The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's recaps
By Ben Martell
Ben Martell's Game Changers columns
Putting compassion first

Ep.7: Putting compassion first

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."

Effective grooming

Ep.6: Effective grooming

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.

Famous firsts

Ep.5: Famous firsts

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.

Firing blanks

Ep.4: Firing blanks

Published: March 25, 2017


Ben takes a deep dive into the intents, events, and discontents of the chaotic combined Mana-Nuku Tribal Council in Episode 4, "The Tables Have Turned," of Survivor: Game Changers.

Goat hunting

Ep.3: Goat hunting

Published: March 18, 2017


Ben examines the changed games evident in mellow Troyzan, social Brad, and various people searching for goats, in Episode 3 of Survivor: Game Changers.

Survivor Game No-Changers

Eps.1-2: Survivor Game No-Changers

Published: March 11, 2017


Ben sorts through the changes in the contestants' games (and lack thereof) in the two-hour premiere of Survivor: Game Changers. Plus a brief re-evaluation of everyone's current game position.

Baseless speculation

Cast: Baseless speculation

Published: February 8, 2017


Ben takes a deep dive into the respective prospective chances of the new Game Changers cast members' changing the game enough to win in Season 34. With bonus commentary from his mother!

The secret formula

Pre-S34: The secret formula

Published: January 23, 2017


Introducing The Golden Ticket, Ben Martell's new column at the True Dork Times. This week: An introduction of sorts, all leading to a secret formula for success in the current Survivor metagame.


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

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