By Andy Baker | Published: May 14, 2018
Andy reflects on how the remaining Ghost Island players see themselves and their position in the game, and how the potential jurors see them. Who comes off the best?
By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 13, 2018
Pat looks to Expected Utility theory to try to decipher Laurel's big decision in Episode 12 of Ghost Island - a decision that came out, once again, to result in not making a move.
By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 13, 2018
In perhaps his final Ghost Island column, Dan laments Chelsea's near-invisible exit and the sluggish post-merge gameplay, and makes a modest proposal to avert Pagongings by... well, read and find out.
By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 12, 2018
Sometimes the best move is also the most boring one, even when it doesn't necessarily lead to a winning game. Why? Naviti Strong, mostly. Also: Suggestions to fix the Loved Ones visit rut, and a look ahead at the endgame.
By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 11, 2018
Ryan Kaiser reminds us that as the oozing Malolo orange lava of the Ghost Island pre-merge petrifies into Lavita black rock, only Aunt Patty can shake things up and make them interesting again.
By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 8, 2018
Jeff conducts a more thorough investigation of the relative strengths and faults of the two current Survivor island-based getaways: the US's Ghost Island, vs. NZ: Thailand's Outpost. Which will emerge supreme? Also, Chani Power Rankings.
By Andy Baker | Published: May 8, 2018
Andy looks in depth at the many flaws, difficulties, curious choices, and frustrations... but also successes with Ghost Island, and emerges with a complicated but ultimately hopeful look at the season and state of the game.
By Dan Otsuki | Published: May 5, 2018
One bad decision may haunt you forever, but Dan decries the outsized role one bad random draw (or two, or three) has been having on the outcome of the season. Plus an attempt to decipher the curious decisions in the two Tribals.
By Pat Ferrucci | Published: May 5, 2018
Pat looks askance at the lackluster move-making thus far in the Ghost Island post-merge, and argues that several strategists' hesitance to change the game can be explained by the theory of cognitive dissonance.
By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 5, 2018
Jeff explores how the Malolos still managed to snatch twin defeats out of the jaws of a golden opportunity for one or more successes, how an unseen player is somehow racking up big advanced scores, and how the numbers of votes, challenges won, and idols this season stack up historically.
By Ryan Kaiser | Published: May 4, 2018
Like Probst, Ryan has very few questions about this largely snooze-inducing episode, but stay (Naviti) strong, there are real fakes, slaps, and sleeping to be had as he recaps the double Michelle Yi-ing.
By Jeff Pitman | Published: May 2, 2018
Survivor NZ: Thailand's first run through the Outpost was a complete success, as JT and Tess demonstrated the potential for both mischief and pure entertainment. But where does the episode leave its few remaining older women, and... its superfan contestants?
By Andy Baker | Published: May 1, 2018
This can't be true: Somehow, some way, Andy has (allegedly) come across the top-secret, season-fixing discussions that took place between certain executive producers of two Big, still-standing CBS competition-reality shows.