Many fans complain about the “unfair” advantage of knowledge is power


Survivor 41 introduced several new perks, but the recent Knowledge is Power ability is getting fans talking. The new power allows the holder to steal someone’s idol by simply asking if they have one. However, the person cannot lie. Many viewers see the perk as “overkill” and “unfair”, while others believe it will backfire on the incumbent.

Survivor 41 players, Shantel Smith and Liana Wallace | Robert Voets / CBS / Getty Images

Liana Wallace won the Knowledge is Power advantage in ‘Survivor 41’

During the October 20 episode, Shantel Smith and Liana Wallace were selected to climb a mountain in order to risk their vote for an advantage or play it safe.

Throughout their trek, the ladies bonded by playing the game as the black women and Shan opened up about her mother’s death.

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Trusting Liana and knowing that she couldn’t risk her vote, Shan offered to protect her so that her new ally could have an advantage. Tribe member Yase has won the Knowledge is Power which allows him to ask a player if they have an advantage or an idol. According to the rules, the competitor cannot lie.

If they have either trump card, the player must give it to the holder of the trump card. The person must ask the competitor at the Tribal Council before the votes are cast, and it is valid until the last six.

Many fans think the perk is “overkill” and “unfair”

Shortly after the episode, several fans took to social media to complain about the advantage, seeing it as one of the most impactful to bring into the game.

Liana already knows that Yase’s teammate Xander Hastings has an idol because she searched her bag. She has also read the attached note and knows who else has one due to the phrases players have already spoken to activate them.

One user pointed this out, noting that Liana had nothing to do with the powerful advantage that gives her an idol while ruining another player’s game.

They also compared it to the “super idols” that allow the candidate to play it after the votes are read, as they believe the advantage gives the holder “double protection”. Many fans agreed, with one also calling it “unfair” because they think it’s “an idol canceler who gives you an idol when you play it”.

Others think it could backfire on Liana

On the other hand, other fans argue that the advantage is not as “overkill” as many have complained. One viewer explained that even though power gives her an idol, it “forces” her to upset someone by stealing it.

Additionally, all Tribal Council attendees will now know that Perk holder Liana has the idol as she has to ask the player in front of everyone. Someone else agreed, noting that the situation could “benefit” Alex in the long run.

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According to one user, the Yase tribe knows he has the idol, but if Liana steals the protection, it could take the target off her back and onto her. Therefore, she could inadvertently save Alex by taking her idol and become the next eliminated player herself.

Overall, the majority of fans agreed that they have to look at the unprecedented power to play first. Survivor 41 Airs Wednesdays at 8/7 Central on CBS.

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