TV Club: Survivor: “The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight”

Merge week on Survivor is almost always a rolling ball of chaos, picking up insanity along the way as alliances continually shift throughout the hour. Even though this season already abandoned its collar gimmick with a tribe shuffle just a few short episodes ago, it was still in desperate need of a merge to deliver some intrigue. The good news? This merge definitely delivered an interesting episode, and even more importantly set up dynamics that look to deliver in the future as well. Also, they named their merged tribe Merica without one trace of irony. What more can you ask for in an episode?

The merge happens almost immediately in the episode, and immediately after it happens everyone starts scrambling to shore up their alliances in order to have a potential majority. The biggest alliance is obviously the former Blue Collar with five remaining players, only needing to pull in …

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