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I'm not even mad. Eli's entertaining and all (IMO), but his blindspots were clearly defined to the audience, and more importantly were glaringly obvious to anyone with the chops to go far in this game. And Vinnie, of all characters, is enough of a magnificent bastard that he qualifies.
Interesting. This cast looked like the recipe for an awful season when previews were rolling around, but now it's very hard to pick out who will be the major players post-merge, as all of them could have major roles to play.

I wonder how many episodes until merge, though.
@Guest: It's Bonnie. At some point during this season, she's going to be unlikable already. (Assuming of course that she wasn't already so)
@Tailslover13: I'm actually surprised by how many of your comments I agree with. Furthermore, I'm surprised by how reasonable the complaints I do disagree with are. (E.g. Your aversion to the presence of Eli, whom I find funny, but who people seem to forget ripped away Artemis' victory using powers that were close enough to cheating that SWSU admitted that he couldn't actually let Eli win)
@SWSU-Master: I had no idea that you were going to take SFC off of Earth. If I'd known, I'd have suggested Roshar (land of, among other things, giant crustaceans, glowing gemstones, and weekly hurricanes so massive that they cover the continent).
One perfect win for Taro, coming right up.

Also Ky's "question" was adorable.
@DrMarble: I care more about Shaega getting his comeuppance than anything Dustin says, does, or receives.
Everyone's talking about Dustin being the swing vote. Why don't Sylvia and Shaega team up and take out Dustin?
@Tailslover13: Not to mention, of course, that Lola and Spongebob were light-years more entertaining than Dustin and Shaega combined could ever hope to be.
@Vilecheese: Ky would disapprove, true. However, one lapse, made under the stress of being the sole member of a minority of a tribe which contains Shaega (the only person, might I add, whose actions have succeeded in pissing Ky off), would be forgivable. In addition, I am having difficulty thinking of any other alliance that was stronger, and/or lasted for longer, than the Ky/Taro duo. Knowing how Survivor works, even if Ky wanted to withhold the million from Taro, he certainly wouldn't vote for Sylvia or Shaega.

Besides, Taro's most of the way to getting a majority of victory votes even without Ky's approval. Gekkota probably wouldn't approve of poisoning the opponent, but a) she's not voting for Shaega (sicced Paranoia on her) and b) she's not voting for Dustin (quite stupid, with occasional flashes of brilliance that end poorly for himself and his team). Cordelia would probably vote for Taro on the strength of the Fukushuu ploy alone, and if not she can be persuaded. Zach's not voting for Shaega by any stretch of the imagination, and counted Taro as an ally. Marie's voting for the least negative winner, which comes down to Dustin or Taro. Brandi would be incensed at the Fukushuu ploy, but also knows that Taro has lied the least out of all of them except Sylvia, IIRC. Leah... no idea. Probably votes Taro on his strength of character and his loyalty to Ky. Ky might have some harsh words about the Fukushuu ploy, but you have to really work to make him get mad at you, and like I said, their alliance has been rock-solid from day 1 and neither has done anything to weaken or jeopardize it. Dustin knows Shaega's an asshole and a bully, and will probably vote against him. Shaega's not going to vote Taro, not ever. Sylvia... I don't know how she'd vote. Probably against Shaega, for much the same reason as Dustin. (Probably not voting for Taro, though, because of the Fukushuu ploy)

The only person I can see winning against Taro is Sylvia.
@SkySurfer: For those of you playing at home, fukushū could have several meanings, but the most relevant one is "revenge."
Oh, here we go. GIVE 'EM HELL, TARO!
Wait a minute. There'll be a tie again, because it's Dustin voting Ky, Shaega voting Taro, Sylvia flipflopping between those two, and Ky and Taro are voting Shaega. Which means it'll go to revote, with Shaega and either Ky or Taro unable to vote. Which means it's either another Ky vs. Shaega shouting match, in which case Dustin and Taro will vote Shaega and leave Sylvia holding the bag, or it'll be a Taro vs. Shaega showdown, in which case... I'm not sure what would go down exactly. Taro would be trying to make Shaega look irrational (which he is), toxic (which he is), and altogether a terrible ally (which he is). Conversely, Shaega will be trying to make Taro look like he's flying under the radar (which he is), puppeteering Ky (which he isn't, but it could look that way under Paranoia-vision), and altogether a terrifying opponent (which he is).
Taro continues to be awesome. Seriously, he and Ky have both earned the win.

EDIT: And the target of his ire continues to be a toxic little shit who has outstayed his welcome and burned his last safety net.
@Sonofhades: Dustin is as goat-y as Shaega is at this point, and much easier to tolerate all around. Shaega's outstayed his welcome, and tossing the idol in the fire was the final nail in the coffin.
@DrMarble: Harry Potter fanfiction being one of those.
"After Everything [you]'ve done for the tribe", Brandi? Let's see: You took unilateral control of your tribe on the basis of honesty. You then proceeded to shoot your tribe in the foot by allying with Cordelia, the biggest liar on the entire island. Despite your much-bragged-of investigative ability, you swallowed her bullcrap hook, line, and sinker, leading to the elimination of Cha'Telle, and your relentless victimization of Marie. Furthermore, any of your supposed allies who attempted to show kindness to Marie, or attempted to stand up to you, were browbeaten into submission, and then eliminated (exhibit A being your treatment of Freddy).

I could go on, but I believe I can make my point: you are not an asset to the tribe. You are, at best, an unusually predictable goat who has only gotten this far under the Aegis of Cordelia, whom you voted off. Enjoy the jury.
I see what you were trying to do there Taro.
That whistling noise you hear is Brandi's reputation making like Major Kong.