I watched the season finale and oh my, must I say the final tribal council was one of the best I've seen in a long long time. No doubt it's always drama and fun to watch the bitter jury be extremely rude to undeserving or delusional F3 players... but sometimes, a little heartwarming and rational decision making works for me as well.
I never once thought Monica was ever going to win. It was plain obvious that Monica made it her case that she stuck with Tyson and Gervase as that was her best hope of winning. But honestly, as long as Tyson is around, she will never be able to beat that guy. Both Gervase and Monica made the mistake of keeping Tyson around in hope of getting rid of him at the F4, but honestly.. do they really think their chances of beating Tyson is huge in a F4 Immunity Challenge that's always a mix of strength plus stamina but puzzle type of challenge, something which Tyson is considered strong in all three aspects?
This season is definitely considered as one of my favourites ever. The BvW theme is definitely something I liked, and the Redemption Island proved to be so much of a better twist when entwine within this theme. From the get go of Ruper exchanging spots with Laura, Colton's meltdown, Brad and his delusional moments, Caleb's one time decision and power making move, Ciera and Katie working together and blindsiding John, Laura M getting blindsided, golden brothers getting voted off, Ciera having to vote for her mom because Hayden refused to be the swing vote, Ciera realizing her being fourth, white stone picking, Tina randomly re-entering, moms working together at Redemption Island, Ciera seen as a bigger threat than a million dollars winner, Tyson dominating challenges towards the end, Monica being a surprise challenge queen, Monica staying strong even till the end and Gervase's self-delusional moments.
I officially proclaim the stars of this season to be Tyson and Ciera. <3 And we will definitely see players like Hayden, Vytas, Brad and maybe John returning back for another shot because honestly, these new players made such a huge impact than even some of our returning players. At the end of the day, I still don't really like Monica. I applaud her for her determination, but there's just this annoyance with the way she speaks (intonation I guess) which emphasizes and bring about an over melo-dramatic tone to her voice. And most of the time when she's asked a question, she will go about a long story before finally answering with an ambiguous answer. I know there's a huge chance she may be returning again in the near future, but I really hope not. Monica belongs to the league of people who will NEVER win Survivor. Her self-awareness is simply lacking and appalling at times. The reason why she's even at the end this season was simply because Gervase and Tyson picked her because they knew that she will be an easy target to beat at the end, and they were right.
All in all, can't wait for new players next season and with so many really good and familiar players we all know from the Survivor family.. I really can't wait for the next Allstars to see the returning of players like Malcolm and other familiar names that we know in recent seasons! I think Survivor just simply need to have a balance of both new players season plus returning players season to make sure that they are always keeping it fresh and fun for the viewers to watch.