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May, 2018

The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 12: Perception is reality TV

By Andy Baker | Published: May 14, 2018

Andy reflects on how the remaining Ghost Island players see themselves and their position in the game, and how the potential jurors see them. Who comes off the best?


Well, in theory... - S36
Episode 12: The expected utility of not moving

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 13, 2018

Pat looks to Expected Utility theory to try to decipher Laurel's big decision in Episode 12 of Ghost Island - a decision that came out, once again, to result in not making a move.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S36
Episode 12: If it ain't broke...

By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 13, 2018

In perhaps his final Ghost Island column, Dan laments Chelsea's near-invisible exit and the sluggish post-merge gameplay, and makes a modest proposal to avert Pagongings by... well, read and find out.


Jeff Pitman's Ghost Island recaps
Episode 12: Laurel's no-win situation

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 12, 2018

Sometimes the best move is also the most boring one, even when it doesn't necessarily lead to a winning game. Why? Naviti Strong, mostly. Also: Suggestions to fix the Loved Ones visit rut, and a look ahead at the endgame.


Kaiser Island - S36
Episode 12: Go big or go home, girl

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 11, 2018

Ryan Kaiser reminds us that as the oozing Malolo orange lava of the Ghost Island pre-merge petrifies into Lavita black rock, only Aunt Patty can shake things up and make them interesting again.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor NZ: Thailand recaps
Episode 3: The Outpost vs. Ghost Island

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 8, 2018

Jeff conducts a more thorough investigation of the relative strengths and faults of the two current Survivor island-based getaways: the US's Ghost Island, vs. NZ: Thailand's Outpost. Which will emerge supreme? Also, Chani Power Rankings.


The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 11: Survivor is...

By Andy Baker | Published: May 8, 2018

Andy looks in depth at the many flaws, difficulties, curious choices, and frustrations... but also successes with Ghost Island, and emerges with a complicated but ultimately hopeful look at the season and state of the game.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S36
Episode 11: Bad luck is boring

By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 5, 2018

One bad decision may haunt you forever, but Dan decries the outsized role one bad random draw (or two, or three) has been having on the outcome of the season. Plus an attempt to decipher the curious decisions in the two Tribals.


Well, in theory... - S36
Episode 11: Cognitive dissonance and idle contestants

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 5, 2018

Pat looks askance at the lackluster move-making thus far in the Ghost Island post-merge, and argues that several strategists' hesitance to change the game can be explained by the theory of cognitive dissonance.


Jeff Pitman's Ghost Island recaps
Episode 11: Orange crushed

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 5, 2018

Jeff explores how the Malolos still managed to snatch twin defeats out of the jaws of a golden opportunity for one or more successes, how an unseen player is somehow racking up big advanced scores, and how the numbers of votes, challenges won, and idols this season stack up historically.


Kaiser Island - S36
Episode 11: Luck of the draw

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 4, 2018

Like Probst, Ryan has very few questions about this largely snooze-inducing episode, but stay (Naviti) strong, there are real fakes, slaps, and sleeping to be had as he recaps the double Michelle Yi-ing.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor NZ: Thailand recaps
Episode 2: Outwit, outplay, Outpost: A test for Tess

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 2, 2018

Survivor NZ: Thailand's first run through the Outpost was a complete success, as JT and Tess demonstrated the potential for both mischief and pure entertainment. But where does the episode leave its few remaining older women, and... its superfan contestants?


The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 10: Big Survivor

By Andy Baker | Published: May 1, 2018

This can't be true: Somehow, some way, Andy has (allegedly) come across the top-secret, season-fixing discussions that took place between certain executive producers of two Big, still-standing CBS competition-reality shows.


 

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