Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Gabon' (episode 5)
Oct 17, 2008, 07:44 AM | by Jeff Probst
start this week's blog by going backwards to last week's episode. A lot
of people shared with me that they thought getting rid of Jacquie made
absolutely no sense and that Kelly should have been the one voted out.
Shows what I know. Maybe Jacquie was more entertaining than I gave her
credit for! My bad.
Okay, it's time for one final column focusing on G.C. When G.C.
disappeared before the challenge it was slightly annoying. He really
did leave. Just took off. We were at the challenge and received word
from the producers that the tribe was out looking for G.C. We told them
that if he wasn't there when it was time to leave their camp for the
challenge, they should just leave him behind. Secretly I was praying
that would happen. You long for those "fresh" moments when something
happens that has never happened before. I'm not really sure if G.C. was
playing games with his tribe or not. It seems unlikely that he forgot
there was a challenge, but to give him the benefit of the doubt...maybe
that's what happened. Either way, he made it back in time, and I hope
he feels at least a little bad about returning too soon and thereby
robbing the show of a potential great moment.
Does anyone else love moments like the catching of an "electric
fish"? Sure, it won't impact the game and will never come up at tribal
council, but it always reminds me of the authenticity of Survivor
. I think sometimes we forget to tell that part of the story since so much of Survivor
is based solely on strategy.
(I should probably point out that, as I write this, I just got home
from a day of working and I'm really hungry. So, if I have an edge or if
my thoughts drift, blame lack of food.)
Question: Why do Survivors continue to leave the idol in their bag?
This makes no sense. There are millions, yes millions of spots you could bury or hide the idol. This one really confuses me. Survivor
is not the time to test the trustworthiness of people. Sugar, hide the
damn thing. You go to all that work to find it and then you give its
power away by letting everybody know you have it. I suppose you leave
your wallet in your unlocked car too. Actually I do that too, so
whatever. You get my point.
Okay, so…the highlight of the episode, IMO, (yep, using text speak.
DWI) was when the Fang tribe came face to face with an elephant. It was
a Spielberg moment. Wide-eyed Survivors staring across the lake at a
beautiful wild elephant. Keep in mind, this isn't a zoo. It's not even
somewhere like Kenya where the animals are used to safari groups. Gabon
is remote. This was a big damn deal.
When this happened, I was back at base camp monitoring the reality
channel on our walkie talkies. I heard the producer come on in a
whispered tone: "We have an elephant sighting. Survivors getting in
boat to investigate. Great stuff. Dramatic."
You need to understand that we get more excited than anybody when
something like this happens. This is why you go all the way to Gabon,
in the hopes of a moment like this that is so good you know it will be
in the show even before you take it home to edit.
Our camera and audio teams covered it beautifully and when Ace and
Matty decided to get in the boat, it turned a home run into a
grandslam. So happy we caught it all in HD!
Oh, yeah, G.C. got voted out.