A recap of Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers episode 12, “Not Going To Roll Over And Die,” during which everyone’s secrets were revealed and they played a drama-free game of marbles.
Going into these three episodes of Survivor—the pre-Thanksgiving episode and the two-hour episode last night, amusingly titled “Buy One, Get One Free”—I expected the merged tribe to just burn through the remaining three people who were in the minority alliance: Cole, Joe, and Mike. Conveniently, they also happened to be the most grating personalities remaining. But… continue reading
A recap of “Playing with the Devil,” Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers episode 8, on which the reward challenge led to a dramatic scene at camp.
Tim Gunn learned about Kentaro’s inspiration for his original composition—a dead cat. Tim had some reactions. I made some GIFs.
“Are you worried that maybe something isn’t going to go the way it usually goes?” Jeff Probst asked the newly merged cast, and I leapt up from my couch and screamed, Yes! Yes I am so worried the back half of the game is going to be like more of spinning the same ball in a… continue reading
“This is why you play Survivor,” Joe said as he found his second idol. But a more apt title for the episode, and for the season, was what Ali said as she was voted out by her tribe: “You’re kidding me.” Because as the season approaches its merge, it delivered a frustrating episode that had… continue reading
On Survivor 35’s fifth episode, Ben, a Marine, discussed his PTSD and life after service. And then the episode moved on to other, less-consequential things.
A recap of Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers episode 4, “I don’t like having snakes around,” on which an advantage became a punishment.
Claire Buitendorp was disqualified from Project Runway after admitting to measuring clothes in her hotel room. Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein, whose former company owns the show, was removed from the credits after women came forward with stories of his harassment, assault, and rape.
I don’t know what to do with Survivor when it’s boring. It’s the show that’s kept my attention for 17 years, which is a remarkable achievement, considering my short attention span and high expectations—which are even higher for a show that has demonstrated its ability to be exceptional. I like character development. I don’t want the… continue reading