A third tribe shuffle, life-saving rescues, an act of kindness and abominable Wild Coast weather dominated Episode 6 of Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island, with the drama culminating in paranoid puzzle guru Dino becoming the seventh Castaway to be sent packing by his tribe on tonight’s (8 July) episode.
Last week’s double Tribal Council had stirred up strong feelings at both tribes, with Zamba’s Shaun hoping his rant about the raided machete made Vuna feel guilty and Santoni finding a new nemesis in Wardah over the former’s role in sending her alliance mate Carla, home.
At Vuna, Tyson was feeling like an outcast after having to play his Immunity Idol to save himself.
This week’s Reward Challenge promised tea, coffee, rusks and pastries for the winning tribe – an even more welcome reward with rain lashing the freezing Castaways as they prepared to dive into a turbulent river to retrieve puzzle pieces.
The rough weather and strong currents soon had Anela and then Santoni in serious trouble for Zamba, with Chappies diving into the water twice to help both of them across to the shore. He also proved his commitment to his tribe as he returned to the water three times to retrieve extra puzzle pieces.
While his heroics had his tribemates in tears of gratitude, they weren’t enough to stop Vuna from sweeping to victory. An offer to share the reward with Zamba led to more tears at Vuna as the Castaways returned to their respective camps to shelter from the dire weather.
A debate at Vuna over who to send across to Zamba with the food saw with an overly eager Dino’s offer vetoed by Anesu, in particular, with Marisha selected to make the trip instead. She duly delivered a selection of snacks and tea to Zamba, also returning the machete they’d claimed during their raid, to smooth things over.
The Immunity Challenge kicked off with the three words from Nico that always throw the game into disarray: ‘drop your buffs’. Tyson, Kiran, Santoni, Wardah, Dino, Qiean and Anela all found green paint in their calabashes to form the new Zamba, while Renier, Amy, Marisha, Nicole, Shaun, Chappies and Anesu landed in orange Vuna. The shuffle reunited Renier, Amy, Marisha and Nicole from the original Zamba, while Tyson was grateful to retain alliance partner Kiran and Chappies was delighted to return ‘home’.
The Castaways tackled the challenge as new tribes, but old alliances shone through brightly as Renier and Anela shared information during their tussle. Despite the shuffle, Vuna triumphed again and duly sent Anela to Immunity Island. There, he opted to ‘stay & play’ but couldn’t beat the sands of time, securing immunity from the immediate vote but losing his right to vote at the next Tribal Council he participates in.
As the shuffled tribes returned to camp, Chappies celebrated his ‘homecoming’ to Vuna by running around and whooping with joy, before stripping down and diving into the ocean, while Renier and Amy marked the occasion by affirming their long-standing alliance.
At Zamba, Santoni told Tyson she helped save him by relaying the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol he subsequently found at Vuna. Thinking quickly, he applied the same knowledge at his new home and uncovered his second Hidden Immunity Idol of the game, right in front of Santoni – who couldn’t believe she hadn’t thought to do the same.
Conversations hatched all over camp as Tyson and Kiran decided to go against their word and vote out ‘flip-flopping’ Santoni, before Tyson had a change of heart and – having weighed up the numbers ahead of a looming merge – decided that Dino should be the one to go.
Feeling insecure despite assurances, Santoni revealed to Tyson and Kiran that she has an Idol. The trio set about trying to convince a riled-up Wardah to vote out Dino, but she was hesitant to take her eye off her list of targets.
Indeed, at Tribal Council, Wardah takes aim at Anela about the Carla vote, with a war of words ensuing as the rest of the tribe looked on, bemused. Santoni duly proved Dino’s statement that he has never had a plan, correct, as she played her Hidden Immunity Idol to nullify the two votes against her, with four against Dino’s name enough to send him home.
Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island airs Thursdays at 19:30 on M-Net (channel 101)
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.