It's Kind of a Funny Story - Dan Otsuki's Survivor: Game Changers recapss
By Dan Otsuki
Dan Otsuki's Game Changers columns
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.


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

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