Review added to the Survivor season rankings provided here!
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.
Here were are, with another article of Double Feature and, in this instance, we have a DOUBLE Double Feature as I saw four movies this week, all of which are WILDLY different movies from one another. With that being said, let’s dive in with the big one: Captain Marvel! Continue reading “Double Feature… But Doubled!: Captain Marvel, Five Feet Apart, Alita: Battle Angel, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral”
So for the first set of reviews for the now WRITTEN Double Feature, we have two VERY different movies from two very different mediums of released. We have the family friendly conclusion to the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy and lauded television series. Then we have a fascinating little horror movie disguised as a Rom Com in Down: Into the Dark which is brought to us from Hulu. So, all things considered, I am about to dish out some serious whip last when it comes to reviews for these two movies. Continue reading “Double Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 3 and Down: Into the Dark”
So guess what?! I got on another Survivor kick! (might have noticed from the last post) This time around, thanks to the powers of Hulu and Amazon Prime, I have been able to watch every damn episode of Survivor. So, after all these years, I have FINALLY caught up on every season. Now that I am done, I think it is time once again to create the definitive list, in my own mind, of the Survivor seasons ranked from worst to best!
There are several lists out there ranking each of the seasons. Some are done by entertainment websites, some were created by Jeff Probst himself, and one of the definitive qualities about each… Is that it is damn near impossible to truly nail down a definitive criteria for how to judge these things. There tends to be some commonalities. However, all considered I have seen lists that see one game ranked one and on another it is ranked 31st. So it truly is all over the place. In order to make sure my list had clear goals, I listed the criteria below as a means of displaying how this ranking came to be!
How Intriguing was the Cast: This doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be likable. However, the cast has to inspire intrigue and keep an audience captivated. This can both be through heroes and villains, but as long as they are interesting to watch, they got some points.
Was the Winner Satisfying: Bottom line… This is a game show competition. The winner is a major part of that. If they have a satisfying winner, they got some points. If the winner was unsatisfying, the season was docked.
How Much Strategy Came into Play: Over the years, the driving force behind the show has been strategy. As long as their is some good strategy at play it got points. If a “Pagonging” happened… Well not so much.
How Memorable were the Moments, Twists, and Themes: Every season generates moments. That is the purpose of the show and how it is edited. However, these moments need to still be interesting, memorable, and stand well to the test of time. The Purple Rock in Marquesas is at least intriguing. The alleged sexual harassment of Thailand… Not so much.
Gut Reaction: As much as I hate to admit it… This list cannot be 100% objective. My own preferences will creep in. So best for me to just admit it now.
EDITED TO INCLUDE NEW SEASONS
I decided to go ahead and update this list as David vs. Goliath ended so the number might be funky. But at least the list will be up to date. Continue reading “Survivor Seasons Ranked from Worst to Best”
So, as I’m working on some various projects for my Ph. D., I thought of two things. One, I really need to write more on my site after I spent two years focusing on my video content and two, as I am bingewatching seasons of Survivor on Hulu and watching David vs. Goliath, I need to write more on Survivor.
So with the wheels start turning I start thinking about bad decisions in Survivor and the worst players to play it. I start looking things up and I find that there is a lack of writings on bad players in Survivor history. There are a few posts, but for the most part all but a few of them to be wildly inaccurate and focus on players that people did not like as players, not on their strategy or their gameplay. SO, instead of just writing a Top 10 or Top 20 list, though I reserve the right to do it in the future, I decided to highlight the worst player from each season. So this is the Worst Survivor players for each season!
Now! A couple of things. First off, you will find a lack of players who went early or out first. I think you could easily make the argument that the first player out is the worst because they were voted out first. But I don’t just want to write a list like that. I want to write about bad gameplay, not just people who left the game early. I want to spotlight players whose gameplay effected the game in a large array or was so bad that it goes down as legendary. So this list isn’t going to highlight nothing players or players who made no impact. These are players who either made it far in the game and made bad decisions OR their gameplay was so bad that they worked their way into being eliminated early. A season can have multiple winners IF and ONLY IF their badness is non distinguishable that they both need to be highlighted.
So with that being said, let’s start off with the beginning, Survivor Borneo! Continue reading “Worst Survivor Contestants from Each Season”