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October, 2020

Twists on twists, and Horsemen dismissed  
Jeff Pitman's Fiji rewatch recaps
Episodes 9-10: Twists on twists, and Horsemen dismissed

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 26, 2020

Back-to-back viewing of Fiji's merge episode with the Edgardo boot in Episode 10 cushions the over-produced merge's production meddling with the satisfying, player-driven season highlight of the fall of the Horsemen, one of the show's best episodes.


Jeff Pitman's Fiji rewatch recaps
Episodes 7-8: New Ravu, same results

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 20, 2020

The post-swap dawdling allows each idol to be found, but also puts the new Ravu on a familiar path: The hike to Tribal Council. Still, Yau-Man gets his turtle and single-handedly beats Ravu, and the merge is nigh. Things are looking up.


Jeff Pitman's Fiji rewatch recaps
Episodes 5-6: Mistreatment

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 16, 2020

Episodes 5 and 6 are Survivor: Fiji at its grimmest: Bullies running rampant, toxic masculinity, no women whatsoever, and half-starved Ravus failing due to physical and mental fatigue. But it's also the start of the reversal of fortunes, as the swap brings relief to a fortunate few.


Jeff Pitman's Fiji rewatch recaps
Episodes 3-4: Eating their own

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 10, 2020

Survivor: Fiji's second pair of episodes finds the two tribes on completely opposite trajectories, but somehow ending up even in numbers at 7-7. Ravu is riven by division, mostly driven by Rocky. Moto is coasting on a fluffy bed and giant platters of fish and rice, but still loses Gary to a medevac, then opts to abdicate immunity and boot another. Some themes remain, though: the Earl vs. Dreamz parallels by contrast, and the rapidly dwindling number of women.


Jeff Pitman's Fiji rewatch recaps
Episodes 1-2: The king of Fiji

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 5, 2020

In contrast to Survivor: Marquesas's editorial concealment of its future winner for much of the season, Survivor: Fiji's king is omnipresent in its first two episodes. In fact, the season does an outstanding job of building compelling, three-dimensional characters out if its contestants ... as long as they're men.


 

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