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The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's SurvivorNZ: Nicaragua recaps

Survivor NZ: Nicaragua, Episodes 5-6 recap

The good, the interesting, and the ugly

By Ben Martell | Published: May 24, 2017

Survivor NZ loses two players in week three, via Redemption (the good) and medevac (the ugly), but several contestants gain new life via the tribe swap, while one notably does not. Ben looks ahead at how this sets up the looming merge.


Jury jeopardy S34

Survivor: Game Changers, Season finale preview

Jury jeopardy S34

By Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, and Jeff Pitman | Published: May 23, 2017

The True Dork Times writers (Ben, Dan, Pat, Jeff) combine their prognosticatory powers to predict the outcome of the Game Changers jury vote. And beat RHAP, Inside Survivor, and Reality Blurred, of course.


Where do we stand? (A look at the Final 6) - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 13 recap

Where do we stand? (A look at the Final 6)

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 22, 2017

Pat dispenses with the theory, looks back at this week's two boots, then takes a final look ahead, ranking the remaining six Game Changers by order of likelihood to win.


Compressed days, compressed plays - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Game Changers Episode 13 recap

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 13 recap

Compressed days, compressed plays

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 22, 2017

As the Survivor: Game Changers finale approaches, a look back at the pre-finale episode's tumultous advantage play and misplay, and how backloading most of the season's action into the final seven days limits strategic gameplay.


The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's Survivor: Game Changers recaps

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 13 recap

Three stories broken

By Ben Martell | Published: May 19, 2017

Heading into the finale, Ben reflects on the two bootees, evaluates Cirie's attempted move (and the heavy hand of the rules), and revisits the three key stories, at least two of which now seem broken.


You can steal a vote, but not an advantage - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 13 recap

You can steal a vote, but not an advantage

By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 18, 2017

Dan reviews the games of the two departed, tries to divine the impact of the chaotic second Tribal, then examines the expected fates of Tai's idols and the remaining six contestants.


The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's SurvivorNZ: Nicaragua recaps

SurvivorNZ: Nicaragua, Episodes 3-4 recap

Hero immunity

By Ben Martell | Published: May 16, 2017

Ben ponders the significance of Nate's emergence from an otherwise one-dimensional Hermosa, and Shay's status as a strategic player, then praises the hero immunity challenge concept and the surprizing vote outcome.


Back from the brink, maybe? - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Game Changers Episode 12 recap

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 12 recap

Back from the brink, maybe?

By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 15, 2017

With the finale two episodes away, Jeff questions the emerging Hero vs. Criminal narrative, whether the Legacy Advantage actually hurt Sierra, the Michaela/Tai new power couple, and the worst-case scenario for Game Changers.


The Golden Ticket - Ben Martell's Survivor: Game Changers recaps

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 12 recap

Three stories

By Ben Martell | Published: May 14, 2017

Marking his path to the end, Ben looks back briefly at Sierra, the Legacy advantage, and the five stories he sees as secondary, then dives deep into the three stories of potential winners.


Do it and do it swiftly - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 12 recap

Do it and do it swiftly

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 13, 2017

Pat examines Swift Trust Theory, and whether the short-term trust established by sharing a secret Advantage is enough to build a bond in Survivor. The answer? Not in Sierra's case, apparently.


Loyalty of the doomed - It's Kind of a Funny Story

Survivor: Game Changers, Episode 12 recap

Loyalty of the doomed

By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 11, 2017

Dan finds Sierra's loyalty ultimately led to her downfall, previews the three players he sees as most likely to depart in the next episode's double boot, and someone whose winner chances are rising.


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