It's Kind of a Funny Story - Dan Otsuki's Survivor: Game Changers recapss
Survivor: Game Changers analysis
It's Kind of a Funny Story - S34 index

What is the moral of our story?

Epilogue: What is the moral of our story?

Published: June 5, 2017


Dan looks back at the narrative arcs of the Game Changers final six, evaluates Sarah's winning game and the new jury format, suggests some idol improvements, and looks ahead to next season.

Jury jeopardy S34

Pre-Ep.14: Jury jeopardy S34

Published: May 23, 2017


The True Dork Times writers (Ben, Dan, Pat, Jeff) combine their prognosticatory powers to predict the outcome of the Game Changers jury vote. And beat RHAP, Inside Survivor, and Reality Blurred, of course.

You can steal a vote, but not an advantage

Chapter 11: You can steal a vote, but not an advantage

Published: May 18, 2017


Dan reviews the games of the two departed, tries to divine the impact of the chaotic second Tribal, then examines the expected fates of Tai's idols and the remaining six contestants.

Loyalty of the doomed

Chapter 10: Loyalty of the doomed

Published: May 11, 2017


Dan finds Sierra's loyalty ultimately led to her downfall, previews the three players he sees as most likely to depart in the next episode's double boot, and someone whose winner chances are rising.

Battle of the heavyweights is upon us

Chapter 9: Battle of the heavyweights is upon us

Published: May 8, 2017


Dan examines Zeke's fall, Sierra's safety, Andrea's rise, and the looming battle for Final Tribal Council supremacy as the end of Game Changers draws ever closer.

A desent into madness

Chapter 8: A descent into madness

Published: April 27, 2017


Dan laments Debbie's departure while praising the Pagonging reprieve, and ponders where this leaves Troyzan, Sarah, Sierra, Cirie, Michaela, and the Game Changers season as a whole.

Stories emerging

Chapter 7: Stories emerging

Published: April 24, 2017


With two episodes and the merge reducing the cast down to a single tribe, Dan takes stock of where the remaining 11 contestants' stories could be headed in the remainder of the season.

Intent vs. impact

Chapter 6: Intent vs. impact

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.

A little Survivor mythos

Chapter 5: A little Survivor mythos

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.

Wretches and queens (and a king)

Chapter 4: Wretches and queens (and a king)

Published: March 30, 2017


Or more accurately, a wretch, three queens, and a king, as Dan looks at thrones and groans from Episode 5 of Game Changers, "Dirty Deed." Plus a look ahead at the swap and idols galore.

Why the past matters

Chapter 3: Why the past matters

Published: March 24, 2017


Dan examines the conflict between prior game reputation and twists that require snap decisions, as in the Malcolm-booting Tribal Council in this week's episode of Game Changers. Then he takes a brief look at a few rising and falling players.

The old becometh the new

Chapter 2: The old becometh the new

Published: March 17, 2017


Dan explores how some of the old players are finding new life... changing their games, even... in the "Survivor Jackpot" episode of Survivor: Game Changers.

Change is in the air

Chapter 1: Change is in the air

Published: March 13, 2017


Dan delves into the first chapter of the contestants' character archetypes, and how they've changed, or not, from their previous form in the premiere of Survivor: Game Changers.

Stories past

S34 cast: Stories past

Published: February 9, 2017


Leap into the game as Dan examines the character archetypes the Game Changers cast have previously represented, and forecasts their potential success in Season 34.


Pre-S34: Introduction

Published: January 17, 2017


A prologue, of sorts, in which Dan lays out the format and scope of his new column. Dan shares his background in writing and Survivor, and his plans for examining the narrative and characters of the upcoming Survivor season.


Dan Otsuki - It's Kind of a Funny StoryDan Otsuki has been watching Survivor religiously since season two, and is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where he double majored in English and Religious Studies. He's also applied to play on the show every time he's been able to do so.

Follow him on twitter: @DanOtsuki

Other It's Kind of a Funny Story editions:

Survivor: Ghost Island | Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Survivor: Game Changers


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