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Drama

This episode of survivor was something else. It started with Natalie being shocked that Missy and Baylor turned on Jeremy, and starts questioning their trust. Then after the first challenge Reed gives up his win for Missy, in hopes to get her on his side for the next voting to try to get Jon out. When trying to convince the others to vote John off next Reed uses a lot of “we” language in hopes to get the others on his side by realizing they are having the same problems as Reed while Jon is on the island.

Then in a full attempt to get everyone on board with his plan, Reed gets an idea to make John think he is safe while everyone thinks everyone is voting for everyone else. But when some conflict arises during the voting ceremony, tension runs high when comments are made and everyone starts to question who is being for real and who isn’t. John tries to read Reed and figure out if he is being real with them or if he has a different agenda. Reed desperately “word stresses” his trustworthiness and uses  eye contact with Jaclyn to persuade her that he is being honest although he isn’t . Reed verbally insists that they need to stick to the plan and move forward, but still skeptical Jaclyn urges John to play his idol.

Its a good thing John plays his idol otherwise he would have been the one to go home. But now the game will be interesting as it moves forward since many people no longer trust one another and alliances are dividing.

 

SO FAR…

So far on this season in survivor this was my favorite episode. It had a lot going on. First of all- after winning the first challenge Natalie and Jeremy make a drastic decision to give up their reward to show their gratitude to Jon and Jacyln for aligning with them and taking out josh in the previous council. A very bold and strategic move, everyone assumed that alliance is locked in. Jeremy is also strategically prepared to go to exile island, where he hopes to find the idol. Although leadership and actually being the leader can be very different it is obvious that Jeremy has a plan and seems to be leading his alliance in the direction they want to be heading, but a few things disrupt his seemingly sure advance. First of all while on exile island, Jeremy searches high and low for the idol, which leads him to believe Jon actually found the idol (which he did).

In survivor so  many aspects are important, not only leadership, endurance, and ability, but strategy is essential. To me Jeremy has been so concerned with leading the pack and keeping himself at the top of his alliance, he failed to stop the betrayal that he was working so hard to prevent. After his strategic move to get Jon and Jaclyn on his side by giving up the boat/feast reward he thought he was golden, but after Jon realized that  Jeremy was suspecting him of actually being in possession of the idol, Jon’s gratitude for taking Jeremy’s place on the boat was long forgotten. Although Jeremy was trying to promote leadership by taking such a big hit for his team, in hopes to further their advances, it ended up being the end of his time on survivor when in a split second Jon became convincing enough to the rest of alliance that it was time to send Jeremy packing.

I think Jeremy could be defined as a leader and for the people he wants to be aligned with he may display a form of leadership, in the sense during the council when Jaclyn is voicing her opinion about how the guys on the other alliance ignored her as soon as Jon was out of the picture, Jeremy added how he wouldn’t do that and treats Jaclyn as an individual, which I think was definitely another tactic just to keep people on “team Jeremy.”

In the end Jeremy was voted off and didn’t see it coming, I think he was clever and his leadership skills did benefit him but most of his competitors saw these characteristics as threats and recognized Jeremy for the strong player he was. I think if Jeremy hadn’t been so involved and gave up his “leader” position he might still be in the game.

Decisions, decisions

On survivor this week many decisions were made, and re-thought.  At the end of the previous episode it seemed like Josh might be able to pull off his plan to get Jeremy voted off, but like I assumed there was just enough time to sway some important opinions.  This episode emphasizes the importance of decision making. I definitely noticed a difference in the decisions between the men and women. As the men seemed to think more logically and long term, the women were weighing their options based on emotions. When Josh makes his final attempt in hopes to persuade Baylor to vote on his side, Baylor is offended at Josh’s attempt to “blackmail” her and finalizes her decision to stand by her mom on Jermeys alliance. Then when Jon is sent to exile island Jaclyn learns that maybe her alliance doesn’t respect her like she thought they did. While Jon is away, the guys that were supposed to be winning over Jon and Jaclyn’s vote, were rude and ignored Jaclyn. Very frustrated by how her supposed to be alliance is treating her, Jaclyn tells Jon they may need to rethink their decision and that she is leaning more toward the “comfort” of Missy, Jeremy and Baylor’s alliance. Although Jon listened and heard Jaclyn out he assured her that they cant be choosing just based on who they like or dislike, which I agree isn’t the best strategy. As each alliance forms their consensus it isn’t completely clear who is going to be voted out, when a top target-Jeremy wins an immunity, it changes things once again.  Safe for this round Jeremy, is able to relax while the target is then switched to Baylor. Keith and others come to the decision that Baylor is lazy, and useless, and therefore not a necessary player on anyones team. Many questions are thought, and asked as everyone makes up their minds for the final vote. With one vote more than Baylor, majority rules Josh out of the competition, and leaves all those who remain a step closer to winning.

This Week….On Survivor

Well right as both tribes come together for the merger and become one team again,  its about to get interesting. Now there are loved ones back together and few singles and all each member has is their alliances. Jeremy immediately gets to work reuniting with Missy, who of course means her daughter Baylor. And Josh and Reed start to get a little anxious and need to do something fast to try and win over Jon and Jacqueline. In the middle of both alliances Jon and Jacqueline start off leaning more toward Jeremy and Missy’s alliance but after talking with Josh and Reed start to reconsider that they may be better off aligned with them for future advancement. Having a hard time cutting ties with Josh, Baylor looks to her mother for direction in which Missy assures her they need to stay aligned with Jeremy, and tells her she is going to have to “suck it up” and be a little phony. Although not easy for Baylor she seems to agree to her mothers plan of action.

As everyone is trying to figure out whose side they will align with there is a lot of “I” and “We” language being thrown around, and alliances are forming based on well thought through out strategies. In the beginning of the episode Missy tries to assure Keith that she should have told him their plan to vote him off just to be safe if Dale had an idol, taking responsibility for her actions in hopes to salvage there alliance- but it doesn’t seem to help.  Meanwhile it has been discovered Julie has been hoarding a bag full of trail mix from everyone and keeping it all to herself. While Julie thinks she is the one smart enough to save the trail mix for later, she states she will share it with who ever she pleases. While she is off tanning the others take her stash and spread it among the group. Starting to feel the tension of everyone Julie begins to break under the pressure. Knowing that everyone knows what she has done, plus her claim she misses her boyfriend John Julie opts to quit the game. Before officially quitting she confides in Missy who tries to comfort Julie to hang in there, mainly for her own good and to keep the numbers on Missy’s side, Julie thinks it may be the best for her alliance, but not for herself in thinking she is close to being ruled off anyways. Jeremy is the most upset at this decision and uses some offensive language towards Julie in the fact that she is letting him and his alliance down, and how selfish he claims her to be for quitting. Obviously a little heated Jeremy rants on about how Julie’s weak call will be a problem for him.

Once it is know that Julie is the one going home this episode it creates a break for those who believed to be on the chopping block which appeared to be either Jeremy or Josh. With Jon and Jacqueline clearly deciding to vote against Jeremy and join Josh and Reeds alliance, Julie’s decision to leave has only given everyone more time for thought. Hoping the odds stay in his favor Josh seems a little hesitant now that they must wait when it seemed a sure thing Jeremy would have been the one to go home.

Leadership on Survivor

I think leadership plays a huge role on the show, the people who are perceived as leaders are the ones others are confiding in. On this episode as the tribes are switched up at the beginning, different forms of leadership emerge. When Keith is put into a tribe that has all other members with their loved ones, he starts to feel as if it makes him a direct target, but fortunately for him  there is a bit of drama between Dale and his daughter Kelly and Missy and her daughter Baylor.  Since the two sets of loved ones want to plot to get one another our it makes the third couple Jacqueline and Jon at an advantage of leadership when they are put in the position to chose who they are going to side with for the elimination.  Jacqueline and Jon must chose wisely and they end up siding with Missy and Baylor, resulting in Kellys’ elimination. Leadership is defined as the ability to make strategic decisions and use communication effectively to mobilize group members toward achieving a common goal. Jon and Jacquelines’ decision is made in an effort of strategy and hopes to put them at a greater shot at winning.

Conflicts begin to emerge when different leadership styles and forms come together. At another point in the show, Dale becomes frustrated because Missy (who just switched over from the other tribe) decided to make as much rice as she pleases to eat. The tribes are only given so much and must ration their portions wisely, as Dales previous team had been doing. Missys’ old tribe only left with one or two scoops of rice pays the price, as she obviously doesn’t understand how her new tribe had been successful in retaining their food supply.  Dales’ perspective and leadership style is to ration the rice more effectively to last out the duration of the game. Where as Missys’ idea of leadership wasn’t very apparent as she decided she was hungry and would make as much rice as she pleased. In my opinion she was only looking out for herself and not for the greater good of her tribe, which shows poor leadership.

Our textbook also describes the situational leadership theory which states that effective leadership styles/strategies depend on the situation. Some of the different tribe members on both sides have a tendency to do what they believe is the right thing to do and are not viewing a situation from any other dynamic. Other members are less vocal of what they believe needs to happen and strategizes in other ways to get people to agree with their perspectives.

This week on survivkor….

On episode 4 of Survivor it starts off with Jacqueline loosing against her boyfriend in the first obstacle and she is sent to exile island along with Drew from the opposite team. While on the Island Drew confides in Jacqueline that he is thinking about throwing the next competition on purpose to start weeding out some of his own team mates, specifically targeting the girls.  Once Drew and Jacqueline returned and participate in the next challenge, it is obvious Drew throws the win. Since Drew believes he is an essential leader of his tribe he tries to get his team members on his side to agree to vote off Kelly a seemingly nonthreatening contestant, but has been obviously irritated with Drew’s ego. During the elimination- lots of conflicts were brought up and discussed, including Drew’s idea that the girls were going to be aligning against the men and although they were smaller in number had to be dealt with.  Ultimately all the girls vote Drew off and get him eliminated.

What makes this show so entertaining is the meshing between all of the different people. Not only are there different sexes, but ages, cultures, careers, and relationships. Many of these things play a part in how the members interact with one another, form alliances, and create a strategy.  There is a number of firefighters on the show, in good physical condition and dominate personalities. Some people are trusting and feel betrayed. For instance Jeremy thinks to be in an alliance with Keith, both firemen, and feels betrayed by Keith when he learns Keith started a rumor that Jeremy posses an immunity. What Jeremy believed to be a break in their trust, Keith did not.  Another part of the show that sticks out in my mind is when Alec, Drew’s twin brother is talking about the differences in their growing up he claims that their father would go to Alec when he needed things done, and points out that Drew is the lazier of the two and always has been.

All of these different races, genders and beliefs are just a few reasons that contribute to the diversity in the team members. All have their own perspective of how they view different situations and conflicts should be handled. Some personalities are bigger and more aggressive than others and those seem to be the ones being voted off more frequently. Not everyone is perfect and it is easier to see the flaws in those who constantly speak their minds and everyone begins to decide for themselves who should stay and who needs to go.

True Colors

In the third episode of Survivor, we start to see some true colors. As a division begins among some tribes, we are onto the third voting. In the last episode Val was voted off the island thanks to John, who swore to her husband that he wouldn’t vote her off, but went ahead anyway. I feel like episode really starts to portray people for their true selves. As John carries on interacting on both sides, trying to sway votes away from himself he actually does the opposite.

John is a perfect example of William Schultz theory- Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation Theory. This theory has three specific focuses a need for inclusion, a need for control and a need for affection. As John attempts to skew the focus onto other members such as Dale, he is demonstrating his need for control. By trying to convince other group members that Dale is the one that should be voted off due to his age, John believes his opinion is superior and that others should/will follow. John hopes he will have a strong influence among the group and people will follow.

As John’s true character emerges, instead of gaining the amount of control he had hoped it actually takes a turn for the worse and the tribal members begin to notice his lack of character and arrogance. Although sometimes a sense of control can be useful in being a team leader, in this case it was seen as a manipulative move; which in a game that is everyman for himself may be a strategy. In the end the groups lack of trust and likeliness of John came down to his fate, and he was voted off.

I think as the show continues we start to see more personalities and character development starts to become more apparent, making things more interesting for the show. I’m just glad Dale made it through another episode, he is the oldest and I’m rooting for him!

And so it begins…

In the first episode of Survivor a lot happened. Not only were the new cast members divided up among their loved ones and forced to compete against one another, but they started to form alliances. In this competition it is crucial to form some type of alliances in order to have a successful strategy. Who they chose to communicate and work together with may be the key to being the ultimate survivor.

This episode conveys a major relation to group development. Although the formation of the cast’s groups were chosen at random, the real group development begins within each team. As they all try to identify each members strengths and weaknesses they start to decide who they will and will not trust. The first challenge is accepted by firefighter named Jeremy, who is set up to go against his wife-Val.  The challenge consists of various obstacles in a race to be the first to finish. Jeremy finishes first which results in Val being sent off with another one of Jermey’s team members-Keith, to exile island. This is crucial because the first few days is when each team is getting to know one another and begin to form relationships. During this forming stage all members explore their personal and group goals, this is most likely a strategy used in order to gain personal success. So, with Val and Keith on exile island they are unable to start getting to know their group members and puts them at a disadvantage.

Being the first day on the island the primary tension between the new members is broken up as they become acquainted. So far everyone has been fairly nice, and polite but as the show goes on I would imagine there will be more drama and true colors will begin to show, and that is when things will really start to get interesting.  All coming into their teams as newcomers each member has anticipations and expectations of what each person should bring to the table. On one team the oldest member-Dale -55, must prove his worth to his team. He does this by essentially sacrificing his reading glasses to create fire through the magnification. The team is impressed but still categorize Dale as a weakness who will only physically slow them down.

Each group starts to form their goals which is mainly to win the challenges and prove to one another they are an asset to their team but not a threat to individual goals of winning over all. Of course everyone wants to win, but the impressions that are made are ones that can make or break them, being that their fate is essentially in their competitors hands. The groups norms or rules are established and right now seem to be being followed. I believe as the show continues more group norms will be broken and begin to create tension. I think whats being expected of one another is trust in sticking together within the groups they have formed. By this I mean when they have chosen who they want to confide in and work together to rule the majority of the vote as a strategy to pick off other group members one by one, then they will have a sense of trust in the allies they form. Although at some point the breaking of this trust is inevitable. Conforming to similar mindsets and attitudes will distinguish who members will align with. Those members who chose nonconformity may result in being excluded from their team, leaving them more vulnerable to being voted off.

Lastly the group motivation as well as individually is provided through the hope of winning the money by being the last man standing. Motivation may be represented within the groups as individuals gain a sense of meaningfulness to their team. As the show progresses and teams begin to advance their progress may also be a means of motivation. While each challenge is a step closer they may only become more and more motivated to win. But as the groups and allies begin to be broken up they may be faced with other challenges, only time will tell who has what it takes.