Grrr! Ahhhh! Ughh! That's me trying to find a word to express the frustration I felt after tonight's show. I was comforted, however, by the fact that our dear
Pirate Master host,
Cameron Daddo, was feeling much the same way - or was that merely annoyance that I heard in his voice? I can't blame the guy, who I'm sure thought he was going to be the next Jeff Probst when he accepted this gig. (It's
Survivor on a boat - sounds like a no-brainer.) A reality show is only as good as the twists and turns it provides (and a great cast doesn't hurt either). Tonight's return of the "Ghost Pirates" - players who had been cut adrift - should have been great. It should have turned this show on its head. That is what it was designed to do. A win by the ghost crew would have earned them $50K, unseated a long-standing captain and given them the power to dole out black spots. Instead this twist fizzled. Why? Because as Daddo said, "You lost the key?!"
Yes, it's true. The GPs were making good time in the challenge until John wiped out any chance his team had of winning when he lost the key needed for the next leg in the river. John's return to the show has cleared up any lingering feelings I had that he was shafted in that first week. Dude wouldn't even step up and say that he had lost the key! I'm telling you, I admire Joe Don's and Sean's restraint with him because those guys were hungry for a win. ("Should I drown him?" "Yeah.")
Twist over. The ghosts disappeared. I am going to miss the way Joy was
still bringing up the rear and Alexis' trademark sarcasm. I'll miss Christian's calm optimism ("The other team hasn't found the treasure yet") and the way John flipped his hair. But most of all I'll miss Sean's ferocity at the challenges and Joe Don's unfulfilled dreams of revenge.
So, yes, I was frustrated that the twist didn't work, but the second half of the episode showed promise. I had given up on a mutiny ever happening. I had come to peace with it. Then there was a murmur in the air, a rising tide of resentment, a movement amongst the crew to seize control. I began to believe. Jay was in on it. Ben might have gone along with it. The I'll-never-vote-against-Az Jupiter had received a black spot and would not have been able to stymie the vote. Was there ever a better time to mutiny?
Apparently there was.
No votes for mutiny. No votes for Laurel or Kendra... or Azmyth. There were only votes for Jupiter, who, let's face it, had made her bed as soon as she mouthed off to Azmyth about the crew's dissatisfaction with his leadership. Did I detect a little acting on Az' part when he reacted with surprise? I mean come on. I'm sure he had
no clue that the swabbies were unhappy. I loved that his response was just to cut loose the mouthpiece of the people. What did he care anyway - he had a $25K win and no uprising.
I'd say Azmyth has become a pretty good pirate and really that's what I wanted out of this show. Yes, I was frustrated that the ghost crew was unable to cause any excitement on the show, but I am sort of digging the fact that the Triad has become a trio you love to hate. I signed on for pirates and Azmyth is delivering. I hope his next prize is a parrot.
- Can we talk about Ben's hair? I'd like to say that the ghosts scared it straight, but we all know that's not true.
- Regardless of how it worked out, the idea of the Ghost Pirates was a pretty good one.
- I so hoped there would be more fallout from Kendra backstabbing the Triad, but aside from Jay's little blowup with her nothing much happened.
- Are they on a magical island? You lose a key in a murky river and scuba gear just magically appears?
- I admire the crew's commitment to giving it all they've got, but come on, throw a challenge already. I'm tired of hearing the crew complain about the Triad if they are not going to do anything about it.
- Oh, Jupiter, you completely screwed yourself by trying to screw everyone else.
- Laurel is a hoot and she has no fear. The woman told Azmyth that she was sick of his voice, she called his dreadlocks fake, and she called him a loser and a freak. No love lost there.
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Grrr! Ahhhh! Ughh! Thats me trying to find a word to express the frustration I felt after tonights show. I was comforted, however, by the fact that our dear Pirate Master host, Cameron Daddo, was feeling much the same way or was that merely annoyance that I heard in his voice? I cant blame the guy, who Im sure thought he was going to be the next Jeff Probst when he accepted this gig. (Its Survivor on a boat sounds like a no-brainer.) A reality show is only as good as the twists and turns it provides (and a great cast doesnt hurt either). Tonights return of the Ghost Pirates players who had been cut adrift should have been great. It should have turned this show on its head. That is what it was designed to do. A win by the ghost crew would have earned them $50K, unseated a long-standing captain and given them the power to dole out black spots. Instead this twist fizzled. Why? Because as Daddo said, ...