Survivor: Tocantins: Previewing Season Finale "I Trust You But I Trust Me More"
Let's start on a totally unrelated note by pointing out what CBS has pointed out at the beginning of the season: Survivor: Tocantins is the first season of the show to be shot in HD.  And, I should say, that, plus the gorgeous scenery, makes the whole thing look beautiful, politics aside.

On that cinematic note, I therefore declare that Coach's sign-off on Thursday night's episode was done in style.  Well-done style.  Well-done overly-dramatic style.  It felt like the past few weeks was just a set-up for what happened back there: the physical breakdown, the epic attempt to transcend Exile Island, the fail (or the act) at the end, the poem, and eventually, the elimination.  First of all, it looks beautiful.  The catch is, Coach is still that annoying guy, and although I understand what he's trying to do, I'm wondering whether he realizes that he is playing Survivor.  Sir, this is, after all, not merely a mental game, although you somehow got lucky in the immunity challenge.  I'm sure you know there are the elements, and your mind cannot feed itself when it starts failing.

It's weird--or maybe it's poetic justice--that "the martyr approach", as Erinn called it, ultimately backfired on him, and led him to further consternation, and the breakdown that cost him immunity.  I felt sympathy, sure, but I was laughing.

Further poetic justice?  In Erinn's words, again: "dragon slayed."

With the final four in place, Survivor: Tocantins goes into the finale, which airs tonight from 8pm on CBS.  This season got my interest in the show spiked up again, admittedly, and after all the politics and the Coach effect kicking in, we still don't know who will win.  Sure, J.T. and Stephen have the best position in the game, and that doesn't seem to be changing in their last three days, but the closest of, uhh, bromances can still break apart.

Taj's somehow lucky to have been allied to the two guys at the beginning, and despite the failure of the cross-tribe alliance that formed so much of the drama at the start of the season, she's managed to beat the odds and place herself in the final four.  The biggest surprise is, of course, Erinn, who should've left in the early stages, but ended up being the most understated castaway this season--and she still has some cards to play despite being outnumbered.

It was pointed out that there have been many blindsides this season.  Will there be another one in the last three tribal councils?  (If it happens in the penultimate one, then that'll be a really big shocker.)  But, obviously, the biggest question is, who will win the million dollars?  The finale runs for two hours, starting from 8pm, and it's immediately followed by the reunion show.  Could be a damper, but this season should have the best finish.  Or that's me and my reintroduction.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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