Kaiser Island 43 - Ryan Kaiser's Survivor 43 recaps
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Survivor 43 Recaps/ analysis

Ep.13: An enigma

Episode 13: Ep.13: An enigma

Published: December 16, 2022

Ryan tries to make sense of a confusing Survivor 43 finale, one that cut its main characters before the final three. Then he throws those attempts in a swiftly-made fire, crowns a Player of the Season, and looks ahead to a rock-loving 44 pre-fave.

Ep.12: Sugar cracked out

Episode 12: Ep.12: Sugar cracked out

Published: December 11, 2022

While Ryan lost another favorite character in Episode 12's epic blindside, he's excited to see how the Survivor 43 finale turns out, and indulges in his semi-annual predictions of how the season's end might unfold.

Ep.11: In deep water

Episode 11: Ep.11: In deep water

Published: December 2, 2022

Ryan laments the Episode 11 surround-and-drown-ing of one the more dynamic players of Survivor 43, leaving a looming power struggle and a bunch of politeness and forced analogies at Tribal plus maybe five or six more advantages.

Ep.10: Ugly cry on national TV

Episode 10: Ep.10: Ugly cry on national TV

Published: November 27, 2022

Episode 10 of Survivor 43 featured a lot of hero worship that quickly boomeranged, and some fun editing techniques that Ryan yearns to retroactively see applied in past seasons. That and more that has Ryan beaming in this week's recap.

Ep.9: Two heads for the price of one

Episode 9: Ep.9: Two heads for the price of one

Published: November 18, 2022

Ryan finally gets his two most-desired outcomes of Survivor 43 (Karla winning things and men being voted out), and he's mostly happy enough about it to relive it with you here.

Ep.8: Tired of seeing women go home

Episode 8: Tired of seeing women go home

Published: November 11, 2022

We've already had three post-"merge" episodes of Survivor 43, and this one was more of the same: Same format as the past two seasons, same dumb, *super*-surprising "twist," same outcome as most of the votes this season. There were a few fun surprises, and Ryan tries to focus on those.

Ep.7: This next minute's for Neil

Episode 7: This next minute's for Neil

Published: November 4, 2022

Ryan tries to make sense of a Survivor 43 episode where a complicated vote took place, but most of the editing focus was on a ridiculously long challenge, while the thought processes of the shifting alliances were barely shown.

Ep.6: I'm way better than I even thought

Episode 6: I'm way better than I even thought

Published: October 28, 2022

Survivor 43 blurred the merge lines even more than before, with another half-merge (buffs, food) for seven, but also immunity for them, and a story that focused almost entirely on the original Baka tribe. But that wasn't without entertaining drama, which Ryan revisits.

Ep.5: Sassy

Episode 5: Sassy

Published: October 21, 2022

Ryan's recap of Episode 5 of Survivor 43 finds a lot of things the same (and more sameness next week) — beads, journeys, advantages — but also some new characters emerging, and new threats to contestants otherwise playing well. Knowledge is power, indeed.

Ep.4: It's literally not you

Episode 4: It's literally not you

Published: October 14, 2022

For Episode 4 of Survivor 43, Ryan is less than enthused by the time sink of two challenges in a three-tribe episode, but still happy to see bizarre reward swaps, camp raids, and any time at all spent in Coco camp, really. Except for the outcome, of course.

Ep.3: Stop playing scared

Episode 3: Stop playing scared

Published: October 7, 2022

Ryan is always ready to bead a drum for his favorite, and this week there's even a reason to do so, as she finds, puts back, then grabs and activates her idol. He'd prefer the rest of the episode stop following the same pattern of Vesi voting people out, though.

Ep.2: The hat project

Episode 2: The hat project

Published: September 30, 2022

It's another super-sized week of Survivor 43, and Ryan is here for all the big scenes involving Cody, rising and falling fates on Baka, Cody, Geo and Ryan's brotherhood, Cody, and more Cody. Beads for all!

Ep.1: Text me back

Episode 1: Text me back

Published: September 23, 2022

Ryan returns with a review of the premiere, in which he celebrates almost everything but Risk Rock, stans a mom or two, projects future tattoos, and wildly projects winner potential onto various contestants based on their first-episode showing. As one does.

Survivor 43: Swipe right or swipe left?

Pre-season: Survivor 43: Swipe right or swipe left?

Published: September 7, 2022

It's the fall, the new Survivor season's premiere is but two weeks away, so that means it's time for Ryan to start making fire assessments of the new castaways' future abilities to be "dateable" (in Kat's eyes). So grab some matches (oh wait, those aren't used any more) and some Tinder and steel yourself for some flinty decisions, as we see who sparks Ryan's interest.

Ryan KaiserRyan Kaiser has been a lifelong fan of Survivor since the show first aired during his days in elementary school, and he plans to one day put his money where his mouth is by competing in the greatest game on Earth. Until that day comes, however, he'll stick to running his mouth here and on Twitter: @Ryan__Kaiser