Jeff Pitman's S46 recaps
Jeff Pitman's Survivor 46 recaps
Survivor 46 Recaps/ analysis

They have to work together, or ...

Episode 6: They have to work together, or ...

Published: April 7, 2024

The new-era merge (-atory) is now a wasteland of half-baked ideas that used to make sense as part of the hourglass twist. Now it's not new, not logical, and mostly not entertaining. Can we just have a normal merge back, please? Plus, revisiting the premiere's foreshadowing.

Looking for green shoots of life

Episodes 4-5: Looking for green shoots of life

Published: March 31, 2024

With a new tribe squawking to the forefront and a fun journey task, Episode 5 of Survivor 46 finally produced some enjoyable elements, and narrowly avoided hitting the merge with only two people who had ever attended Tribal. Let's hope now that everyone can finally play the game, a game actually emerges.

Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't

Episode 3: Dooomed if you do, doomed if you don't

Published: March 16, 2024

Episode 3 of Survivor 46 had all the flaws of the New Era on full display: An already-depleted tribe that keeps losing, a terrified player on that tribe who was outside the numbers from the beginning, then had his vote taken away. Fans complain the season is boring, slow, and overly focused on one tribe, but the fault is not in the cast, it's in the game design, which has produced the same result two straight seasons.

Pacing, back and forth

Episodes 1-2: Pacing, back and forth

Published: March 9, 2024

The first two episodes of Survivor 46 had constant Yanu failure in common, but little else, as an overstuffed premiere led into a laboriously lengthy second episode. A look at the highlights, lowlights and villains (?) of the first four hours.

Jeff Pitman's recapsJeff Pitman is the founder of the True Dork Times, and probably should find better things to write about than Survivor. So far he hasn't, though. He's also responsible for the Survivometer, calendar, boxscores, and contestant pages, so if you want to complain about those, do so in the comments, or on twitter: @truedorktimes