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Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers analysis

Scotch 'n' Survivor

Chapter 9: Scotch 'n' Survivor

Published: November 24, 2017

 

Dan takes a stream-of-consciousness, somewhat scotch-aided tour through the highs, the lows, and head-scratching-even-while-sober events of Episode 9 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.

 
The clues and the clueless

Chapter 8: The clues and the clueless

Published: November 16, 2017

 

Dan praises the secret feasts and the big discoveries by Lauren and Ryan, explores Cole's lack of gameplay, questions the tone of Ben's edit, and peers into the future beyond Episode 8 of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers.

 
The Love, the Queen, and the Fool

Chapter 7: The Love, the Queen, and the Fool

Published: November 10, 2017

 

Following the merge, Dan looks at Ben's and Lauren's decision as one between royalty and comic relief, notes the importance of the merge vote, and finds an underdog who might overcome the long odds of being on the wrong side of it.

 
Good move, bad TV

Chapter 6: Good move, bad TV

Published: November 3, 2017

 

Dan laments the loss of Ali (for TV purposes), then gathers himself to project the post-merge likelihood of success for the remaining dozen players of Heroes v Healers v Hustlers.

 
When a bad move looks good

Chapter 5: When a bad move looks good

Published: October 27, 2017

 

Dan takes a critical eye to Ryan's big move, and posits its long-term significance, and praises Ben's moment, Mike's find, and Chrissy's manipulation. He also holds out hope for an Ali comeback after the fifth episode of Heroes v Healers v Hustlers.

 
A mini moral quandary

Chapter 4: A mini moral quandary

Published: October 20, 2017

 

Dan finds problems with three key characters, praise for three new couples, and a divided opinion on short-lived but luck-based twists, as in the fourth episode of Heroes v Healers v Hustlers.

 
Stupidity as a plot device

Chapter 3: Stupidity as a plot device

Published: October 13, 2017

 

With horror shows on his Friday-the-13th mind, Dan praises the show's focus on ill-advised, bumbling gameplay, plus the surprisingly good showings of two previously overlooked contestants.

 
Foolish innocence

Chapter 2: Foolish innocence

Published: October 6, 2017

 

Dan looks at the importance to the narrative of people playing the roles of literary fools (of various types) in the second episode of Survivor: Heroes v Healers v Hustlers.

 
A tale of two people(s)

Chapter 1: A tale of two people(s)

Published: September 30, 2017

 

Dan takes time to pay tribute to the unfortunately undershown first one out of Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers, then looks in depth at the bevy of duos pairing up in the season premiere.

 
TDT Survivor: HHH contestant draft

Pre-season: TDT Survivor: HHH contestant draft

Published: September 22, 2017

 

Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, and Jeff Pitman come together to rank and draft fantasy teams of the contestants from Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. Who will reign supreme?

 
Heroes, fodder, and everyone else

Pre-season: Heroes, fodder, and everyone else

Published: August 31, 2017

 

Dan takes a quick look at the pre-season cast member interviews for Survivor 35: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers, and attempts to predict, based on that, how well they'll fare in this season's game.

 

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

 

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

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