Survivor: Caramoan

WIGGLE ROOM: The Curious Case Of Reynold Toepfer

“As a fan of the game,” Reynold Toepfer says in a confessional seconds before finding the hidden immunity idol, and I almost spit out my Lindemans Framboise (shut up it’s delicious) when I hear this, I have to stop everything right there, because this is the same guy who just a few days earlier told […]
Survivor: Caramoan

BUFFINGTON POST: The Business of Stealth R Us, Inc.

Well, Loyal Blog Readers, we’ve made it through another action-packed episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Brandon freaked out! (For thirty seconds.) Dawn cried! (Alone in the jungle in the middle of the night where no one could see or hear her.) Brenda gave a confessional! Ahhhhh, just kidding, I was just seeing if you were paying […]
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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 Wiggle Room: Fool Me Twice

Hey! Wait a minute! I thought lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? Isn’t that, like, science and stuff? Well, just as there’s no crying in baseball, it appears that there’s no science on Survivor — unless you count the cosmic shame that rained all over Francesca Hogi on Wednesday’s premiere of Survivor: Caramoan – […]
Survivor: Caramoan

The Buffington Post: The Caramoan Premiere

In her short time in the big leagues, Francesca Hogi was able to set several Survivor records sure to last far longer than she could. The first player in history to be invited back after a first boot performance. The first player to repeat said first boot performance. The first player to promise to swallow a rock. It’s not a million dollars, Francesca, but you can take those records and your Sacko trophy back home to show your grandkids. This game just isn’t for you.
Survivor: Caramoan

The Wiggle Room #0: Days of Future Past

Hi. I’m Josh Wigler. I like long walks on the beach, infrequent trips to tribal council, food auction challenges and Kim Spradlin. Welcome to The Wiggle Room.  There are a few reasons for the odd title I’ve given to my little slice of RHAP. For one, my last name is weird and I’ve always wanted […]
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.
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