Top Five, Baby! - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 41 recaps
Top Five, Baby! - Survivor 41
Survivor 41 Recaps/ analysis

One last trip back in time

Episode 13: One last trip back in time

Published: December 18, 2021

With Survivor 41 now in the rear-view mirror, Brent looks back at his past predictions from the season and highlights five stories and scenes that really did have long-term impact (and one that didn't).

Looking to the endgame

Episode 12: Looking to the endgame

Published: December 13, 2021

This week, the "Top Five, Baby!" is literal, as Brent examines the paths each of the five remaining contestants are likely to follow in the season finale (already!?) of Survivor 41.

Emotional moments, power shifts, and luck

Episode 11: Emotional moments, power shifts, and luck

Published: December 6, 2021

A new majority has emerged, but can it last? A new twist has entered the game, but did it work? Brent asks these questions and dives into the big, emotional discussions of Episode 11 of Survivor 41.

The many moving parts of a big move

Episode 10: The many moving parts of a big move

Published: November 29, 2021

After a shocking blindside, Brent takes a look at the people involved in making it, their reasons in doing so, and how their decision to act positions them in the game, as numbers dwindle.

Conflict, faces, and showing power

Episode 9: Conflict, faces, and showing power

Published: November 22, 2021

Brent looks at the continuing conflicts within the main alliance in power, the shifting profiles of people within that core, and whether anyone outside that group can stay in the game.

Fractures, etiquette breaches, and other disasters

Episode 8: Fractures, etiquette breaches, and other disasters

Published: November 15, 2021

It's only Day 16, but two of the three original tribes are in tatters, people are eating slivers of fruit without getting approval, and there's someone named Heather at Tribal Council! Brent looks at these and other shocking developments in Episode 8 of Survivor 41.

A big move, and a big tribe finally merges

Episode 7: A big move, and a big tribe finally merges

Published: November 8, 2021

Brent looks at a bold move that shook up Tribal Council, a small tribe that now appears united, and a big bond that formed surprisingly quickly as Survivor 41 officially enters the post-merge phase.

Add the four and the one: Five topics at the half-merge

Episode 6: Add the four and the one: Five topics at the half-merge

Published: November 1, 2021

While the merge is only halfway complete (maybe?), Brent looks at the traditional long-term meat of the merge episode: The feast talk, the new alliances, some old ones falling apart, and, of course, an exile.

Goodbye (?) to three tribes, hello to three idols

Episode 5: Goodbye (?) to three tribes, hello to three idols

Published: October 25, 2021

Brent takes a mid-season peek at the three still-standing original tribes and their dynamics, greets three freshly powered-up immunity idols, and nods grimly at an overpowered new advantage.

Looking ahead when one tribe can't lose and another can't win

Episode 4: Looking ahead when one tribe can't lose and another can't win

Published: October 18, 2021

Brent ponders the road ahead for an Ua tribe that keeps going to Tribal, and the dynamics of a Luvu tribe that can't seem to get there even when they're trying. Will either of these groups hold together through a swap or a merge?

Broken trust, broken votes, and shifting fortunes

Episode 3: Broken trust, broken votes, and shifting fortunes

Published: October 11, 2021

With so many advantages and votes in limbo in Episode 3, it's hard to track what's of long-term importance in Survivor 41. Brent is here to highlight more significant moments, even ones that don't even involve broccoli or butterflies.

Secrets, advantages, and spilling the beans

Episode 2: Secrets, advantages, and spilling the beans

Published: October 4, 2021

The second episode of Survivor 41 is awash in secrets: things gleaned from eavesdropped conversations, wrapped packages that should have stayed wrapped, and a second summit. Also this week: a rebound for one contestant and a collapse for another.

Twists and risks and savviness

Episode 1: Twists and risks and savviness

Published: September 27, 2021

Survivor is back, and Brent dives into five topics from the double-length premiere episode that he thinks will have long-term impact on the season, from the many new twists, to the increased elements of risk, to one player's savvy gameplay and another's seeming lack thereof.

Brent Sullivan - Top Five, Baby!Brent Sullivan is a long-time fanatic of Survivor and has been writing about it for years. When he is not writing, talking about, or applying to be on the show, he spends his time with family, doing nerdy IT stuff, and watching movies. Follow him on twitter: @BSully_13

 

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