Survivor 30 recaps

The Lone Star

Episode 14: The Lone Star

Published: May 22, 2015


In which your boy Tex (Mike) puts on a show in the final episode, sweeping three challenges and taking 6 of 8 jury votes to win Worlds Apart. Just like you had probably guessed, but feared he wouldn't.

The Final Countdown

Episode 13: The Final Coutndown

Published: May 15, 2015


An exciting, highly anticipated battle between the Extra Vote Advantage and a Hidden Idol turns out to be a blowout, but at least a blowhard is now out.


Episode 12: Filler

Published: May 12, 2015


A mostly unobjectionable episode of Worlds Apart, padded with objectionable objections, followed by a mostly unobjectionable player getting the boot. Next.

The Comeback (Almost)

Episode 11: The Comeback (Almost)

Published: May 1, 2015


All of a sudden, Survivor: Worlds Apart remembers that it's about hope, and playing a game, and hope, and even though it didn't work out, hope.

Adequate, Forgettable, Occasionally Regrettable

Episode 10: Adequate, Forgettable, Occasionally Regrettable

Published: April 24, 2015


But for a single, laudable act of defiance, Survivor: Worlds Apart becomes nearly unwatchable, as production tries to make everyone even more miserable than they already are.

Dyin' on the Edge

Episode 9: Dyin' on the Edge

Published: April 17, 2015


It was the worst of times, it was... oh wait, it could have been even worse, due to a quit! If you and your "best season ever" claims don't start making sense, we're going to put you in a home.

Waiting for the Tone Atonement

Episode 8: Waiting for the Tone Atonement

Published: April 12, 2015


In which Survivor decides to obfuscate an obvious boot by dipping its toe in a pool of misogyny, then wallowing for a while. Which has to be rectified soon, right? Right?

Gripping polls

Episode 7: Gripping Polls

Published: April 4, 2015


Idols and poles and buffs that are black but claim to be purple and they called the merge tribe what? Worlds Apart kicked into a higher gear at the merge, and seems poised to keep going.


Episode 6: Brpwned

Published: March 27, 2015


As things to start to pick up with the merge approaching, we look at redemption arcs, challenges, and the lingering scourge of One World. Let us all hope for a better future.


Episodes 4&5: Nerds!

Published: March 22, 2015


A troubling tone and a massively imbalanced swap made for a double feature that was far from featureless, but still not as perfect as the hype had suggested. Even so, the embers have been stoked, and an exciting bonfire looms ahead. Maybe.

God's beard!

Episode 3: The Trouble with Treble

Published: March 13, 2015


Jeff considers the heretical idea that maybe, just maybe, three tribes isn't always such a great thing on Survivor, presenting Episode 3 of Worlds Apart as a prime example. May God's beard smite him.

Actually, it's pronounced 'bluh'

Episode 2: Free Blurred

Published: March 6, 2015


In which Jeff objects not to the nudity per se, but to nudity for the sake of (blur-tastic) screen time. And wonders why so many of the pre-season favorites' games suddenly seem to be going off the rails.

Fans vs. production

Episode 1: Fans vs. Production

Published: February 27, 2015


Jeff takes a look at Worlds Apart's premiere episode, and finds it... in that oddly shaped tree over there. No, it's good. He finds it good. Also, the traditional re-assessment of the cast after seeing what they actually do and how they're edited.

Full cast, Ep1 IC

Pre-season: A Farewell to Ads? Not So Fast...

Published: February 17, 2015


With a week to go until the premiere, Jeff takes a (spoiler-free, if you wish) look at CBS's ad campaign for Survivor: Worlds Apart, and what is says about the cast and season.


Pre-season: Worlds Beyond the Usual Mactorfest

Published: February 11, 2015


Using the tiny amount of information available (Cast bios, 2-minute videos, Gordon Holmes's interviews) Jeff ranks the contestants of Worlds Apart in decreasing order of chances to win. Sorry.


Other TDT recaps:

Jeff Pitman has been writing Survivor recaps for far too long. Here are some you probably will regret reading...


Survivor: Winners at War | Island of the Idols | Edge of Extinction | David vs. Goliath | NZ: Thailand | Ghost Island | Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Game Changers | Millennials vs. Gen X | Kaoh Rong | Cambodia | Worlds Apart | San Juan del Sur | Cagayan | Blood vs. Water | Caramoan | Philippines | One World | South Pacific | Redemption Island | Nicaragua | Samoa | Gabon | China | Fiji | Cook Islands | Palau | Vanuatu | The Amazon | Thailand | Marquesas | Africa


See also: The full True Dork Times index of past seasons.