Top Five, Baby! - Brent Sullivan's Survivor 44 recaps
Top Five, Baby! - Survivor 44
Survivor 44 Recaps/ analysis

44 in 20/20 hindsight

Episode 13: 44 in 20/20 hindsight

Published: May 29, 2023

With the Survivor 44 finale finalized and the aftershow shown, Brent takes a look back at five key predictions from scenes and events that seemed important at the time that actually ended up being so ... and one that didn't.

Top five, baby!

Episode 12: Top five, baby!

Published: May 22, 2023

As the final five hike their way into the finale of Survivor 44, Brent assesses the chance each player has of winning, should they reach the final three, then gives his prediction of how the two remaining eliminations will play out.

Setting up the endgame

Episode 11: Setting up the endgame

Published: May 14, 2023

Episode 11 of Survivor 44 featured a crowd-pleasing immunity win and a similarly well-received idol play, and Brent goes through the crucial maneuvers and decisions made at final seven, with an eye to who is now best positioned to control the game the rest of the way.

The games begin

Episode 10: The games begin

Published: May 8, 2023

As the individual phase of Survivor 44 finally feels fully underway, Brent takes a moment to evaluate the gameplay of some of the bigger characters, and predicts which will have the best shot at reaching the end.

More like a merge vote

Episode 9: More like a merge vote

Published: May 1, 2023

With the three original tribes evenly balanced at 3-3-3, Brent enjoyed the old-school merge vote feel of Episode 9's jockeying for power, as the Tika three successfully blindsided Ratu, and helped remove their advantage(s) from the game. How will Ratu and Soka adjust next?

Low moments, a big move, and tribal parity

Episode 8: Low moments, a big move, and tribal parity

Published: April 24, 2023

Brent looks at Episode 8 of Survivor 44's people who were struggling initially but made a comeback by the end of the hour, as a flashy idol play evened up the original tribe numbers at three apiece. How does this change the game going forward?

Post-mergatory movement

Episodes 6-7: Post-mergatory movement

Published: April 17, 2023

Brent combs through the events of the two post-"merge" episodes of Survivor 44 to find scenes of long-term importance, and finds good news for people who like Tika, and a surprising dearth of active idols and advantages, which could be interesting if we're finally going to see a Tribal with only one person immune and everyone voting.

New connections and an early exit

Episode 5: New connections and an early exit

Published: April 3, 2023

Episode 5 of Survivor 44 finally got around to showing all the just-swapped people on their new tribes, and put some bros (and Carolyn) together for a feast, and Brent looks at how these combinations might affect the long-term game, as the merge looms next week. Except for Matthew, of course, whose shoulder finally ended his run.

Characters, solid groups, and a tribe swap

Episode 4: Characters, solid groups, and a tribe swap

Published: March 26, 2023

Brent finds a lot to like in Episode 4 of Survivor 44, including a creative move by a huge character, an alliance that feels set for the long term, and for the first time since Winners at War, a (sort-of) tribe swap that sent three lone players to different tribes.

Fun, camp life, and fake idols

Episode 3: Fun, camp life, and fake idols

Published: March 19, 2023

Survivor 44 found the time to spend a lot more of the episode in the three camps for Episode 3, as there was singing, scampering, and fake idols galore. Brent appreciated the return of some of the old-school feel, and offers an update on the many, many advantages (and disadvantages) currently in play.

Solo players, pairs, and a surprise three

Episode 2: Solo players, pairs, and a surprise three

Published: March 13, 2023

In Episode 2 of Survivor 44, the tribes of six (or five) start to coalesce into alliances and singles, and Brent examines which groupings might have long-term significance, along with a look at the idol cages and sit-outs.

Three new tribes, two players out

Episode 1: Three new tribes, two players out

Published: March 6, 2023

Survivor 44 kicked off with two hours of action, and two people leaving the game: one via injury, and one via a single vote after an idol play, advantage play, and two Shots in the Dark. Brent looks at the three new tribes, and which players and new twists stand out as having long-term potential.

Brent Sullivan - Top Five, Baby!Brent Sullivan is a long-time fanatic of Survivor and has been writing about it for years. When he is not writing, talking about, or applying to be on the show, he spends his time with family, doing nerdy IT stuff, and watching movies. Follow him on twitter: @BSully_13