Survivor Island of the Idols: Three takeaways from episode 5’s tribe swap

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The first tribe swap of Survivor: Island of the Idols changed the dynamics of the season and is sure to bring entertaining gameplay in future episodes.

This article will discuss the events from episode 5 of Survivor: Island of the Idols

It took five episodes but we finally have new tribes on Survivor: Island of the Idols. This week’s episode didn’t deliver a groundbreaking Tribal Council by any means, but we’re starting to see the social and strategic dynamics getting more interesting. Here are three takeaways we picked up on from episode 5.

1) Original tribal lines are starting to blur… well sort of

When we look at the result from the last Tribal Council, it definitely feels like Vokai is sticking together, but there’s more to it than that. Janet mentioned that the reason she wanted Tom out was because of his old school vibe, making him infinitely loyal to original Lairo. Players like Missy, Dean, and Karishma were smart in pledging their allegiance to a fresh start.

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Once Vokai can’t find those loyal Lairo members to vote out, the target shifts to the biggest threats still in the game regardless of tribal line. So although Vokai is forming an impressive majority, the high level of play from some of these castaways will elevate the gameplan from alliances to voting blocs.

2) Tommy continues his dominant social game

There weren’t a ton of standout individual performances in the tribe swap episode, but Tommy Sheehan just keeps on building relationships. He already did a great job of connecting with the players on old Vokai thanks to his genuine, one on one conversations with people like Jack, Janet, and Lauren.

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It didn’t take long for Tommy to get back into his groove with his reshuffled tribe. Aaron and Tommy hit it off after the Applebee’s reward feast. Building that kind of bond with players across tribal lines gives Tommy more wiggle room and the opportunity to take control of this game.

3) The women’s alliance is dead

Once again, it appears that the edit fooled us into thinking that an all-female alliance would form and take over the game. Missy, one of the leaders of this alliance took out one of their own members last week and now she’s content with working alongside Aaron.

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Even if the women continue to maintain their number’s advantage into the merge, this group of castaways seems satisfied with either sticking to original tribal lines or forming voting blocs to take out common threats.