Final thoughts about Survivor

3 Feb

Good things about this season:

  • Complicated strategy as everyone had so many different loyalties from prior seasons and the tribe reshufflings. Also, the show did a masterful job of letting the viewer track every player’s reaction to everything.
  • A deserving winner in Jeremy.
  • Exciting idol plays, and the very exciting twist of having idols at challenges.
  • Kelley Wentworth, who both found and played her idols in entertaining fashion. Looking back on the season, she was involved in almost all of the most exciting moments.

Bad things about this season:

  • Oddly for an all-star season, there was no one great character. Even Joe was a bit too low-key to make for great TV. And there was no dominant player, though Joe was very good.
  • Having no lasting alliances was a positive as noted above, but also a negative as you didn’t see friendships of the kind earlier seasons had.
  • The odd sequence events that had Kelly Wigglesworth going home despite not getting any votes at tribal council was spun as an exciting moment, but to be it was more an unfair and unforgivable loophole in the rules.

Sorry, nobody cracked my best players of all time list, and as an all-star season it wasn’t eligible for my best alliances of all time list. However, I did add one player to my honorable mentions for the worst of all time.

You can check out my full rankings of the seasons here.


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