Week 2 Final Reckoning Power Rankings
We have to start his off by addressing the elephant in the room. No, I don’t mean how thirsty Cara is. No I don’t mean the new voting format. Okay, there could be a hundred things...what I’m talking about is the Paulie v Kam RopeGate 2018. I think it is fairly safe to say that the “equalizer” used by production in order to make the latest elimination a ‘fair fight’ was so extreme that it actually gave Paulie a massive disadvantage. I think it was clear to the participants, onlookers and TJ. I am a Killa Kam fan, but she was literally able to stand next to the cage without holding on to anything, going as far as to stick her hand in the cage pointing at pieces while Paulie, a former pro soccer player that does rope training daily, was unable to claw his way within 10-feet of the cage.
My biggest question pertains to next time. Will we see teams second-guess cherry picking teams with two females, as to avoid any potential lopsided favoritism? Or do we think production took their black eye and agreed to test a littler further next time?
The redemption house also adds a bit of an unwanted wrinkle, in my opinion. A team that gets eliminated should go home. Instead we have a motley crew of Challengers sitting in Redemption: fan-favorite and ‘Barbie Beast’ Jenna & teammate/stew-stirrer Jemmye perhaps the most notable, mixed with AYTO and Big Brother alums.
Where do we go from here? We’re three shows deep with just one real challenge and one elim. Voting was said to be private, a fantastic game-changer that promised the eradication of throw-away votes and a more honest, cutthroat style. Of course that turned out to be a lie, as teams were exposed and the team voted in was able to see every dirty vote. All this means is, are we done with this voting format? It would be pretty hard to tell the house that, no we are serious this time, votes are private. Don’t worry.
Personally, I’m all for the chaos right now. Change voting weekly. Votes are private, then they’re not. This is the “dirtiest” game of all time after all, and TJ is not excluded. While I typically enjoy a game with a defined set of rules (never liked Big Brother giving evicted houseguests chances back; a big move should be rewarded not penalized), why not throw it all to hell this time? The winner will need to be equal parts strong, equal parts social and equal parts adaptable. And oh ya, lucky.
Also, for those clamoring about Bananas/Tony and Kyle/Brad, in particular, being possibly too strong, think about this: if those teams are not winning weekly, there is no reason for others to not throw them in whenever they get a chance. They are absolutely the biggest targets and there will shots fired at the big dogs early and often.
Bananas and Tony 5/1
I think for all of the talk about team Tonana...banony? Whatever you wanna call em - and how good they seem on paper, this house should be absolutely ecstatic that Devin was not able to make itDevin was supposed to pair with Bananas, which would have been great TV, but would have made an absolutely formidable monster. Bananas is an absolute comp beast - when he isn’t winning weekly challenges he’s never in the bottom half. He’s also a social king and somehow stays out of trouble until late in the game. Devin would bring the other half of the house onto team “protect Bananas and Devin” and Devin isn’t such a bad social player himself. He is, though, maybe the smartest, most conniving player in the game. I think it’s a real missed opportunity that we weren’t able to see Bananas win his 7th with the guy he’d leash like to give any credit to, and vice versa. I’ll be over here weeping that we don’t get to see this play out in front of us, a truly missed opportunity. Tony and Bananas have more of a friendship history than a bad past, and I think if the two of them can just take a breath and focus, they will quickly realize that no team on this show will ask to face them. Keep in mind, however, that we have been seeing Mercenaries come in and eliminate people - which throws a whole new angle at gameplay. This lends to the idea that the other best teams (namely Brad and Kyle) don’t necessarily have to stick their necks out to eliminate Bananas and Tony - if you can just get them into an elim, there is a chance Hunter, Devin, Cory and company could do the dirty work. This could be the only way we watch this duo leave Final Reckoning without sharing a million dollars.
Brad and Kyle 6/1
This week, we don’t see much from the duo other than Kyle’s sexual exploits. He’s giving the stiff arm to Cara, and she’s none too pleased. On top of that, Kyle has started a fling with newbie Faith, which is bringing the worst out of Cara and Kyle. In the first elim, it’s reveled that Brad and Kyle voted Paulie and Nat in, something the Redemption House maybe be interested in. Brad is focused and here to win, and showed a great comeback during Vendettas. Kyle played the ultimate under the radar game, and seems to be doing anything and everything to change everything about last season. Brad needs to reign him in and they could quickly become a well oiled machine.
Amanda and Zach 7/1
Amanda was the first to be pulled from her shallow grave. She didn’t have to give very much information as far as directions, but not only did Zach dig her up quicker than anyone else, he did so without even using a shovel. Compared to the other female competitors, Amanda belongs in the upper tier and Zach is one of the most well-rounded players on the show. Pair Zach with almost anyone, and it would be a favorite team. Team him with an above-average female with a knack for the dramatic, and we could see fireworks. ya
CT and Veronica 10/1
There is a large part of me that is screaming that I should have a CT-led team much higher. There is another large part of me that is screaming Veronica will hold him back. I think we see a push/pull of CT beasting this team to some challenge wins, followed by Veronica absolutely shitting the bed. And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against V or her former dominance in this game - but as of now, she’s about as far away from winning one of these things as Jemmye or Marie. That said, give CT a solid partner and it might have been a cake walk.
Kam and Kayleigh 13/1
It’s hard to adjust this team-swap too much. I still think Kam is the real deal, but just like we heard in her confessional, i think the worry lies in her teammate. Is Kayleigh going to quit when things get tough? To be fair, I genuinely saw her point in leaving Vendettas. Now, I’m no quitter, but if you’ve got a conglomerate of mean girls throwing your clothes over balconies and constantly mean-girling you on the daily, perhaps it would be time to just mentally check out. I think Kam could have had a real shot at Vendettas had she not pulled the only grenade which, for all intents and purposes, completely killed her in that finale. Not to mention, we’ve got a pair of teammates that have no discernible Vendetta against one another. This could be a team to keep an eye on.
Paulie and Natalie 11/1
I watched BB18 and enjoyed Paulie (until he tried to become Paul 2.0) and couldn’t stand Natalie. I feel the same way now, with the exception of Paulie kissing Cara’s ass. A little background: Paulie is a massive Challenge fan that knows the game, the social aspect, and is incredible physically. Natalie held her own, but she also rode the protection of Johnny Bananas much of the game. This could be one of those underrated teams that wins comps - the question is can they stay out of the mouths of voters?
Nelson and Shane 12/1
Once again, this team could spell trouble for some of the big guns in the house. Nelson came from the Cory mold of shooting for the big dogs in the house, and Shane has never been quiet about, well, anything.
Marie and Cara Maria 13/1
Tori and Derrick 14/1
Sylvia and Joss 14/1
Jemmye and Jenna 16/1
Britni and Chuck 18/1
Angela and Faith 22/1
Da’Vonne and Jozea 28/1