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March, 2020

And then there was one
The Baker's Dozen - S40
Episode 7: And then there was one

By Andy Baker | Published: March 30, 2020

With the Winners at War merging, Andy returns from his hiatus to project the outcome of the remainder of the game. Who will come back from the Edge, how will the post-merge alliances shake out, and most importantly: Who is best positioned to win?

Jeff Pitman's recaps - S40
Episode 7: The ebb and flow of the Edge

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 30, 2020

Winners at War is now perched on the precipice of the merge, which also portends the (first) returnee from Edge of Extinction. With that in mind, Jeff takes a mid-season look at how this version of the Edge has fared . (Spoiler: Surprisingly worthwhile, or at least it would be if it ended here.)

Top Five, Baby! - S40
Episode 7: Boats or tokens, post-merge Tony, and potent tensions

By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 29, 2020

The final pre-merge episode finds the Edge group getting smaller but more token-rich, and two of the three tribes patching over simmering tensions. Brent brings it all together for this week's five key topics.

Kaiser Island - S40
Episode 7: Thank you for schooling me

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 27, 2020

As the final pre-merge torch gets snuffed, Ryan takes a moment to somberly observe the passing of power from old school to new school. Then he gets to the business you've been waiting for: The awarding of the Debbie Donato Wanner Award for Best Performance on a Balance Beam.

Jeff Pitman's recaps - S40
Episode 6: Big moves, big food, big episode

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 23, 2020

As the merge approaches, the Winners at War gameplay finally ratcheted up to the intensity of its title. As the culling of the legends continues, a new crop of contenders are making legendary moves of their own. It's real, and it's spectacular.

Top Five, Baby! - S40
Episode 6: Peanut butter comfort, spy shack paranoia, and twice the idol fun

By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 22, 2020

Brent breaks down five big moments in the big sixth episode of Winners at War, from Edge of Extinction choices to listening to water-well voices to (of course) making a big splash with idol deuces.

Bloomerang! - AU: All-Stars
Week 7: Shunned stones, Sharn's swing, and suspect surprises

By Mike Bloom | Published: March 21, 2020

Mike praises the more balanced editing in the penultimate week of Survivor AU: All-Stars, but scratches his head at the attempted rock draw, faux flip, and curious fire-making twist option, as ultimately, the Vakama underdogs crumbled.

Kaiser Island - S40
Episode 6: Watch this, Jeff

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 20, 2020

Ryan both celebrates and mourns the twin Tribal Councils that sent two legends home, one in particularly legendary fashion, during Episode 6 of Winners of War. Don't worry, some peanut butter will make it all better.

Jeff Pitman's recaps - S40
Episode 5: A nice day at the beach

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 16, 2020

With its swap episode, Winners at War returned to the promise of its premiere, indulging in its characters and focusing exclusively on the actual game of Survivor. A lot of strategy and social game, a lot of scheming, except for the poor Yaras forced to just stare at each other all day and talk about cookies. But overall: A lot of fun.

Top Five, Baby! - S40
Episode 5: Three new tribes and a lot of hardware

By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 15, 2020

A big swap adds a third tribe and shakes up the game, and Brent examines the new opportunities and dangers lurking as the players face their new tribemates. Plus: the women this season are accumulating some serious hardware: Will it soon come into play?

Bloomerang! - AU: All-Stars
Week 6: I TOLD you stop trying to make Exile happen!

By Mike Bloom | Published: March 13, 2020

After a tragic phone call pulled Lee from the game, SurvivorAU switched over to Exile Beach week for the final nine. Mike evaluates the twist that sent six players to Exile over the three episodes, ultimately eliminating just one of them.

Kaiser Island - S40
Episode 5: Cracks up the wazoo

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 13, 2020

After a nod to Yul's noble ALS quest, Ryan recaps the many twists and turns resulting from the swap to three tribes: awkward reunions, even more awkward self-quarantines, and obstacle champ Sandra staying safe and staying out of sight.

Jeff Pitman's recaps - S40
Episode 4: Edge of Extinction vs. Survivor

By Jeff Pitman | Published: March 9, 2020

Strong, beloved characters and fierce competition made the Winners at War premiere a huge success, albeit one that could be watered down substantially by the season's twists. But until then, Jeff looks at the many Survivor records that can and/or will fall this season.

Top Five, Baby! - S40
Episode 4: Lugging logs and legging the trek up from the bottom

By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 8, 2020

Brent revisits a week full of stories of hikes up from the bottom, from the Edge dwellers' literal one (or twenty) to Adam, Rob, and Parvati's metaphorical journeys. Plus a check-in on someone who seems to have completed that journey, and an eye on the swap.

Bloomerang! - AU: All-Stars
Week 5: David & Company

By Mike Bloom | Published: March 6, 2020

It was a grim week for Survivor AU superfans, as one fan favorite was felled right before the merge, and the underdog alliance fell victim to Pagonging thereafter. Mike recaps the happenings, then looks for signs of hope (or, more likely, there is Mo Hope) in the post-merge.

Kaiser Island - S40
Episode 4: He's f***ing dangerous

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: March 6, 2020

It's another week, another favorite leaving for Ryan, but he's not gonna give up, and he'll push through a grueling episode featuring Adam's implosion then recovery, Ethan's near-death experience and survival, and Tyson's near-safe experience that was snuffed by an immovable Queen.

Top Five, Baby! - S40
Episode 3: Fishing, covert missions, and momentous decisions

By Brent Sullivan | Published: March 1, 2020

Winners At War's third episode had some memorable shark-eating hijinks, and a tragic loss as the losing tribe got down to the business of eating its own. Brent highlights the top five moments of this week's feeding frenzy.


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