Survivor: Caramoan

BAKER’S DOZEN: The Game of Shadows

We need to talk about the people we weren’t talking about, the castaways who weren’t getting confessionals, the players who are out there for just as many hours as the rest of ‘em, only they’re not getting camera time. In Book VII of The Republic, ancient Greek philosopher Plato imagines a conversation between his brother Glaucon and his teacher Socrates which outlines an analogy for human existence: Most of us are chained in a cave while shadows – cast by objects moving in front of the fire of “truth” – move on the blank wall in front of us. We can’t directly witness reality; all we can see are the flickering images of truth distorted by the process of projection. Only a philosopher, freed from her shackles, is able to perceive truth by looking right into the heart of the fire.
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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 […]
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

Individual Games: A Swing Vote Built for Two

All kinds of numbers have been thrown around this week, but the magic one is two, as a few players get the swing vote right. A new season of Survivor has started, and that means every week, I will be pounding away at my keyboard, analyzing to excess just what each contestant is doing out […]
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 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.