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 this party started…
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Let’s add “not working around camp” to our list of obvious mistakes people continue to make. You’d think 24 seasons into this mess people would know that one. Although, in John’s defense, during his confessional, he seemed to think everyone was relaxing.
How does Rory know when to pray if Coach isn’t there to holler at him? (Love ya, Coach!)
Loved Ami and Rory’s exchange in the woods. She didn’t say things to placate him and she got him all flustered when she brought up him jumping back to the guys after the merge.
Also interesting that they’re using the show’s history of women’s alliances not sticking together as a rallying point. Foreshadowing?
I’m a fan of Scout intentionally dumping her coconut juice. Good strategy.
I need to ask a Survivor how their bodies react to caffeine after weeks of not eating.
Ami’s moment talking about her brother got to me. I’m a wuss. (That’s hardly news.)
I liked Julie and Twila’s moment on the beach too. Especially Julie pointing out that they were the last two you’d expect to end up aligned together. A lot of players this season.
It’s impossible to look cool while shooting a slingshot, but kudos to Rory for tearing up that challenge when he needed to.
However, negative kudos to Rory for breaking the immunity …er… stick. Art department works hard, they don’t need you smashing their gear up.
Look at Chris thinking a women’s alliance isn’t in the cards.
But on the other hand, John obviously bought everything Chris said. And, in John’s farewell speech, he said wanted Chris to win even though he’d just stabbed him in the back
After 39 days of backstabbing and hurt feelings, would a prosthetic foot be enough to earn a sympathy vote? I don’t think so, but I’d play that angle if I wanted Chad gone.
If Leann had dropped the bottle of coconut water, would that have been the biggest challenge eff up in “Survivor” history?
Was there anything John could’ve done to save himself?
Is that coffee maker battery powered? Did they run a line from base camp?
If you’re watching this for the first time, does it seem like Ami’s the obvious winner? Is it too soon to judge something like that?
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