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Risk it, or play it safe? - Kaiser Island

Risk it, or play it safe?

Survivor 41 Episode 1 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?

Entering the monster

Entering the monster

Survivor 41 pre-season preview

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 21, 2021

The new era is almost upon is, as (US) Survivor 41 begins airing tomorrow. Here's a brief look at the new cast, the big characters, the big players, and an attempt to understand what the heck the "monster" Probst keeps going about is supposed to be.

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

Old school beats new school

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 16 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

Closing time at Chappies' Diner

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 16 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

It's election night for the crown

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn finale 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

The reward table runneth over

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 15 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

The story comes together

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Week 8 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

Slow-walking the inevitable

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episode 14 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

Slowly finding its Wai

SurvivorAU: Brains v Brawn Week 7 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

Swiping through Survivor Tinder

Survivor 41 pre-season 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

And then there were ten

SurvivorSA: Immunity Island Episodes 1-9 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.

Thoughts from the Edge - The Baker's Dozen

Thoughts from the Edge

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 analysis

By Andy Baker | 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?

All hail the king - It's Kind of a Funny Story

All hail the king

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 analysis

By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 20, 2020

Dan is back with his end-of-season assessment of Winners at War, praise for the winner of winners and the runners-up, and hopes that the show can fix some its current flaws during its downtime.

The friends they made along the way - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Winners at War analysis

The friends they made along the way

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 19, 2020

The Winners are finally no longer at War, and the season finished on a high note, and one surprisingly steeped in emotion. A solid finale that reaffirmed the core Survivor game, with a well-earned win from an entertaining winner who somehow played an even better game this time around.

Top One, Baby! - Brent Sullivan's Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 analysis

Top One, Baby!

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 17, 2020

With a salute to the new two-time champion, Brent wraps up his Winners at War watch with a look back at five previously flagged key items from earlier in the season that ended up indeed being a big part of the story (plus a miss).

Take it all in - Kaiser Island

Take it all in

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 14 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 15, 2020

The War of Winners ends on a high note, in what could be the last Survivor finale for a while. Ryan celebrates the season's emotional end and its embrace of its past champions, with hopefully more to come. A finale that was grand, even if it's not the grand finale.

Perception is everything - The Baker's Dozen

Perception is everything

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 analysis

By Andy Baker | 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.

Ending Edge of Extinction - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 analysis

Ending Edge of Extinction

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 11, 2020

With Edge of Extinction and fire tokens both (mostly) ending this episode, Jeff takes this pre-finale opportunity to assess their impact, what should be kept (hint: only one), and potential improvements in their execution. Hopefully leading to a bright, distraction-free conclusion to Winners at War.

Top Five! (Maybe ... one more as well) - Brent Sullivan's Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 analysis

Top Five! (Maybe ... one more as well)

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 10, 2020

Now that Winners at War has reached its (initial) final five, Brent assesses each of their games and chances of becoming the re-winning Winner. Plus a bonus look at some other contenders.

Funeral march - Kaiser Island

Funeral march

Survivor: Winners at War Episode 13 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 8, 2020

The end of Winners at War is nigh, and this week, Ryan is turning the episode's penultimate steps into a pathway to that end for the remaining five players, plus the two thousand jury members/people on the Edge.

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