Monday, December 21, 2009

Natalie? No way!

I was all set to write something lovely, holiday-like, something to ring in the week of Christmas. But I just watched the Survivor finale and I am not happy. Not. Happy.

Yes, I’m aware it’s just a television show and doesn’t add up to a hill of beans in the real world, but for an hour each week I didn’t live in the real world – I lived in Samoa with Russell and Mick and Natalie and the others. And I had a definite favorite to win tonight: Russell. But he didn’t. Natalie did.

Did she deserve to win? I suppose so, considering the jury gave her their votes. But did she find the hidden immunity idols with no clues? Nope. Did she mastermind amazing votes that caused the game to shift in her favor? Well, once. Every other time Russell was in total command. Did she win individual immunity? No. But she was pretty and nice and completely flew under the radar. And for that she won a million smackers.

Russell so should have won. He found not one, not two, but three hidden immunity idols with no clues. He played hard from day one and made it to the final day, plus he won the final immunity challenge. He was nasty, nasty, nasty, but his whole goal was to outwit, outlast and outplay his opponents. And he did. They just didn’t like the way he did it.

Russell said on the reunion show that he thought his fellow players would respect the game and vote for him because he honored the game. I did, too. They should have had a modicum of admiration for the guy, even if they hated him, which, admittedly, I did for the first few weeks. But after seeing his determination to play the game every second he was out there, I fell in love with his game play.

He said he isn’t nasty in real life. I don’t believe that. But his attitude disorder served him well in the game and those he ousted should have given him points because he outplayed them.

I guess the jury couldn’t bring themselves to vote for someone so despicable so they voted for his accomplice, who was sweet but carried out all Russell’s plans. I’m usually on the side of the good girl, but in this case, the bad boy most certainly had my sympathies. Don’t get me wrong; I think Russell’s mean and I wouldn’t want to spend a lick of time with him. But he loves Survivor and took the game seriously. I think he should have garnered votes for that.

None of this matters in the grand scheme of things. Heck, by the time I wake up tomorrow this will be a faint memory. Believe it or not, I do have a life and lots to do before we leave for Atlanta on Wednesday. This isn’t going to make or break my week.

But it is a bummer tonight.

Oh, well. At least there’s Survivor’s Heroes vs. Villains to look forward to, February 11, 2010. Make a note of it.

Now, back to the real world. Where being nice matters. Russell should make a note of that.