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Spencer Bledsoe

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Name: Spencer Bledsoe

Season 28

Survivor: Cagayan

Current Age: 22

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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Yep I threw a lot of votes at Spencer to come back.

 

Can't wait to see how he plays this season 

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Analysis of Spencer Bledsoe (original Ta Keo Tribe).

Following Episode 1: As much as I like Spencer, I feel that he will be targeted early an often because of other players' perception of him as very likeable and very strategic. His best strategy will be to align with another power player who might also carry that perception and not understand that Spencer would be pulling the strings. It seems as though he accomplished that in the first episode, but his only hope is that his tribe has numbers at any potential merge/split, because the other tribe definitely views him that way.

Following Episode 2: My thoughts about Spencer fall along the same lines as those I shared about Shirin, the contestant eliminated this episode. Spencer relied too much in the so-called "New School" way of playing the game and failed to give enough credit to the "Old School" mentalities best exemplified on his tribe by Terry Deitz and Jeff Varner. I believe his plea at tribal council will be perceived as transparent and only a major shakeup in the game (foreshadowed in preview scenes from the next episode) will give him any chance to make the jury. As much as these are seasoned Survivor veterans, they are still people who need harmony in their day-to-day lives, and Spencer does not offer them any (at least not as genuinely as others).

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This kid really annoys me. I feel bad saying that because I can see his desire to want to fit in and have that social game, but he's not very genuine at it. The fact he said he couldn't "get there" in his relationship with his girlfriend and tell her he loves her, tells me that there's probably more going on with this kid. I wonder what his history is like. Does he have his guard up for some reason, was he bullied as a kid, or what? I don't think he'll win the game.. but I think it will be a victory for him if he can learn to connect and bond with other people. I think there's a bigger game at play here with Spencer, like a huge life lesson of learning to let your guard down and trust and invest in other people. He lacks empathy and sympathy, that bugs me. Hopefully he's able to come around more this season.

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I still like Spencer. He is a mess of conflicts how to play the game. Like Kass I would love to see the old sneaky Spencer. 

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I find it odd that all of a sudden these people are discussing psychological aspect of themselves. i think it has been suggested to them by production as that is one of Jeff's big hobby horses that he rides on the show.

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Analysis of Spencer Bledsoe (Bayon Tribe, original Ta Keo)

Following Episode 3: Spencer got a reprieve from being the next eliminated by realigning with a new tribe and fellow strategist Stephen Fishbach. He also got to show his personal side to Jeremy in a genuine conversation. Spencer still comes off as somewhat phony to me, because his analytical side comes across in too many of his conversations with tribemates. I am sure Fishbach will throw him under the bus the moment it serves his interest. The Bayon majority will gladly remove him before Kelly Wiggleworth.

Following Episode 4: As I suspected, Spencer's appearance of genuine personal interest in his tribemates was undone by his over-plotting nature displayed in his conversation with Monica. It is clear that he is the least trustworthy of any castaway remaining in the game and is the easiest vote to make on his current tribe. Spencer has not learned his lesson and the only way he makes the jury is if his tribe avoids tribal council. There might come a point when both remaining six-person tribes might be forced to go to tribal council absent any challenge. If that is the case, Spencer is a goner.

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I find it odd that all of a sudden these people are discussing psychological aspect of themselves. i think it has been suggested to them by production as that is one of Jeff's big hobby horses that he rides on the show.

 

That's what I was thinking. A lot of reflecting of ways to change your game

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Spencer Bledsoe (Ta Keo after 2nd swap, Bayon after 1st swap, original Ta Keo)

Following Episodes 5 and 6: I have not liked Spencer from the beginning. Regardless of how pleasant he might be to his tribemates in everyday life, his confessionals to the camera combined with the strategic conversations he shares with his tribemates reveal him to be a phony person. His tribemates must see this in him as well, which is why he will be considered a snake like Monica was and will be targeted often. It was nice to see him bury the hatchet with Kass (at least temporarily), but his constant self-preservation mode does not impress me, simply because both he and the people to whom he commits a voting alliance all know that he is merely a tool for their use, that he is not creating his own path but relying on the agendas of others. If he miraculously made it to the final tribal council, I am sure the jury will point this out to him. This is the only one of the 13 remaining castaways that I am certain will not win the title of Sole Survivor.

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Spencer Bledsoe (original Ta Keo, Bayon after 1st swap, Ta Keo after 2nd swap)

Following Episode 7 (the merge): Spencer remained in desperation mode, continuing his "better late than never" approach toward constructing working relationships with castaways while doing his best to restrain his Shirin-like hyper-strategizing. He began dialogues with Jeremy and Stephen Fishbach after the first swap and Andrew Savage after the second swap. Now following the merge, he approached Joe. Unfortunately for Spencer, he will remain at the bottom of the pecking order in any of these alliances, whether it is the original Bayon alliance or any sub-alliance within it. His downfall ultimately will be not working better with the remaining original Ta Keo members. However, he did start a conversation with Kelley Wentworth -- interesting considering how she holds the hidden immunity idol, which should propel her far in the game. Yet if she were ever to be perceived as in a sub-alliance with Spencer, then Spencer would be eliminated before her. So I consider that relationship as a benefit to her much more than Spencer (i.e. an insurance policy or human shield). Spencer needs to assert himself better and be a leader in his destiny rather than a pawn in someone else's. He should take a cue from Ciera's boldness in speeches she has delivered to her tribe.

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Following Episode 8: Spencer still does not impress me because he appears to be employing the Sandra Diaz-Twine strategy of simply being an extra vote for a majority alliance. If he reaches the final three (assuming it is not two or four), he will not impress any of these veteran players with this strategy. If he follows Ciera's advice to consider the end game, then his best move would be to turn the tables on Joe and Keith, who he only recently joined at camp. However, he probably would not feel as protected by Ciera and Kelley Wentworth as he currently does by the larger group led by Joe, Tasha, and Jeremy. At the same time, he did get chummy with Wentworth during the previous episode, and perhaps he will reconnect with her if there is further dissention among factions favoring Joe and factions favoring Stephen Fishbach.

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Following Episode 9: Spencer made the wise move to side with Stephen Fishbach, Jeremy, Ciera, Kelley Wentworth, and Ab-Maria in voting out Kelly Wiglesworth. He and Wiglesworth had played a similar game of building relationships with past opponents, except Wiglesworth probably would have received much greater favor than him if the two were among the finalists, since Spencer's previous reputation of being a schemer would have been counted against him. Of course, this vote seems to further solidify that point, even though it was driven by Fishbach. Regardless, Spencer creates a better opportunity to goes further in this game with this move rather than staying with the old Bayon alliance of Joe, Keith, Tasha, and Kimmi, who certainly would have targeted him and Wiglesworth for elimination before Jeremy and Fishbach. It would appear that he should stay with this voting block going forward, since he is probably the second most likeable of the six after Jeremy.

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Following Episodes 10, 11, and 12: Spencer has shown a lot of growth from the early stages of the game and from his previous season. His building of personal relationships has proven to be invaluable. He has navigated through being on weaker tribes and in bottom positions within them during the first half of the game and outside of core alliances following the merge. He has quietly shown loyalty to nearly all remaining jurors and potential jurors by siding with them at one point or another to aid in making moves, yet he could not be pegged as a ringleader for any specific elimination. If he reaches the final vote and makes his case to the jury, he will have to be persuasive in explaining how he did not simply cast "add-on" votes, rather he was instrumental in deliberating and ultimately deciding to change the tide of the game. He could easily say that about three of the four most recent eliminations (Kelly Wiglesworth, Stephen, Joe).

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Following Episode 13: Spencer has been the star of the second half of this season, particularly for being the proverbial "swing vote" in four of the past five eliminations. (The only one where he was not that was when Jeremy played his idol to protect Stephen.) Yet his latest strategy of rewarding power players by keeping them around and eliminating the so-called "goats" is flawed. As much as Spencer might be able to argue his pivotal position through the merged tribe portion of the game, he cannot make nearly the same argument for loyalty as Jeremy and Tasha can. No matter how much he will make his analytical arguments to the jury, personal feelings will still be involved. In that light, Spencer was loyal to members of the jury for no more than one vote in a row. He sided with the faction of Kass, Ciera, Abi-Maria, and (potential juror) Kelley Wentworth to spare them at times, but by the next vote, he had jumped ship against them. He never appeared to want to work with Kelly Wiglesworth. He has no shot of receiving Stephen and (potential juror) Kimmi's vote if Jeremy or Tasha are his opponents. Andrew Savage might admire Spencer both as a young man and as a player, but his old-school mentality might side with Jeremy and certainly Tasha, with whom he had spent the most time on the island. Joe might even feel a little betrayed that Spencer did not fight harder for him, especially if his stated argument was to reward the power players. As much as Spencer wants to be credited for his powerful play and for knocking off the proverbially weaker opponents as a sign of loyalty, his potential opponent in Jeremy can make the same case and also demonstrate a far greater degree of loyalty (none more so than saving Stephen). Spencer's only chance to win is if Jeremy is eliminated and he was not responsible for it (i.e. Wentworth's idol).

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I grew to really like Spencer. I think he did well for his second chance. He should be proud of himself and the game he played. He really did try to learn from his past mistakes while still playing the game. 

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I never liked Spencer.  I always got the feeling he was putting on a good act.  My hunch was right.  He lost his composure and threatened Jeremy in front of the entire jury.  The arrogance of thinking he could turn the entire jury against Jeremy was such a bonehead mistake.  I'm not saying it lost him the million dollars, but I'm pretty sure it was the reason he didn't receive 1 vote.

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Following Season Finale: As explained in previous posts, Spencer has been fighting an uphill battle and showing steady improvement personally and in having a greater impact in the game. At the same time, his decision to be loyal to Jeremy while believing he could make a winning case against him at the final tribal council was deeply flawed. Even if he would have lost Jeremy, Tasha, and Kimmi's respect by eliminating them and taking Keith and Kelley Wentworth (or Abi-Maria) to a final three, he would have won the respect of many more jurors who would have seen him make the last bold move in a series of bold moves that propelled him to the late stages of the game. For the most part, his responses to the jury's questions were on point and revealed his growth both personally and within the confines of the game, yet nothing he could have said would have created a more favorable perception than the one Jeremy created.

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