Survivor NZ: How do you want to be remembered; angry, wealthy or naked?
SPOILERS FOLLOW. Survivor New Zealand, episode 13:
There comes a time when everyone must say their goodbyes. At that time, you decide how you want to be remembered – that is, if you want to be remembered at all.
A young Wellington man has made his mark by baring all on national television. Survivor's latest casualty, Jak Thomas will be remembered.
Viewers who saw him strip to just his loincloth, before being shoved out of the game, alone, shivering and indecent, will remember Thomas. The image of his pale legs cut off by blurred pixels below his hairy torso will never be forgotten.
Thomas, 22, had carved his place as the show's official joker. When it became likely that it was his time to go, Thomas didn't plead for his place in the game. He got naked, as naked as television would allow him to.
Why did he do it? Nobody quite seemed to know. His decision appeared to be unprovoked when he strutted into camp wearing only a white cloth around his hip.
As the exposed Thomas announced he was "ready for Tribal" the camera repeatedly cut to images of a sloth.
This raised questions. Why were they bringing a sloth into this, was the sloth metaphorical or was it more sinister? What were the producers trying to say?
We saw the sloth at least twice as Thomas flaunted his newfound freedom. The sloth simply looked down at these humans without expression. It didn't need to say a word.
Thomas would go on to join his friend Mike on "Redemption Island", but not before cameras filmed his bare behind making its way out. He was last seen running behind host Matt Chisholm in an almost ominous way. His jandal-clad feet striking the air during large strides that seemed risky, to say the least.
PLAYING WITH HONOUR NOT ENOUGH
In this week's make-or-break duel it was nice guy Matai'a 'Sala' Salatielu Tiatia taking on strongman Mike.
Their challenge was fair. It was a memory game, but Tiatia couldn't take it out.
His departure brought the remaining cast to tears, even those that had sent him packing in Tribal Council. It was just part of the game, they said. Their presumption was nobody would vote against Tiatia in the finals.
Tiatia left the game to a standing ovation, but his departure wasn't without controversy.
His ally Avi Duckor-Jones confronted the remaining players who had voted against Tiatia.
"Do you feel pretty s...?" he asked Nathan Davis.
He then brought Shannon Quinn to tears, by saying: "You didn't want to be a villain in this game, and you're just turning on everyone."
His last words were saved for Queen Barbara Raos. "Barb, you are good. You are underestimated-ly good," he said, to which her head turned bobble and she replied: "I know I am."
All hail Queen Barb.
Matai'a 'Sala' Salatielu Tiatia talks to Stuff on Monday about his time on the show.