Baker's Dozen - Andy Baker's Survivor: Winners at War analysis
The Baker's Dozen - Winners at War
Thoughts from the Edge

Episode 14: Thoughts from the Edge

Published: May 20, 2020

 

Now that the king of Survivor has been crowned, Andy looks ahead to what shape the future of Survivor will take, if or when it continues. Which parts of the game need retooling, what twists should stay, and, wait ... teenagers?

 


Perception is everything

Episode 13: Perception is everything

Published: May 12, 2020

 

As the dawn of the Winners at War finale approaches, Andy casts his gaze on perceptions: How these contestants are viewed by themselves, their competitors, the jury, and the audience, and what that means for their respective chances at a $2 million victory.

 


All Along the Watchtower

Episode 12: All Along the Watchtower

Published: May 5, 2020

 

There are still two big episodes to go, but Andy is calling his Winners at War shot now: We are watching a virtuoso performance by a unicorn, someone who uniquely combines different Survivor talents, then shapes and performs them in a fiery, string-bending anthem. Andy runs through the many movements involved.

 


Bleep I yell at my TV screen

Episode 11: Bleep I yell at my TV screen

Published: April 27, 2020

 

It was a huge [expletive deleted] episode for Winners at War, and Andy [expletive deleted] Baker is here to tell you all about it, from the good, to the bad, to the [expletive deleted] great.

 


Unpopular opinions

Episode 10: Unpopular opinions

Published: April 21, 2020

 

Andy stakes his hot takes claim with a Baker's dozen of potentially unpalatable views about the state of the game and the fates of the players, from kids on Survivor (nay?) to Tribal whispering (aye?) and many hills to die on in between.

 


Faith

Episode 9: Faith

Published: April 14, 2020

 

This week, as the Winners antipate the iron-clad reassurance of their loved ones visiting, Andy Baker turns his attention to faith: Which players have it in which other players, and most importantly: Should they?

 


Inclusion conclusion

Episode 8: Inclusion conclusion

Published: April 7, 2020

 

Andy Baker tackles the Winners at War merge with literary analysis: poring over the words of our dozen unreliable narrators, looking at what was said (and not said), and how the action proceeded, in order to discern where this season is headed.

 


And then there was one

Episode 7: And then there was one

Published: March 30, 2020

 

With the Winners at War merging, Andy returns from his hiatus to project the outcome of the remainder of the game. Who will come back from the Edge, how will the post-merge alliances shake out, and most importantly: Who is best positioned to win?

 


Mixed messages

Episode 2: Mixed messages

Published: February 23, 2020

 

After Episode 2 of Winners at War, Andy turns his attention to the big moves various contestants are making: both in the game itself, and in their relative prominence in the show's storyline. What are edit-readers to make of players who appear important in one episode, then disappear in the next?

 


Truth, lies, and rumors

Episode 1: Truth, lies, and rumors

Published: February 15, 2020

 

Taking note of the tactics Sandra deployed to successfully shield herself in the Winners at War premiere, Andy dissects the opener and evaluates which scenes and themes were true, false, or unclear portents of the future.

 


The natural

Pre-season: The Natural

Published: February 11, 2020

 

Andy takes you on an odyssey through the strengths and liabilities of each returning winner, weighing and debating their relative chances of ultimate victory, and finally settles on a winner pick: someone who is just ... well, a natural at this game. Who will it be?

 


Andy Baker Survivor recapsAndy Baker swore he’d never play again, but the allure of an All Winners season brought him back..

 

Andy is no longer on twitter, but he's a regular guest at the Survivor Talk with D&D podcast.

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