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 business…
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Rory’s angry act is definitely not the way I would go. I’m more of a catch-more-flies-with-honey type of guy. But at least he’s employing some form of strategy.
Good stuff from Chris early on. Swooping in to take Twila’s place carrying the log. Pointing out how Julie could sweet talk the Lopevi men.
Really fun reward challenge. I guess catching pigs can count as somewhat of an actual survival skill challenge like the old SOS challenges. I miss those. That, and Ami shushing the pig was adorable.
Quick Aside: This won’t mean anything to anyone, but Gordon Sr. (my grandfather) was a pig farmer, and hearing Sarge call out “Hiya pig!” brought back some fond memories.
Back to Ami, she’s really coming off as a star. Calling Eliza out on making excuses after the challenge and then building her back up was a fantastic moment. She’s leading without being branded a leader.
Wow, for an idea of how much time each leg of that immunity challenge must’ve taken, it looks like Chris’s long hair was dry by the time Sarge finishes his leg. Yikes.
Eliza was trying to be supportive of Leann, but was giddy that someone else had blown a challenge.
Lisa wanting to go with Ami to get the food in case Ami isn’t around later is just a classic blunder. Add that to our list of stupid mistakes people keep making.
Ami’s a bad ass. Telling Lisa to her face that she wants to vote for her is super ballsy. All the pretend Bibles in the world won’t change her mind.
I guess we’re to assume that Scout knew Lisa was done but didn’t want to vote for her. I think that’d make me trust someone less. It’s like you’re trying to get off on a technicality.
I don’t love Rory’s methods, but kudos to him for sticking around.
If you’re a Lopevi man, what do you do when you see that Bubba is gone and the women are running the show? Try to flip Twila? Make peace with John?
Did Ami overreact in going after Lisa?
What are some more mistakes people seem to make every season? Picking the wrong people for rewards has to be up there.
Would it bother you if someone in your alliance voted another way because they swore they wouldn’t write someone’s name down?
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