May 11, 2014 - Has there been a less predictable post-merge run in Survivor history than Cagayan? It’s been interesting to note the back-and-forth jumps between losing a power player and a follower in alternate weeks. Whenever a potential trend emerges, it disappears with the next vote. Kass flipped on her alliance and talked about chaos, but she’s hung back and played it safe.
May 4, 2014 - If Tony doesn’t end up winning Survivor Cagayan, he may look upon last night’s vote as the moment where he lost the game. Instead of removing a potential rival with a clear chance to win, Tony chose to flip and remove Jefra over unfounded concerns of an impending female alliance. This move could accomplish more than giving Spencer another few days on the show.
April 27, 2014 - From a strategic perspective, the presence of immunity idols is hard to dislike because it can generate interesting dilemmas on voting strategy. Splitting the vote is rarely a good idea, yet we’ve seen plenty of examples in recent seasons. The genius in the idol is that it requires players who have it to take a chance and risk using it at the wrong time.
April 20, 2014 - For anyone excited by Survivor strategy, Cagayan has been a glorious season. I started covering the show for another site with One World, and that hardly set the standard for creative gameplay. There have been great moments in the past three seasons, but none have been as consistently surprising as this contest.
April 13, 2014 - We’ve been trained by the first six episodes of Survivor Cagayan to expect an unpredictable outcome. The exception might be the Alexis vote, but even that wasn’t a certainty at the time. Last week’s Tribal Council included enough chaos to spread across multiple episodes. The question is whether more surprises will come in the upcoming weeks now that one alliance has control.
April 6, 2014 - This week’s Tribal Council took the previous highs and leapt into the stratosphere. Where should I even start with so much interesting gameplay? The risks were huge and might cost them down the road, but no one is sitting back and hoping for the best. The game play may be terrible at times, but that’s part of what makes it so exciting.
March 30, 2014 - The days fly by on our TV screens each week, but they’re long and slow for the players. It’s easy to lose concentration and get overly high or low about a certain outcome. Promising minds can jettison their games by getting too confident and forgetting about the moves to come. RHAP contributor Dan Heaton calls this the “Early Victory Lap”.
March 23, 2014 - There’s a frequent discussion when Survivor reaches its finale about which players made “big moves”. This question is used to dismiss players that stayed in the background and avoided the target. While it’s usually necessary to take a few chances to win the game, the timing of those choices is critical.
Throughout Survivor’s 28 seasons, players have been voted out for a wide variety of reasons. They screwed up a challenge, made life miserable at camp, or fell on the wrong side of the numbers. Sometimes their personalities just don’t click with the rest of the tribe. During the early stages, it takes very little to […]
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the Brains tribe’s come-from-behind survival this week. Another loss would have sent them spiraling downward and greatly diminished their chances to stay alive in the game. In the Philippines, Malcom and Denise from Matsing were absorbed into the remaining tribes after four defeats, so another last-place finish would […]
Making predictions with a brand-new cast on Survivor is so difficult, and this week’s astounding premiere just reinforces that fact. After the disappointing One World, I didn’t expect to see an entirely new group of players competing again for the million dollar prize. Those frustrations make this cast even more refreshing. They may have […]