The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's recaps
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Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua
Full Survivor NZ: Nicaragua recaps index
By Ben Martell
The hero's journey

Eps. 11-12: The hero's journey

Published: June 15, 2017

 

As Survivor NZ sees a massive power shift, Ben re-evaluates where that leaves the respective games of Barb, Shannon, Jak, and Avi, and the now less brightly lit path the season appears to be following.

 
Relax, everything will be fine

Eps. 9-10: Relax, everything will be fine

Published: June 10, 2017

 

Ben ponders the suggestion that it's a New Zealand tendency to be relaxed and understated in the face of adversity (and success), weathers the surprising highs and too-obvious lows of the edit, and finds the best and worst players out there.

 
Sallah edition

Eps. 7-8: Sallah edition

Published: May 30, 2017

 

Ben dives into the intrinsically New Zealand-isms of Survivor NZ, revokes his Hero Challenge endorsement when it applies to reward challenges, talks about the Redemption Island quasi-cliffhanger, and with the merge approaching, maps out how he sees the remainder of the game playing out.

 
The good, the interesting, and the ugly

Eps. 5-6: The good, the interesting, and the ugly

Published: May 24, 2017

 

Survivor NZ loses two players in week three, via Redemption (the good) and medevac (the ugly), but several contestants gain new life via the tribe swap, while one notably does not. Ben looks ahead at how this sets up the looming merge.

 
Hero immunity

Eps. 3-4: Hero immunity

Published: May 16, 2017

 

Ben ponders the significance of Nate's emergence from an otherwise one-dimensional Hermosa, and Shay as a strategic player, then praises the hero immunity challenge concept and the surprizing vote outcome.

 
Wanda vs. Megatron

Eps. 1-2: Wanda vs. Megatron

Published: May 8, 2017

 

Covering the first two episodes of SurvivorNZ: Nicaragua, Ben explains his connection to Avi, asks if Dee's exit was one of the cruelest in Survivor history, then explores the Mogotón, er, 'Megatron' tribe in-depth.

 
We are the wilderpeople

Pre-Ep.1: We are the wilderpeople

Published: May 3, 2017

 

By way of introduction, Ben lists some common themes and social differences that might be expected to arise in a season of Survivor played by New Zealanders. And roots for Avi, of course.

 

See also: The Golden Ticket - Game Changers (US) | The full True Dork Times index of past seasons.

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