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Survivor: Edge of Extinction Episode 4 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 18, 2019

Ryan is here at this place and time to remind you all that if you live in the present and visualize success, dreams can come true, such as getting to see Noura visit Island of the Idols, then run her tribemates into trees. Also Lairo pulled off another blindside.


Vince and trophy culture - Well, in theory...

Vince and trophy culture

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 3 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: October 14, 2019

Pat presents the concept of trophy culture, and argues that Vince's brief, somewhat erratic approach to the social game makes sense as a result of trophy culture in the raising of millennials.


Live by the Island, die by the Island - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols pre-season cast analysis

Live by the Island, die by the Island

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 1 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 14, 2019

This week's Island of the Idols segment took on a larger role within the episode, and Jeff makes the case that at least in this instance, it worked, because it gave us a chance to meet Vince in greater depth before he left. Even if it may also have contributed to his leaving.


Split the vote - Kaiser Island

A couple steps too far

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 3 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 11, 2019

Cracks, cuts and covert operations were abundant in the Lairo tribe this week, and Ryan is here to praise some, bury others, and curiously cheer still others? In-dean.


Tracking the story with inconsistent narrators - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.2 analysis

Tracking the story with inconsistent narrators

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 2 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: October 7, 2019

While the second episode of Island of the Idols included a major blindside, it also felt a bit disconnected from the premiere, narrative-wise. Jeff looks at this, sleeping, smartypantses, and a potential smokescreen of fire previews.


Parvati 2.0 - Kaiser Island

Parvati 2.0

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 2 recap/analysis

By Ryan Kaiser | Published: October 4, 2019

Ryan revisits another episode of Island of the Idols where the women did everything: start fires, find idols, win idols, yell at their tribes, fall off ladders, arrange coups, and of course, get voted out. And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.


Elaine and the art of paradigm repair - Well, in theory...

Elaine and the art of paradigm repair

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 1 analysis

By Pat Ferrucci | Published: September 30, 2019

Pat dives into the Island of the Idols premiere, specifically how the sociology concept of paradigm repair corresponds to Elaine's successful argument that it's dumb to vote someone out on Day 3 simply because they're likable.


Everyone here has a story - Jeff Pitman's Survivor: Island of the Idols Ep.1 analysis

Everyone here has a story

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 1 analysis

By Jeff Pitman | Published: September 30, 2019

The premiere of Survivor: Island of the Idols bounded with depth and energy from its new cast, even if the central twist for which it's named was a bit of a mixed bag. Jeff Pitman looks at what worked and what could use improvement with the new season.


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