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Survivor San Juan Del Sur

Gross, piggish sexism on Survivor, this time with consequences

Survivor is no stranger to sexism from its host or players, but rarely has it been so blatant or gross as it was last night, and rarely does it result in such clear consequences–though, sadly, it was not for one of the people behaving badly, but the most threatening member of their alliance. The result was …

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The merge makes this season of Survivor even more terrible

Sometimes the Survivor merge brings an increased intensity of game play and renewed vigor and life for the players and the show itself, as it did last fall during the first Blood vs. Water. Sometimes it means a slump as a dominant tribe picks off the smaller tribe before turning on itself. In the case of San Juan …

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For a bag of rice, Jeff Probst bleeds a tribe, and Survivor, dry

This Survivor San Juan Del Sur episode was full of frustrating behavior, from Coyopa bungling the immunity challenge to Hunapu trading nearly every single thing in their camp to Jeff Probst for a bag of rice so they wouldn’t go hungry. On Survivor. Where people usually lose a lot of weight and forage for food. And have …

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Solved: the mystery of Survivor’s four cutest guest stars

Besides the exceptional narrative arc of Drew’s blindside, the fourth episode of Survivor San Juan Del Sur is most notable for the brief but remarkable appearance of four animals, three of whom were riding on the fourth’s back. But what are they? Alert reality blurred reader Michael Corbett identified it in an e-mail to me …

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After tribe shake-up, Survivor tribes shake poles

Despite a tribe shake-up and a somewhat surprising vote, I’m not sure I have all that much to say about Survivor San Juan Del Sur, or Survivor Blood vs. Water, as Jeff Probst called it last night, and perhaps before, perhaps to confuse us into thinking we were watching a season with actual strategy or better editing. I understand why tribes were …

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Survivor tribe shuffle spoiler: start learning new tribes now

The preview for Wednesday’s episode of Survivor revealed that the tribes will switch this week. That’s disappointing in part because their dynamics were just becoming interesting, and also because now I have to re-learn tribe affiliations that I already didn’t know thanks to this season’s bizarre editing. However, we can start studying now, because the CBS preview below gives away …

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Survivor kingpin brilliantly masterminds his own exit

What an immensely satisfying episode of Survivor. It was remarkable that the episode was almost entirely self-contained, and to appreciate what happened, you needed no context or history. It was simply the story of the rise of a self-appointed leader and how his hubris created his spectacular fall. Can stupidity be a tragic flaw? If Drew hadn’t clumsily thrown the challenge, …

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