Well, in theory... Pat Ferrucci's S34 recaps
Well, in theory... - S36
By: Pat Ferrucci
Survivor: Ghost Island analysis

Self-efficacy and the path of least resistance

Episode 8: Self-efficacy and the path of least resistance

Published: April 17, 2018


Pat looks at the strategic choices made following the Survivor: Ghost Island merge, and uses the concept of self-efficacy and perceived access to power to explain the decision to target Chris.

The annual merge-time power rankings!

Episode 7: The annual merge-time Power Rankings!

Published: April 6, 2018


With seven Ghost Island episodes in the books and the merge approaching, Pat takes a break from the theory and updates his pre-season contestant evaluations. Which player is now the most likely to win?

Voting alone? Different types of social capital

Episode 6: Voting alone? Different types of social capital

Published: April 2, 2018


Pat finds support for Robert Putnam's concept of different types of social capital - bonded and bridged - in Angela's big decision between James and Naviti in Episode 6 of Ghost Island.

Oh, those disruptive puzzles!

Episode 5: Oh, those disruptive puzzles!

Published: March 24, 2018


Pat returns to talk about the theory of disruptive innovation, and how it applies to Survivor: As the formats of challenges have changed, a different kind of player has emerged as a challenge threat. Will the strategy adapt?

How do we attribute that blindside?

Episode 3: How do we attribute that blindside?

Published: March 10, 2018


Pat explains attribution theory, and how internal vs. external attribution comes to bear in carrying out actions that go against one's instincts, such as Libby's decision to blindside her friend, Morgan, in Episode 3 of Survivor: Ghost Island.

Don't upset the machine, OK?

Episodes 1-2: Don't upset the machine, OK?

Published: March 2, 2018


Pat reflects on the twin exits from Survivor: Ghost Island's promising premiere. Using Gareth Morgan's metaphor of organizations as machines, both early boots stood apart in their individuality, upset the early tribe machines, and were removed. Plus a look ahead at the remaining contestants' chances.

TDT Ghost Island contestant draft

Pre-season: TDT Ghost Island contestant draft

Published: February 22, 2018


The True Dork Times writers (Andy Baker, Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, Ryan Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman) assemble to draft fantasy teams of Ghost Island contestants, in an attempt to seize eternal* glory by having the team containing the winner. Unless one of the two undrafted players (Team Ghost) win, in which case everyone loses. (*Or until Fall of 2018, whichever comes first.)

Which mistake will I repeat?

Pre-season: Which mistake will I repeat?

Published: February 12, 2018


After Pat restricts his pre-season perusal to just their CBS bios, he ranks the contestants of Survivor: Ghost Island into tiers of win probability: Likely, Possible, Unlikely, and Impossible. Who will be the unlucky victim of his cursed winner pick?


Pat Ferrucci Survivor 36 recapsPat 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. 

Other Well, in theory... editions:

Survivor: Ghost Island | Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Survivor: Game Changers | Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X | Survivor: Kaoh Rong | Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance


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