For the first time in Survivor
history, arch-villain Russell
Hantz was eliminated from the game last night. After being voted out by
his tribe last week after making it to the finale on his first two
appearances, Russell lost the Redemption Island duel with God-loving
Matt Elrod, becoming the second person of the season to be officially
And it couldn't have come soon enough. Read My Recap of Russell's Elimination>>
While some people, even Jeff Probst at Tribal Council, criticized Zapatera for throwing a competition in order to vote out Russell, it was actually one of the best moves they could've made. You might think that having more tribe members going into a merge is a good idea, but if three of those people (Russell and his two acolytes, Stephanie and Krista) are on their own, odds are they'd turn on their tribe after the merge. If you want to make it to the finale, why on Earth would you keep someone who would most likely take up one of those spots?
Even though Zapatera was smart to boot Russell, Ralph proved himself to be as stupid as Russell said he was when he bladed about having the immunity idol during the duel. That's the kind of amateur mistake Boston Rob is always talking about.
Now you might think me hypocritical for praising one tribe for getting rid of Russell while I actively root for Boston Rob. They've both already had their chances at winning, so why do either of them deserve another shot?
My argument is that Russell getting another chance is not the reason I'm glad he's gone. He came into this season and tried using the exact same strategy as before, putting all his faith in finding an immunity idol and teaming up with two women. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. But fool me three times? I don't think so. Zapatera wasn't about to let history repeat itself yet again, so Russell's downfall was his inability to adapt.
Albert Einstein's definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. While he may have made the finale twice, Russell has never won, so why would he keep using a failing strategy? That's the kind of foolish mistake that makes me happy to see him gone.
Luckily for all of us, Russell announced, through tears after being eliminated, that this was his last time on Survivor
. I only hope he's telling the truth, because, just like baseball, this show should operate by a strict three strikes policy.(Image courtesy of CBS)