The Funny 115 - version 2.0
"We have to do something."
"What do you think?"
"I think we need to weed off the weak."
"Who do you suggest?"
"One of these."
"One of who?"
that's when we get one of the greatest unexpected reveals in
seasons of Survivor. The cameraman pans down a little bit to
left and... yep... you got it. Sandra and Courtney are
about two feet away. Russell has been sitting here talking
shit about the two of them... when they are literally sitting
on the sand right next to him.
"These two right here."
Shit eating grin
My God, the first time I saw this scene, I practically fell
couch and started laughing on the
floor. Because it was just edited in such a genius
like the cameraman knew that Russell was about to do something stupid
like this, so he specifically kept Courtney and Sandra out of the frame
just so, 30 seconds later, he could have an ironic reveal. It
one of the
instances of cameramanship I have ever seen on Survivor. And
thought that Jeff Probst was the only guy who made this show good.
Here is Russell talking shit about Sandra and Courtney, and then the ironic Sandra/Courtney reveal, captured in all of its animated gif glory. My wife still insists very vehemently that this should be a top 10 entry. She said it is one of the best Survivor editing moments she has ever seen. It is hard to disagree with her.
normally, that would be enough for a Funny 115 entry. I mean,
editors don't beat you over the head with it like they do with some of
the other funny Survivor editing moments, but just there in its subtle,
ironic, ridiculous way, that reveal alone would be enough for the
But guess what? The scene isn't entirely over yet.
first we had Russell do something stupid. That was awesome.
Then we got the ironic reveal. That was even
And now we get the icing on the cake. Now we get
there and laughing about it.
Rob just stares at Russell after that ridiculous attempt at strategy
Now he starts to crack up. The realization starts to set in.
(laughing) "I don't know. I... uh... don't think that's a (laugh) good way to gather friends, I don't think."
"(to Courtney and Sandra, laughing) How do you two feel about that?"
(still in disbelief) "What kind of logic is that, Russell? That's a new one."
"I never heard that approach before."
"You never heard it?"
"I'm Russell Hantz."
so there you have it. Exhibit A in why I say that Russell
understand Survivor, and why I say he really isn't even all
good at it. And if you don't believe me, just look at how
editors and the cameraman set up this scene. They
specifically framed the whole shot just to set him up and make
look like an idiot. They totally set him up to take a fall,
because they knew it was coming.
Remember, I have nothing personal against Russell as a person.
In real life, he is probably a very nice guy. And I
that out of all the Survivors, he is one of the best to his
I just happen to think that he has never been screwed over by a "flaw"
or a "bitter jury" or whatever the latest excuse is ("God gave Matt too
much help! God is partisan and it's not fair!"), and that he
needs to stop bitching about it.
Remember, there is no flaw in the game of Survivor.
The only flaw at all is that Russell just sucks at
* Special thanks to IceIce at Survivor Sucks for the CGI Brett picture.
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