Guest correspondent Alec Peters of Raleigh, a longtime "Survivor" fan, offers his thoughts on this week's episode:
“I didn’t come here to make friends.” How often has that line been uttered on reality TV, usually by someone trying to justify completely atrocious and unjustifiable behavior? (And that reminds me: Hasn’t it been nice not to have a NaOnka this season?) There’s some truth to the statement. Granted, you’re not there to make friends; you’re there to win a game.
But we’ve all certainly seen many friendships formed on “Survivor” – Boston Rob and Amber even got a marriage out of it. And many a player has won “Survivor” partly by being friendly, by managing to remain nice to people while voting them off. No, the truth of the statement lies in the idea that you can’t let your desire to develop friendships cloud your judgment or impair your ability to think strategically. That’s assuming you have any ability to think strategically, of course. With some of these players, that seems to be a baseless assumption.