“Drinking the Kool-Aid” is an expression or metaphor that means to become a firm believer in something, to accept an argument or philosophy wholeheartedly and blindly without any critical examination. This term originated with the November 1978 Jonestown Massacre, where members of the Peoples Temple were said to have committed suicide by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide distributed by Jim Jones.
Drinking the Kool-Aid was exactly what was happening on Survivor: Redemption Island this evening. But it wasn’t Jim Jones dispensing the Kool-Aid. No, none other than Boston Rob doled out this Kool-Aid.
Grant, Special Agent Phil, Ashley, Andrea and Natalie mindlessly adopted the dogma of their fearless leader without fully understanding the ramifications or implications of what he was doing.
Tonight Boston Rob instituted the “Buddy System” and these blockheads wouldn’t even go to the bathroom without holding each other’s hand. These halfwits have completely bought into his scheme not really knowing whether it will benefit them or not.
When you think about, Boston Rob is beginning to morph into the diabolical Peoples Temple leader, Jim Jones. And he is thoroughly enjoying the Svengali-like control he has over his former Ometepe tribe mates. It is as if he has a mesmeric influence over them.
This was evidenced when the Furry Farmer told Ashley and Natalie that if they helped him out, when it came to the million-dollars, he would vote for them rather than Boston Rob.
When Ashley told Natalie that it wasn’t necessary to tell Boston Rob about the discussion, Natalie promptly told him about Ashley’s unabashed insolence.
While expressing his displeasure at Ashley’s blatant lack of respect, Boston Rob was glowing on the inside. He proudly announced that Natalie would be rewarded by going to the finals with him. I guess being a slimy little squealer has its benefits.
The final confirmation that the Bad Boy from Beantown had a stranglehold on what was left of the minds of Grant, Special Agent Phil, Ashley, Andrea and Natalie occurred shortly before the last Tribal Council.
On a hunch, the Furry Farmer checked the fishing nets. Much to his surprise he found an abundance of fish. He and the rest of the Zapatera tribe were ecstatic. Boston Rob, in an attempt to squelch their joy, quickly told them they shouldn’t eat the fish because they were dead.
The Furry Farmer told him he was crazy and proceeded to cook up his catch. While enjoying the feast, the Zapatera group offered some to the gang from Ometepe. Boston Rob immediately forbade them from joining in.
Only Grant had big enough cojones to eat some of the fish. The other four just stared forward with a collective blank look on their faces. Grant had better watch his step. I don’t think Jim Jones, oops, I mean Boston Rob, was very happy by this act of defiance.
Both the Immunity Challenges and the pair of Tribal Councils were anticlimactic due largely to Boston Rob’s complete dominance of his five mindless zombies. Predictably, former Zapatera tribe members, Mike and David were sent to Redemption Island to join the pious Matt.
I suppose you have to admire the way Boston Rob has his people marching in lockstep. After all, the title of Sole Survivor and the million-dollar check that goes along with it are his for the taking. All that’s left is for him to keep them drinking the Kool-Aid.
Make sure you vote on the new poll before leaving. Until next time…from the booth.