Are we now in the era of bodybuilders going on “Survivor” on a regular basis? One season removed from Cydney taking part in this past season, we now have someone in Lucy Huang taking part who we’re feeling at least fairly good about at the moment as a possible contender. She’s someone who is quietly good at many things being overtly good at any one thing, and that often does bode well for the structure of this game. Also, she’s a hard worker who, despite her Gen X designation, is probably going to be able to get along with the younger crowd in the event of a tribe swap.
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Tribe – Takali (Gen X)
Bio – He’s a 42-year old dietitian from Diamond Bar, California, which is located relatively close to Los Angeles. She’s someone with a tremendous amount of global experience, moving from Taiwan to Brazil to eventually American. She is from a family of hard workers who taught her that effort produces rewards. In addition to her regular profession, she is also a bodybuilder.
Positive attributes – First things first, there’s no denying that she’s in tremendous shape. She’ll certainly help her tribe in challenges, and everything from her backstory suggests that she’ll also be useful around camp. While she does have a story to tell, it doesn’t appear that she’ll be altogether eager to talk about it at every second. By that, we mean mostly that she is going to know how to communicate with other people. It feels like she will be able to blend in and let some other people think that they are decision-makers in the early going.
Potential negatives – Lucy does seem to be someone who values loyalty, so it’s certainly possible that she could find herself on the outside of the numbers early and has a hard time getting back into them. She could also be someone who we see taking on too much responsibility in a challenge and then putting a lot of the blame on herself afterwards. We’re not sure what her capacity is for being devious.
“Survivor” comparisons – The comparison she makes is Jeremy Collins, and to a certain extent we get it based on the logic she presents: She wants to be good at many different things rather than necessarily any one. Physically she does remind us a little bit of a Monica from “Blood vs. Water,” but we don’t get the sense that she has the chip on her shoulder that Monica did and may be able to relax into the game a little bit more.
Early assessment – Lucy’s got potential to go far in the game. While we’re not sure we see the game-savvy killer instinct we want in potential winners, we do think she is someone who could be easy to live with, contribute to the tribe, and make it very deep into the jury. She could be a finalist and get a few votes, or be cut fairly close to that because we don’t see her making too many enemies over the course of the game.
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