My Big Question: Back in 2008, Jeff Probst and I did a video segment called the “‘Survivor’ Question of the Week” where we’d debate the merits of a specific topic. One of those topics was, “Who was the least deserving winner in ‘Survivor’ history.” I chose Chris Daugherty because I felt like he was lucky that the female alliance fell apart when it did and I didn’t like how he misled people like Eliza before voting them out. The lying struck me as very unnecessary.
However, that was based on a four-year-old season I had watched before yapping about “Survivor” was my actual job. So for this rewatch, my main goal is to critique Chris’s performance to see if he deserved my worst-ever ranking.
And with that, lets wrap this business up…
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“Julie had it coming?” Who cares? How can a game player be upset over a blindside? Focus on winning the game.
Twila as always making friends.
This first immunity challenge…most impressive “Survivor” structure ever?
Epic challenge. One of my all-time favorites.
Chris giving Twila permission to piss off a future jury member? Hilarious.
Here’s my thing with Chris; before the challenge he did a masterful job convincing Eliza that getting rid of Julie was in their best interest and that she’s the only one he can trust. OK, he needs to be sure she doesn’t put any ideas into Scout and Twila’s heads, that makes sense. But once he has immunity he’s still lying to her. What’s the benefit? All it does is piss off a future jury member.
I smile every time Eliza wears her mom’s shirt. They should let family members bring their loved ones a luxury item.
Yup, Eliza was blindsided. I don’t understand why it’s a worse move to say, “I want to face Twila or Scout at a final two, so I need to vote you out now.”
Serious Chris when he confronts Scout about Twila’s intentions cracks me up.
Interesting that a Scout lie could have got her to the final two.
Include me on the side that misses final twos.
And now that Scout is out, kudos to her for being such a savvy player.
Always interesting to see a good pre-Tribal psych out. Chris saying he wasn’t going to take any crap from the jury was probably the perfect way to play Twila.
If I were a producer, everyone would drink kava before the final Tribal.
Ooo…giving Eliza a .8 on the SHBJS. (That’s the Sue Hawk Bitter Juror Scale.)
I 100% agree with Eliza though, stabbing her in the back was unnecessary.
Julie in at a .6. I’m a big believer that you should fess up to every lie at the final jury. Even if it’s a half lie. Admit it. However, only apologize for hurting someone’s feelings, don’t apologize for the lie itself.
Americans love to forgive people who admit wrongdoing. That’s why everyone hates Roger Clemens but has gotten over Mark McGwire.
Next up, a .25 from Leann.
Ami drops a solid .5 and Chris knocks her question out of the park. It was complimentary to her without seeming like sucking up. Actually, Twila did a good job with it too.
Chad with a .1, Sarge with a .55 and a “Touché to you all.” Umm…
Anywho, watching Sarge’s speech with the foreknowledge that he’s totally voting for Chris is a different experience.
Scout closes it out with a .15 and a closing argument for Twila. There needs to be a term for when a juror goes into business for a member of the final two/three, like when David Murphy argued for Boston Rob in “Redemption Island.”
Hate on Twila’s game all you want (and I have), but that was a solid closing argument. Especially when she called out Sarge.
I forgot this was one of Probst’s grand treks to the reunion! He should start his talk show like that.
OK, I’m officially taking back my belief that Chris Daugherty is the least deserving winner in the pre-Gabon (Earth’s Last Eden) world. I still think that the women’s alliance fell apart on its own, but he deserves credit for sticking around and being likable enough to take advantage of the opening. I also still think misleading Eliza toward the end was totally unnecessary, but in the overall picture, it really wasn’t that big of a deal.
Overall, I’d consider Vanuatu to be a middle-of-the-road season with a surprising amout of memorable characters.
In other news, this Book Club exercise has been awesome for me. I feel like the in-depth discussion has encouraged me to watch the show on a few new levels. I can’t wait to watch “Philippines” through these new eyes. So, for everyone who has participated, I want to send you a big thanks.
And finally, much thanks to @Survivor_BUFF for hooking me up with the sweet graphics at the top of each posting.
Here’s a good one from Drew: “If one was to make an instructional DVD on how to play ‘Survivor,’ Chris has to be the Final Jury chapter right?” For my money, it’s either him or Todd Herzog.
Am I wrong on this Chris lying to Eliza thing? It seems like a weird choice for someone who seemed to look at all the angles.
If Twila wins the final immunity challenge and takes Scout to the finals, who takes home the big check??
Someone sell me on Chris addressing each juror in his closing argument. He did a good job, but it feels like it could have come off as ass-kissy.
Where does Vanuatu rank for you?
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