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Winners at war with the game itself? - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Winners at War pre-season analysis

Winners at war with the game itself?

Survivor: Winners at War pre-season analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: January 22, 2020

If you've been wondering 'What could Survivor possibly do to screw up something as bulletproof as an all-winners season?', don't worry. Jeff Probst has a plan for that. Can the best cast ever break free of the showrunner's shackles? All we can do is hope.

Australian Survivor 101 - Bloomerang!

Australian Survivor 101

Survivor AU: All-Stars pre-season analysis

By Mike Bloom | Published: January 19, 2020

Mike welcomes you to the Bloomerang(!), with a complete introduction to all things Australian Survivor. All the backstories, backstabbings, and awkward, smiling politely, back-of-the-truck rides you will need to prepare yourself for the upcoming SurvivorAU: All-Stars.

Winners at War cast assessment - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Winners at War cast assessment

Survivor: Winners at War pre-season analysis

By Dan Otsuki | Published: January 9, 2020

Dan is ecstatic to see the long-awaited All-Winners format finally come to fruition, but now all fans have to ask: Who will win? Dan assesses the chances of each returning winner, while also highlighting the ones he's most excited to see play again, win or lose.

The ending was a good start - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols analysis

The ending was a good start

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 14 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 26, 2019

After a troubling season produced hopefully helpful new procedures, Jeff takes a close look at what's working (and a lot of what's not) with Survivor's core game, which mostly boils down to: Too much heavy handed production in some areas, too little in others.

Silver linings? - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Silver linings?

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 14 recap/analysis

By Dan Otsuki | Published: December 20, 2019

Dan weighs in on the Island of the Idols finale and reunion, and looks for silver linings in the season as a whole, and the show's response to its own mishandling of the harassment that overshadowed the post-merge.

The prize isn't only in the million dollars - Kaiser Island

The prize isn't only in the million dollars

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 14 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 20, 2019

Ryan takes stock of the Island of the Idols winner, the finale and reunion show, passes a final judgment on the season's story, cast, and final five, then looks ahead excitedly to Season 40: Winners at War.

Stumbling to a muted finish - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols analysis

Stumbling to a muted finish

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 13 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 16, 2019

One. More. Episode.

Where are we in the game? - Kaiser Island

Where are we in the game?

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 13 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 14, 2019

After Elaine's heartbreaking boot and the dark cloud of another dispiriting Dan card, Ryan tries to take a fresh look at the remaining five Island of the Idols players, and assess their standing heading into the finale.

Laissez fail - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.12 analysis

Laissez fail

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 12 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 9, 2019

Jeff makes the case that this episode's chaotic, largely rudderless Tribal Council was emblematic of the season as a whole: seemed fun at first, but ultimately a letdown, with no discernible guidance from production.

Wrecking ball - Kaiser Island

Wrecking ball

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 12 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 6, 2019

Loved ones visit Fiji, but only for the powerful. Noura gives a rant for the ages. An underdog alliance goes up in flames as Dean leaks the plan, and Karishma's ninth life is finally snuffed. And Ryan Kaiser attempts to sift through the wreckage for signs of life.

Karishma and the power of negative thinking - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.11 analysis

Karishma and the power of negative thinking

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 4, 2019

As we grasp for positives in the closing episodes of Island of the Idols, one standout has been Karishma's gravity-defying rise in prominence, despite having seen her name written down so many times. Is her path to the end sustainable?

Social capital, power rankings, and some relief - Well, in theory...

Social capital, power rankings, and some relief

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 3, 2019

With talk of social capital rising in the Survivor commentariat, Pat offers a more complete explanation of the concept in its original academic form, and talks about how the different kinds of social capital - bonded and bridged - contribute to Survivor success.

This bitch bit my finger - Kaiser Island

This bitch bit my finger

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 30, 2019

As a compromised Survivor season staggers on, Ryan tries to focus on the positive: Lauren's idol-winning bet, Noura somehow selflessly winning immunity, and Karishma's big idol play. Also Detective Dean's half-baked obfuscation.

Hearing no - The Golden Ticket

Hearing no

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episodes 8-9 analysis

By Ben Martell | Published: November 18, 2019

In the wake of Island of the Idols' difficult merge double-episode and Kellee's boot, Ben takes an in-depth look at consent, the lack thereof, the parties involved in the merge boot, and justifiable ethics in Survivor.

Standing up for what was right - Kaiser Island

Standing up for what was right

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episodes 8-9 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 15, 2019

As the once outstanding Island of the Idols season takes a dark, grim turn at the merge, Ryan sets aside the jokes for a week to ponder what went wrong, what needs fixing, and to praise those who stood up for what was right.

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