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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Rory eats an orange-looking thing and exclaims, “Vitamin C!” I think “Survivor” is the only show on TV where you have to explain what nutrient you’re getting from the weird food you’re eating. Also, why’d he only bring one orange-looking thing back?
I’m not sure when referring to yourself as a “grown-ass man” became a thing, but it’s easily my favorite adjective.
It’s been a while since “Survivor” has had a solid Twila/Sue Hawk-type character.
The Twila/Mia fight also makes me wonder if there’s a sweeter moment for “Survivor” contestants then when other people are fighting and drawing attention to themselves.
Awesome foreshadowing moment when Lisa claimed to have a “back-up plan.”
Not to harp on challenge strategy every week, but whose bright idea was it to let Scout man one of the grappling hooks?!
John K. gets to spend an afternoon on a beach with Ami, Julie, and Eliza? Now that’s a reward.
Gah…and John K. kicks it off in the worst possible way by separating the two voting sides and acting like he’s in charge. That’s just what a tribe of women want; a man to come in and judge them.
Edit Readers: Sarge is calling the shots, but the scene where Chris is setting him straight points to Chris being a power player, right?
Guys get the fastest Tribal ever.
So, John K. gives immunity to Ami so as not to ruffle any feathers. That seems like the move to make if you’re confident in your alliance and you don’t want to lose any jury votes. However, that is not the situation Johnny finds himself in. If I’m John and I recognize that the older gents are going to wipe out the young bucks, there are a few different ways to go…
- Use the idol to sway the power in Yasur toward the alliance of women that are most likely to help you if you make it to a merge or there’s a tribe swap.
- Give the idol to the weakest member of their tribe (Scout?) so the guys keep an edge in challenges.
- Give the idol to the most disruptive member of their tribe (Mia?) so the women have trouble coming together.
But instead, he kinda did nothing.
And blam! There’s your first Eliza Orlins Shocked Face™. Classic.
I have to say, I’m not a fan of double-boot episodes. I understand why they’re a necessity, but I like the idea that a unified tribe could sweep the competition and take everybody to the merge.
What should John K. have done with the idol?
If you’re John K. do you try to use your knowledge of the Yasurians to get Sarge to take you on board and dump Rory? Or, would doing so put a target on your back because he’d be worried that you’d join the women after a merge?
Probst in sunglasses; yay or nay?
Are there any “types” of characters (like a Sue Hawk) that you miss?
How do you feel about double-boot episodes?
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