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Episode 13: Everybody here has a story

Survivor 45 Episode 13 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 23, 2023

With its action now complete, Survivor 45 stands as easily the best New Era season, and perhaps one of the best-told season stories thus far. A review of the story and strong characters that 90-minute episodes enabled, plus a few things that could still be improved about the new era game.

Satisfaction! - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 13: Satisfaction!

Survivor 45 Episode 13 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: December 21, 2023

Survivor 45 has crowned its champion, and Damnbueno is here with his in-progress reactions to the chaos, challenges, various Jake-ing, and through it all, the calm competence of Dee in the finale and Aftershow. Farewell to a well-played season, hello to a new tribe forming.

The head vs. the heart - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 12: The head vs. the heart

Survivor 45 Episode 12 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: December 14, 2023

There's still one more episode of Survivor 45 to go, but Damnbueno is ready to crown the best strategic player of the season: Dee. Episode 12 showed her dodging and manipulating the episode, securing her desired outcome, and doing all this while almost entirely undetected. Can she go all the way?

A plethora of foreshadowing

Episode 11: A plethora of foreshadowing

Survivor 45 Episode 11 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 9, 2023

Episode 11 of Survivor 45's big idol play took out a huge fan favorite player. It was a shocking, disappointing outcome, but one that rewatching reveals was pretty heavily hinted at throughout the episode. Preparing the audience to have their dreams crushed, whether from the title ("This Game Rips Your Heart Out" - also from the newest juror), or by the storytelling of the episode, is always a nice way to soften the blow.

New era whack-a-strategic-player - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 11: New era whack-a-strategic-player

Survivor 45 Episode 11 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: December 7, 2023

As another big Survivor 45 player gets the boot in Episode 11, right after making a big move, Damnbueno looks ahead to the player making that move also getting the boot, ad infinitum. Also, a whole lot of jury preference projections.

Some light prognostication

Episode 10: Some light prognostication

Survivor 45 Episode 10 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 2, 2023

With just three episodes left in the season, Survivor 45 finally hit that beloved new era milestone (after three landmine-filled weeks) where it was finally normal, standard, post-merge Survivor in Episode 10. You know, the "real game," as the players call it. It was refreshing and welcome. How might the game proceed now?

Can a Big Move be the wrong move? - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 10: Can a Big Move be the wrong move?

Survivor 45 Episode 10 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: November 30, 2023

At long last, everyone is finally voting on Survivor 45 in Episode 10, and Bruce does not have immunity. Damnbueno ponders the logic of taking out someone holding an idol while sparing the alliance that seems to be running the game.

It could be worse, it could be raining - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 9: It could be worse - it could be raining

Survivor 45 Episode 9 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: November 23, 2023

Damnbueno is thankful that three people losing their votes didn't turn out worse, but Survivor 45's Episode 9 still delivered a bit of a turkey. Which you then had to eat with your bare hands.

A trip across the pond and to the past - Kaiser Island, UK 3

Episodes 1-8: A trip across the pond and to the past

SurvivorUK 3 Episodes 1-8 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 21, 2023

Ryan pops back in to recap and review the pre-merge of Survivor UK 3, the first UK season in almost two decades. He finds it generally to his liking, with simpler strategies, a lower-key pace, and a few big characters. He runs through his favorites so far, and makes some predictions for the endgame.

Give and take, and take

Episode 8: Give and take, and take

Survivor 45 Episode 8 Recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 19, 2023

With Episode 8 of Survivor 45, fans were given back a popular staple of the show, the auction. But it was an auction filtered through the claws of Jeff Probst's two favorite things: Rock draws and taking people's votes away. Yes, it produced a big blindside that appears to have altered the balance of power. But was it worth it to have a rock draw decide that fate?

A positive evolution - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 8: A positive evolution

Survivor 45 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: November 16, 2023

The auction is back in Episode 8 of Survivor 45, and Damnbueno takes you through the twists (of course there's a twist) and stomach-turns of that and the immunity challenge, plus a high-powered blindside at the subsequent Tribal Council.

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