First, if you don’t want to know who wins “Survivor: Cook Islands,” this isn’t the place for you. There WILL be spoilers. Go watch “Survivor: The Amazon” instead.
Second, speaking of “Survivor: The Amazon,” Mr. Rob Cesternino is very generously offering his “Survivor: The Amazon – Unauthorized DVD Commentary” at an exclusive DISCOUNTED RATE for Summer Book Club members.
Third, our friends at True Dork Times are once again getting in on the fun with stats, awards, and more.
And finally, this whole Book Club thing is kind of a work in progress. If you have ideas on how to improve the proceedings, please let me know.
My Big Question: Parvati Shallow, “Boston” Rob Mariano, Russell Hantz, Richard Hatch, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Ozzy Lusth, Cirie Fields, Tom Westman, Amanda Kimmel, Rob Cesternino, and Ethan Zohn.
That’s the full roster of“Survivor” Hall of Famers. All eleven have appeared on the show more than once.
Whenever the topic of worthy one-timers comes up, Cook Islands champ (spoiler alert!) Yul Kwon is always a popular pick. However, many seem to think his (spoiler alert!) over-powered immunity idol should count against him. With this re-watch, I hope to get to the bottom of that mystery.
And with that, let’s make some friends and get started…
So, Cao Boi joins the proud tradition of people who are in trouble because they don’t shut up. Any examples of true gamers who haven’t been aware of how their talkativeness (maybe not a word) affects their tribe mates?
The challenge clue says, “You may get a better life at camp, or just go home feeling blue.” There’s an “Arrested Development” joke in there somewhere…
Holy crap was that tribe swap boring.
Nate: “It’s like they took us out of the ghetto and put us in Bel Air.” So basically his life got flipped, turned upside down.
I like Stephannie being the conversation facilitator. You’re on an island with reality TV types. They’re all dying to talk. Let them.
It’s easy to write Parvati off as “The Flirt,” but her game is so much more terrifying than that. Dozens of “Survivor” women have broken down their charm to simply, “She’s a hot girl, I want to do things to her.” But Parvati has a unique ability in that she makes you want her to like you. Does that make sense? It isn’t sexual, and it isn’t purely aesthetic, because people of all genders and sexual preferences fall for it. I think the best way to relate it to people is the scene in “Mean Girls” where Regina George is fixing Cady Heron’s hair, and Cady says, “The weird thing about hanging out with Regina was that I could hate her, and at the same time, I still wanted her to like me.” And what makes Parvati so dangerous is that there really aren’t any reasons to hate her to begin with.
“We can align with some of the Asians,” has to be in the running for one of the weirdest “Survivor” quotes ever.
Followed up by, “I’m here to make friends.” You don’t hear that much anymore.
I kind of love Nate.
“That’s a lot of meat.” – Parvati Shallow (OK, maybe she did some flirting)
Classic challenge here. I like this one when it’s competitive (Palau) and hate it when it’s not (Caramoan).
I’m getting a refresher on Ozzy this season too. I remember being a little shocked when he freaked out after losing challenges in South Pacific, but here he is throwing down the bags after the challenge.
It’s like Penner’s playing chess and Jessica’s playing OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THAT SHELL!
In the case of Yul’s over-powered, after-the-votes-are-read idol, is it better that everyone knows you have it?
How have Ozzy and Parvati changed?
Has Penner changed at all?
Is it better to string along someone as wishy-washy as Jessica and hope people won’t respect her at the end or send her packing?
Post your answers and questions below, and be sure to swing by True Dork Times for awards, stats, and more…