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Laissez fail - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.12 analysis

Laissez fail

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 12 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 9, 2019

Jeff makes the case that this episode's chaotic, largely rudderless Tribal Council was emblematic of the season as a whole: seemed fun at first, but ultimately a letdown, with no discernible guidance from production.


Wrecking ball - Kaiser Island

Wrecking ball

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 12 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: December 6, 2019

Loved ones visit Fiji, but only for the powerful. Noura gives a rant for the ages. An underdog alliance goes up in flames as Dean leaks the plan, and Karishma's ninth life is finally snuffed. And Ryan Kaiser attempts to sift through the wreckage for signs of life.


Karishma and the power of negative thinking - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.11 analysis

Karishma and the power of negative thinking

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 4, 2019

As we grasp for positives in the closing episodes of Island of the Idols, one standout has been Karishma's gravity-defying rise in prominence, despite having seen her name written down so many times. Is her path to the end sustainable?


Social capital, power rankings, and some relief - Well, in theory...

Social capital, power rankings, and some relief

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: December 3, 2019

With talk of social capital rising in the Survivor commentariat, Pat offers a more complete explanation of the concept in its original academic form, and talks about how the different kinds of social capital - bonded and bridged - contribute to Survivor success.


This bitch bit my finger - Kaiser Island

This bitch bit my finger

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 11 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 30, 2019

As a compromised Survivor season staggers on, Ryan tries to focus on the positive: Lauren's idol-winning bet, Noura somehow selflessly winning immunity, and Karishma's big idol play. Also Detective Dean's half-baked obfuscation.


The answer is no - Kaiser Island

The answer is no

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 10 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 22, 2019

After the previous week's harrowing circumstances, Ryan runs through an episode that tries to pretend nothing major happened. Which dampens any thought of celebrating what would otherwise be exciting events in this one.


How to move forward from here? - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols analysis

How to move forward from here?

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episodes 8-9 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: November 20, 2019

A previously great season allowed an uncomfortable incident to become in-game strategic fodder, and in mere minutes, Survivor: Island of the Idols went from a fun adventure to a bleak, miserable miasma. Is there a path forward for the show as a whole, or the season? Eh, maybe.


Hearing no - The Golden Ticket

Hearing no

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episodes 8-9 analysis

By Ben Martell | Published: November 18, 2019

In the wake of Island of the Idols' difficult merge double-episode and Kellee's boot, Ben takes an in-depth look at consent, the lack thereof, the parties involved in the merge boot, and justifiable ethics in Survivor.


Standing up for what was right - Kaiser Island

Standing up for what was right

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 9 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: November 15, 2019

As the once outstanding Island of the Idols season takes a dark, grim turn at the merge, Ryan sets aside the jokes for a week to ponder what went wrong, what needs fixing, and to praise those who stood up for what was right.


A story called Survivor - It's Kind of a Funny Story

A story called Survivor

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 7 recap/analysis

By Dan Otsuki | Published: November 9, 2019

Dan makes a brief return to examine how this season, with its diverse cast, emphasis on character stories, and strong female casting, has changed the overall arc of the two decade Survivor meta-narrative. Plus a post-merge power ranking.


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