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Who are you with, and how many are there? - Kaiser Island

Week 3: Who are you with, and how many are there?

SA: Return of the Outcasts Episodes 9-12 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: August 5, 2022

Ryan recaps a tumultuous week, as multiple underdogs try to stay in the game, only to fall just short (of the merge). Ryan takes stock of the remaining players, and prepares for another four days of heartbreak next week, as the post-merge commences.

Blown up by tribe swaps - Kaiser Island

Week 2: Blown up by tribe swaps

SA: Return of the Outcasts Episodes 5-8 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: July 29, 2022

It was a week of well-executed blindsides, underdog comebacks falling short, color-filled swaps and shocking medevacs that were not actually medevacs but still ended in shocks. A massive four-pack of Survivor SA, and Ryan has all the action recapped and stan stars dispersed.

I was hoping I wasn't Uranus - Kaiser Island

Week 1: I was hoping I wasn't Uranus

SA: Return of the Outcasts Episodes 1-4 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: July 22, 2022

Ryan has enjoyed, absorbed, and now thrown stars at (you'll see) the first four hours/three boots of Survivor South Africa's super-sized, first-ever returning player season, Return of Outcasts. Who will claim fandom's ultimate stan crown? (2 million rand not included in (figurative) crown.)

Fun winner, fun cast, fun but flawed season

Episode 13: Fun winner, fun cast, fun but flawed season

Survivor 42 Episode 13 (finale) recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: June 7, 2022

As a season, Survivor 42 succeeded due to its collectively fun-filled personality, which in part reflects the larger-than-life enthusiasm and energy of its winner, Maryanne. An appreciation of the final five and their varied games, and a big-picture look at what the "new era" game needs to fix before it runs out of top-notch cast members.

Looking back on 42 - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 13 analysis

Episode 13: Looking back on 42

Survivor 42 Episode 13 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 30, 2022

With the winner crowned and the finale and aftershow shown, Brent looks back on how certain seemingly important (at the time) scenes and narrative threads from Survivor 42 ended up paying off (or not).

Close the deal - Kaiser Island

Episode 13: Close the deal

Survivor 42 Episode 13 (finale) recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 27, 2022

The winner of Survivor 42 has been crowned, and Ryan relives the highlights of the last two eliminations and Final Tribal, celebrates the final five players, looks ahead to 43, and to another worthy Survivor season that will hit screens in just over a month.

(Mis)perception is everything - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 13: (Mis)perception is everything

Survivor 42 Episode 13 (finale) recap

By Damnbueno | Published: May 26, 2022

The Survivor 42 season finale featured challenge beasts falling short, straight-shooters misfiring, and overlooked or "weak" players coming up big at the end. Damnbueno recaps the action as it unfolds, and offers his thoughts on the season as a whole.

Final five forecast - Kaiser Island

Episode 12: Final five forecast

Survivor 42 Episode 12 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 24, 2022

Ryan is here later than usual, but early enough to make timely predictions about how the final two eliminations of Survivor 42 — and of course the winner — (just) before finale day. And of course, a brief revisiting of the highlights of Episode 12.

Five people, one Survivor - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 12 analysis

Episode 12: Five people, one Survivor

Survivor 42 Episode 12 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 23, 2022

As the finale approaches, Brent takes it all in — the big move of Episode 12 and all the rest — and tries to forecast where the top five (baby) will end up when it's all over and the Survivor 42 winner is crowned.

Who is the butterfly now?

Episode 12: Who is the butterfly now?

Survivor 42 Episode 12 recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 21, 2022

Following Maryanne's big move in the penultimate episode of Survivor 42, the balance of power in the game has actually changed, and it's unclear who the leading contender to win the season really is. Here's an attempt to forecast the finale, plus various other stuff.

Caterpillar to a Butterfly - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 12: "Caterpillar to a Butterfly"

Survivor 42 Episode 12 recap

By Damnbueno | Published: May 19, 2022

Damnbueno fires off his reactions to the twists, turns, challenges, and that Big Move of Episode 12 of Survivor 42, then pulls together all the threads of the season to weave a pre-finale prediction of juror preferences, and who might emerge at the end as Monarch.

Playing around the obstacles

Episode 11: Playing around the obstacles

Survivor 42 Episode 11 recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 17, 2022

Episode 11 of Survivor 42 delivered some complicated, aggressive gameplay, and one of the most fun exits in series history. Wedged in the middle of all this was a truly unnecessary, unwise twist that almost made all of that obsolete. Thankfully, this cast has showed the ability (and luck) to work around the landmines. So far.

Edits, alliances, and secrets - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 11 analysis

Episode 11: Edits, alliances, and secrets

Survivor 42 Episode 11 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 16, 2022

Brent ponders what one contestant's curious edit in Episode 11 of Survivor 42 means for their game, how the actual alliances are structured, how Omar's big move will be perceived, and what could happen with all those advantages, with just six left.

Badass woman - Kaiser Island

Episode 11: Badass woman

Survivor 42 Episode 11 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 13, 2022

As Episode 11 of Survivor 42 brings about the downfall of another big player amid a flurry of (mostly failed) twists and trinkets, Ryan recaps all the action, the strategic options, the hanger, and the self-snuffery.

Keep your mouth shut - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 11: Keep your mouth shut

Survivor 42 Episode 11 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: May 12, 2022

As the final seven vote actually happens (phew!) in Episode 11, Damnbueno recaps and reacts to the events of the episode, proposes a rule for future players that would have helped the one who left the episode in high-spirited fashion, and assesses the remaining players' chances of winning.

Raining idols, rewards, and Omar - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 10 analysis

Episode 10: Raining idols, rewards, and Omar

Survivor 42 Episode 10 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 9, 2022

As the Survivor 42 game clock ticks down to the final seven, Brent takes in the new updates to the idol counts, talks about the reward, and ponders whether the newfound ex-Taku majority will hold together or break apart.

Today is fun

Episode 10: Today is fun

Survivor 42 Episode 10 recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 8, 2022

This week's episode of Survivor 42 wasn't a bigger-than-the-game one like last week's, but it had some good moments nonetheless. There was, of course, a Big Move, as the contestants took advantage of production actually letting them all vote for a change. The parts preceding this were mostly fun, standard Survivor fare, albeit with one series milestone receiving a COVID-dodging tweak.

The king will be dethroned tonight - Kaiser Island

Episode 10: The king will be dethroned tonight

Survivor 42 Episode 10 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 6, 2022

Ryan is back for the lighter events of Survivor 42, Episode 10: half-drowned contestants competing in a lame challenge while Probst assures them it's 'fun,' reward winners getting spooked by disembodied voices, his winner pick joining the jury. So much fun!

Tell a Good Lie, Not a Stupid Lie - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 10: Tell a Good Lie, Not a Stupid Lie

Survivor 42 Episode 10 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: May 5, 2022

Damnbueno looks back at Episode 10 of Survivor 42, featuring the fall of a prominent strategist, the challenge sweep by a more subtle one, and the continuing omniscient omnipresence of Omar.

Burden - Kaiser Island

Episode 9: Burden

Survivor 42 Episode 9 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 3, 2022

After mulling the episode, Ryan comes in later than usual to talk about the many conversations of Episode 9 of Survivor 42, from the big one in the second Tribal Council, to some that were one-sided in camp, to one that was inexplicably cut from the episode.

Real-life moves, extra lives, and a move driver - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 9 analysis

Episode 9: Real-life moves, extra lives, and a move driver

Survivor 42 Episode 9 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: May 2, 2022

Brent talks about the larger-than-life issues raised at the second Episode 9 Tribal Council, the puppet-master pulling the strings at the first, and how the fallout from these two votes could affect the game moving forward.

Standing and delivering

Episode 9: Standing and delivering

Survivor 42 Episode 9 recap/analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 1, 2022

The double-Tribal twist in Episode 9 of Survivor 42 at least produced one drama-filled vote, full of compelling discussions, an abrupt, live re-configuring of the vote, and (for the purists) two idol plays before the vote, a voice vote, and a Shot in the Dark play. Somehow, this all ended up working as a coherent, important episode.

Game of Chicken - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 9: "Game of Chicken"

Survivor 42 Episode 9 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: April 28, 2022

Damnbueno takes a look at the flurry of activity in Episode 9 of Survivor 42, from the extremely short-lived guys alliance, to the split immunity challenge, to the twin Tribal Councils and the heavy topics discussed and moves made at the second one.

Power, knowledge, and Knowledge is Power - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 42, Episode 8 analysis

Episode 8: Power, knowledge, and Knowledge is Power

Survivor 42 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

By Brent Sullivan | Published: April 25, 2022

This week, Brent examines the Survivor 42 power dynamics: Who's in the know and seemingly in the middle of every discussion, who's on the outs, who has a massive assortment of advantages and idols — who needs to eat, and who will be eaten.

Buoy oh buoy

Episode 8: Buoy oh buoy

Survivor 42 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: April 23, 2022

It was Buoy Week on Survivor 42, and buoy, was it ever exciting. Buoys in the reward challenge. Buoys in the immunity challenge. The prospect of an all-boys alliance in the "Next time on Survivor" trailer. And of course, a majority alliance just bobbing along, picking off the people on the outs, while scooping up additional powers.

That ain't your family - Kaiser Island

Episode 8: That ain't your family

Survivor 42 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: April 22, 2022

Ryan is back to revisit the first fully post-merge Survivor 42 episode, where the excitement ranges from people realizing they're not in the majority to lots of people sitting out of challenges. At least the latter leads to an increase in Drea's overflowing (with paint) armory.

You Better Wear a Seatbelt - Screaming at the Screen

Episode 8: "You Better Be Wearing a Seatbelt"

Survivor 42 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

By Damnbueno | Published: April 21, 2022

After a deep dive into merge boots, Damnbueno takes on Episode 8 of Survivor 42, from sit-outs to advantages to negotiated sit-outs to buoys (lots of buoys) to Omar's wizardry and the curious game of Chanelle.

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