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March, 2019

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Kaiser Island - Edge of Extinction
Episode 7: Let's f***ing do it

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 29, 2019

Ryan revisits the highs and lows and expletives and exits of the Extinction reveal and return, and the lows and whoas and oh nos of the rest of the Edge of Extinction merge episode.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Edge of Extinction recaps
Episodes 5-6: Rallying back from the brink

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 25, 2019

Edge of Extinction's double-episode worked, despite back-to-back underdog blindsides, because it focused on its characters. Jeff revisits that, previews the return challenge and post-merge, and dives into a whole lotta Joe (with context).


Kaiser Island - Edge of Extinction
Episodes 5-6: Everything's a gamble

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 23, 2019

As the pre-merge fast-forwards through its final two hours, Ryan pauses to mourn Aubry's blindside, appreciate the Extinction chaos, remark on Lesu's losing and Joe's winning ways, and take a worried peek ahead at the big Extinction reveal and return.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Edge of Extinction recaps
Episode 4: The problem of the perpetual premiere

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 19, 2019

Time management appears to be the biggest flaw in Edge of Extinction, and Jeff looks at how the problem may be just one of numbers: too many people. Still. Numbers are also a problem with expansion swaps to three tribes, but there it's too few people per tribe.


The Golden Ticket - Edge of Extinction
Episode 4: Wardog in trouble

By Ben Martell | Published: March 18, 2019

Ben argues against the perception that Edge of Extinction is failing, highlighting four key points in which he feels the season is a success. Among them: It will be new and interesting to see how Wardog's strategic machinations will fare following the looming return from Extinction.


Well, in theory... - Edge of Extinction
Episode 4: I hope this season becomes extinct, soon

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: March 18, 2019

Pat hits pause on the theory this week, to present a new, emerging hypothesis: Is Edge of Extinction the worst Survivor season?


It's Kind of a Funny Story - Edge of Extinction
Episode 4: A Survivor spring break

By Dan Otsuki | Published: March 16, 2019

Dan Otsuki takes a literal spring break from law school to describe how this season is like a Survivor spring break: lots of beaches, filled with lots of people you don't know, and so on.


Kaiser Island - Edge of Extinction
Episode 4: The Cleveland Browns of tribes

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 15, 2019

Everything is different and yet pretty much the same, as Ryan surveys the aftermath of the tribe swap: Some madness, some sadness, and some acceptance that maybe The Wardog is running this asylum, after all.


Well, in theory... - Edge of Extinction
Episode 3: It's time to stack some thoughts together

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: March 11, 2019

Pat takes a look at the concept of stacking — a form of stereotyping, especially in sports — as it applies to Survivor. Specifically, in the Manu tribe's unsupported assumptions in selecting some of its 'weaker' players.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Edge of Extinction recaps
Episode 3: You forgot it in people

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 10, 2019

Through the first three episodes, character development, something Survivor did so well during David vs. Goliath, appears to be teetering on the Edge of Extinction. How has the show's ability to present three-dimensional (or even one-dimensional) characters vanished so rapidly?


Kaiser Island - Edge of Extinction
Episode 3: She's lost her rocker

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 8, 2019

If you were hoping Ryan wouldn't be able to get through his Episode 3 recap of Edge of Extinction without addressing the giant chicken in the room, you're in cluck. (Not sorry. Totally Wentworth it.)


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Edge of Extinction recaps
Episode 2: There's no winning in mixed seasons

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 3, 2019

It's a bleak week in Pitman recap-land, as Jeff points out the competitive balance flaw hanging over the season, a potentially hazardous twist, and a potentially unfair editing choice. At least nobody has died yet?


The Golden Ticket - Edge of Extinction
Episode 2: Cliffhanger edition

By Ben Martell | Published: March 2, 2019

Ben Martell asks if Edge of Extinction's Episode 2 cliffhanger was really a cliffhanger, if the women-and-idols narrative is perhaps a multi-season storytelling arc, and if the Wardog is actually playing the Warthog... and more.


Kaiser Island - Edge of Extinction
Episode 2: I would vote me out

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 1, 2019

Revisit the revelry (also the recriminations?) of Episode 2 with Ryan, who loved Reem on Redemption, er, Extinction, and mostly tolerated the rest of the episode's idol talk and returnee-hating.


 

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