Survivor Island of the Idols episode 4 Immunity Challenge: Called out

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A fun blindfolded challenge mixed in with drama from the Vokai tribe led to an entertaining battle for immunity on Survivor: Island of the Idols.

This article discusses some key events from episode 4 of Survivor: Island of the Idols. 

I’ve always felt that blindfolded challenges are just a way for production to bring in slapstick humor. Although there were definitely a few bumps and bruises in yesterday’s challenge, it felt more intricate and well-made than other blindfolded concepts in previous Survivor seasons.

The Island of the Idols episode 4 Immunity Challenge consisted of three pairs of blindfolded members and one caller for each tribe. The caller had to direct each pair through an obstacle course in order to locate three bags of puzzle pieces.

Once everyone is back with the bags, the caller will have to personally escort their tribe members through the course to the final puzzle section. One blindfolded player will solve a circular 2D puzzle with the caller’s assistance. The first tribe to complete their puzzle wins immunity. You can have another look at this challenge below.

After Noura’s outrageous Island of the Idols lie and her poor ability as a caller in practice sessions, the other eight members of the Vokai tribe unanimously decided to have Noura sit out! Instead, they made Jason their caller, and Elizabeth was selected as the caller for Lairo.

Vokai got to the puzzle phase with a sizable lead thanks to Dean and Chelsea on the Lairo tribe doing an awful job of listening to Elizabeth’s directions. Jason was able to guide a blindfolded Kellee to assembling every piece but one, and that last piece just didn’t seem to fit.

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That opened the door for Lairo to come back, as Elizabeth energetically led Aaron to fit in a series of pieces. Aaron then squeezed in his last one, only for Elizabeth to realize that the pattern was slightly incorrect. With the pressure slightly lifted, Jason calmly directed Kellee to rearrange a few segments, allowing Vokai to finish the puzzle and win their third Tribal Immunity.

Immunity Challenge Takeaways

Despite his athletic build and basketball background, Dean continues to disappoint in challenges. So far it feels like his head isn’t in the game, but that could change. Both Elizabeth and Jason have a knack for directing their tribe members as they made for awesome callers, but other than that, it’s hard to pick out any other significant individual performances.

As for the challenge itself, this was certainly among the better blindfolded ones. Leading people through an obstacle course blindfolded, or having them complete a puzzle with only the help of a caller isn’t anything revolutionary like last week’s balance beam phase, but it provides an even playing field in an entertaining way.

Just the idea of having to solve a puzzle by directing someone who is blindfolded is a thrilling challenge in itself. Also, the complexity of the puzzle was perfect for these circumstances. The fact that both callers were effective at their jobs definitely contributed to the overall excitement and nail-biting finish.

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Immunity Challenge Rankings:

Creativity: 2/5
Difficulty: 3/5
Entertainment Value: 4/5