Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Survivor: Worlds Apart - LEGO - Truth Seeking

The 30th season of Survivor begins with the tribes arriving via trucks.  Kai approved.

"It makes it look epic, coming through the mud.  Also they can grab things off of trees as they pass them."

Tribes are divided into White Collar, Blue Collar, & No Collar, as previously noted in my reveal of the LEGO cast.  They all have actual tribe names, as well - Masaya, Escameca, & Nagarote.

"Nobody will call them by those names."

White Collar
Blue Collar
No Collar

We are treated to brief little intros, some of which contain gems like:

We can all agree we love this guy the most, right?

"I like Dan.  He's confident - Bring it on!  Also hairy."

Tribes are asked to choose a leader.  Max makes a comment about No Collars not being able to make a decision. LOL, you guys.  L.O.L.  All the chosen leaders must then choose a second-in-command, & they go off & have a choice between Honest & Deceive - how this is not Honesty & Deception, or Honest & Deceptive, I don't know, but it hurts my brain.  White Collars Joaquin & So are the only pair to choose the dishonest option - a small bag of beans for the tribe, & a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol for themselves.

Along with a small bag of beans, they bring back a horrible lie to their tribe.  So tells them they had 3 choices - honest, deceive, & neutral.

Kai recalls that So referred to herself as the devil in her intro.  "You are the devil because you picked deceive."

Crabs are scurrying along the beach, being swung around, & being corralled into pots.
"Some crabs were harmed in the making of this film."

Blue Collar motors through building their camp, getting fire started without a flint, & general camaraderie.

Rodney uses the time-honoured tradition of tattoo-comparison to bond with Lindsey.  Mike says he knew if he had a chance to get extra protein, he would take that chance.

If only this season had been filmed back-to-back with the first Blood vs Water instead of the second.  I could have made another Gervase's scorpion tattoo joke.  Somehow.  I would have made it work.

Mike isn't the only one who's all about the protein - just ask Dalton Ross' minifigure:

Over at No Collar, they've created a commune of their very own with feathers, happiness & free love.  They worship a coconut & Vince is in his element, truth-seeking all over the place.

"Maybe the feathers attract customers to his coconut place?"

"There's something about Jenn that just seems real, & that makes me comfortable.  Completely.  Emotionally secure, physically secure, & it's wonderful.

Must be genetics.

"Oh Vince.  Such a flirter."

Jenn has made Vince so comfortable & secure, in fact, that he takes over the building of the shelter with strict ideas & instructions, much to Joe's chagrin.  He reminds Vince that they aren't White Collars, or even Blue Collars.  They're No Collars!  That's a thing!  They don't make or follow the rules - they break the rules.  Probst said so!

Vince is not impressed & actually sees Joe as the one being too strict.  "We need to have collaboration (read: an orgy).  If we don't have that, it's gonna be a problem."

Over at Blue Collar, Dan is snapping at everyone.  Did we say we're doing 3 posts?  "That's stupid.  That is the dumbest thing you can do."  He speaks slowly to Sierra & Lindsey like they're toddlers.

Dan is in his underwear & Kai wants to talk puberty.
"Chests can get too hairy.  Look at Dan.  Too hairy.  You would get it if you were a boy.  I mean, I know I'm only 10, but it's coming."

At No Collar, Joe impresses Jenn by starting fire without flint based on a YouTube video he watched before he left.  The fire isn't the only thing that needs fanning.

Vince feels threatened, & everyone else on the internet seems to think he's creepy, but I think he's just thinking of his alliance & his position in the game. loljk  He's pretty intense, but I still love him the most.  HE'S JUST SEEKING THE TRUTH, YOU GUYS.

Over at White Collar, their shelter sucks, & they can't make fire.  Joaquin points out that they're White Collars, so why would they know how to make a fire?

Carolyn watches Joaquin & So go off, obviously looking for an idol, so she looks around the same areas.

The Immunity Challenge is a large obstacle course ending in a puzzle of their choosing - either 5, 10, or 50 pieces.  First & second tribes to finish win a fire-making kit & a flint, respectively, & both win Immunity.

White Collar has a big lead until the puzzle portion.  They choose the 50 piece where the other 2 tribes choose the 10 piece, a repeat of Cochran's final Caramoan Immunity puzzle.

Max sees this & gains confidence.  "Guys, they are not in a million years getting that."  Max's sense of how long things should take is quite distorted, however, as seen from his slow sashay over to the puzzle as if he has all the time in the world.  He is proven wrong as Joe impresses yet again & finishes the puzzle as quickly as he made fire & as fiercely as he stole Jenn's attention from Vince.  Mike follows soon after for the Blue Collars, sending the White Collars to the first Tribal Council of season 30.

"The challenge was great, the results were bad.  I would have liked everyone to have to do all 3 puzzles.  It would be more dramatic, & at the end the music would go dun dun dun DUNDUNDUN White Collar...Wins...Immunity!"

So has a confessional in a tree & with her hair covering her bra & her legs crossed, she looks just like a mermaid.  I knew I chose her LEGO torso well.

The White Collars go back & forth over who to vote out, & it seems the decision rests with Tyler, who apparently is now called "The Big Man".

**Personal sidenote - I just finished up a 3 week sold-out run of The Full Monty, where I played Georgie, who calls her husband "Big Man", so this is bittersweet for me as the post-show sadness has hit hard this week.  You can look at pictures from the show during its run, backstage pics, & the ridiculous amount of debauchery at our cast party here.**

The White Collars head to Tribal Council, which, let's be honest, is the moment Kai & I have been waiting for ever since we got the LEGO Ewok Village Set.

Probst asks about the decision Joaquin & So had to make, & right away, it's clear that everyone knew they lied.

So then spills the (smaller bag of) beans all over her tribe of 6.

Shirin is digesting the new information that she's not a part of The Core Four of Max, Tyler, So & Joaquin with a Survivor reference.

Carolyn says But wait - she's in a solid alliance with Max & Shirin, & now Carolyn & So are arguing over who Max actually has been lying to.  Let me save you all the truth-seeking - it's both of you.

Everyone votes, & So is the first boot of Survivor: Worlds Apart.  Turns out So was lied to a little bit more than Carolyn was, & So is sent packing to Ponderosa with little more than

On the upside, she's the first one who gets this epic exit from Tribal Council?

"I like how she hits her head before she slides down."

Special thanks to Clayton Spivey, Jessica Frey, & Mollie Block for their help with this episode/recap.  You guys are more amazing than a day of sourdough bread, bourbon, Chipotle, & Samoas.

Kai & I will be live-tweeting every episode this season, so follow us on Twitter: @MomofKai & @SonofMomofKai, & you can follow this blog on Facebook as well!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Survivor: Worlds Apart - The Cast in LEGO

Finally, after months of cast spoilers that began the day they left for Nicaragua, the cast of Survivor: Worlds Apart has been officially revealed.  So now I can reveal the cast in LEGO.

This season, the tribes are split into themes: White Collar vs Blue Collar vs No Collar.  I have found that the best place on the internet to get all the cast information at once (bios, pictures, videos) is at, where the videos will even play for those outside the US, unlike at - thanks for that, @truedorktimes.  Kai is ready to take a good hard look at this cast, so with a plate of kale chips in front of him (his request), here we go.



Max Dawson - @fymaxwell

There are a lot of things I could share about Max, but let's keep the focus on me.  Sure, he's on Survivor, but this is my blog, with which Max has a history.  He is the very first Survivor to ever be honoured with his own LEGO minifigure long before being cast on the show.  His minifigure made appearances in both my LEGO Caramoan Finale recap and my LEGO Blood vs Water Finale recap.  Max actually brought both of our minifigures with him to Nicaragua, so I can now say that my minifigure has been on location, which is super cool.  Sadly, I can't say the same for the minifigure in the above picture as Max only brought my minifigure back to me because he lost his very special LEGO minifigure that I had trusted him with in the sands of some Nicaraguan beach after he took his press photos.  
Kai's Thoughts: "As long as people know Max is my friend, I'm good."
You, and literally every other person on the Internet, Kai.

There are also other people on Survivor this Season, but as Kai abandoned me once his kale chips were done & we finished watching/reading everything to do with Max (who is Kai's friend, you know), I'm just going to post them all without commentary.  My intention really was to do a full cast assessment, & maybe we'll get around to updating this on the weekend when Kai is more into it.
UPDATE: He was & we did!
I promise my recaps will not be biased or specifically Max-heavy or Max-light - I know everyone looks to the blog that recaps Survivor using toys to maintain its journalistic integrity, & I will not let you down, 17 readers of mine.

Shirin Oskooi - @theshirin

Shirin would bring whiskey & BeyoncĂ© to the island so she's my favourite White Collar.  Kai's thoughts are on why the other item she would bring would be a goat, or a muffin.  
Kai's thoughts: "Is the goat for eating or for snuggling or making clothes?"

Joaquin Souberbielle - @Joaqsworld

Joaquin would bring alcohol & music to turn the island into a party, so he's my favourite White Collar.  
Kai's thoughts: "Everything's better with alcohol unless you're my age."

Carolyn Rivera - @MamaC_14

Carolyn looks super fit and athletic.
Kai's thoughts: "She knows herself.  That's intense."

Tyler Fredrickson - @TheTFreddy

Tyler is very blond - I can't help but see my brother's childhood Cabbage Patch Kid, Ollie Hunter, in the form of a grown man.  I both like this more than I should, & find it eerie.  And of course I will find a picture of him so you can be awed as well.
Kai's thoughts: "I like how he's super confident about himself & I wonder if his football past will help him in some challenges."

So Kim - @so_kim

So would bring letters from home to remind her to dig deep - that's what Jeff Probst is for!  I love her hair.  LOVE her hair. 
Kai's thoughts: "What's she laughing at?" - re: Meet So video


Dan Foley - @chxdigme

Dan has a great look & makes a great LEGO minifigure so Dan is my favourite Blue Collar. 
Kai's thoughts: "I've never heard of disc golf."

Mike Holloway - @ucantdothat121

What are the odds that another Blue Collar plays disc golf?  
Kai's thoughts: "Me & him are so alike.  We both hate when people can't spell & we have a competitive fire inside. Never quit attitude?  Another reason me & him are so alike."

Sierra Dawn Thomas - @sierra_dawn_ (IG)

Whoa, whoa, whoa.  References to her physical, mental & emotional capabilities being at "a man's level", or "doing a man's job".  Honey, you can get it without having to see a man as the barometer of success.
Kai's thoughts: "If she was a barrel racer, she should have been in the Desolation of Smaug barrel scene. Or Donkey Kong."

Lindsey Cascaddan - @_tattoolou_ (IG)

Lindsey seems super fun & would also bring alcohol to the island, & also makes a great LEGO minifigure so she is my favourite Blue Collar.
Kai's thoughts: "Because everyone wants vodka on the island."

Kelly Remington - @remington231

Kelly would not bring alcohol to the island so I'm not sure how I feel about her.
Kai's thoughts: "She should be in Cops R' Us."

Rodney Lavoie Jr. - @Rodney_Boston

I look forward to watching Rodney use his "comical laughter" to win people over.
Kai's thoughts: "The Boston Bruins are my team and he said it was the city of champions.  It's crazy how much I have in common with these Survivors."


Joe Anglim - @Janglim21

Joe is pretty & rocks a glorious man bun.  He is my favourite No Collar.
Kai's thoughts: "He's an artist.  I am so like all of these Survivors."

Nina Poersch - @NinaPoersch

Nina's occupation is listed as Hiker, which is odd, but she seems like a sweet woman who's not afraid to backstab people so she's my favourite No Collar.
Kai's thoughts: "I'm pretty astonished.  I couldn't do that - be deaf on Survivor."

Will Sims II - @WillandMonifa

Will likes karaoke, so he's my favourite No Collar.
Kai's thoughts: "Does he want to bring lotion because he wants to look fresh like Max?"

Hali Ford - @hali_ford

Hali looks displeased with everything, like Episodes' Myra.
Kai's thoughts: "She said 'strategically' a lot which means she's probably smart...that one's more of a theory, not really a joke."

Jenn Brown - @jenncantdance

Jenn seems super chill & fun & I just want her to get that jet ski, man.
Kai's thoughts: "She's the only one who likes hockey on Survivor.  And sour candy.  That's crazy."

Vince Sly - No social media, obvs.  If you absolutely must get in touch, whisper *sexy solstice* into a westward blowing wind, and you will find a reply hidden in the next glorious man bun you see.

I don't know if I want to see anyone this season more than Vince.  A glorious man bun WITH FEATHERS CASCADING FROM IT?  Come on.
Kai's thoughts: "Best use of feathers on Survivor ever."

And those are the minifigures Kai & I will be using for recreated scenes, memes, Vines, & maybe another full-length song if something spectacular happens this season.  We'll be back in about a month with live-tweeting & more blogging, so in the meantime, follow me on Twitter - @MomofKai, and follow Kai, too - @SonofMomofKai.