I heard Jeff Probst on the radio the other morning, and he acknowledged that this season's Survivor started out quite bumpy, solely due to the crew of Survivor making a bad change in the game. This season gave the winning team plenty of luxury - an actual bed and couch, plenty of food, etc. -- and the losing team nothing whatsoever. Predictably, the "rich" team won almost every competition, weeding out the other tribe. It was completely predictable, and not so fun to watch. But, they switched the tribes up about halfway through that, and things started to get interesting from there. Mostly, the folks left in by now are people I wouldn't mind winning.
Yau-Man and Earl are the guys I actually want to win. Yau-Man has been a serious competitor thus far, and clearly loves the GAME part of Survivor. He was thrilled when he saw his name in Tribal Council because he'd used his immunity idol well. I doubt he'll be particularly upset with Dreamz or Cassandra for it. I certainly wouldn't mind if either of them win, though Cassandra is so passive it belies the fact that she's played this game pretty well. Dreamz has too - his decision to go after Yau-Man was strategically the smartest thing he could do, and I didn't know if he'd have the stones to go for it.
Certainly, the way it was edited, it made it look like Stacy's awful decision to talk about how the vote would be split was what made Yau-Man decide to use his idol. Having heard that tribal councils usually last several hours, you really never know what to believe with the edited cuts and reactions. But regardless, she never should have said a word like that -- her goal was to do what she'd done with Earl, say "I know it's probably my turn to go, but I wish it wasn't." Earl found that classy, which should have been his first clue something was up. Stacy, despite looking very good from certain angles and distances, was anything but classy. Whenever she was in a position of power, she would refuse to be civil, let alone polite, with those on the other side. Hell, she wouldn't even talk to Dreamz in the original camp. Not sorry to see her go, and it's probably her fault too.
Of the five people left, here is who I'd like to win, in reverse order.
I'd guess that unless Boo wins immunity for the third consecutive week, he's gone first. On the other hand, he's the complete swing vote now. Per the Survivor site, Boo voted for Yau-Man. Which means that, presumably, Boo, Dreamz and Cassandra are the power, and Earl can last with his immunity idol.
There's a pretty good chance, therefore, that Yau-Man is the first guy out, almost logically if he doesn't win immunity. If THAT happens, I'll certainly be bummed, because it suggests that my bottom three people will be the final three. I certainly wouldn't put it past Yau-Man to figure out a deal to get someone else (Boo, Cassandra) out this week. Yau-Man wants Dreamz in to the final four, because it gets Yau-Man to the final three.
My lengthy point is, it should be fun, and Survivor: Fiji has turned into one of the more enjoyable seasons, following the last year which was also very good. I know folks keep talking about when the show is going to end, but I can't see why it should when it's consistently entertaining.