NOTE: XFINITY TV is the place to be for all sorts of “Survivor: Cagayan” back-stabbin’, torch-snuffin’ fun. On Mondays we’ll have Power Rankings with “Blood vs. Water” competitor Ciera Eastin, every Wednesday evening we’ll bring you a recap of the most recent episode, and every Thursday you’ll be able to watch the previous night’s episode and read an interview with the eliminated contestant. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for immediate updates.
The Rules: Each week our two combatants will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two players will earn. For example, if Woo is voted out this week, Ciera will receive 7 points and Gordon will receive 2 points. At the end of the season, the person with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Cagayan” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.
Ciera’s Score = 0
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Gordon’s Score = 0
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|1. Sarah - I love this girl so far. She performed great in the challenges and even pulled out the puzzle skills saving her tribe from Tribal Council. She obviously has great intuition and awareness to recognize that Tony is a fellow police officer. She might need to tone it down moving forward… maybe pull a Tyson Apostle and fake an injury early on to make her not too large of a threat.||1. Sarah – Blam! She’s in the heart of the dominant alliance on the dominant tribe, she killed that puzzle, and she got a memorable quote when she said she should’ve been on the Brains tribe. Love her. Wait, scratch that…LOVE HER.|
| 2. Cliff – My Rip City blood runs deep for Cliff Robinson. Since my state of Oregon and the Portland Trail Blazers love Cliff Robinson, I do too!!! Not to mention he obviously handles his own physically and seems to be even a social threat according to my girl Sarah. I loved the bromance between him and Woo, but he can’t put all his eggs in Woo’s basket, he needs to start working the rest of the brawn tribe or he could be an early boot.
|| 2. Woo – Why’s Woo so high on this list? Did he have a strong first episode? Not necessarily, but he’s harmless and well-liked. He should be super safe until the merge.
| 3. Alexis - This girl is really using all the cards that she was dealt. She is using her good looks and her sweet personality to charm the men, and she’s also smart enough to know a girl’s got to have her BFF. Keeping Jefra close is a good move for her because not only do you need numbers this early on, but you don’t want the guys forming an alliance and getting rid of the women (trust me).
|| 3. Latasha – Well Latasha, you’re the big winner from last week’s Brain tribe disaster. J’Tia super owes you, Kassandra is sticking with you, and Spencer desperately needs you. You’re in the best situation on the worst tribe. Kinda like being the smartest person in remedial math. It’s good, but I wouldn’t brag about it.
|4. Latasha - LOVED her desire to actually play the game!!! She made the right move keeping J’Tia over Garrett at this point, but being aligned with a loose cannon like J’Tia could bite her in the butt down the road.||4. Cliff – I think more people would be willing to believe that I’m an eighteen-year NBA veteran than would believe that Cliff is in marketing. Luckily for him, nobody seemed too offended by his ill-advised ruse.|
|5. Spencer - I was pleasantly surprised by Spencer. Watching his pre-game interviews I really did not expect a whole lot from this guy, but so far he’s shown he can lay low, stay cool, and let J’Tia and Garrett make all the dumb moves. If he can get in with the girls this week I could see him making it far into the game.||5. Jeremiah – It’s tough to tell what’s going on with the Beautiful People. Will Jeremiah be drawn into a Brice-facilitated showmance with Morgan? If so, could you blame him? If not, does he pair with LJ and Alefra? Too soon to tell, but either way he’ll be here next week.|
| 6. Jefra – Jefra almost seemed like the black sheep of the Beauty tribe to me… I’m not sure why… and I could be speaking too early, but it was refreshing to see a girl being a girl’s girl vs. a guy’s girl. Like I said I hope her and Alexis hold their own… but we’ll see…
|| 6. Alexis – Again, not enough information to know what’s going on with the Beauties. Best for Alexis to see where the Morgan/LJ feud ends up and side with the winner.
|7. Woo - I don’t really have a whole lot to say about Woo… I like him and I am really rooting for him but I haven’t seen much strategy from him yet. If he just sticks to Uncle Cliffy and doesn’t start expanding his relationships he will be an early boot like Cliff.||7. Jefra – See Alexis.|
|8. Morgan - This girl really surprised me. Within the first 5 minutes of the episode when she was almost caught looking for the idol I thought this chick was screwed for sure, but she thought quick and covered her tracks well. Kudos for that, Morgan. She’s definitely not going anywhere this week but if I were her I would start getting in with those ladies.||8. Tony - Sarah’s claim that you were a police officer was so weirdly specific that you probably should have just owned it. But, you did a fantastic job sniffing out the clue and locating the idol. It might not be the worst idea to use it to try to buy some allies.|
|9. Tony - The decision to tell people you’re a construction worker and not a police officer was so pointless in my mind… it’s not like you’re Batman and you want to lay low and be Bruce Wayne…you’re a police officer. Not only that, you’re risking a lot considering you are with these people for possibly 39 days. Chances are you’re going to slip up and have to cover your lies. In the game of “Survivor” that’s just one more lie to worry about.||9. Lindsey - So, you’re in with the cool kids at the Brawn tribe, but you’re not doing enough work to get Trish off of your case. Might need to step it up a bit if you’re going to stick around.|
|10. Brice - Brice showed he is aware of his surroundings, which sounds so easy, but early in the game when you’re getting to know people it’s easy to think the game hasn’t started. You’re busy just building your shelter and getting to know each other. He saw people pairing up and decided to get a pair of his own. I saw some over strategizing though, if he doesn’t reel that in he will be an early boot.||10. Kassandra - Tough call for you last week. You decided to keep J’Tia so you could be the #2 person in your tribe’s dominant alliance. However, that tribe is going to be decimated the next time immunity is up for grabs. You’d better hope John Kirhoffer has lined up a Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit challenge next.|
|11. Jeremiah - Simple country boy with good looks is my kind of guy. With a good alliance he could be the one to beat. I put him this low because I don’t really have too much of an opinion on him yet.||11. Trish - Oh Trish, you came off way passive aggressive with your comment to Lindsey last week. And it seems like she’s got more friends around camp than you do. It’ll be bad news for you if the Brains tribe ever figures out how to complete a puzzle.|
|12. LJ - He really rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t like how he talked about Morgan and he came off super cocky to me. Cockiness can be one of the BIGGEST mistakes you make in this game. I hope Alexis and Jefra use him for votes and then toss him to the side. He is safe this week, and I hope he redeems himself.|| 12. Brice - Brice the puppet master, who woulda thunk it? The first vote the Beauty tribe has to make should be an interesting one. The question is; has Brice successfully set himself up as the silent power behind Morgan’s maneuvering?
|13. Lindsey - I really loved this girl in her preseason interviews, and I am still hoping she pulls it together. Not helping out around camp is an obvious no-no. She could be in trouble because she seemed to have an attitude and maybe even a little lazy?||13. Morgan - Slick move by Morgan with her lie about the decision she had to make. And with Garrett gone, the only way it can bite her is if Trish says something. Now she’s moving on to getting revenge on LJ. The Brains tribe meltdown should work in her favor, as the other tribes might be more likely to get rid of their stronger players.|
|14. Trish - I feel like these people are making some of the most obvious mistakes ever and Trish is another example of one. Calling Lindsey out for not helping out around camp was not smart. Even if she wasn’t helping it is too early in the game to start making enemies. She clearly feels the need to speak her mind and that could get her sent home if the Brawn tribe loses.|| 14. LJ - David made the mistake of not immediately making peace with the person he sent to camp. LJ needs to learn from that. It may sound weird, but you’re the old guy on a young tribe. You need to get on Morgan’s good side quickly.
|15. J’Tia - She showed signs of being a little unstable. She made so many bad choices so early on. Her only good choice was aligning with Tasha. One thing I hope she learned is that the game is not over until your torch is snuffed. Crazy things can happen at Tribal Council. She gave up so fast to me, throwing the rice in the fire was a sign of defeat, when she should have been making things happen to save her spot in the game, not pissing everyone off.||15. Spencer - You’re down, but you’re not out. If you’ve got the chops you claim to have, you’ll be able to convince Kass and Latasha that J’Tia is simply too unhinged to drag to the end.|
| 16. Kassandra - I would be very surprised if the Brains won this week, and if they lose I think Kass is the next to go. I really appreciated her sticking with the girls, “GIRL POWER.” But I HATED that she told J’Tia that she may be the next to go. Survivor 101, you never tell the person being voted out they are the next to go. That could have really blown up in her face. Also I believe Spencer has shown way more game than her and the Brains need a guy for the challenges, and Kass is just dead weight.
||16. J’Tia - Wow…that was just…wow…I can’t even…like, seriously…can we all agree that…I mean…I just…wow.|
Don’t miss “Survivor: Cagayan” this Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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