Well, fellow Survivor fans, we’ve finally reached the end of this absolute slog of a season.
I don’t think I’m going out a limb or anything when I say this was simply not a good season. I did a perusal of Dalton Ross’ seasonal rankings and was absolutely floored he put Ghost Island right in the middle, at 18. I mean, Dalton ranked this go ’round higher than last season, higher than The Australian Outback, higher than Tocantins… and more. Heck, he’s got it way ahead of All-Stars and Exile Island. I think not.
Hell, to me, this season outranks only a handful of prior ones: Fiji (of course), Nicaragua (the absolute worst), Vanuatu, Thailand and San Juan Del Sur. I even liked Redemption Island and One World better. I just did not enjoy this one.
But, in one piece of good news, I don’t remember ever having my Winner Pick™ make the finale. On the other hand, my Winner Pick™ currently owns the same odds of winning as I do. And, my friends, that would be 0%.
And, of course, that’s the problem with this season: Too many castaways with virtually no chance of winning, too many castaways refusing to actually play to win, the horrific decision that was Ghost Island, and finally, editing’s baffling decision to make us learn about maybe five castaways. Even some of the ones that received tons of screen time, like Michael or Laurel, were about as boring as humanly possible. I never thought I would write this 10 weeks ago, but I wish Chris had remained in the game.
I could complain and complain, but, you know, that’s Survivor. One of the amazing parts of this show is that some seasons just don’t cut it for a variety of reasons. This is one. But we all still watched and we’ll watch in September. Because even a bad season of Survivor is a good season of television.
Keeping with tradition, we won’t do any theory this week. We’ll just take a look at where I see the remaining players and their chances of winning. Usually, I rank castaways in three categories: No Way in Hell; Could Win the Game; and The Frontrunner. I’ve kept those categories for pretty much every column moving into the finale, but this season I’m changing things up. There is no need for the middle category.
So with that said, let’s get to my thoughts. And, on a programming note, I won’t be back with a column next week since I’m heading overseas for a work conference. We’ll talk again next season. Here we go:
No Way In Hell
Enjoy the finale, folks. I don’t think I’ll actually get to watch till a week after. Let’s hope the season at least ends well.
Pat Ferrucci started watching Survivor when episode two of Borneo first aired. He's seen every episode since. Besides recapping here, he'll be live-tweeting this season from the Mountain Time Zone. Why? Because nobody cares about the Mountain Time Zone except when they want to ski. Follow him @PatFerrucci for Survivor stuff and tweets about anything and everything that enters his feeble mind.