"Survivor: South Pacific" yields strange cast of characters

Dawn Meehan, Sophie Clarke, Whitney Duncan, Stacey Powell, Mikayla Wingle, Elyse Umemoto and John Cochran during the challenge, "Crate Escape," during the second episode, of SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC Wednesday, September 21 (8:00 - 9:30 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. #Survivor Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Monty Brinton

Dawn Meehan, Sophie Clarke, Whitney Duncan, Stacey Powell, Mikayla Wingle, Elyse Umemoto and John Cochran during the challenge, "Crate Escape," during the second episode of "Survivor: South Pacific" on Sept. 21, 2011.
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(CBS) A season of "Survivor" always produces a few good characters, but this season of "Survivor: South Pacific" seems to be turning up more than the usual share, and bringing them to the forefront much earlier in the game. (Spoiler alert!)

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There's Brandon, who clearly has problems that go far beyond trying to conceal his Hantz heritage. He has targeted Mikayla, the woman's football player from Florida, for elimination because he says she uses her feminine charms to get the men on the tribe to do her bidding. He evens refers to her as Parvarti, the name of a previous "Survivor" character famous for doing that.

But in Parvarti's case, you could see it happening on camera. If Mikayla is doing any flirting on the island, the cameras sure haven't caught it. Which is why Brandon's rantings have his teammates scratching their heads.

In any case, it is Christine, and not Mikayla, who is sent to Redemption Island to interrupt Semhar's poetry-writing for a duel (to be played out next week, presumably) to determine who has a chance to get back in the game.

But back to Brandon and his demons. Unable to keep his secret any longer, he confides in Coach, telling him about his famous uncle. Coach, who was blindsided by arch villain Russell Hantz in a previous game, is now on his guard, saying he won't be fooled twice.

On the opposing team we see Cochran, agonizing over his nerdy turn at Tribal Council, where he apparently dodged a bullet, and inexpertly brandishing a machete to open a coconut. The law student still has a target on his back but not because he's a "Survivor" superfan. As his team mates point out, he doesn't fit in, and as the cameras show, he can't unwind a maypole without tripping over the ribbons.

If he's lucky, Ozzy 's testosterone-fueled alliance may just keep him around for a bit, while taking out the two girls they also have targeted for ouster.

And talking about Ozzy, how did he find that immunity idol so quickly? Shouldn't it be hidden a little better?

What do you think about this? Take our poll on who is likely to win the $1 million and discuss in our comments who is likely to be eliminated next.

  • Mary-Jayne McKay

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