Originally Posted by Charlie Campisi
I don't see it that way at all. Yes, Laura is physically weak, but the difference between her and Hope in a tribe of 8 or 9 is virtually negligible. If they go into a physical challenge with the two cool dudes and Shamar, they have an advantage, no matter if Hope or Laura brings up the rear. Plus, since last season's shift to a single challenge each week for reward and immunity, almost all of the challenges have both a physical and puzzle component to them, making physicality important, but not the only focus. In those situations, I'd much rather have everyone on the same page. Laura's name wasn't even brought up. If the oddball alliance was going to overlook one of the cool kids and vote off one of their own, it was going to be Shamar. They managed to keep him and the other two guys, plus obtain some measure of tribe unity since the cool kids now have to get in line. Had they voted off Laura, they would have given power to the cool kids while also undermining the credibility within the oddball alliance. None of them would have trusted each other had they voted off Laura and the entire tribe would have been more likely to fracture into groups of 2s and 3s.
That is the beauty of being human - we get to look at things differently.
I think you are fooling yourself if you think that they have some measure of tribal unity. And you are missing the point on where the focus of competition should be at this stage in the game - it's against the other tribe. It only takes one weak link in a challenge to lose it - we have seen that over and over again. And, by the way, the fans have won exactly one challenge now and there has not been one "puzzle" challenge yet, they have all been extremely physical and or required physical skills:
Episode 1 "She Annoys Me Greatly"
Reward Challenge: Water Slaughter
Two members from each tribe would battle for a life ring. The tribe that gets one of their members to have a hand on the ring and one on their scoring pole scores a point. The first tribe that scores four wins reward. Immunity Challenge: It's a Long Way to the Top
One by one in pairs, tribes have to make their way up a four story high tower. On each of the floors, the pairs will throw three crates down the tower to reveal sandbags. Once all four levels of crates have been thrown down, one pair will collect the sandbags and throw them into six holes. A flag will be raised when the holes are filled. Episode 2 "Honey Badger"
Reward/Immunity Challenge: Plunge, Pull & Pop For this challenge, 9 contestants would compete. Three had to go on a raft, while three would pull a rope, which would get the raft through the water to a platform. At the platform is an underground cage with bamboo running through it. On the bamboo are 9 life preservers, in different parts of the cage. The survivors would have to go underwater and pull the bamboo to release the rings. Once all nine rings are collected, the three would be pulled back to shore on the rafts. The rings would then be used to be thrown on three poles. One ring per pole. The tribe who accomplishes this first wins Episode 3 "There's Gonna Be Hell To Pay"
Immunity/Reward: Cell Block Sea Tribes have to race out to a bamboo cage. In the cage underwater is a heavy chest. they have to release the chest and take it back to shore. Once they are on shore, they will have to move the chest onto a platform by using grappling hooks. The first tribe to do so wins.