Originally Posted by grubadub
it was pretty fascinating to see the men just sit back and do nothing while bill was trying to solve the tree puzzle while sabrina was getting all kinds of help solving her puzzle. i'm guessing the men thought they couldn't lose because they had such a big lead. or maybe none of the men were any good at puzzles.
the challenges were they can spy on the others answers are the worst-designed IMO. I know it is done intentionally probably to make things close and create drama but you could see in the background of Sabrina, the women (Monica, etc) just looking at Bill's tree and telling Sabrina where to put each piece based on that!
Also, these challenges are feeling a tad manufactured to level the playing field, but I guess they've done that to a degree the last few seasons. By that I mean, it doesn't really matter what you do in the first half of the challenge, it all comes down to a puzzle (the great equalizer) and then they compound it by making only one person can work on it. And Bill was the choice for that?
I liked how the memory puzzle went down, it was great. Troyzan's pulling the curtain after 1 second was hilarious as was Jeff's reaction, "What!?!" Then he and Kat really struggled, even though they had bumped it up to 8 items.
I was worried they were going to introduce a subjective challenge for the women like have this third-party native type decide which tribe builds a better bathroom area. Fortunately, they haven't had to resort to that nonsense but the challenges are doctored to a degree as they are.