If I were on the jury, I would have voted for Parvati, but I'm not on the jury, and like Tom Westman said, I think whoever wins deserves to win that season. That said, I'm still glad Sandra won. There is something to be said for her "anyone but me" strategy. It might not seem like much, just going with the flow and staying out of the spotlight, but you have to play with the cards you're dealt. It definitely worked for her especially in a season of huge egos and personalities. Besides, you can't argue with success. Twice.
Parvati, however, might just be one of the best Survivors ever. 114 days playing the game--that is mind-boggling. She has truly turned into one of the game's bona fide triple threat--socially, strategically and physically.
As much as I don't agree with Russell's way of playing the game, I understand that this is a game and you play as hard as you can. He is a brilliant strategist, but his way of playing is fundamentally flawed, because he forgets that the people you vote out are the ones who will be deciding who gets the million. If he does not treat the jury with respect, as he has admitted he does not, there is no way any jury, bitter or not, will ever award him the million. The social aspect is a crucial part of this game that Russell just does not get, and perhaps never will. It was great to see Sandra burn his hat--karmic comeback for his burning of Jaison's socks a season ago.
I've always thought Jerri caught unnecessary flack ever since All-Stars, and I'm glad she really redeemed herself this time. Colby, on the other hand, was a huge disappointment. Though he's admitted that he sandbagged some of the challenges to appear less of a threat, it's still disappointing to see him play like he has checked out of the game. Ironically, the reason why he's in the top 5 is because he isn't viewed as a threat, until when the jury full of Heroes is concerned.
There is no doubt that Russell has made the last couple seasons interesting. But I find myself getting tired of the editors giving us the Russell show where he constantly brags about how good he is when there is a glaring hole in his game. I wonder if the rumors about him coming back for a third season is true, and I wonder how much he might have changed (my guess: not much) and how long the new group of contestants who have finally seen how he plays will let him stick around.
I believe Heroes vs. Villains definitely ranks among one of the best seasons of Survivor, up there with the first season and Micronesia.