Survivor Island of the Idols episode 7 preview: Granny style

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With more people athletically inclined to play basketball than ever before, the Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 preview takes advantage of it.

The Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 preview showcase the beginning of the Immunity Challenge that will air in this week’s show as is.

While we’ve had seasons with a few active or recently retired athletes, I can’t recall a group like Survivor: Island of the Idols that had as many in major capacities. Elizabeth Beisel isn’t too far removed from the Olympics, multiple players played basketball collegiately, and even outdoorsy jobs like Janet Carbin’s lifeguarding have competition events.

Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that so many challenges this season involve shooting at hoops or balls at targets, as the Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 7 preview video is rather simple, but starts out with three players per tribe throwing coconuts into a net high and far in the distance. Once weighed down by enough coconuts, a lever will drop large puzzle pieces needed by the tribes to be placed correctly at a large puzzle station at the end of the arena.

As mentioned, there’s not a lot going on with this challenge, as the test of dexterity and the test of intelligence are each rather basic. Missy, Tommy, and Elizabeth are shooting coconuts for Vokai, while Lairo has Dean, Jack, and Janet shooting for them. Having Janet throw for Lairo is a bold strategy, but perhaps her tribe wants to have her be one of three shooting here instead of carrying heavy puzzle pieces later.

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There’s a lot to what makes up a winning strategy right before the merge in Survivor, as making a big splash at the Final 14 makes little sense. The same can be said for challenges that require team efforts that feature players who don’t have skils either half, as it appears Dean is taking himself out of a puzzle spot while Karishma stays in. We’ll have to see if it pays off or not on Wednesday.