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November, 2019

This bitch bit my finger
Kaiser Island - Island of the Idols
Episode 11: This bitch bit my finger

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 30, 2019

After the previous week's harrowing circumstances, Ryan runs through an episode that tries to pretend nothing major happened. Which dampens any thought of celebrating what would otherwise be exciting events in this one.


Kaiser Island - Island of the Idols
Episode 10: The answer is no

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 22, 2019

After the previous week's harrowing circumstances, Ryan runs through an episode that tries to pretend nothing major happened. Which dampens any thought of celebrating what would otherwise be exciting events in this one.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols recaps
Episodes 8-9: How to move forward from here?

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 20, 2019

A previously great season allowed an uncomfortable incident to become in-game strategic fodder, and in mere minutes, Survivor: Island of the Idols went from a fun adventure to a bleak, miserable miasma. Is there a path forward for the show as a whole, or the season? Eh, maybe.


The Golden Ticket - Island of the Idols
Episodes 8-9: Hearing no

By Ben Martell | Published: November 18, 2019

In the wake of Island of the Idols' difficult merge double-episode and Kellee's boot, Ben takes an in-depth look at consent, the lack thereof, the parties involved in the merge boot, and justifiable ethics in Survivor.


Kaiser Island - Island of the Idols
Episodes 8-9: Standing up for what was right

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 15, 2019

As the once outstanding Island of the Idols season takes a dark, grim turn at the merge, Ryan sets aside the jokes for a week to ponder what went wrong, what needs fixing, and to praise those who stood up for what was right.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols recaps
Episode 7: The story that gets told

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 11, 2019

Female contestants have had a major impact on this season so far, and Jeff dives into the degree to which this has been facilitated by the show itself, plus a look at Kellee's big move, and is there a chance for an older winner?


It's Kind of a Funny Story - Island of the Idols
Episode 7: A story called Survivor

By Dan Otsuki | Published: November 9, 2019

Dan makes a brief return to examine how this season, with its diverse cast, emphasis on character stories, and strong female casting, has changed the overall arc of the two decade Survivor meta-narrative. Plus a post-merge power ranking.


Kaiser Island - Island of the Idols
Episode 7: You want to pull some crazy s***?

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 8, 2019

Ryan praises and guides you through a second straight spectacular, character-driven, socially relevant episode of Survivor, which as a bonus also featured abundant flashy gameplay and strategic insights ... almost all of it by women. Plus a salute to Rudy Boesch.


Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols recaps
Episode 6: Congratulations!

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 4, 2019

If last week's episode felt a bit like setting up the chess pieces for a big play, this week's episode made that investment of plotting time worthwhile. From the camp life to the blindside, an apt demonstration that 39 seasons in, Survivor can still deliver can't-miss television.


Well, in theory... - Island of the Idols
Episode 6: Little late Power Rankings

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: November 1, 2019

Pat returns after a brief hiatus to survey the Sole Survivor landscape, after the surprise power shift on Vokai in Episode 6. Who does Pat see as having the best chance to win, at this point in the game?


Kaiser Island - Island of the Idols
Episode 6: Ain't afraid of no fight

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 1, 2019

Ryan revisits the high-pressure Tribal that could have gone to rocks, or featured an Aaron flip, but instead deployed a key advantage and an ex-Vokai missing the merge. With lots of juicy stakes, heartfelt 'real talk' conversations, and chicken decapitation reactions along the way.


 

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