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April, 2018

Well, in theory... - S36
Episode 8: Self-efficacy and the path of least resistance

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 18, 2018

Pat looks at the strategic choices made following the Survivor: Ghost Island merge, and uses the concept of self-efficacy and perceived access to power to explain the decision to target Chris.


The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 8: Inductive reasoning

By Andy Baker | Published: April 17, 2018

Sifting through the fallout of an explosive Ghost Island merge vote, Andy identifies the clues in the story we've been told so far, and uses them to piece together (maybe) the story remaining for the post-merge game.


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S36
Episode 8: The Un-Noble One

By Dan Otsuki | Published: April 13, 2018

Following the Ghost Island merge, Dan reviews Chris's role in the season as a whole, proposes an alternate edit possibility, praises time-limited idols, and presents his power rankings for the remaining 12 players.


Kaiser Island - S36
Episode 8: This is a showdown

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: April 12, 2018

Survivor rolls out a rollicking merge episode that brings together 13 people who are content to make the episode entirely about Chris and Domenick. How does Ryan work in three Survivors who aren't actually in the episode? Through the magic of recapping.


Jeff Pitman's Ghost Island recaps
Episode 7: Reversing the cursed Ghost Island

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 9, 2018

With Ghost Island the season half over, Ghost Island the island has been a bit of a dud. So far, at least. Jeff offers four suggestions to dramatically improve it. Plus a fun dive into the numbers on the gender disparity in idol finds.


The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 7: Baker's dozen

By Andy Baker | Published: April 8, 2018

With a Baker's Dozen worth of players remaining, Andy re-projects the boot order of the 13 Ghost Island contestants left. Who will emerge victorious in Domenick vs. Chris, and in the game as a whole?


It's Kind of a Funny Story - S36
Episode 7: Fast takes from an airport in Newark

By Dan Otsuki | Published: April 7, 2018

In an abbreviated Story, Dan dispatches a few swift thoughts on Episode 7 of Ghost Island, ranging from the sudden flood of idols to the changes in the gameplay with the merge approaching.


Well, in theory... - S36
Episode 7: The annual merge-time Power Rankings!

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 6, 2018

With seven Ghost Island episodes in the books and the merge approaching, Pat takes a break from the theory and updates his pre-season contestant evaluations. Which player is now the most likely to win?


Kaiser Island - S36
Episode 7: Nasty son of a bitch

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: April 5, 2018

As Ghost Island's pre-merge ends in Episode 7, Ryan tries his best to cope with the sudden loss of Bradley's bitching. Luckily, items have been maturing over the last decade to ease various people's pain. Sadly, none are the Immunity Willard.


Jeff Pitman's Ghost Island recaps
Episode 6: Outhugged, outpuzzled, outnumbered

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 3, 2018

A random swap placed the six remaining Malolos in the worst position possible on all three new tribes, and unsurpisingly, the Malolo purge continued. Fittingly enough, on the new Malolo tribe. Bradley was right about the squalor!


Well, in theory... - S36
Episode 6: Voting alone? Different types of social capital

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: April 2, 2018

Pat finds support for Robert Putnam's concept of different types of social capital - bonded and bridged - in Angela's big decision between James and Naviti in Episode 6 of Ghost Island.


The Baker's Dozen - S36
Episode 6: The contrarian returns

By Andy Baker | Published: April 1, 2018

Andy offers some alternative takes on Episode 6 of Ghost Island, including criticism both of blindfolded challenges and of mocking Chris, and wait... who does he see as the Colby who could win?


 

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