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Survivor, Survivor: Caramoan

DECODING THE EDIT: The Turning Point

The recap started at the immunity challenge where Jeff noted Reynold’s heroics but the Fans lost their 3rd immunity challenge in a row. For the Favorites, winning wasn’t the problem: The majority alliance was targeting one of their own – Corinne. And Brandon had a series of emotional outbursts. The entire tribe was left wondering […]
Survivor, Survivor: Caramoan

DECODING THE EDIT: Haves & Have Nots

Most viewers must be expecting to see Bikal’s domination continue, but the editors showed so much of Gota’s troubles that a reversal of situation has to be expected. Before the season even started, viewers were saying that the returning players had an unfair advantage over the newbies so we’d expect the editors trying to show some difficulties over at Bikal. The hurricane had to hit both camps, a Favorite or two had to have a bad night, but we didn’t see any of that. All the plagues of Egypt have befallen on Gota so one of their own must emerge out of this, no? If not, what’s the story? The Favorites had no opposition and won? I don’t see a best-seller there.
Survivor, Survivor: Caramoan

DECODING THE EDIT: A Poker Game on Survivor Caramoan

The recap reminded us that the Fans’ camp was filled with disorder. The only thing coming together was the couples’ alliance. The Favorites had a clear division: Phillip’s alliance, Stealth-R-Us, was calling the shots, leaving Brandon, Erik and Brenda on the outside, looking in. Brandon: “He is treating people like garbage and I don’t like that… Inspector Gadget thought he could pull his special agent tricks but you don’t want to fight with me.”
Survivor, Survivor: Caramoan

DECODING THE EDIT: Why Sherri is One to Watch

In his recap, Jeff told us the Favorites wanted to show the Fans who was boss. While the favorites felt right at home… <Phillip: “This is going to be a good game.”> …the fans struggled to adapt. They had no fire, couldn’t co-exist and alliances began to pull them apart. <After Reynold enumerated the members […]
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Survivor: Caramoan

Decoding the Edit: Playing the Game Faster

This column takes a different approach than the typical Survivor column. Michael Trudeau looks at the clues given to us by the Survivor editors each week and tries to decipher where the stories of each character are headed. The show opened with Jeff’s mention of the stunning paradise and the dangerous wilderness while was saw […]
Survivor: Caramoan

The Hero, The Villain, The Sweetheart, The Dumb Player, The Victim, The Player on a Journey and The Winner

I have always been captivated by the way Survivor tells a story. Each player has his own story, his own perception of what happened when he was out there on the island – but that is rarely the story that we see. Ever wonder how Samoa would have been presented if Brett had won that final IC and the game? But Brett lost, so his story became insignificant and he was nothing more than a figurant. The editors wanted to be sure that the audience wouldn’t connect with him.