path to the win.

The Episode 6 Main Match was completely obscured by the desperate hunt for the hidden immunity item. Production probably didn’t like that, even if it made for an exciting edit, at the time. Jinho (진호) Oppa was always in the majority alliance. He was the one to beat, just like in Season 1. But the hidden immunity item gave that win to Sangmin Oppa.

Jeonghyun-ssi (정현-씨) led the charge, for justice for Doohee, but he was only one person, with limited social capital, in the young people’s game, himself. Earlier, in the season, Jeonghyun-ssi gave Sangmin Oppa the part of his die, with six pips on it, without even thinking about how valuable it was, or could be. Sangmin Oppa went on to win the die roll Main Match, of Episode 7.

It’s like when Esau sold his birthright, to his twin brother, Jacob, for a pot of stew. What’s ironic is that Jeonghyun-ssi was following Sangmin Oppa and Yohwan around, looking for an advantage, with the die. He knew so little about his own die, that Sangmin Oppa was able to easily relieve Jeonghyun-ssi of his one, actual advantage.

Sangmin Oppa acted like Doohee’s savior – but then he just lied to Doohee, and gave him a fake hidden immunity item. Doohee was hurt all over again. Insult to injury. No one was on Doohee’s side. And then he was simply evicted. I was so happy when Sangmin Oppa went to save Doohee, with his hidden immunity item. Turns out it was just the immunity item’s case – not the item itself.

Doohee, thought he was immune – so, he blew up his game, and targeted an actual ally, Jinho Oppa, for the Death Match. Doohee, was a Cochran; he played both sides, but Sangmin Oppa really played him – after the group already played him – completely destroying the poor guy. During the Blackout Death Match, Jiwon lies to Doohee, getting him eliminated. Three people told three major lies to him, in one episode. They all really ganged up on him.

Jiwon was such a bad liar too. But Doohee wanted to believe, needed to believe. His life, in the game, was on the line. This was the worst one reality TV game episode, for an individual, ever. It is a historic The Genius episode.

Survivor 37: Christian’s Gamble

i love these people

I love Christian! He is my favorite to win! Like I predicted, Jessica, near the bottom of the heap, is gone.

I repeat, Jessica is gone. She was #10 in my second boot order, but on my first boot list, Jessica was #19. First Impressions are pretty accurate.

However, sending home Jessica instead of Lyrsa is a typical rookie mistake. A strong social game is also a threat, so players must not only focus on physical strength! Lyrsa will be a social force, and that’s the reason to vote her out – not her lack of physical prowess.

Pat got Medevacked, in the first episode of Survivor, Season 37 – so no tribal council. Pat was like Rupert + Mike Skupin: the roaring pirate, who falls in the fire (Too Soon?)

Anyhow, it was unfortunate when Pat left because he built a shelter for the Davids and set them up for success, in the comp. He was a big physical asset; it was sad to see Pat go so early. He was pretty high on my boot list, but I didn’t expect him so be out so soon.

It was possible Pat would have still been the FOO, for the David Tribe – Jeff Probst called it – as in voted out but he did his best.

Pat’s personality was just too rough around the edges for most people and rubbed many tribe members and production people the wrong way. But instead he got hurt, during the colossal weather, that hit the tribes. Once you can’t fire your weapon, you’re done.

yes yeah ok

Survivor Rankings, post-Episode 2:

  1.  Ultimate Sole Survivor: Christian (the real Cochran)
    a. witty, doesn’t actually do birding, very smart, took coded notes
    b. The Know-It-All – younger male, snarky, super-fan, embodies the type, nervous
  2. Alison – the doctor, thumbs up
    a. just made chief resident but very laid-back (!)
    b. Erin Brockovich – everyday kind of woman, ‘normal’ job, doesn’t play hard
  3. Dan – SWAT cop, cool Dad [The First Lady of Podcast’s Choice for Sole Survivor]
    a. looks up to his step-dad (another merge boot); no killer instinct
    b. Seduce and Destroy – most diverse type (could be smart, mean or naive); salesman
  4. Cowboy Carl – a truck driver, thumbs up; makes jury [Rob’s Choice for Sole Survivor]
    a. True Grit – older athletic or military male; tough guy, you see what you get
  5. Jeremy Crawford – SC, lawyer, passed the bar in 4 states
    a. 2nd jury member, observant, intuitively understands people, analyzes minds
    b. Social Butterfly – vivacious, bonds with both genders, outgoing, social, savvy
  6. Angelina – Stanford, Masters from Yale, travel; Parvati overtones?
    a. in management, not finance; high maintenance
    b. Meredith Grey – young, professional, intense; overthinks, gets a blind-slide
  7. Alec – the bartender
    a. charming, uses ‘like’ a ton, emotional intelligence, insightful
    b. Surfer Dude – easy-going, calls everyone ‘bro,’ keeps their closest allies; Tyson, Aras
  8. Natalie – Publishing CEO
    a. Merge cusp, very tough; needs to talk more about the game
    b. The Wise Older Woman – can see through all of your nonsense; no hugs
  9. Elizabeth Olsen – no, #Birding
    a. understands and respects the game, well-rounded, very subtle
    b. Mommy Dearest – older woman who has kids; Tina
  10. Natalia – industrial engineer, into fitness; will be good at challenges
    a. hot-head, bossy
    b. The Oh-No You Didn’t – will go offwhy is this sideways
  11. “Davie,” – five Twitter accounts, stuck on DMs, thumbs down
    a. “blerd,” wants to create “chaos,” is not as good as Russell Hantz
    b. Ponyboy (“The Outsiders”) – young male outside of the mainstream, sensitive
  12. Pat – (tattoos, likes the Jets), a rough version of Rupert
    a. Robbed Goddess, dragged to the end if he makes the merge; very rigid
    b. The Heisenberg – Russell Hantz, Jonny Fairplay, rough around the edges
    MEDEVAC: -3 Points
  13. Nick Wilson (Kentucky) – will get himself a slingshot, similar to JT; pre-merge
    a. RHAP patron, not Big Tom, ‘Anyone but me,’ has a good shot at winning
    b. The Good Ole Boy
  14. The Mayor of Slamtown – I heard of him in third grade; merge boot
    a. is smart, funny and self-aware; mature, articulate
    b. The (Pseudo) Specialist – middle-aged guy who loves himself and the old days
  15. Mike White – School of Rock, bad body shot, kind of flip; will make it to the swap
    a. Jimmy Johnson part II; he’s keeping expectations low, dark horse??
    b. Mr. Miyagi – older male player, wise, dad of the tribe, reliable season narrator
  16. Kara Kay – doesn’t really pop
    a. used a small curved vanity mirror to start a fire; pleasant
    b. The Siren – flirtation and charm are their game, seen as a threat
  17. Gabby – flakes out in the rain
    a. open, vulnerable, emotional, smart, trustworthy; beware the quiet ones
    b. Chelsea Handler – witty, cute, anxious, neurotic; nerd bait, ‘manic pixie girl’
  18. Lyrsa (purple hair) – definitely pre-jury and pre-merge
    a. afraid of the ocean and reptiles, is LGBT (cool), kick-boxes, practical
    b. Lady Gaga – female not like the others, New-Agey (Kaitlyn, Rockstar), flaky, flip
  19. Jessica – may also go down in the rain, 50/50
    a. grew up watching the game, worried about her age
    b. Little Red Riding Hood – young, sweet student; carried to the end by a strategist
    First Voted Out of the Season: -15 Points
  20. First-One Out: The Killer Bi
    a. new to Survivor, has no idea how to play the game; walled-off
    b. GI Jane – super athletic female challenge beast, struggles socially

– The Surfer Dude has the highest win rate (just look at Tyler, in #BB20)
– Solid Alliances: Mommy Dearest, Mr. Miyagi, Good Ole Boy (the Mr. Miyagi never wins; take him as the goat)

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