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October, 2017

Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 3: Three is the tragic number

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 16, 2017

In an attempt to diagnose the season's underwhelming start, Jeff zeroes in on three problems endemic to the three-tribe format, and offers tweaks to fix them. Also a defense of Patrick, a preview of the swap, and a fashionable vidcap gallery.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episode 3: His name was Patrick. Now he's Matthew

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 14, 2017

Pat refutes Malcolm Gladwell's outlier hypothesis, instead arguing that Robert Merton's theory of cumulative advantage applies better to Survivor, as seen in Patrick's exit from Episode 3 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episode 3: Stupidity as a plot device

By Dan Otsuki | Published: October 13, 2017

With horror shows on his Friday-the-13th mind, Dan praises the show's focus on ill-advised, bumbling gameplay, plus the surprisingly good showings of two previously overlooked contestants.


The Golden Ticket - S35
Episode 2: Have we found the final two?

By Ben Martell | Published: October 10, 2017

Ben takes a quick look at the departed Simone's game, ponders the significance of the Ben-Chrissy pairing, examines Joe's gameplay, and praises Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers' apparent return to editing form.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 2: Signs point to the big three (or four)

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 9, 2017

After just two episodes, Jeff takes a mostly over-extrapolated look at the contenders for winning Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. Plus a vidcap gallery also about the number two.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episode 2: You're a hustler. A hustler. You are. Yes you.

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 6, 2017

Pat looks at identity priming theory, and how this affects Survivor players' early tribal boot decisions, as seen in Episode 2 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episode 2: Foolish innocence

By Dan Otsuki | Published: October 6, 2017

Dan looks at the importance to the narrative of people playing the roles of literary fools (of various types) in the second episode of Survivor: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 1: Cramped, rushed, maybe some vomiting

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 2, 2017

Jeff looks back at the season premiere of Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers, and finds it mostly solid, albeit with an outsized focus on a twist that went nowhere, and a glaring deficit in focus on the booted player. To make up for that: A vidcap gallery.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episode 1: Let's talk some in-group and some out-group

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 2, 2017

Pat focuses on a relevant facet of social identity theory, in-group/ out-group bias, to help explain why Katrina was the first person voted out in Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. Then looks at the tribes in greater depth.


The Golden Ticket - S35
Episode 1: A tale of two people(s)

By Ben Martell | Published: October 1, 2017

Ben takes stock of the state of the strategic metagame entering the season premiere of Survivor: HHH, then looks in-depth at the Heroes, Healers, and Hustlers tribes, and the Super Idol, plus a few odds and ends.


 

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