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October, 2018

Two if by string
Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath recaps
Episode 5: Two if by string

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 30, 2018

As a second string-wrapped idol (clue) is found, Jeff questions the wisdom and fairness of themed idol hiding. Plus with the merge imminent, a sneak peek at how sub-alliances and power players may assemble themselves in the post-merge.


Kaiser Island - DvsG
Episode 5: Always in trouble

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 26, 2018

It is a dark and tumultuous time as Ryan endures a heavy, wrenching blow: The loss of Queen Natalie, long may she reign. Also some cyclone wrecks the camps, or something, idols are found, challenges won, jackets argued over, yada yada.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath recaps
Episode 4: A momentary glimpse of light

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 23, 2018

While David vs. Goliath has at times teetered on a flimsy barrow, carried by blindfolded drivers, through moments of darkness and misery in its first four episodes, there have also been flashes of brilliance, of lightness, of fun. Those were thankfully more abundant in Episode 4, as Jeff celebrates them.


Kaiser Island - DvsG
Episode 4: Gerrymandered against the Davids

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 19, 2018

Ryan reviews a movement-packed episode, as Bi leaves, tribes swap, something called Jabeni appears, Natalie ascends to her throne, Carl finds a strange new power, Tiva loses immunity, Alec flips, and Natalia is blindsided. Phew! But at least she takes it in stride.


Well, in theory... - S37
Episode 3: Evolution is real; Survivor is proof

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 17, 2018

Pat applies Darwin's theory of evolution to Survivor strategy, and questions the inverse correlation between pre-merge swaps and survival of the goats. Plus a look at who else benefits from the upcoming swap.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath recaps
Episode 3: New recipe: Less napalm, more Machiavelli

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 16, 2018

Jeff didn't love the personal attacks that were presented as entertainment in Episode 3 of David vs. Goliath, especially since they seemed like a reboot of a past season's conflict. Plus a look at who the swap is most likely to reward or put at risk.


Kaiser Island - DvsG
Episode 3: Get off my island

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 12, 2018

Ryan relishes every hair-flipping moment of the title bout in this episode: No, not Mason-Dixon vs. Gabby, or Bi vs. her knee, but Goliath vs. Goliath, a.k.a. Natalie vs. Jeremy.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath recaps
Episode 2: In praise of faking it

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 9, 2018

Jeff exalts the opportunities that could arise from having easily fake-able idols this season, one player who seems to be faking everyone out, (and another who clearly is not), and other late-forming takes on Episode 2 of David vs. Goliath.


Kaiser Island - DvsG
Episode 2: Why would you wanna take out the old lady?

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 5, 2018

Ryan surveys the damage of two storms that swept through Episode 2 of David vs. Goliath: Elizabeth's high-powered flipping of the votes on David to save Lyrsa, and Natalie's cyclonic path to deepest reaches of his heart.


Well, in theory... - S37
Episode 2: Don't upset the system

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 4, 2018

Pat explains how Talcott Parsons's social systems theory relates to the key strategic decision in Episode 2 of Survivor: David vs. Goliath - Lyrsa and Elizabeth's targeting of Jessica instead of Carl.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath recaps
Episode 1: The promise, the grimace, and the peril in a Goliath premiere

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 2, 2018

Jeff finds there was a lot to like, and a fair amount to lament, in the Survivor: David vs. Goliath season premiere. An interesting new cast, and more time to meet them, but also some darkness.


 

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