Survivor Power Rankings
This past Wednesday saw the return of one of America’s oldest and greatest reality competition shows, Survivor. Each year, Survivor continues to keep its fan base interested and involved, showing no signs of slowing down. This season, Survivor ran back the “Brains vs Beauty vs Braun” theme that they found success with a few seasons ago. Throughout the season, I’ll provide my top five power ranking for who I believe has the greatest chances of winning the final Tribal Council and taking home the million bucks. Although it’s hard after only one week of content, let’s get started with the power rankings.
1. Anna (Beauty)
After hearing her first confessional within the opening minutes of the show, I could already tell that Anna had a chance to go far in this game. As a professional poker player, Anna knows how to work and read people. On day one, Anna showed this by being able to rally the girls of her tribe into an early alliance and gaining the trust of the men as well. Anna is the type of competitor who usually succeeds on this show. She’s seems able to make under-the-radar moves without being seen as aggressive, and she’s physically fit enough to not be considered a liability in team challenges but could hold her own in individual ones. She’s a lock for the merge and a definite early favorite in my books.
2. Jennifer (Braun)
I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone have a more difficult first day in the history of Survivor. This girl had an insect CRAWL AND DIG INSIDE OF HER EAR CANAL! She was in considerable pain and had a near panic attack as this bug “dug its way deeper into her ear.” It was a cringe-worthy thing to watch, but eventually her tribe helped her get the bug out. She came back determined to prove herself in the next challenge, and was the only thing keeping the Braun tribe involved. Aside from getting through a burrowing bug, Jennifer seems smart and tough enough to make some noise.
3. Kyle Jason (Braun)
This bounty hunter seemed to establish himself as the most aggressive player in the game to this point. This often doesn’t work out too well for people, especially this early in the game. That being said, Jason was committed to getting rid of someone going into Tribal and, following a tie, was able to convince the swing vote to vote his way. Early sway like that definitely means something, he just has to be careful not to be too obvious with his moves.
4. Caleb (Beauty)
The former Big Brother contestant certainly has a lot going against him. As a former contestant on another reality show, people can label him as someone who doesn’t deserve a second chance. Plus, he’s clearly a physical threat, who may get axed before the merge to avoid competing against him in individual challenges. However, Caleb has a way with people as many seem to gravitate towards him. For now, his challenge prowess will keep him around, and if he can cement an alliance that stays tight, the man who calls himself Beastmode Cowboy (Marshawn Lynch is shaking his head in disgust somewhere) can make it far.
5. Neal (Brain)
Not much happening on the Brain tribe this season, even if they did come out on top in the first challenge of the season. I tend to gravitate towards Neal as the guy most likely to emerge from that tribe due to his rather unassuming nature. He’s not too strong, he’s not too aggressive socially, and he doesn’t come across as too smart even though he is. However, he is just enough of these things to make it far in the game. Plus, his ice cream cone pants are awesome.