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, let’s get into this mess…
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Sorry, Sarge. The second someone starts talking about island spirits while I’m trying to make fire is the second I consider voting them out.
Are there names for the music cues that always play during specific emotional moments? Like the creepy strings that play when they’re eating something gross or the sad moment slow piano? There should be…
I’d eat boiled maggots out there. They’re only noodles, Michael.
I like that Twila equates being pampered with the Holiday Inn.
This balance beam reward challenge looks familiar. Maybe if Kat had watched this back in junior high she would’ve known not to jump in the water every 15 seconds.
Sitting out Scout for reward? Wouldn’t you rather have your strongest people available for immunity?
Fun Fact: Scout Cloud Lee and Eliza Orlins are both former “Survivor” Power Rankings competitors.
Mia’s moonwalk to win the challenge is the kind of “Survivor” move I hate. It’s like when Russell Hantz randomly picked a fight with Rupert Boneham in “Heroes vs. Villains.” It only harms your game. You never know when someone like Rory is going to hold a weird grudge over something small.
I’m not sure what it says about me that I get such joy out of things like the Yasur pot spilling over into the fire, but I doubt it’s good.
Also probably doesn’t say anything good about me that I’d have no patience for believing in the magic rock.
Oh man, Mark Burnett loves him some blindfold challenges.
Was that Eliza that ran right into (and over) the set of standing puzzle pieces? That had to hurt.
Rory randomly yelling “Lopevi” during the challenge was so weird and counterproductive.
Awesome pause before the reading of the final vote by J-Pro. I knew how this episode ended and still wondered for a second if Leann’s time was up.
I’ve stopped asking soon-to-be Survivors how they intend to play the game because there are too many variables for them to give a good answer. However, if you were to make a list of ways not to play, Dolly’s playing both sides so early in the game has to be up there. Seeing players get cut down like that helps you understand why people are making solid alliances in the first few moments at camp these days.
What other tips should be on the list of things not to do in the game?
Edit Readers: Did the editing point to Chris at all this episode? He seemed to be in the background the majority of the time.
Am I reading too much into moves like Mia’s moonwalk? Does it help tribe unity? Is that the exact opposite of Matt Elrod shaking hands with the opposing team in “Redemption Island”? Is it better to keep your head down and shut up win or lose?
Anyone from this season other than Eliza and Ami that you would like to see play again?
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