Well, in theory... Pat Ferrucci's S39 recaps

Social capital, power rankings, and some relief

Episode 11: Social capital, power rankings, and some relief

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.

Little late Power Rankings

Episode 6: Little late Power Rankings

Published: November 1, 2019


Pat returns after a brief hiatus to survey the Sole Survivor landscape, after the surprise power shift on Vokai in Episode 6. Who does Pat see as having the best chance to win, at this point in the game?

Vince and trophy culture

Episode 3: Vince and trophy culture

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.

Elaine and the art of paradigm repair

Episode 1: Elaine and the art of paradigm repair

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.

Giant heads: The TDT Island of the Idols contestant draft

Pre-season: Giant heads - The TDT Island of the Idols contestant draft

Published: September 23, 2019


The True Dork Times writers (Ben Martell, Dan Otsuki, Pat Ferrucci, Ryan Kaiser, and Jeff Pitman) congregate and try to pick the winner of Survivor: Island of the Idols based on almost zero evidence. But that's no reason to avoid making what are probably ludicrously inaccurate hot takes.

Here we go again... let's do some predicting

Pre-season: Here we go again... let's do some predicting

Published: September 18, 2019


As the premiere of Island of the Idols approaches, Pat has once again perused the cast bios, and ranked the new contestants' chances of winning based on this (and solely this) information. Who will climb to the top of Pat's highly scientific hierarchy?


Pat Ferrucci Survivor 36 recapsPat Ferrucci started watching Survivor when episode two of Borneo first aired. He's seen every episode since. Besides recapping here, he'll be live-tweeting this season from the Mountain Time Zone. Why? Because nobody cares about the Mountain Time Zone except when they want to ski. Follow him @patferrucci for Survivor stuff and tweets about anything and everything that enters his feeble mind. 

Other Well, in theory... editions:

Survivor: Island of the Idols |Survivor: Edge of Extinction | Survivor: David vs. Goliath | Survivor: Ghost Island | Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Survivor: Game Changers | Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X | Survivor: Kaoh Rong | Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance


See also: The full True Dork Times index of past seasons.