By Dalton Ross
Updated February 18, 2010 at 06:30 PM EST

In last week’s tease for tonight’s episode of Survivor: Heroes vs Villains, we were shown almost Blair Witch-like footage of Boston Rob collapsing in the jungle. The look in his unresponsive eyes was eerily similar to the same expression we saw from Dreadlocked Russell last season, which, yes, was filmed in the exact same location. And don’t forget about Samoa‘s Mike Borassi, who also collapsed last season. This begs a few questions: Why do people keep dropping like flies in Samoa? It’s far from the most brutal conditions contestants have ever faced (hi, Fiji and Guatemala!), but the combination of intense sun and oppressive rain seems to be a thoroughly dangerous one.

The other question, of course, is the severity of Boston Rob’s situation. Mike and Russell were both evacuated from the game. If Rob is indeed pulled, it would be a huge loss for the Villains, who would suddenly be without their puzzle-master, fire-maker, and all around hard worker at camp. It would also be a nightmare for producers who are counting on the cocky contestant to keep delivering the dramatic goods on screen. We’ll find out tonight how bad it is, but seeing him incapacitated like that is a far cry from the super-confident Boston Rob I encountered just before the game started. Check out my pre-game video interview with Rob below, and make sure to also test your knowledge by taking our Ultimate Survivor Quiz, with questions and answers delivered by the actual Heroes vs Villains contestants! And for all the Survivor scoop, you can follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.

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