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A dramatic reunion and satisfying finale ends a rocky Survivor

At the very end of an incredibly dramatic and overly rushed Survivor Worlds Apart live finale and reunion, Jeff Probst told viewers, “Thank you for your loyalty, even when you don’t like everyone.” You’re welcome, Jeff Probst. And thank you for shepherding a production that remains truly exceptional. The evidence of the show’s quality was …

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A satisfying battle of twists at Tribal Council, an amazing Ponderosa

Two dramatic challenges, one thrilling Tribal Council. That’s what Survivor Worlds Apart delivered last night, along with two solid challenges. And just wait until you see what happened when Dan got to Ponderosa. We had an unexpected episode of The Jeff Probst Show before the reward challenge, this time to focus on Rodney’s birthday boo-hoo …

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Survivor’s best season ever focuses on birthday temper tantrum

You know a season of Survivor is in trouble when the most noteworthy, sustained thing is someone whining about not being given a reward because it’s their birthday. Yet that’s what filled up a significant part of Survivor Worlds Apart: Rodney’s bizarre entitlement and whining about “a bunch of scumbags who neglected me on my …

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An attempt to change the game momentarily brightens Survivor

Survivor Worlds Apart was bookened by scenes that suggested what this season–or even episode–might have been. At the start, Shirin, still stung by Will’s abuse at Tribal, is consoled by Dan, who seems to have real empathy. At the end, Mike makes a terrific play to shake up the alliance and save Shirin. And then …

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Terrific Survivor episode, horrific behavior, ugh

That was an exceptional, highly entertaining episode of Survivor Worlds Apart. That was also an awful, highly disturbing episode of Survivor. It ended with a survivor of domestic abuse being verbally berated at Tribal Council while everyone else just sat there, including the host and producer. It left me with the kind of gross feeling that …

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Drag Race undoes its bad elimination with a great challenge

RuPaul’s Drag Race made good on its predictable promise to bring back an eliminated contestant, which RuPaul teased last week with a tongue-in-cheek, I-know-this-is-a-contrived twist language statement. The result was that this season’s worst elimination was undone, but there was also an opportunity for all the eliminated contestants to get some redemption during a strong …

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An unexpected moment of joy in the middle of a dismal Survivor

For a brief moment after the reward challenge on Survivor Worlds Apart, there was some genuine, joyous levity. Following a slapstick-filled obstacle course on the water that led to many painful-looking falls and penguin slides down wood ramps, Mike and the other reward challenge winners went off to make a Snickers commercial. The losing team …

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