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‘Survivor’ Summer Book Club – ‘Survivor: Vanuatu’ Episode 4

June 19, 2012

Image by @Survivor_BUFF

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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‘Survivor’ Summer Book Club – ‘Survivor: Vanuatu’ Episode 3

June 13, 2012

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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‘Survivor’ Summer Book Club – ‘Survivor: Vanuatu’ Episode 2

June 6, 2012
(Graphic by @Survivor_BUFF)

(Graphic by @Survivor_BUFF)

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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‘Survivor’ Summer Book Club – ‘Survivor: Vanuatu’ Episode 1

May 30, 2012

Let’s hit on a couple of orders of business before we jump into this… first of all a big thanks to @Survivor_BUFF for hooking us up with the sweet graphic you see to the left. Hopefully my resizing didn’t screw it up too much.

Second, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that anyone willing to participate in something this nerdy is well aware of how “Survivor: Vanuatu” turned out. If you’re looking to avoid spoilers on a TV series that happened eight years ago, this might not be the place for you.

Third, our friends at True Dork Times are getting in on the fun with stats, awards, and more.

And finally, this whole Book Club process is kind of a work in progress. If you have ideas on how to improve the proceedings, please let me know.

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‘Survivor’ Power Rankings – Vanuatu and Micronesia’s Eliza Orlins

April 14, 2010

The Rules: Each week a member of our “Survivor” All-Star team and your beloved “Survivor” recapper Gordon “Truth Seeker” Holmes will create separate power rankings. The ranking of the person who is voted out of the next episode will determine the number of points the two combatants will earn. For example, if Jerri is voted out this week, Fancast’s “Survivor” All-Star Team will receive 4 points and Gordon will receive 11 points. At the end of the season, the person (or team) with the most points will be named the “Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains” Power Rankings Challenge Champion.

Last Week: Neither side was able to claim victory as both Gordon and Rob Cesternino had Coach ranked in the ninth position.

Before we kick off this week’s throw down, let’s touch base with the Queen of the Awesome Tribal Council Facial Expression, Eliza Orlins…

Gordon Holmes: Eliza, thanks for stepping up to the Power Ranking plate. Tell us what you’ve been up to since we last saw you on “Survivor: Fans Vs. Favorites?”
Eliza Orlins:
Since I appeared on “Survivor: Fans vs. Favorites,” I graduated from law school, passed the New York State Bar Exam, and became a practicing attorney! I’m currently a public defender in Manhattan working at the Legal Aid Society. I have the best job in the world!

Gordon: My arch nemesis Charlie Herschel was upset that you weren’t a part of the “Heroes Vs. Villains” cast. He said, “Eliza would be such a villain. She would do anything to win ‘Survivor,’ all with a vampy eye roll.” Do you agree with his assessment?
Eliza:
I love Charlie’s assessment although I think I could have been cast either as a hero or a villain (which might be the reason I wasn’t cast at all), but no matter which tribe I had been cast on, I would have done anything to win and you know there would have been plenty of eye rolling.
Gordon: Nice. If Charlie was a member of the ‘HVV’ cast, would he be a hero or a villain?
Eliza: I think Charlie could have been cast as a hero or a villain, too. He was certainly sweet and adorable on his season, but was in an alliance with the “evil” Corinne (Kaplan), so it could have gone either way.

Gordon: Were you honored to be a part of last week’s “Survivor’s” Stupidest Moments montage? And if so, would you like to take this moment to let everyone know that you were actually being quite smart during it?”
Eliza:
Of course I was thrilled and honored to be in the preview for this week! By asking that second question, Gordon, you indicate that you might have deserved a spot in the “stupidest” category! I don’t think there was any question that I was the smart one in that clip and Jason (Siska) was the one who was being portrayed as stupid! I mean come on! “It’s just a (expletive deleted) stick!”
Gordon: I’m told I indicate my place in the “stupidest category” often.

Gordon: As someone who has gone toe to toe with Parvati and Amanda in the past, could they be trouble if they both make it to the merge?”
Eliza:
Parvati and Amanda are both extremely strong competitors starting from day one. I think if they make it to the merge, they’ve both already proven twice that they’re huge threats. I wonder if people will let them get to the end again! We shall see!

Eliza Orlins’s Picks
All-Star Team’s Current Score: 65

parvati #1 Parvati: Not only is she my girl, but she’s a superstar Survivor. Parvati is in a great position right now. We all know Russell stays loyal to people who prove their loyalty to him and Parvati has done that. Also, after having played with her, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, she’s not riding anyone’s coattails. That girl knows how to play and is certainly at least an equal partner in the decision-making of her alliance.
russell(2) #2 Russell: People may not like him as a person, but this guy has got game. It is undisputed that he plays harder than almost anyone else out there. It’s like he has some sort of magnetic force that draws idols to him. Apparently he’s going to get at least one more this season and if I had to bet, I’d guess more than that. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
danielle #3 Danielle: Danielle seems to be third in command in a team of three. So maybe she’s not the brains of the operation, but she’s been totally loyal to Parvati and Russell and unless her mouth gets her in trouble, I see no reason that they would get rid of her.
jerri #4 Jerri: Although she’s a bit wishy washy, now that Coach is gone, Jerri has to stick with Parvati, Russell, and Danielle to the end or else she has no one. I think she is someone who knows how to adapt and do what is necessary to stay in the game. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of her.
candice #5 Candice: I had a lot of trouble figuring out where to put Candice since she certainly seems like the odd woman out on her Heroes tribe of five. I do believe, however, that as she has shown in the past, she’s someone who has no problem flipping on her alliance and doing what’s best for her. I think that bodes well for her in a merge situation (which I have to imagine is coming soon).
sandra #6 Sandra: I thought about putting Sandra lower, but if Sandra can make it to the merge, we know she has staying power. She proved that on Pearl Islands. She knows when to mouth off and when to let other people dig their own graves. I think we’re going to see some more of Sassy Sandra.
colby #7 Colby: America’s favorite cowboy (yes, Colby, not J.T.) is back! He finally showed his ability to perform in challenges is not completely gone (even after 10 years) and that could help him out once the merge arrives.
rupert #8 Rupert: Rupert has had a rough time this season. Between his toe injury and his tribe’s losing streak, Rupert has been on the short end of the stick a lot this season. I think he’s in trouble.
amanda #9 Amanda: Amanda’s closest ally is about to give away a hidden immunity idol. She would be a great person to bring to final tribal given her track record of jury performances, but I don’t think she’s going to get that opportunity this season.
courtney #10 Courtney: Courtney’s in trouble. Her allies are dwindling and even though she has Sandra on her side, she’s already been the target ahead of Sandra. People may be afraid she’d team up with Amanda (a member of her final three alliance in China) or J.T. (her boyfriend’s best friend) if she made the merge. This could be big trouble for our favorite skinny bitch.
jt #11 J.T.: He’s about to take Erik Reichenbach’s crown away as the dumbest Survivor ever and I can’t wait to see it. People think J.T. is a good game player because he had Stephen making all his decisions. Now that he has to think for himself, he is not as brilliant as he appeared to be. Nor as charming. Candice put it well when she said, “he’s the slimiest one out here.”

Gordon Holmes’s Picks
Gordon’s Current Score: 91

russell(2) #1 Russell: If the trailers are to be believed, (and usually they shouldn’t be) J.T. is going to give Russell his immunity idol to protect him from the imaginary all-girl alliance.  Seriously? Clearly Russell doesn’t need to be playing “Survivor.” With his luck he should be out buying lotto tickets.
parvati #2 Parvati: Remember when everyone was gunning for Parvati? Those days are long gone. Her and Russell are super solid. It looks like the King of Samoa has found his Queen. He can go do the dirty work while she works on her tan and plots their next move.
jt #3 J.T.: If J.T. does hand over that immunity idol (and that’s a big if, I don’t trust promos) he could still be safe for a while. The guy dominated individual immunity challenges in Tocantins and the Heroes will definitely need him until they get to the merge.
rupert #4 Rupert: I’ve always gotten the impression that most players don’t take Rupert’s strategic game very seriously. Maybe this will give him some leeway once the merge happens? On an unrelated note, it’s nice to see him recuperating from the toe injury that made him such a downer earlier in the season.
amanda #5 Amanda: I thought Amanda would be in big trouble without her buddy James, but she seems to be doing pretty well for herself. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when she reunites with her “Fans Vs. Favorites” partner in crime Parvati.
danielle #6 Danielle: Wow, Russell didn’t want to hear a thing Danielle had to say last episode. That should worry her for two reasons. First, Russell clearly is only interested in her as a vote. And second, Russell isn’t willing to listen to what I thought was very sound logic.
colby #7 Colby: We haven’t seen much strategy talk around the Heroes camp since they started their challenge-victory run, but I’d think keeping Colby around is still a top priority.
sandra #8 Sandra: I’m not a huge fan of Sandra, but I have to admit she really played Russell last week. I’d like to think she could continue to work her way into Russell’s alliance, but I can’t imagine he’d forget her previous tribal council attacks.
courtney #9 Courtney: I hope Courtney has added Sandra to her holiday card list, because I’m thinking Courtney would currently be kicking back at Ponderosa without her. Can Sandra do it again? Who knows. But I’m sure Courtney has her fingers crossed hoping for a merge.
candice #10 Candice: I’m not 100% sure we’re going to see a merge in this next episode. I’m thinking they’ll wait until the final ten. (Note: I’m often wrong) But, if I’m right, I’d imagine Candice is still low woman on the Heroes totem pole.
jerri #11: Jerri: Oh Jerri…there was a plan in place to send the Dragon Slayer out to pasture and you weren’t a part of it. I can’t imagine that bodes very well for your future in this game.

More “Survivor” Fun: Check out my Exit Interview with Benjamin “Coach” Wade and find out Who Former Survivors Picked as the Worst Villain of All Time.


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