Many of you are not fans of the “reality TV” genre.
C & C are, I’m sorry to say, horribly addicted to it– within reason.

Currently, we are watching three of them.
And my favorite– Survivor.

I WAS getting board with this grand-daddy of the reality genre.
The contestants lately have all been actors or actor-wannabes. Many of them play the game with knowledge that can only come from watching the show and then say and do things that only people completely unfamiliar with the game would say or do. (Or complete idiots…)

This season’s show is different.
I’m LOVING this season.
Here’s why:

1. Class Warfare
Good science fiction addresses modern day problems cloaked in the trappings of the future.
Apparently, you can do the same thing with Reality TV. Last season, in an attempt to boost their flagging ratings, the Survivor contestants were chosen and then fashioned into tribes by race. Big hullabaloo. Lots of ink. Not a big deal on the show. But it did raise race as an issue. Interesting. This season, they went with class. One tribe had everything– a regular beach bungalo. The other tribe– a machete. Of course, the tribe with everything did better than the ones with nothing. I guess the tribe with only a machete had trouble “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.” In addition, at one point the “blessed” tribe was asked to sacrifice one of their tribe or trade camps with the “cursed” tribe. Guess which choice they made. Comfort and material goods apparently outweigh social ties in Reality TV, too. Fascinating.

2. Yau-man
Yau-Man is a 54 year old computer engineer from California. He looks like Mister Miagi’s kind, but near-do-well cousin. And he is now my favorite Survior contestant. (I have two others that are favorites– but Yau-man has surpassed them both.) Here is a sublist of why:
A. Yau-Man can throw a spear, blow a dart, and shoot an arrow.
In one challenge, everyone had to do these three things. All the young bucks walked to the line with sure cockiness. Half of them didn’t even hit the target. Yau-man walked up, took an unorthodox stance, and nailed it. At one point, he grabbed all the arrows and held them up and the host, Jeff, asked, “What are you doing now?” To which Yau said, “Finding the straightest arrow,” with a tone in his voice that seemed to imply “do you think I’m an idiot?” Then he hit the target dead-on. Having practiced both archery and blow-gun, I appreciated his performance.
B. Yau-Man found the hidden immunity idol.
They hide this small statue and give clues to the contestants. If you find the idol, you can make yourself safe for one vote. Yau figured it out first, waited till everyone was gone, then found it. Which is only half of the story…
C. Yau-Man hides a fake idol.
Realizing that others might find the clues and look for the idol, Yau decided to make a fake idol and hide it in the same spot. He took a coconut shell, painted some stuff on it, and buried it. BRILLIANT!!! I would never have thought of that. No other contestant has ever thought of it. Granted, no one has dug the fake idol up– but that doesn’t make it any less clever. I wish someone would dig it up. Can you imagine the face of the person who finds it, then tries to use it? Oh well, it won’t happen now. Still brilliant.

3. Moral Outrage placed properly
Often, the contestants on this silly show say truly silly things. They get upset when people lie to them or betray them or trade sides or vote for them or any of the many other things that are basic parts of this staged game. Nonsense. I get sick of listening to these whiners. But, when a contestant does something truly icky– then I want to see some moral outrage. The current group of contestants has done just that. The current losers-to-be searched through Yau-man’s personal belongings looking for the immunity idol. They found it. (Bad Yau-man, silly thing to do.) They then tried to make hay with it by telling the others in Yau’s alliance. Their thought–“won’t they be upset when they find out that Yau didn’t tell them that he had the idol”. Their real reaction–“They went through your stuff? That is lousy.” No repercussions for keeping a secret. Why? Because secrets are a basic element of this game. About time someone remembered that. Way to go.

I’ve made a bet that Yau will win. Judging on my track record– I’ve just ruined things for Yau, but a guy can hope.

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