Jeff Probst did an accent and split the tribe into mini-tribes for the ninth episode, which resulted in two blindsides and the second flushing of a major advantage.
Is Survivor 43 just having a middle-of-the-road season? Or are we mid-Pagonging? I suspect something else might be contributing to how little is happening.
There were a few fascinating moments on Survivor 43 episode 8, but a large alliance is now in control, and that, plus a stand-and-hold challenge, meant a one-way street to dullsville.
In a mess of an episode, Survivor 43’s 12 remaining players crawled through nets, shared their inspiration, swapped advantages, and found a new one that producers put in their drinking water.
Survivor 43 reached its fake merge, but this time didn’t bring the hourglass of doom with it. Instead, after a challenge, half the tribe crossed the threshold, while the others had to fight to the death to get in. Oh wait, no, they just went to Tribal Council.
Plans backfired on Survivor 43 episode 5, after a thrown challenge and some bad acting flipped the script at one tribe.
Survivor 43 episode 4 was an immensely satisfying episode, in part because there were two (new!) challenges, no twists or idols, no backstories, and some own-worst-enemy game play.