If you know me at all, you know two things: (1) Survivor is my all-time favorite television show, and (2) Lost is my all-time favorite television show.
Whether you’re a Thief or a Fighter or a Wizard or whatever, you need to hit your Ninja Moment to win Survivor. You need to transform and become the best version of your weird little self if you’re to blow past the competition and get that sweet, sweet million-dollar title.
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During Philippines and Caramoan, I competed in a little Survivor game of my own: a fantasy league against two of my oldest friends, brothers Eric and Scott. We drafted our teams auction-style (in the spirit of Survivor's greatest reward challenge, of course), with each captain getting $100 total to bid on players.
Last season, Francesca Hogi became the first-ever contestant to be voted out twice. This season, Colton Cumbie emerged with an even more embarrassing record: the first-ever player to quit twice. I could not be more disappointed. I was very excited to see Colton play this season, almost in spite of myself. I wanted to see if he changed. I at least wanted to see him flame out in a spectacular Tribal Council. We were robbed.
It didn't have to go down like that. But I'm glad it did. It's nothing personal, Big Rupe, but I love that Survivor: Blood Vs. Water started off with your fuming, frustrated fireworks. It was tense. It was great television. And it set the tone for one bloodbath of a season.
Ask just about any Survivor fan who they think will be crowned the King or Queen of Caramoan on Sunday night, and you'll very likely get the same answer: John Cochran, who has emerged from his translucent-skinned South Pacific cocoon to become one of the deadliest players left in the second edition of Fans vs. Favorites.
– Dear Rob, It is rare that I disagree with you about Survivor. I think your observations of the game are almost always spot on. But in the curious case of Erik Reichenbach, I must throw my support behind Stephen Fishbach: the artist formerly known as Survivor’s Biggest Bonehead is playing an underrated game, […]
If nothing else, Malcolm Freberg knows how to put on a show. And clearly, he does know a little more, or else he wouldn’t have come this close to winning Survivor Philippines (if not for two game-ending challenge chokes). Malcolm has been at the center of three epic moves over the past three weeks of […]
Two days later, I’m still not sure how you unpack everything that happened in the last episode of Survivor Caramoan, which featured, among other highlights, one of the most impressive Immunity Challenge wins in recent memory, some of the best pre-Tribal scrambling in years, and what easily ranks as one of the all-time greatest post-vote […]
Will the merge turn this season around, or is it too far off the rails to recover?
There’s little more I can add to the Brandon Hantz conversation that hasn’t already been said better elsewhere. We all saw what happened. With respect to “Little Hantz,” it’s clear that he never should have been cast on Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites — from the fact that few would call him a “favorite” even […]