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That Christian, he's wily - Kaiser Island

That Christian, he's wily

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 8 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 16, 2018

Ryan navigates the twists and turns of an episode that was all about Christian, but really only as a distraction in order to pull off an epic idol-aided blindside. With as many sandbags, pizzas, Culpeppers, and Dan pleases as you can handle.


Changing fortunes at the merge

Changing fortunes at the merge

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 7 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 12, 2018

A complicated web of interlocking machinations led to a surprisingly lopsided David vs. Goliath merge vote. Despite the outcome, that seems like a good sign, as Jeff looks at how short-term prospects shift for a number of contestants.


Angelina and the definition of (the opposite of) success - Well, in theory...

Angelina and the definition of (the opposite of) success

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 7 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: November 10, 2018

As Angelina's merge power play backfires, Pat looks to Robert K. Merton's theory of cumulative advantage (a.k.a. the Matthew Effect) to explain her overreach, and the conflict between short-term and long-term success in Survivor.


What everyone RSVPed for - Kaiser Island

What everyone RSVPed for

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 7 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 9, 2018

Three tribes become the singular (but double-named) Kalokalo tribe, and Ryan Kaiser is here for the merge shenanigans, mostly involving various Goliaths strong-arming each other, but also double (triple?) agents, art, and seagulls.


The magic of misdirection - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath analysis

The magic of misdirection

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 6 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 5, 2018

Wrapping up the pre-merge portion of the season, Jeff takes a deep dive into the ice-blue eyes and icier heart of Nick Wilson's gameplay. Plus shelter suggestions and clothes bartering strategic pondering.


She deserves an Emmy - Kaiser Island

She deserves an Emmy

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 6 analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 2, 2018

Ryan searches for meaning in a post-Natalie David vs. Goliath world, and finds some seeds of post-merge hope (even if it's not a strategy): A more villainous Angelina, a descent into madness on Vuku, a potential successor to James, and an entire tribe of Debbie-worthy balance beaming.


The annual Merge-time Power Rankings! - Well, in theory...

The annual Merge-time Power Rankings!

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 6 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: November 1, 2018

With the merge upon us, Pat takes a break from the theory, and (re-)ranks the remaining 13 contestants in ascending order of chances to win, while roughly sorting into groups of impossible, unlikely, possible, and likely winners.


Two if by string - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: David vs. Goliath analysis

Two if by string

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 5 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 30, 2018

As a second string-wrapped idol (clue) is found, Jeff questions the wisdom and fairness of themed idol hiding. Plus with the merge imminent, a sneak peek at how sub-alliances and power players may assemble themselves in the post-merge.


Does four pairs beat a royal flush? - The Golden Ticket

Does four pairs beat a royal flush?

Survivor: David vs. Goliath Episode 1 analysis

By Ben Martell | Published: September 30, 2018

Ben returns from his blogging hiatus to look at the David vs. Goliath theme, which of the two tribes might contain the winner, and to take a deep dive into which of the contestants showed the most winner potential in their first-episode edits.


The TDT DvG contestant draft

The TDT DvG contestant draft

Survivor: David vs. Goliath pre-season analysis

By Ben Martell, Pat Ferrucci, Ryan, Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman | Published: September 22, 2018

The True Dork Times writers come together to draft fantasy teams of David vs. Goliath contestants, in an attempt to win eternal* glory by having the team containing the winner. (*Offer expires roughly one month after the season ends.)


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