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December, 2017

Immunity vs. idols - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: HvHvH Ep.14 analysis
Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 14: Immunity vs. idols

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 26, 2017

Jeff looks back on the competing gameplay styles in the Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers final Tribal Council showdown, the poorly handled twist that led to it, and the historic idol and immunity totals the season produced.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episode 14: Secrets and leverage

By Dan Otsuki | Published: December 21, 2017

In his final Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers column, Dan assesses the outcome of the season, determines the archetypes of the final five contestants, and has some hot takes on the winner and runner-up, that F4 twist, and the next season, Ghost Island.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 13: What do juries want?

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 19, 2017

Jeff explores the potential Final Tribal Council arguments each of the five remaining players could put forth, with past precedents of winning games, as we enter the season finale of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Pre-Episode 14: Jury jeopardy - HvHvH

By Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, and Jeff Pitman | Published: December 18, 2017

The True Dork Times writers combine their predictive powers to forecast the voting preferences of the Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers jurors, with an eye to predicting the winner. And, of course, beating Inside Survivor, A Tribe of One, Purple Rock Podcast, and the RHAP bloggers at the same game.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episode 13: Where does it all stand?

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 15, 2017

With just five players remaining, Pat evaluates how close they may come to the million-dollar prize, as we count down to the season finale of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episode 13: Contenders and champions

By Dan Otsuki | Published: December 14, 2017

Dan takes a parting look at Ashley's archetype and lots (lots!) of idols, then sorts the mere contenders from the potential champions heading into the season finale of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


The Golden Ticket - S35
Episode 12: The bad play paradox

By Ben Martell | Published: December 12, 2017

Ben shares some parting thoughts on Lauren and on that marble challenge, then explores whether having a suboptimal social game in fact provides the best path to winning. Along with some final predictions for Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episode 12: Good play vs. good TV

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 11, 2017

Jeff contrasts the competing interests of predictable, rational strategic play and surprising, watchable television moments. Followed by an in-depth examination of Lauren's and Ben's idols and vote-changing idol plays throughout Survivor history.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episode 12: Twists of fate

By Dan Otsuki | Published: December 8, 2017

Dan contrasts the balanced play of Lauren with Ben's chaotic turn, and with Mike's nothing-to-lose approach, as they collided in Episode 12 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. Also some thoughts on the loved ones visit and what it tells us about where the season might end up.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episode 12: Let's have a chat about hypocrisy

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 8, 2017

Pat describes self-justification theory, specifically external self-justification, evident in Survivor players who excuse their own behavior while criticizing the same actions by others. He then looks ahead and hopes to avoid similar behavior from jurors.


The Golden Ticket - S35
Episodes 10-11: The man in black

By Ben Martell | Published: December 5, 2017

Ben identifies Devon's and Ben's literary antecedents, dissects the double-episode's various strategic moves, evaluates the new power three, then power-ranks the remaining seven contents in Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S35
Episodes 10-11: Deceptive arcs

By Dan Otsuki | Published: December 5, 2017

Dan argues that the story shows the rise of Devon and Ashley may be a red herring, why Lauren reminds him of Natalie White, and where the season may be heading after Episodes 10-11 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


Jeff Pitman's S35 recaps
Episodes 10-11: The state of the final eight... er, seven

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 5, 2017

With just three episodes of Heroes v Healers v Hustlers left and a number of plausible winner candidates, Jeff re-evaluates each remaining contender's chances of winning the game, based on their current résumés.


Well, in theory... - S35
Episodes 10-11: Chrissy and Ryan get lost in their own story

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 4, 2017

Pat uses narrative transportation theory to explain Chrissy and Ryan's mistaken comfort in the alliance of seven, leading to its epic blindside and Lauren's new alliance's game-changing power shift in Episodes 10-11 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.


 

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