If you haven’t seen last night’s Survivor finale, you might not want to read this.
I was a big Yau-Man Chan fan from the first episode of this season’s ‘Survivor.’ After landing on the beach, the newly arrived castaways are presented with a wooden box that was nailed shut. After a few manly men with their useless gym muscles tried in vain to break it open, Yau picked it up and simply dropped the corner of the box onto a rock, easily splitting it apart. He pointed out that you just needed to strike the weakest point of the object. Then he went to make tea. From that moment, I rooting for this guy.
Throughout the season, Yau played a social, strategic, and physical game wherein just about everyone underestimated him. His one critical error was making a risky truck-for-immunity deal with someone who calls himself “Dreamz,” the least stable player on the island. “Dreamz” reneged, and Yau was voted out by Earl, who was his closest ally on the island.
For his part, Earl didn’t have much choice. He knew that in the final three scenario, he’d never beat Yau. With Yau gone, Earl won by a unanimous jury vote. So while Earl played a very good social game and came off as a pretty likeable guy, I think Yau really deserved to take the win because nobody fought harder than he to get as far as he did.