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Big moves, big characters,big juries

Big moves, big characters, big juries

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 14 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 23, 2018

Jeff celebrates the successes of the David vs. Goliath season, then looks ahead to see how to replicate that triumph: examining new trends in jury voting patterns, the role of luck in the success of a Survivor season, some good international twists to add to the whiteboard, some new-ish twists to avoid Pagonging, and uh ... well, it's a lot.


Make as many fireworks as possible - Kaiser Island

Make as many fireworks as possible

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 14 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 22, 2018

Ryan bids a fond farewell to a great season, and makes as many fireworks as possible, as one should. Chief among them: His choice for Player of the Season, which is of course 100% correct. Deal with it.


Jury Jeopardy: David vs. Goliath - Survivor: David vs. Goliath finale predictions

Jury Jeopardy: David vs. Goliath

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Pre-Episode 14 predictions

By Pat Ferrucci, Ryan Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman | Published: December 17, 2018

With six players remaining, three True Dork Times writers (Pat Ferrucci, Ryan Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman) unite to forecast the outcome of the Survivor: David vs. Goliath jury's vote on the final three. Who will win the million? And more importantly, will we out-predict Survivor scribes from other sites?


Can a David finally topple the Goliaths? - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath analysis

Can a David finally topple the Goliaths?

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 13 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 16, 2018

As the sun sets on the scrappy little season that overcame the oversized skepticism surrounding its theme, Jeff ponders which of the six remaining Survivor: David vs. Goliath contestants has the best chance to win, now that Christian has joined the jury.


Treat 'em really well, and then slit their throats - Kaiser Island

Treat 'em really well, and then slit their throats

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 13 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 15, 2018

Ryan negotiates his way through the twists and turns of a convoluted but ultimately shocking final boot before the David vs. Goliath finale. Chock full of tricks, frenemies, revenge, God, and of course... balls.


Theorizing about where everyone stands - Well, in theory...

Theorizing about where everyone stands

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 13 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 14, 2018

As the season finale looms, and the winner's landscape now lacks Christian's Goliath presence, Pat tries to discern which of the six David vs. Goliath contestants remaining are the frontrunners to win, might have a chance, or have no chance.


How 'too soon' is now? - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath analysis

How 'too soon' is now?

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 12 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 10, 2018

Jeff looks at how, idols and immunities aside, a constantly shifting jury size and final vote schedule makes discerning the correct time to make a move nearly impossible, even for the most game-aware players. Plus the role of idol plays in jury votes, and strategy vs. emotion.


I'm excited, and I'm nervous, and I'm sad - Kaiser Island

I'm excited, and I'm nervous, and I'm sad

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 12 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 7, 2018

Ryan ponders the relative merits of going Big (Move) AND going home, crapshoot (lack of) movement to win reward, not moving at all to win immunity, and hiding your movements so as not to become a target, as seen in Episode 12 of David vs. Goliath.


Gabby attempts to restore her image - Well, in theory...

Gabby attempts to restore her image

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 12 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 6, 2018

Pat finds similarities between Gabby's big (attempted) move and the concept of image restoration theory, and finds it applies generally to the recent emphasis on making Big Moves, not just in Survivor: David vs. Goliath.


It's all about the trust - Well, in theory...

It's all about the trust

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episodes 10-11 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 1, 2018

Pat looks at the academic concept of interpersonal trust, and how it applies in Survivor, particularly as both a currency and a weapon, as seen in Episodes 10 and 11 of Survivor: David vs. Goliath.


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