Damnbueno

Damnbueno - Screaming at the ScreenDamnbueno got his nickname in 8th grade Spanish class when his friend shouted out "You're pretty damn good at Spanish." The teacher insisted he say it in Spanish, so the friend said "Esto es damn bueno en Espanol." The nickname stuck. These days, when he's not forgetting his 8th grade Spanish, Damnbueno is indulging his obsession with all things Survivor. Reach him in the comments section here at True Dork Times.

His column, "Screaming at the Screen" debuted here at the True Dork Times in 2022, when he first wrote about Survivor 42.

Screaming at the Screen - Damnbueno's recaps

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  • S43 logo Survivor 43
    The agony of the follow-up - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 11: The agony of the follow-up

    Survivor 43 Episode 11 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: December 1, 2022

    Damnbueno runs through Episode 11, which follows his favorite episode of the season, and celebrates Survivor 43 ditching Do or Die in favor of a clean Final Seven vote, but then notes the show backslides into a possible Advantagegeddon redux in the process.

    To the observant go the spoils - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 10: To the observant go the spoils

    Survivor 43 Episode 10 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: November 24, 2022

    A classic strategic catch-22 ensnares one player, while another gets the editors' full endorsement for an "anatomy of a blindside" explainer, all in Episode 10 of Survivor 43. For Damnbueno, was this a great episode, or the greatest episode of the season?

    Split-squad drama - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 9: Split-squad drama

    Survivor 43 Episode 9 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: November 17, 2022

    With one challenge and two Tribals, Episode 9 of Survivor 43 managed to pack in a surprising amount of conflict and big moves, with two key votes breaking up the majority Seven. Damnbueno recaps the big wins and blindsides.

    A brief history of Survivor producer meddling - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 8: A brief history of Survivor producer meddling

    Survivor 43 Episode 8 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: November 10, 2022

    In a two-part column, Damnbueno kicks off with a reaction to Knowledge is Power being thrust back into the game a second time, followed by his reactions to Episode 8, where idol-related antics continued. (But KiP was somehow forgotten?)

    Survivor Blabbermouths - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 7: Survivor Blabbermouths

    Survivor 43 Episode 7 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: November 3, 2022

    If there was a recurring activity in Episode 7 of Survivor 43, it was talking: Jeff Probst talking and talking through an extra-long challenge, Gabler doing the same in the final stage, James telling everyone in sight about his Knowledge is Power advantage. So Damnbueno is here to talk some more about that, and suggest the missing theme for the season.

    Stay humble, or die - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 6: Stay humble, or die

    Survivor 43 Episode 6 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: October 27, 2022

    Survivor 43 sort of hits its merge episode, and Damnbueno highlights the dangers of playing the game with overconfidence, especially in a minefield of random draws and lack of information equilibrium.

    Being annoying for fun and profit - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 5: Being annoying for fun and profit

    Survivor 43 Episode 5 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: October 20, 2022

    After a brief journey through Survivor history, Damnbueno looks at the flubs, acting, self-dunks, and strategic miscues of Episode 5 of Survivor 43, with an excited eye to how all the tensions and rivalries could combust when the tribes are brought together next week.

    Introducing the Coco tribe - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 4: Introducing the Coco tribe

    Survivor 43 Episode 4 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: October 13, 2022

    A return to the classic reward-immunity-Tribal structure for Episode 4 of Survivor 43, and with it both a camp raid and (finally) a trip to Tribal Council for the Coco tribe, which Damnbueno says reveals a lot about the six players we've barely met until now.

    Quick thinking pays off - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 3: Quick thinking pays off

    Survivor 43 Episode 3 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: October 6, 2022

    Episode 3 of Survivor 43 was light on strategy and heavy on idols and advantages, but also personalities and relationships. Damnbueno takes in all the actions and reactions and asks whether the Vesi tribe members made the correct decisions.

    We're on strategy watch - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 2: We're on strategy watch

    Survivor 43 Episode 2 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: September 29, 2022

    Idol hunting and snooping began in earnest (and paid off ... or did it?), pairs abound throughout the game, and one tribe had to maneuver around one, possibly two missing votes. Damnbueno is back with a more strategy-focused look at Episode 2 of Survivor 43.

    Episode 1: LIVIN - Screaming at the Screen, Survivor 43

    Episode 1: LIVIN

    Survivor 43 Episode 1 recap/ analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: September 22, 2022

    Damnbueno gives his quick reactions to a double-length premiere. He applauds the show's return to a form lacking some of 41/42's most objectionable twists, and tries to parse which of the group of 18 new contestants are the best prepared, and are making good game choices so far.

    Why subtlety prevails over big moves in Survivor: Part 2 - Screaming at the Screen

    Seasons past: Why subtlety prevails over 'big moves' in Survivor: Part 2

    Survivor Multi-season analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: September 12, 2022

    Damnbueno's series on the power of subtlety concludes with a look at a few more winners, plus some non-winners who fell just short, all with a continued emphasis that quiet, non-flashy manipulation of the other players will get a contestant further in the game than someone blowing up the game with 'Big Moves.'

    Why subtlety prevails over big moves in Survivor: Part 1 - Screaming at the Screen

    Seasons past: Why subtlety prevails over 'big moves' in Survivor: Part 1

    Survivor Multi-season analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: September 6, 2022

    In another inter-season series, Damnbueno pushes back on the modern Survivor refrain that "you have to make Big Moves to win," and highlights six specific examples in which eventual season winners instead subtly manipulated their castmates into making moves that ultimately improved their position in the game. Even in the "new era" game!

    Race in Survivor: Part 2 - Screaming at the Screen

    Seasons past: Race in Survivor: Part 2

    Survivor Multi-season analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: August 22, 2022

    Damnbueno concludes his look at the history of race (and racism) in Survivor with a deeper dive into individual case studies of players whose seasons included incidents or accusations of racism. Plus an attempt to list why every Black player was voted out.

    Race in Survivor: Part 1 - Screaming at the Screen

    Seasons past: Race in Survivor: Part 1

    Survivor Multi-season analysis

    By Damnbueno | Published: August 15, 2022

    In which Damnbueno takes a look at the reasons why discussions about race became such a prominent component of Survivors 41 and 42, the show's history of (scant) minority representation, and what the increased diversity of recent seasons means (and doesn't mean) for the show moving forward.

  • S42 logo Survivor 42
    (Mis)perception is everything

    Episode 13: (Mis)perception is everything

    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.


    Episode 12: "Caterpillar to a Butterfly"

    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.


    Episode 11: Keep your mouth shut

    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.


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

    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.


    Episode 9: "Game of Chicken"

    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.


    Episode 8: "You Better Be Wearing a Seatbelt"

    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.


    Episodes 6-7: "You Can't Hide on Survivor/The Devil You Do or the Devil You Don't"

    By Damnbueno | Published: April 14, 2022

     

    It's the merge (eventually, wait for it ... ah, there, finally), and Damnbueno has a lot to discuss, from everyone telling everyone everything, all of the time, to Probst's blatant lying and that damn hourglass. Again. But also the ascent of some subtle power players.


    Episode 5: "I'm Survivor Rich"

    By Damnbueno | Published: April 7, 2022

     

    There's still a lot of oversharing in Episode 5 of Survivor 42, but at last it pays off for the Beware Idols. Damnbueno runs through that development, the ins and outs of the now-merging tribes, and the surprising tactics at the Tribal Council vote.


    Episode 4: "Vibe of the Tribe"

    By Damnbueno | Published: March 31, 2022

     

    Things are getting fishy in Episode 4 of Survivor 42, and Damnbueno is here to peel back the scales, from Daniel's continuing foibles, to the excessive Jonathaning throughout the episode, to the remarkable ability of Ika to keep booting young superfans, while keeping around their two most obvious boots.


    Episode 3: "Go for the Gusto"

    By Damnbueno | Published: March 24, 2022

     

    For Episode 3 of Survivor 42, Damnbueno has a lot of content to get through, from "lost" idols to more oversharing, from new weird phrases to an old twist finally delivering the result it was intended to, and from seemingly oblivious challenge beasting to rock-dodging disasters.


    Episode 2: "Good and Guilty"

    By Damnbueno | Published: March 17, 2022

     

    Damnbueno takes us through his rapid reactions to Episode 2, including thoughts on who's playing too much, who's over-sharing, and who's hitting that just-right "medium" play pace to set themselves up for the win.


    Episode 1: "Feels Like a Rollercoaster"

    By Damnbueno | Published: March 10, 2022

     

    In which Damnbueno gives rapid-response, off-the-cuff reactions to the season premiere of Survivor 42: The challenges, the contestants, the new twists, everything. Get your commenting fingers ready ... go!


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