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Edge of Extinction
Edge of Extinction is finally concluded and, in my opinion, thank god! This season was some of the worst aspects of modern day Survivor complete with a twist that started out interesting, but ended with nothing more than a sour taste in my mouth. Here is the thing. I know I’m an old dog when it comes to Survivor. I like a slower build of the game and switches, blindsides, and changes to be well placed throughout the season and NOT EVERY! FUCKING! VOTE! It would be nice to have a little consistency in the season. But it seems like now Survivor recruits the most skiddish creatures to ever play the game. Sometimes the right course is to stay the course but every episode people were running around trying to think ten fifteen steps ahead and not realize they needed to pay attention there and at that moment. Seriously, one minute the group says “we need to vote out Wendy. She needs to go” and everyone agrees with it. But then someone decides that they need to get rid of Kelley Wentworth because she is a threat… Okay… Whatever. So let’s vote out Chris. WHAT?! Why? Because he is a threat, ten episodes from then? This was a problem throughout the entire season. The group decides between option A or option B and so they decide to go with option k because they may be a threat in scenario Q which won’t happen if all the other scenarios occur. It was a hodge podge of skiddishness that just drove me insane. Survivor needs a balance between strategy and chaos and this one stirred too far into chaos.
Then we have the Edge of Extinction. I get it, it is a good idea on paper. However, it just seems to be a way to get rid of the cost of Ponderosa while keeping the group on an island doing nothing and having to “earn” a spot on the jury. And then… To top it all off… The Edge of Extinction winner, Chris Underwood, wins the whole season! I barely know this dude, he was voted out third and wasn’t even a huge character when Edge of Extinction was shown. So, while I watch this season and am rooting for Victoria or Gavin or even Rick Devens who was the first returnee… We get the winner in Chris Underwood who was voted out third and barely shown throughout the season. And of course he wins! He has spent the past month WITH THE JURY, creating a relationship the others hadn’t and was handed an idol walking back onto the beach. The show essentially handed Chris a win on a silver platter by him being able to befriend the jury and have idols a plenty to keep him to the final three. All he had to do was not fuck up and win a fire making competition. That isn’t a deserving winner, that is a walk in thanks to game manipulation.
There were some good parts to the show. Edge of Extinction was a good experiment, one that doesn’t need to return, but a good experiment. Some of the characters were interesting. But man… This season was just a huge disappointment that reached its apex at the end of the season with a bizarre and, more than likely, most undeserving Survivor win.