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April, 2017

It's Kind of a Funny Story - S34
Episode 7: Intent vs. impact

By Dan Otsuki | Published: April 18, 2017

Dan takes a break from the story analysis to briefly touch on the events at Tribal Council, praise Zeke, and take a glimpse at the likely story after the upcoming merge.


Well, in theory... - S34
Episode 7: With the merge comes power rankings

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 17, 2017

Pat eschews theory this week, in favor of examining the impact of Zeke's outing (and Varner's ouster) in Ep.7 of Game Changers, and looking ahead at the contestants' relative winning chances, heading into the merge.


Pitman recaps - S34
Episode 7: Losses and gains

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 15, 2017

Jeff Pitman looks at the damage done in the awful Tribal Council from Episode 7 of Game Changers, but also at the potential good that did and can come from it. Plus a look ahead at the merge.


The Golden Ticket - S34
Episode 7: Putting compassion first

By Ben Martell | Published: April 13, 2017

Ben responds with a message of compassion for the participants of the Tribal Council in Episode 7 of Survivor: Game Changers, "What Happens On Exile, Stays on Exile."


The Golden Ticket - S34
Episode 6: Effective grooming

By Ben Martell | Published: April 11, 2017

Ben explores Sandra's alliance-grooming (and fall), Tai's underratedness, Brad's rising edit, Cochran's cameo, and the emerging post-merge battle lines, as seen in Episode 6, "Vote Early, Vote Often," of Game Changers.


Pitman recaps - S34
Episode 6: Viva la reina

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 10, 2017

Jeff Pitman examines the career of Queen Sandra, the new Exile Yacht, Cochran, Debbie, Tai, and the rapidly metastasizing idols/advantages in Episode 6, "Vote Early, Vote Often," of Game Changers. Plus a vidcap gallery!


Well, in theory... - S34
Episode 6: The drive to boot Sandra

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 9, 2017

Pat dips into Drive Theory, and argues that in order to please the audience, returnees are driven to target former winners, as seen in Sandra's ouster in Episode 6 ("Vote Early, Vote Often") of Survivor: Game Changers.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S34
Episode 6: A little Survivor mythos

By Dan Otsuki | Published: April 7, 2017

Dan laments the end of the Queen's reign, looks at how lingering Survivor mythology has affected her and other people's games, and digs deep into the Exile winner visit.


Well, in theory... - S34
Episode 5: To compare or not to compare

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 3, 2017

Pat compares JT's seasons, then delves into Social Comparison theory, in order to explain JT's curious conclusion that he was in a better position than Michaela in Episode 5 ('Dirty Deed') of Survivor: Game Changers.


Pitman recaps - S34
Episode 5: Is she acting?

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 3, 2017

As Survivor the game has changed, so has Survivor the TV show. Except in this episode, which seems to have borrowed some of the worst (read: thespian) impulses of the All-Stars season.


The Golden Ticket - S34
Episode 5: Famous firsts

By Ben Martell | Published: April 3, 2017

Ben explores JT's regression, Sandra's mastery, Debbie's meltdown, and Sarah's edit, as seen in Episode 5, "Dirty Deed," of Survivor: Game Changers. Plus a look at the state of the game, heading into another swap.


 

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