This is shaping up to be one of those seasons where the tribe that goes into a shuffle or the merge with the majority falls to their own hubris. If Old Vokai doesn't stop thinking they've already got it in the bag, we're going to be looking at an F3 of Karishma, Dean, and Aaron.
The whole "women's alliance" conversation was stupid. Noura proposed a women's alliance, Karishma was IN a women's alliance on old Lairo (or at least she thought she was), there have been attempts at women's alliances all the way back to season 1 when Stacey Stillman tried to form one with Sue and Kelly, who agreed to it, only for Sue to turn around and give a confessional saying, "the chicks think I'm doing one thing and I'm not. I got my alliance. I like mine." It's not stupid or sexist to consider the possibility that women might be forming an alliance because they have the numbers. It is stupid and sexist to assume that one actually exists because they have the numbers, but that's not what Jamal did; it's what JT did in HvV, with an assist by Rupert. And of course, a woman's alliance is arbitrary; all alliances are arbitrary; it can come down to nothing more than who you were sitting on the beach with on the first night, as Edna in South Pacific can attest.
Tommy being super useful during the IC by repeatedly doing Hulk arms and screaming, "LET'S GO!" was a treat.
It was a quick moment at the end of the show where they flashed his photo with his birth and death dates and something like, "Survivor Icon and American Hero." It choked me up a bit even though I'd already read about his death here.
A couple of seasons ago, the locale started to look a little bit fake to me, but I think it's more to do with the show being in high def and me now having a high def TV. The colors are super bright now, and the blues and greens are so vivid it doesn't look quite real. On the flip side, you can see how beat up and dirty the players are. Even Rob and Sandra, who have it easier than the players this season, look pretty rough to me as if they haven't taken a good shower in a long while.
The show really needs to address this. Dan is grabbing women's breasts and throwing his leg over them and therefore putting his crotch right up against them. Just as no one has to say, "please don't punch me in the face" before the show prohibits it, no one should have to say, "please don't sexually batter me," for it to earn the offender a quick exit.