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Emotional moments, power shifts, and luck - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 11 analysis

Episode 11: Emotional moments, power shifts, and luck

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: December 6, 2021

A new majority has emerged, but can it last? A new twist has entered the game, but did it work? Brent asks these questions and dives into the big, emotional discussions of Episode 11 of Survivor 41.

Future tense - The Baker's Dozen: Andy Baker's Survivor 41 Episode 11 analysis

Episode 11: Future tense

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Andy Baker | Published: December 5, 2021

Andy examines the stories Survivor 41 has presented so far about the six remaining contestants, and what that tells us about their futures in the game. He also explores the future of twists in the show, and other tense topics.

More than a game, then less of a game

Episode 11: More than a game, then less of a game

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 4, 2021

Survivor 41's Jekyll-and-Hyde season continues, producing an episode with both astonishingly heartfelt discussion of the burdens imposed by race in social situations, and an ill-advised twist that ignored everyone's social connections and (thankfully) failed to override the whole "tribe has spoken" deal. Once again: Just let the contestants play.

Wow, that drama was over quick - Kaiser Island

Episode 11: Wow, that drama was over quick

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 3, 2021

Ryan looks at the bizarre final seven episode, where production tried to rob the contestants of a critical voting opportunity in favor of ridiculous box-opening theatrics, but also where the contestants once again rose above the mishmash of poor show decisions with compelling drama and discussions of their own.

The many moving parts of a big move - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 10 analysis

Episode 10: The many moving parts of a big move

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: November 29, 2021

After a shocking blindside, Brent takes a look at the people involved in making it, their reasons in doing so, and how their decision to act positions them in the game, as numbers dwindle.

Let me count the ways - The Baker's Dozen: Andy Baker's Survivor 41 Episode 10 analysis

Episode 10: Let me count the ways

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Andy Baker | Published: November 28, 2021

Andy presents a 13-point enumeration — from casting to gameplay to editing and storytelling — of the reasons why this episode, "Baby with a Machine Gun," was an all-time great episode of Survivor.

Today is the day - Kaiser Island

Episode 10: Today is the day

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 28, 2021

Christmas came early for Ryan, in the form of a (pre-Thanksgiving) complex, emotional, deeply-felt episode leading to an epic blindside of a superstar player: the perfect balance of pathos, scheming, and player-driven drama. (Also, Heather survives another week.)

Survivor works best when the players make the moves

Episode 10: Survivor works best when the players make the moves

Survivor 41 Recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 27, 2021

"They scheme without juicers! They scheme without blenders! They scheme without flunjers, capdabblers and smendlers!" This was a rare gem of an episode in modern Survivor, one in which the players did all the work. As they should.

Conflict, faces, and showing power - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 9 analysis

Episode 9: Conflict, faces, and showing power

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: November 22, 2021

Brent looks at the continuing conflicts within the main alliance in power, the shifting profiles of people within that core, and whether anyone outside that group can stay in the game.

Killer quotes - The Baker's Dozen: Andy Baker's Survivor 41 Episode 9 analysis

Episode 9: Killer quotes

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Andy Baker | Published: November 21, 2021

Andy celebrates the episode's bevy of delectable verbiage, from a couple of potential winner's quotes to obvious cringe content, to others in between, and looks at how they tell us about what's actually going on in the game.

Twists vs. idols vs. advantages

Episode 9: Twists vs. idols vs. advantages

Survivor 41 Recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 20, 2021

Last season, we had winners at war. This season, most of the crossfire is between one production-imposed twist and others. Or just as often, twists and plans the contestants came up with. Feel a big power shift coming? Why risk that failing when we can guarantee it by throwing in a random rock draw instead?

I will literally kill you - Kaiser Island

Episode 9: I will literally kill you

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 19, 2021

Ryan tries to make sense of the twin Tribals — a TMI one with the threat of advantages flying everywhere, and another not-enough-advantages performance from Xander. But in the end (or at least the one before the end), Ricard saves.

Fractures, etiquette breaches, and other disasters - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 8 analysis

Episode 8: Fractures, etiquette breaches, and other disasters

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: November 15, 2021

It's only Day 16, but two of the three original tribes are in tatters, people are eating slivers of fruit without getting approval, and there's someone named Heather at Tribal Council! Brent looks at these and other shocking developments in Episode 8 of Survivor 41.

Dysfunction junction - The Baker's Dozen: Andy Baker's Survivor 41 Episode 8 analysis

Episode 8: Dysfunction junction

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Andy Baker | Published: November 14, 2021

While Survivor 41's merge tribe finally has a name and buffs, they're far from unified. This week, Andy turns his attention to the group dynamics (testy) and relationships (crumbling), and where those factors suggest the game is heading.

Only YOU can prevent Live Tribals

Episode 8: Only YOU can prevent Live Tribals

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 14, 2021

Live Tribals (or allegedly live ones, at least) are Survivor's shiniest new toy, and like every other "feature" the show adds, they're confusing and borderline unwatchable. But they're not going away, not unless players wise up that they're more damaging than useful, at least in a normal season with actual alliances. Will we ever see one of those again?

Don't shut me down when I speak - Kaiser Island

Episode 8: Don't shut me down when I speak

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 12, 2021

This week's episode was all about being heard, and it featured a rare appearance by the elusive Heather – in camp, before challenges, nearly winning challenges, at Tribal, and in confessional (!) — and Ryan is here for hearing it.

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