Jeff Varner, who has waited to compete again on Survivor since Season 2, had his torch snuffed out pre-jury once again. To say I'm disappointed is an absolute understatement, and viewers clearly feel the same way, based on Twitter's temperature.
Well that's a bummer. #Survivor— Tovah Atha (@TovahAtha) October 15, 2015
Sadness. I'm gonna miss Varner on my TV. Good playing Woo! #Survivor— Leslie White (@lesliewhite1015) October 15, 2015
Give Jeff a third chance!! #Survivor— Jennifer Sedaille (@JennLynn54) October 15, 2015
So deflated after watching that episode of #Survivor =(— Matty Barone (@MattyBarone) October 15, 2015
Those were just a few of the many tweets unleashed within minutes of Varner being voted off. Sure, there were some haters tweeting their happiness at watching him leave the game, but something tells me these are people who didn't appreciate or understand the significance of his epic, old-school return. His demise comes far too soon in a season where his sharp tongue and quick wit coupled to make him an early standout star. What a shame his entertaining personality is already gone from the game.
But he didn't go down without a fight. As he sat at Tribal Council, he defended himself against Woo as being an extremely loyal person. He made a solid speech pleading with each individual to trust him. When it didn't work and he fell on the bad side of the ballot, he leaned forward and lovingly offered a "you little bitch" into Abi-Maria's ear before Jeff Probst snuffed his torch. Those three words triggered a predictable hashtag reiterating his exact quote.
Varner, however, had a different goodbye message for his fans on Twitter.
"Wave out to the crowd. Take that final bow. It's our time to go. Well, at least we stole the show." --Kygo #votevarner— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) October 15, 2015
Varner's tumble began when the troubled Angkor tribe lost its second Immunity challenge in a row. Their loss came after Andrew, who compared his camp to a Survivor ghetto, had won a reward of barbecue goodies in a solo challenge. Their confidence boost from that barbecue was quickly shattered, no doubt. It was quite sad, actually, to watch them basically stand around with zapped-out energy as if they were simply waiting to lose the Immunity challenge. Probst even said it looked like they were "sleeping" on their puzzle pieces instead of doing anything with them.
On a personal note, I spent a brief amount of time with Varner at a charity event in which I giddily gushed my geeky excitement that he was back in the game all these years later. He repeatedly said, "I hope I don't disappoint you." Jeff, I can reassure you that I'm not disappointed in you. I'm disappointed in the circumstances that resulted in your early ousting. Although it was brief, your few days were brilliantly played at a level well beyond some of the other so-called superfan strategists. Kudos to you.
Is #ChaosKass a moniker of the past? Kass, the woman who made life hellish for her fellow Survivor: Cagayan castaways on Season 28, said she's aiming to play this season with a more strategic sense than her first stint. Instead of being the flip-flopper always swapping sides, Kass did potentially the first nice gesture she's ever done on the show by making Kelley a birthday gift. Ironically, her past was clearly hanging over her head as Kelley was suspicious that Kass was secretly trying to make a hidden Idol.
Meanwhile, Monica made her first appearance of the season after four episodes as she talked strategy with Spencer. Her brilliant idea? To blindside Spencer by building an all-women alliance as he plotted to target Kelly. Isn't that a tired concept? In a season with strong players, there isn't a better plan we can create? Come on, Monica. Wait, do you even remember who she is? Can we just bring Varner back?
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