The past couple weeks there’s been a lot of comment love, so first off, let me say thank you to everyone who’s written in. The comments have been substantive, positive, and a confirmation that you guys are truly Survivor superfans like myself. It’s great to share in your theories, passion, and predictions.
One comment in particular, written by jerseygirl71, made me question if I was getting a little lazy. Her theory was that based on how many players were left with only 2 episodes to go, it has to mean that Adam is leaving sometime before Tribal Council. Now, I don’t wanna be a big spoiler – that would never happen on this site 😉 – because it may still occur, but it just made me realize I wasn’t thinking deep enough about this season.
And yes, I’ve been a little critical about how things have played out this season, but can you blame me? I even had to mention it in a comment of my own just how topsy-turvy the season is playing out. Once again – and had I recapped last season you would have read how disappointed I was in how S32 played out – we’re going to witness a Final Tribal with…how shall I say it…a less than impressive profile. And there seems to be a lot of that lately…
S32: Michelle, Aubry, Tai
S31: doesn’t count, they were return players
S30: Mike, Carolyn, Will
S29: Natalie, Jaclyn, Missy
I could name a few more (S26, S17, S9, S4) but the point I’m trying to make is that Survivor should always be about the best players making it to Tribal, not just the “survivors.” In the past, very good players usually won – okay, maybe not Natalie – but typically, great players typically came out on top. And we loved it.
Sure, Spencer could have beaten Jeremy, Coach could (should) have beaten Sophie, and Parvati should have beaten Sandra, but we knew it wasn’t simply who should win, but who the jury chose. We get it. We accepted it. We moved on when we didn’t agree.
But these last few seasons there seems to be an inverted way the game is being played, with strong players being identified and voted out early, and not even getting a chance to get their feet wet. Take a look at last season: Jennifer, Caleb, Anna, Neal, and Nick all went out pretty early. S30 gave us early departures by So, Max, Kelly, Joaquin, Hali and Joe. And S29 we said goodbye to Nadiya, Rocker, Kelley, Josh and Jeremy far too early.
Okay, I realize the game is fluid, and organic, and is never played the same way, but why has the game evolved to where strength is feared and weakness is glorified? When did this whole notion of taking goats to the end start? I’m struggling to remember when that term came to Survivor – any help from other überfans would be appreciated – because it’s not the way the game should be played. If someone is dragged to the end, it shouldn’t be something that’s openly discussed – at least from a show perspective – and incoming players should be “advised” that goats do not help the game, the brand, or the ratings.
Why am I the only one who’ll talk about this? I know I’m not the only one who thinks we should be given a strong cast, with strong gameplay, and strong alliances. What the hell is up with these stupid “trust clusters,” and paper-thin alliances? What happened to the game of Survivor? When did it become afraid to stand up for the game it was designed to be? What happened to the standard that was set by Richard, Tom, Yul, Earl, Tyson and Boston Rob?
Since when did weakness get rewarded as much as it has lately? Hell, I read today that friggin’ Hannah was nominated for one of the 20 Best TV Performances of 2016 by TV Guide. AYFKM? Who the hell would nominate that ditz for anything? Are you telling me that the only person who required medical attention in a challenge SHE DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN is someone we want to recognize? To reward? To look up to?
And they’re saying her anxiety and ineptitude make her relatable? To whom? Is Survivor (or TV Guide) now sponsored by the Special Olympics? WTF? Why isn’t strength, gameplay, acuity and TV Q being rewarded? Instead, we’re supposed to get behind Larry Fine, the Idiot who thinks she can f**k Ken…?
God, it irks me how this country is going downhill fast. Idiocracy has become prescient, not just comical. And yet no one wants to complain about it. Okay, fine, I give up. I’ll start writing about how sexy Hannah is and how much I’d like to exfoliate her. I’m sure even that would titillate that broad. I’m done, let’s just see who gets their Survivor dream shattered a few days before Final Tribal…
-Zeke’s demise can be blamed on Will popping his cherry…
-Adam threw away his idol on Hannah
-Will flipped to David’s coalition
-leaving Jay as the only player with an Idol
Night 33 and when Vinaka returns to camp Will is feeling like “the man” after his flip turned the game on its head.