"Survivor" spoilers coming up just as soon as I go to a spa...
I suppose I should be giddy about yet another ridiculous blindside at Tribal Council, but I'm actually starting to get numb to it. Virtually every major development of this game post-merge has come as the result of someone being colossally stupid: Jason for thinking his stick wasn't just a stick; Ozzy for not even bringing the idol to Tribal, much less playing it; Jason for taking Natalie's word and not playing his idol (and Natalie for being stupid enough to send him to Exile in the first place); Alexis being dumb enough to send Amanda to Exile; and now Erik letting the women guilt and bamboozle him into giving up his necklace to Natalie.
It's fun once or twice, but after a certain point, all these mistakes start to seem less a reflection of the brilliance of Parvati, Cirie and company and more a sign that there are a lot of stupid, stupid people playing the game this season. (If Penner or Yau-Man were still here, ain't neither of them going to be fooled by any of this.)
Erik deserved his fate, but this wasn't like Yul's band of four triumphing over the young idiots; it wasn't any kind of good vs. evil parable. Erik wasn't bad; he was just a dumb, star-struck kid. And as for the people who conned him, I find Natalie and Parvati repugnant, keep waxing and waning on Cirie and have no real opinion of Amanda whatsoever.
It's weird: I've been enjoying the season most of the way through, but we've come to the end and I could care less who wins at this point, and I wouldn't be surprised if any of them do. Yes, even Parvati. "Survivor" juries are crazy; who the hell would have thought Jenna Morasca could beat anyone in a vote in her season (or that she'd get Christy's vote)?
What did everybody else think?