Let’s hit on a couple of orders of business before we jump into this… first of all a big thanks to @Survivor_BUFF for hooking us up with the sweet graphic you see to the left. Hopefully my resizing didn’t screw it up too much.
Second, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that anyone willing to participate in something this nerdy is well aware of how “Survivor: Vanuatu” turned out. If you’re looking to avoid spoilers on a TV series that happened eight years ago, this might not be the place for you.
Third, our friends at True Dork Times are getting in on the fun with stats, awards, and more.
And finally, this whole Book Club process is kind of a work in progress. If you have ideas on how to improve the proceedings, please let me know.
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.
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The brown shirt is a good look for Probst. He should consider working it back into his repertoire.
How long was the ceremony at the beginning of this episode? The sun was out when it started and it was very dark when it ended.
The strategist in me says; retrieving a lucky rock isn’t worth showing everybody that I’m strong and agile enough to climb a greased pole. At least the Medallion of Power had a use.
“Soon as he got that rock it starting raining like pouring pee out of a boot on a flat rock.” – Travis Sampson
Was it a coincidence that the editors had Scout saying, “We’ve got a really sturdy rack for a shelter,” as Ami was bending over?
What is a document manager?
Chad’s lucky NaOnka Mixon wasn’t around to push him over after he revealed his prosthetic leg.
Before every challenge, the tribes are given quite a bit of time to strategize. It may sound silly, but little game plans do make a big difference. Right off the top of my head…
- The fastest people should have gone under the mud crawl first. This is an obstacle where a slow person in the lead can hold everyone else back. When the fastest are out, they can help others up.
- The maze team should have been the second group under the mud crawl. It’ll give them a chance to gather their bearings while the fastest help the slowest out of the mud.
- People should have been kicking off their shoes immediately before attempting the balance beam.
Not many people can make the mud-in-the-teeth look work, but Ami pulls it off.
The Yasur tribe chanted, “Fire, water, and immunity” after their victory. That’s mean. You didn’t hear the guys chanting, “Magic rock” after their win.
Matt Quinlan had an excellent point during our “One World” exit interview when he said that whenever the tribe is divided between young and old or men and women, that it puts young, muscular guys at a severe disadvantage. This is twofold because you’re on a tribe with three or four other buff guys and the challenges are designed so everyone can compete and strength is less of an asset. Brook (and “Nicaragua’s” Shannon Elkins) would probably agree with this statement.
This Tribal set is really cool. In fact, I’m really digging the stone, skull, and volcano motif of this season. It’s like a Megadeth album cover.
Has an eventual winner ever been in as much trouble in an opening episode as Chris was in this one?
Is anyone good at “reading the edit?” Because, I’m not. What are some of the signs that Chris was going to be the eventual winner?
Travis’s Bob Barker shirt, best non-bikini piece of “Survivor” attire ever?
Are Men vs. Women seasons unfair to physical challenge threats?
Some people are always talking about wanting a return to classic “Survivor.” Is there a sweet spot between the simplicity of “Borneo” and the idol-finding, big-name-returning, Redemption-Islanding insanity of “South Pacific?”
Your turn, I’ll do my best to approve comments as quickly as possible…