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Survivor Samoa – Episode 2 Preview Video

| September 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM EDT

Get ready for tonight’s second episode of Survivor Samoa tonight on CBS at 8PM. Check out the preview clip below to see what Russell H. is up to this week!

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The Russell Hantz Factor

| September 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM EDT

So we have all seen the first episode of Survivor and the only thing I can think about is…

RUSSELL H.

I could not believe it when he sabotaged his tribe’s water and burned Jaison’s socks!  Wow!  What other contestant has ever gone against their tribe?  I mean, come on!  They are there to help you win challenges and form alliances and move you forward in the game. 

This year instead of Foa Foa vs. Galu; it’s Russell H. vs. EVERYONE.  The only redeeming quality I can find in the most villainous man in Survivor history is the fact that he is going to do GREAT in the challenges.  He is a force to be reckoned with!  He kicked a$$ in the first competition and worked his tale off in the second.  For this reason alone, I believe he will be around for a while.  He is an extremely confident person and even though he already has the distrust of Betsy the police woman, it seems he has a good start with Jaison, the law student.  If he manages not to get caught doing his dirty deeds and sticks with Jaison, we could have us some amazing entertainment for a while. 

Being a self made millionaire by owning an oil company, he is showing that he is not scared of hard work and is an intelligent man.  The oil and gas industry is a particularly cut throat business where you have to understand the power of persuasion along with remaining deceptively secretive.  Most of you know that I work in this industry so I can appreciate the level of stress he must feel on a daily basis which will result in his ability to do well in the game.

What do yall think about his strategy and how far do you think he will get???

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“If you play with fire, you’ll get burned” just ask Marissa…

| September 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM EDT

The jury is still out on whether there is indeed a “Puppet Master” among this season’s castaways…but there is definitely a snake, and he wasted no time in rearing his ugly head.  That would be who? Why Russell Hantz of course.  Love him or hate him, anyone would be hard-pressed to say that he doesn’t add interest and villainous entertainment value to the show.

I’ll admit that at first glance, I was set to dislike “evil” Russell, but his persona has always intrigued me.  In fact, I couldn’t wait to see if he actually lived up to his own hype, let alone the media’s.   I watched him in action during the premier, and I actually found myself smiling at a witty, cunning, mischievous, and perplexing “character”, who seemed to be in tuned to those around them.

Russell and MarissaWitty because his delivery is hilarious…Cunning because he successfully used Marissa’s suspicions of him to manipulate her early exit and save his current ally, Ashley…Mischievous and Perplexing because, like he said, he intends to play differently than anyone else has ever played.  Can’t argue with him there…No one has ever tried to sabotage his/her entire tribe, and certainly not on the first day.  What the heck was he doing? …Fabricating Hurricane Katrina woes, depleting the water supply, and burning Jaison’s socks…What will he do next?

Perhaps he’s not “evil”, just misunderstood?  OK, I don’t believe that any more than you do, but after applying my analytical skills (too much reality TV has me thinkin’ I can actually get in their heads and my family should be very concerned if I get into this one), I think we all can agree that we all sympathize with Hurricane Katrina victims, and the loss of a beloved dog, or any pet for that matter, tugs at the heart of most people.  However, this trumped up story makes Russell appear to be less intimidating, communicative, vulnerable, and approachable in the eyes of his tribe.  Pouring out the water and burning the socks was an effort to manipulate the focus of his tribe members and create an environment of disruption and distrust.

After a summer of watching shallow, clueless, and less than attractive women on the inside (BB withdrawal takes time), Marissa was refreshing.  She was astute enough not to fall for Russell’s bull, and had she held back a little and kept her “honesty” to herself, she’d still be in the game and Ashley would likely be on her way home.  Who knows what “evil” Russell has in store for us in the weeks ahead.  Will he be the next to go or is he in it for the long haul?  I think he is enigmatic, and one thing is for sure, he will continue to be written about, talked about, and whenever he departs, he will certainly leave an impression upon this season and the game.  He may just become the “one we love to hate”…America’s favorite even. ;)  I’m laughing, but anything is possible…

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Survivor Samoa Standouts

| September 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM EDT

The first installment of  Survivor Samoa brought us a few people that outshown the rest!   Lets start with the Galu tribe.

Shambo…ok the name is ridiculous but the woman is fierce!!!         I wouldnt  want to cross her anytime soon.    As an ex-marine, shes used to getting things done!    That’s  why she will soon be butting heads with John…the rocket scientist.    His good looks will only take him so far.    He needs to learn to quit talking things to death and get on with it!!      Mannnn….its a good thing hes easy on the eye or i would have tuned him out  already!

The other main man in the Galu tribe is Russell S.   Picked as the leader for the tribe  this  guy will make friends fast and be able to keep his mouth shut when necessary….John could learn from him!

On to the noise makers of the Foa Foa tribe.   Ok  you get 3 guesses as to who made the most trouble the first night (and the first 2 guesses dont count)…..Russell H of course!!      His strategy of making the weak  weaker may  work for a while.   Pouring out the tribes water and burning their socks seemed like an evil thing to do……how come i was laughing!!!

Foa Foa seems to have more standouts than Galu.      Betsy….the 48 year old policewoman gets points for good instincts.      She seems to have Russells number.  

There’s Jaison…great swimmer and an all around physical threat.       His swimming ability saved the day in the first competition!      He has the potential to outlast them all!

Mick….showed great leadership and chose the more interesting people when they chose tribe members!     Being a doctor may come in handy on the island.

Ok 2 more standouts and then i’ll stand down!

I lump these two together because their bios say the same thing….”womanizer” !!      Erik claims he can  “date four to five women at the same time without issues”.       This might be a skill worth having considering all the young, impressionable girls on the island.     Or he could find out that his gang dating can’t be done!!!         And of course, the country boy Ben.     This Missouri boy knows what to do….if they will let him do it.      His little last minute  *wink*  to Ashley means he’s starting early…..let’s see if these two last past the second date!

Who stood out most to you…and why!!    Tell me your picks and hang on tight…..we’re in for a bumpy ride!!

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DIABOLICALICITY

| September 18, 2009 at 9:41 AM EDT

Hey ya’ll!  Here we GO!!  Season 19 of Survivor is now in play!  The scenery is just breathtaking.  I was stunned by the beauty of the place, with the waterfalls, crashing waves causing geyers, the verdant jungle. Wow.. One of the more beautiful places Survivor has ever filmed.

Now.. on to the people and the show last night.  What an interesting twist that this year. Instead of instantly nominating someone to go home, without ever speaking to each other, they nominated a “leader” for each tribe simply based on looks.  Now, remember, even though these castaways have not spoken to each other, they HAVE been staying for several days together at the Ponderosa. That means that they have at least been able to observe each others mannerisms and body language. So, we know that just from those observations, the others have KIND of an idea of what the others MIGHT be made of.

OK.. The tribes,  First.. Galu, the purple tribe.  This tribe picked Russell the attorney to be their leader, he obviously was not thrilled with the idea, but he rose to the challenge and picked decent participants in the first challenge.  This tribe obviously, did not get the bulk of the attention last night, since the did not go to Tribal Counsel, and the only standout to  me, was Shambo. She made herself quite conspicious by vocalizing the fact that she was tired of John (the rocket scientist) PLANNING the camp, and go ahead and BUILD the darn thing already. That does not bode well for Shambo. That and the fact that she was the only one who did not going in the group swim-meet, have to have garnered some attention.

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