Survivor NZ: It's time to end this thing
SPOILERS FOLLOW. Survivor New Zealand, episode 14:
It's almost time to end this thing, but Survivor's producers have a problem. They've got too many contestants.
And so, it's time to randomly cull contestants. They're loading up the not particularly-aptly named "Redemption Island" (which is not an island).
In this show Shannon Quinn, a 24-year-old zookeeper, is sent packing. She's off to join the people that hate her most: Mike and Jak. Quinn lost an immunity challenge and lost the support of her tribe, so it's time for her to get out as only a few weeks of this show remain.
The zookeeper turned on her former tribe mates and sent them to the non-island. Mike made his thoughts known, publicly haranguing Quinn in front of all remaining contestants. He repeatedly said there was nothing he would like more than to defeat Quinn in a Redemption Island duel.
Quinn's exit also gave hope to Jak Thomas.
The tribe threw an almost naked Thomas out in the previous episode. He was left to walk, wearing only a white loincloth, to wherever "Redemption Island" is.
Thomas provided the only resemblance of humour on the show, and was a major loss for viewers as this episode dragged on without him.
Even his former tribe mates vented their regret after voting Thomas out.
"I love his quality that he doesn't empower people to hurt his feelings. He's happy with people laughing with him, he's happy with people laughing at him," Nathan Davis said.
The real highlight of episode 14 had to be the end.
As the show finally finished the cameras caught a glimpse of axed contestant Matai'a Salatielu Tiatia. From his "Redemption Island" home, Mike mused about his former island-mates who he called the best of the bunch. "All round good guy Lee and then Sala, the nicest guy on the planet," had been defeated by Mike.
After only a few days Tiatia had completely transformed. The once jungle king had turned into a hipster. He wore black rimmed glasses with his dreaded hair tied behind. His beard no longer looked like a mess.
As Quinn finally left the tribe, the pirate music played. The pirate music is a regular moment of brilliance in this prescription reality show. Unfortunately, Shazam does not recognise this track.
The show was due to end during the first week of July.
Survivor New Zealand airs Sunday and Monday nights on TVNZ 2.