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These things just fall out of the sky - Kaiser Island

Episode 4: The best stripper you've ever seen

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 15, 2021

The sun rose on a (hopefully) new era of Survivor episodes this week, with long-absent characters finally making appearances, emotional challenge finishes, baby turtles, the only advantage being one that was prevented from being played, and a massive blindside. Ryan revisits it all while hoping for more of this.

Broken trust, broken votes, and shifting fortunes - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 3 analysis

Episode 3: Broken trust, broken votes, and shifting fortunes

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: October 11, 2021

With so many advantages and votes in limbo in Episode 3, it's hard to track what's of long-term importance in Survivor 41. Brent is here to highlight more significant moments, even ones that don't even involve broccoli or butterflies.

Trying to find the part that is fun

Episode 3: Trying to find the part that is fun

Survivor 41 Recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 10, 2021

Through three episodes the "danger" and "monster" of Survivor 41 appears to be primarily fear of flubbing a scripted line, or perhaps a brain cramp from trying to figure out which voting-related advantage/penalty takes precedence. If only we had more scenes of people reading things, we could discover the "fun" part.

These things just fall out of the sky - Kaiser Island

Episode 3: These things just fall out of the sky

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 8, 2021

There were a lot of things raining down this week: advantages, more advantages, even more advantages, references to broccoli, but mostly the groans and curses of long-suffering Survivor fans like Ryan, who saw this top-notch cast shoved aside to make room for Advantage Talk Hour, all of which amounted to nothing.

Secrets, advantages, and spilling the beans - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 2 analysis

Episode 2: Secrets, advantages, and spilling the beans

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: October 4, 2021

The second episode of Survivor 41 is awash in secrets: things gleaned from eavesdropped conversations, wrapped packages that should have stayed wrapped, and a second summit. Also this week: a rebound for one contestant and a collapse for another.

Xander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad advantage

Episode 2: Xander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad advantage

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 3, 2021

After Episode 2 of Survivor 41, it's clear what the long-rumored "monster" is: a byzantine labyrinth of voting-related rules changes that nobody, from the players to the audience, really understands. To paraphrase Mike White is that 'fun'? Oh well, at least the cast still is.

She's a firecracker - Kaiser Island

Episode 2: She's a firecracker

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 1, 2021

Ryan revisits the highlights of Survivor 41, Episode 2, aka "The Evvie Show," as he recounts the savvy Yase's Tiffany-whispering, Xander-wrangling, vote-protecting tour-de-force. With bonus hidden Brad, pretend Sri Lanka, and cheering Heather. A surprising paucity of butterflies, though.

The new cast rises above a pile of twists

Episode 1: The new cast rises above a pile of twists

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 28, 2021

Survivor 41's premiere delivered a dynamic group of 18 new contestants, most of whom might have been on the first tribe if the theme had been "Savvy vs. Sweat." They're a fun group, and navigated their way well through the first episode's bevy of new twists. It's a good sign for the season's future, as long as the twists don't ultimately sink it.

Twists and risks and savviness - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 Episode 1 analysis

Episode 1: Twists and risks and savviness

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: September 27, 2021

Survivor is back, and Brent dives into five topics from the double-length premiere episode that he thinks will have long-term impact on the season, from the many new twists, to the increased elements of risk, to one player's savvy gameplay and another's seeming lack thereof.

Risk it, or play it safe? - Kaiser Island

Episode 1: Risk it, or play it safe?

Survivor 41 Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: September 24, 2021

With a super-sized premiere, Ryan has a lot of twists, turns, decisions, and decision-makers to talk about in his first US Survivor recap in over a year. Will he take a shot in the dark, or talk directly to you, future Survivor players?

Old school beats new school - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 16 recap/analysis

Episode 16: Old school beats new school

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 20, 2021

Just as Survivor SA: Immunity Island ended with a classic Survivor run of idol- and twist-free votes and the ultimate classic final challenge, its winner also successfully executed a very old-school strategy: loyalty and lack of scheming. A look at this win, and does the final two provide more paths to victory for women than the final three?

Closing time at Chappies' Diner - Kaiser Island SA 8

Episode 16: Closing time at Chappies' Diner

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: September 18, 2021

Ryan salutes the highlights of the finale of SurvivorSA: Immunity Island, from the winner, to F3 boot, to the rainbow-bedecked juror, to the classic, old-school Survivor feel of the finale as a whole, and recounts the ways in which this season made this first-time international Survivor viewer a SurvivorSA superfan.

It's election night for the crown - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Episode 24 recap/analysis

Episode 24: It's election night for the crown

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 14, 2021

The final showdown of Survivor AU: Brains v Brawn pitted two strategists against each other, and delivered an all-time great Final Tribal Council performance, as Queen Hayley was crowned. It also highlighted the King George paradox: Why were the editors so unwilling (unable) to demonstrate his strategic prowess, forcing him instead into to be an entertaining 'character'? Plus a modest list of suggestions to improve the show.

The reward table runneth over - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 15 recap/analysis

Episode 15: The reward table runneth over

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 13, 2021

With just the Survivor SA: Immunity Island finale to go, Chappies continues to dominate the competition in challenges. So in addition to the amazing breakfast-with-a-juror reward, did production really need to throw in an overpowered advantage that had not been announced beforehand? (Hint: No.)

The story comes together - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Episodes 22-23 recap/analysis

Episodes 22-23: The story comes together

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 8, 2021

It took seven long weeks, but in the final two pre-finale episodes of Survivor AU: Brains v Brawn, the broad, season-long narrative pieces have finally started to fall into place, like the puzzles that have been so lacking in challenges this season. The final three players all have big stories, and we've been set up for an exciting final episode.

Slow-walking the inevitable - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 14 recap/analysis

Episode 14: Slow-walking the inevitable

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 6, 2021

As Survivor SA: Immunity Island ventured into what is uncharted territory in the US version (a final five with no idols or advantages), there were some great moments, but also an overwhelming sense of dread, as either Chappies or one of Tyson/Kiran was almost certainly out. That's indeed what happened. At least there was time for a proper sendoff?

Slowly finding its Wai - Jeff Pitman's SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Episodes 19-21 recap/analysis

Episodes 19-21: Slowly finding its Wai

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 2, 2021

In the second-to-last week of Survivor AU: Brains v Brawn, the show found itself navigating a tricky path: Trying to justify a final five in which three of the people have already been voted out, and giving belated, extremely welcome attention to one of the two who hadn't in Wai, who has slowly, steadily been building a case for the season win.

Swiping through Survivor Tinder - Kaiser Island

Pre-season: Swiping through Survivor Tinder

Survivor 41 Cast analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: September 1, 2021

While the Survivor 41 cast has only just officially been revealed, Ryan is already here with the hottest of takes: Who on this cast is dateable (making the merge), who isn't, and who gets a super like? That's right, the day has finally come for cast assessment via Survivor Tinder.

And then there were ten - Kaiser Island SA 8

Episodes 1-9: And then there were ten

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: August 1, 2021

With ten players out and ten still in, Ryan dips his toes into international Survivor recapping  with a post-merge appreciation of the action thus far in SurvivorSA: Immunity Island. A full run-down of the highlights of the first half of the season (some of which didn't even involve Santoni), and predicting which remaining players will tank or triumph.

Survivor and the problem with the first vote - Jeff Pitman's Survivor multi-season analysis

Survivor and the problem with the first vote

Survivor Multi-season analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: July 31, 2020

Jeff Pitman's analysis of the challenges facing Survivor's Black, Indigenous, and People of Color contestants when their tribe makes its first vote. Running the numbers, it's clear they receive a higher percentage of those first votes, and this problem has grown over the past decade. With suggestions for fixing this, and broadening Survivor's story-telling resources.

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