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― james, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Tom, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
The only thing bigger than you this "Survivor" season is your
heart—and maybe the rhino that keeps wandering through camp. You are
a study in selflessness, most likely to donate your ration of rice to
the sobbing, homesick tribe mate.
As a skilled athlete, you know how to be competitive, and your jacked
physique will certainly come in handy when you need to raise the roof—
literally—after it has blown down in a storm. Camouflage face paint
is your luxury item, so you can play the intimidation card during the
intertribal challenges (as if 6 feet, 5 inches, and 200-plus pounds
hmph, this is completely wrong.
― Jeff, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
You're the supercool guy, the New England hippie-prepster, so cute
and cuddly there's no doubt you will be the hot topic of all
the "Survivor" chat rooms. As a pro soccer player/inventor, you've
got the brains and brawn to go far in this game. But you are the
token vegetarian, which could get interesting late in the game when
your tribe kills a wild pig, and you're stuck eating tree bark.
You're a man of many skills—a generalist, some might say. While this
could help you adapt to the harsh environment, the soccer coach and
freelancer in you may find it hard to deal with the harsher group
dynamics. A hacky sack is your luxury item, good for passing the time
during the first half of the game. When food gets scarce don't be
surprised if someone hasn't gutted it for a nice side of beans.
The Big Question: Will other alpha males see you as a threat?
I never watched Survivor. Is this a good or bad thing?
― Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Maria, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
― Kim, Thursday, 18 October 2001 00:00 (twenty years ago) link
Brett, from this past season's Survivor, was my friend's RA at college and apparently did really well on the show, which is what I'd expect because he was one of those painfully nice and guileless guys you meet on occasion. You know the kind of person that is such a great catch and a cool guy that you are kind of - half-jokingly - thankful your girlfriend wasn't around when you met him?
― Cunga, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 23:46 (eleven years ago) link
yeah that guy was cuuuuuute
― salsa sharkshavin (salsa shark), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:39 (eleven years ago) link
He's a prayer warrior, if I'm not mistaken.
― Leee, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:52 (eleven years ago) link
He's a big Christian and I remember him being involved in good causes and stuff of that nature on campus (I recall him talking to this girl I was crushing on a.t.t. about this charity or cause he was involved in, and I remember it being like Owen Wilson, in Meet the Parents, when he talks about becoming a carpenter so he could follow Christ's example for treating others)
When I told my friend that his RA was on the show we both laughed because we were both thinking "How can you vote such a nice guy like Brett off the island?"
― Cunga, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 01:59 (eleven years ago) link
He is like a church-going teen girl's fantasy of what guys will be like in their early 20s, while my friend and I, and almost everybody else we know, are the horrible compromise.
― Cunga, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 02:17 (eleven years ago) link
I mentioned him on a post that died out
― shouldn't I be in on the inside jokes about (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 06:14 (eleven years ago) link
I saw a guy from survivor at Saks 5th Avenue - he was from only 1 season behind at the time. Me and my sister just googled our eyes at him as we walked by. I wonder how many celebrities remain unscathed by paparazzi whom are too dumbfounded to say anything.
― shouldn't I be in on the inside jokes about (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 06:19 (eleven years ago) link
I only saw one episode of Survivor this season, when the Prayer Warriors lost the coconut challenge. I think God may have found intercession in a Reward Challenge insultingly beneath him.
― smashing aspirant (milo z), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 06:37 (eleven years ago) link
Except the female Prayer Warrior ended up winning. GOD HAS THE LAST LAFF.
― Leee, Thursday, 24 December 2009 00:13 (eleven years ago) link
once again immunity... back up for grabs.there's a smattering of season-specific threads from the show's early years, seems like this is the original and most general so i picked it for the revive: anybody else out there still watch this ridiculous show? i was a superfan from season 1 on, but eventually fell off after season 12 (panama) partly because i went off to grad school and partly because i was very alarmed by the godawful "tribes divided by race" theme of season 13 (discussed in its own thread: Survivor: Cook Islands, Post-Colonialism Colonialism Ratings Grab )just before quarantine started last year, on a whim i loaded up season 1 episode 1 for me and my partner, and when she got hooked and lockdown began, it became basically a yearlong distraction project to watch all 40 (count em) seasons to date, not entirely in order. lotta highs, lotta lows, plus a smattering of truly painful incidents along with problematic casting and problematic edits/storytelling. but having gone through it all we're already dipping in AGAIN because it's such good comfort TV: every episode has action, drama, gorgeous locales, usually comedy, strategy to puzzle over... a very complete junk-TV meal. as we wait on the much delayed season 41 - rumored to be a short 29 days to accommodate contestant quarantining, and verified as the first in a new era of guaranteed 50% BIPOC casting - I just gotta know if i'm the only survivor nut here on ilx.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 18:00 (six months ago) link
i'm a fan, and my wife is a nut whose seen every season and regularly listens to rob cesternino's survivor podcast. i started watching with her during natalie's first season (blood vs. water, don't remember the season number) and every season until that nonsense with ben dampened our enthusiasm. we have revisited old seasons together (africa, marquesas, pearl islands, all-stars, fans vs. favorites, and we're working through heroes vs. villains) and watched winners at war.
agreed that it's excellent comfort tv, and watching it is basically as close as i can get to convincing my wife to watch sports with me lol
― voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:02 (six months ago) link
we also watched the first season and it's amazing how much of it i absorbed through cultural osmosis even tho i never actually watched when it aired. it was really a phenomena, and my reaction to my wife's obsession was initially "people still watch this?", but now i totally get it.
― voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:03 (six months ago) link
*a phenomenon that i associated with that particular time (summer 2000, along with the x-men movie and "who let the dogs out?")
― voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 20:04 (six months ago) link
sports connection is real. i've always said that I only "got" what people love about sports - at least the social/discussion/fan/lore aspects - only after i got into watching this show with friends in college.we actually just rewatched Natalie A's first season! aka S29/San Juan del Sur. there had been a prior BvW season, #27 - half returning players, half their loved ones. also a pretty good one! similar mix of really memorable personalities and neutral/dud characters. you just have to put up with the terrible return of the terrible Colton from S24, surely one of their all-time worst casting decisions. his loved one Caleb was unbelievably nice and lovely; very sadly, he passed away in an awful workplace accident not long after the show aired. that casts a shadow.fyi, S21 thru S24 are widely regarded as the show's nadir, so if you stall out after HvV, consider doubling back to the run between All Stars and FvF - lotta "underrated deep cut" seasons in there.lol "that nonsense with Ben." sadly, Final Four Firemaking remains a constant. it's so cheap!!!
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 21:04 (six months ago) link
I think I stopped watching this when it became unavoidably apparent that the producers are willing to let contestants with mental health issues onto the cast because their resulting meltdowns made for arresting TV.
― Tahini Coates (Leee), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:55 (six months ago) link
That is exactly why I stopped.
― FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:57 (six months ago) link
speaking of the sports connection, one of the fun parts of recent seasons was learning that former nba goon scot pollard is just as much of a dick off the court as he was on the court (and he almost lost a basketball shooting challenge lol)
― voodoo chili, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:59 (six months ago) link
in general the "former pro athlete" category of survivor contestants has a pretty sorry track record, lol.i'd like to say they've done a better job over the last couple of years in terms of exploitative casting of people who should not be on the show. and certainly nothing like the Brandon Hantz incident in a long time. unfortunately S39 also included a seriously botched handling of complaints about a contestant not respecting women's boundaries. (not the first time the producers clearly thought they were doing a great job of Addressing An Important Issue, and weren't.)and then this was followed by basically a full year of past contestants coming forward to describe their poor experiences as people of color (in various respects) and the lack of mental health support coming *off* the show. the former led directly to the new casting diversity commitments, but progress on the latter remains to be seen, and of course there's a big difference between casting a more diverse group, and supporting them/telling their stories/etc. one of the more damning things to come out last year was Julia Carter from S38 revealing how a major thing on her beach was a returning "star" white golden boy castaway using the N-word multiple times (quoting Tarantino movies and South Park), her being affected by it, other ppl being silent, one lone white guy standing up for her, a lot of big talks, and NONE of it made it to the show and in fact her story basically didn't exist. :-/tbh one thing i found very fascinating binging the whole damn thing is the window into changing Heartland Middle American Cultural Values from 2000 to 2020. unfortunately the trend towards convoluted strategy prompted by the proliferation of weird game advantages tends to eat up airtime that used to go to "camp life" and getting to know people. but still.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 13:25 (six months ago) link
a returning "star" white golden boy castaway using the N-word multiple times (quoting Tarantino movies and South Park)
damn, i didn't hear about this. i'm pretty sure i can figure out who that might be and that's extremely disappointing
― voodoo chili, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 14:09 (six months ago) link
dunno if it helps or hurts but the same dumbass is also a trumper who in recent months has posted StopTheSteal stuff, QAnon stuff, etc.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 14:32 (six months ago) link
no wonder mark burnett likes him lol
― voodoo chili, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:21 (six months ago) link
sad but true. thankfully i do think he's gone beyond the pale and will not be back on the show.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:24 (six months ago) link
the Julia Carter blog post, btw, is here.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:25 (six months ago) link
I just wanna say that as somebody who watched 5 seasons of this at the beginning, enjoyed it, but had enough, I'm happy there are deep students of the entire corpus like you guys
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:29 (six months ago) link
haha. it is weirdly the area where i think i might have the most comprhensive knowledge of any random hobby thing of which i'm a "fan." my knowledge of Beatles lore in my teens probably could compete but a lot of that has faded big time.
season 5 (Thailand), btw, is an extremely common point at which to bail! routinely shows up in the bottom 3 of many people's lists to this day, for a variety of reasons (speaking of problematic incidents and problematic handling by the show). when it was not ugly and uncomfortable, it was also just plain boring and unsatisfying. possibly the only highlight is the "quirky old lady" type, Jan, who occupied her island time not with strategic scheming or conserving energy for challenges, but with establishing a small burial ground for local wildlife. i guess it was cool when psycho shithead skater dude Robb got taken down by a stingray. otherwise easily one of the most DUD seasons ever.
should you find yourself at all hankering for that old-school Survivor flavor, S7 (Pearl Islands) is widely regarded as the best of that whole period, with a very strong cast, interesting story arcs, and a brilliant use of a pirate theme, to which they have oddly not returned. it's on Hulu missing only one fairly inconsequential episode early on. of course all seasons are on Paramount Plus but who has Paramount Plus??
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:39 (six months ago) link
Pearl Islands was fantastic, yeah
― Dana Jel Pey (DJP), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:44 (six months ago) link
a bunch of seasons are available on hulu, i think, though not all of them. netflix, weirdly, has heroes vs. villains and cagayan (the first tony season)
― voodoo chili, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 15:46 (six months ago) link
yeah, hulu has everything up thru the early 30s. a bunch are missing episodes, some of them more crucial than others. Marquesas is missing like the first three episodes, boo!the netflix season picks are sooooooo bizarre to me. we hated the outcome of cagayan but, ok, it is generally a very popular season and certainly lively. but HvV is all about returning player fun, like seeing formerly great players make all-time blunders, or seeing one legendary "character" develop an unrequited love for another. the final showdown is super satisfying on its face but even moreso knowing who those people are and how they understand their own positions in the game. sigh.
― sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 April 2021 16:04 (six months ago) link
found my pen and paper list of all the seasons from early pandemic, when i was just trying to figure out what was missing on Hulu. i'm posting it here for posterity, now elaborated with some super nerdy RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION for anyone who reads this and is thinking about digging a little deeper into the show. to be clear, overall most of the seasons are overall 'good,' so lots of ones i really like have no markings here at all. just trying to narrow down.
♥: start here! ideal for newcomers/non-obsessives. great cast, good antics, some interesting moves, and generally compelling Survivor.◘: overall fantastic seasons that are just not "starters" - either too many returnees, or you have to know the game to 'get' it.♫: fine wines/deep cuts. maybe some dull stretches or flop ideas, but lots to appreciate and sink your teeth into if you love the show.▲: awful. do not watch. these are in a lot of "bottom" lists AND have ugly, objectionable content. ■: pretty bad, and again, in a lot of "bottom" lists. if you got HOOKED, and yet were still looking to cut a few out of the queue, these are the ones.†: is missing episodes on Hulu. seasons 35 forward are not on Hulu at all.( ): contains returnees from these seasons
if i were helping mentor your Survivor journey, I would start with the ♥ seasons in any order. if you get through those and are like "this is fun, i'd watch like 2-3 more," then go to the ◘ seasons (just being mindful of returnees). if you get through the ♥ seasons and are like "i'm definitely hooked," then you honestly should just start at the beginning and go chronologically, skipping the ▲ and ■ seasons. (it helps that 1-7, while slow by modern standards, are GREAT reality television, really interested in their characters and their storylines.) i'd only do the ■ ones if you get finished and are STILL hungry. or in some cases you might want them to prepare for a returnee season.
with returnees, i really think you wanna see all prior seasons of anybody there to appreciate what's going on. this can mean watching an entire bad season just to know what's going on, but usually not. it's tough to write a list like this without being way more specific about WHO'S coming back, because that can be a major spoiler. so this list has the weird conceit that for any returnee season, you look backwards in the list and if any of the referenced seasons is itself a returnee season, wellp, gotta deal with those first. if this all sounds like a headache, it is - so just do what i said above and start with the heart seasons and then go chronological. it's a blast.
01 Borneo ♥02 Outback ♫03 Africa ♫04 Marquesas ♫†05 Thailand ▲†06 Amazon ♫†07 Pearl Islands ♥†08 All-Stars ▲† (1,2,3,4,5,6,7)09 Vanuatu ♫†10 Palau ♥†11 Guatemala †12 Panama/Exile Island13 Cook Islands14 Fiji15 China ♫16 Micronesia/Fans vs. Favorites ◘ (7,9,12,13,14,15)17 Gabon ♫18 Tocantins ♥19 Samoa ■20 Heroes vs. Villains ◘ (2,4,7,8,10,11,12,13,15,16,17,18,19)21 Nicaragua ■22 Redemption Island ♫ (4,8,19,20)23 South Pacific ■ (13,16,18,20)24 One World ♫25 Philippines ◘ (2,13,16,19)26 Caramoan/Fans vs. Favorites (16,17,21,22,23,25)27 Blood vs. Water ◘ (1,7,8,12,13,18,19,20,24)28 Cagayan / Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty ◘29 San Juan del Sur ♥30 Worlds Apart / White Collars vs Blue Collar vs No Collar ■31 Cambodia / Second Chance ◘ (1,2,7,12,15,18,19,25,27,28,29,30)32 Kaôh Rōng - Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty33 Millennials vs. Gen X34 Game Changers ■ (2,7,12,13,16,18,20,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,30,31,32,33)35 Heroes vs Heroes vs Hustlers †36 Ghost Island † (all new players, but see note above) 37 David vs. Goliath ♥ †38 Edge of Extinction † ■ (29,31,32,33,34) 39 Island of the Idols ▲ † (all new players but see note above) 40 Winners at War ◘ † (2,3,4,7,8,11,13,16,18,20,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,31,32,33,34,36,37)
* All-Stars is the one real "problem" season: a bad time in SO many ways, but also really important to the mythos and to certain players' arcs. also key to the shift from Survivor as a groundbreaking TV phenomenon, to Survivor as just another show, and a 'game' with a growing history/lore/strategy playbook. one option would be to JUST watch the postmerge, which lets you avoid the ugliest parts of the season, and will more or less set you up for the future. i would say definitely watch at least that before you watch Heroes vs. Villains.
* Pearl Islands is truly great, and missing ONE early episode on Hulu which has a great challenge and some character development.... but you can get away with skipping that one. otherwise, though, the Hulu deletions are unforgivable.
* Ghost Island has only new players, but the gimmick is that people go to the titular island and encounter important artifacts from past seasons; since they're supposed to be tied to legendary moments, the explanatory flashbacks spoil those moments. helpfully, this seasons is pretty middling so you're not gonna want to skip there anyway.
* Island of the Idols ALSO has only new players, but the gimmick is that people go to the titular island and receive training from legendary players, spoiling their legendary past performances. i'm not listing out their seasons because this season also has a massively, massively problematic incident right at its center. so despite a few fantastic casting discoveries, i can't really recommend it until you're running out of seasons. by which point you will know the "idols" anyway.
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 20:58 (five months ago) link
doc c, i'm curious to hear more about your negative reaction to all-stars. i mean i kinda get where you're coming from, but i definitely didn't think it was the absolute worst season
― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:08 (five months ago) link
great question! it's a few things... spoilers behind hidden text... in terms of the game, the premerge is fairly interesting (though it's a bummer when several very big names get targeted only because of their big-nameness). there are some great moments, and a few people get memorable character development. it's especially fun to see former nobodies or merely "colorful" characters find their strategic footing, while former fan favorites character screw up challenges and build comically inept shelters, etc. but then strategically, very little "happens" in the post-merge. the Chapera alliance is SO locked down and it's not that fun to see underdogs repeatedly struggle unsuccessfully to get any of Rob's pawns to realize where they really stand.meanwhile there are SO many unhappy ugly moments. like really "not my idea of a good time" things. at the end, the jury is in an extremely unhappy, ill-tempered headspace; whether that's justified or not, it means the final tribal council is a big negative hatefest, not a fun way to finish a season. much more important: an incident that i think today would be reasonably characterized as sexual assault and would lead to a player being pulled from the game. here it's treated almost like comic antics, and you have to watch the victim pull herself from the game in a visibly distressed state - her suffering and anger is REALLY raw and painful to see - as other players and the show react in almost a "gee, what's HER problem?" manner. basically a repeat of the situation in Thailand, which was also handled incredibly poorly. that's the worst part by far.another player also pulls themselves out of the game because one of their family members is dying from cancer. and a beloved fan character complains that this person is a "cancer" in the tribe. probably just a sloppy choice of words but again, like.... this is downer shit, i don't wanna watch it again. and then because of all that, i also experienced the season back then as a crushing disappointment --- the gulf between "omg this amazing cast! omg for the first time people are coming back!" and the season we got was just really jarring, and kinda deflated the show for me.
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:27 (five months ago) link
an incident that i think today would be reasonably characterized as sexual assault and would lead to a player being pulled from the game. here it's treated almost like comic antics, and you have to watch the victim pull herself from the game in a visibly distressed state - her suffering and anger is REALLY raw and painful to see - as other players and the show react in almost a "gee, what's HER problem?" manner.
ah yes, i nearly forgot about that. that was very gross, and i'm surprised that it didn't elicit more of a negative reaction from probst and the contestants even at the time.
with regards to the jury being angry/unhappy, i'm not as troubled by that, and i enjoyed watching the power couple gleefully burn bridges, even if it was frustrating to watch supposedly smart people like lex get hoodwinked.
i do totally agree that it was a major step down from pearl islands, and isn't nearly as good as other returnee seasons like fans vs. favs, heroes vs. villains, and second chance.
― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:45 (five months ago) link
re: the finale - I think it was just so weird and jarring to see outside-the-game relationships come into the game in SUCH a negative way. like genuinely "we had a meaningful friendship that meant a lot to me and now it's fucked" vibes. it clearly took the players by surprise too. hardly anybody had any fun out there! those later returnee seasons - which i agree are all classics - don't seem to have this problem; i feel like people adjusted their sense of what "it's just a game" meant to them and it all settled down a little.
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:48 (five months ago) link
it was a bit annoying that so much outside-the-game stuff made it into the finale, sure, but since i came back to that season after watching several more recent seasons, my feeling was more along the lines of "what the hell did they expect?" lol.
it can't really be overstated how much boston rob changed the game–he was really the first to think of the show as a competition to be won, not just an ordeal to, well, survive.
― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:56 (five months ago) link
huh, i don't think i agree with that! plenty of people from the previous seasons fit that mold imo!
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 22:00 (five months ago) link
maybe he was just more ruthless, or better at giving confessionals lol
― the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 22:15 (five months ago) link
all-time confessionalist. spoilers for S22, it's worth watching Redemption Island JUST for him owning the camera for like a third of every episode. when he throws what would normally be a critical game item *into a volcano* i'm basically on board for him completely steamrolling the entire season and blocking out half the other characters from existing, which otherwise is unforgiveable editing imo. also has a pretty enjoyable long-term arc, between the cocky kid in Marquesas, who gets taken aback by how much he hurts people in All-Stars, settles down with his dream girl, returns as the determined young father and team player of HvV, learns a few lessons, comes back in S22 and finally wins.... and then when we finally see him again in 39 and 40, he's settled into his mature, middle-aged cockiness.
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 22:35 (five months ago) link
update: seasons 41 and 42 have now both wrapped up filming. 41 to premiere this fall, i think sometime in september. you can find cast photos/names/professions for 41 on sites like insidesurvivor. really really nice to see the 50% BIPOC casting standard changing up the mix, feeling cautiously optimistic for the season despite the expected shorter time on the island (under 30 days according to all the rumors, none denied by production).
― Bobo Honk, real name, no gimmicks (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 12 June 2021 17:26 (four months ago) link
mark your calendars! season 41 premiere is Wednesday 9/22, 8-10 pm on your local CVS affiliate! worth playing for???
― I honk along darkened Bobo-doors (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 18:15 (three months ago) link
the season 41 cast is now official! the one thing they seem to have in common is that nearly all of them sound like survivor super-nerds, just from the name-checks in their interviews. or maybe filming in the quarantine era meant they had a lot of time to binge-watch before they did their pregame interviews.
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 04:26 (one month ago) link
i may be the only one who truly cares but the premiere is TONIGHT at 8 pm eastern!
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:01 (four weeks ago) link
doctor casino i'm right there with you brother
― J0rdan S., Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:33 (four weeks ago) link
oh man i forgot it was back
― grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:38 (four weeks ago) link
i'm feeling really amped. the cast looks great, and while some of jeff's hype talk is predictably worrisome, I am LOVING the news that the winning votes will be read on the island, on the last day of the game --- first time since season 1. nothing has ever come close to that suspense/release, emotionally.
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 22:45 (four weeks ago) link
very strong premiere imho --- cast totally popping, lot of interesting people. i could have done with ONE less imposed dilemma, just for the sake of some time watching people interact building the shelter or looking for food, but overall it worked. felt very fresh and fun. if i had to pick a winner RIGHT now it would be Shan, Ricard, or Evvie, but there are definitely others who could soon come into sharper focus. felt so bad for the team whose last paddle was totally camouflaged by the similar colors of the set dressing!! that felt bogus.
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 23 September 2021 13:31 (three weeks ago) link
good to have this back.
― a talented ‘Rebel’ with Balls (Spottie), Thursday, 23 September 2021 18:14 (three weeks ago) link
rooting strongly for Shan and Evvie at this point. Liana also seems to have good instincts; the other two youngsters are great, engaging characters but feel like they're playing WAY too big too soon. there are several other promising but currently underdeveloped characters... the cast really does seem good but is very much getting crowded out by the barrage of wacky dilemmas and rulesy advantages. blue tribe in particular is profoundly mysterious.
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 2 October 2021 19:31 (two weeks ago) link
a truly great episode tonight - first time since the premiere that we got a reprieve from wacky dilemmas and advantages and just let this terrific cast drive the story. and all three teams delivered the goods.
― I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:13 (six days ago) link