A simple but fun Immunity Challenge helped to regain the momentum of Survivor: Island of the Idols after a rough merge episode.
This article will consider the events from episode 10 of Survivor: Island of the Idols
After everything that happened in last week’s episode and the drama on social media after the events, yesterday’s Survivor action couldn’t come soon enough! Moving away from physical challenges, episode 10 of Island of the Idols featured a unique test of endurance, along with coordination and balance. Let’s take a deeper dive into the latest battle for Individual Immunity.
The eleven remaining castaways were tasked with spinning a ball in a circular track while standing on a narrow beam. At regular intervals, Jeff will tell the cast to move their feet farther down the beam, making their foothold thinner and more difficult to balance on.
The castaways were split into two groups. There would be one winner from each group, plus the last person standing will win peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for their entire group to enjoy. You can watch this challenge again below.
The two groups were as follows:
Once everyone got their momentum going, the challenge was on. After showing real promise last week, Karishma struggled with this challenge and was eliminated early. As the players were told to make their first step down the beam, Elizabeth took her eyes off her track and lost her ball.
After this first transition was complete, a bunch of people dropped their balls including Tommy, Aaron, Dan, and Lauren. The latter two seemed very frustrated with their performance. Then Jeff told the castaways to move down another step.
As soon as Jeff finished speaking, Janet lost her ball. That left two players standing from each group: Dean and Noura for purple, and Missy and Elaine for orange. Dean lost track of his ball, giving Noura the necklace. However, as soon as Jeff announced that she won Immunity, she triumphantly stepped off her platform, completely forgetting that she was playing for reward as well! Her group was pretty pissed at her for that reaction.
The battle between Elaine and Missy was more intense. It was funny watching the completely different styles of these two players. Missy was fully locked in, whipping her ball around her track, while Elaine was so casual and calm, moving at a much slower pace. Eventually, Missy’s ball flew off, surprising Elaine with her first necklace.
This is only the second time we’ve seen this challenge in US Survivor, the first was in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. That said, this challenge has been done several times in Australian Survivor, so it’s by no means a new idea.
What’s great about this challenge is how balanced it is. It doesn’t favor any particular type of physique. All you need is a basic level of coordination and the ability to be consistent with your motion. That enabled Noura and Elaine to outlast the competition, but it really could have been anyone.
The double Tribal Council twist took out two of the biggest challenge threats in Missy and Aaron. With those two gone, the prospect of winning Individual Immunity is wide open now. At this point, it looks like Tommy, Noura and Elizabeth are the favorites to win the necklace, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see other castaways in the mix.
Immunity Challenge Rankings:
Entertainment Value: 3/5