My Survivor: Second Chance Cast Picks

One of Survivor’s worst kept secrets is out of the bag, and know we can finally talk about it. For the first time ever us Survivor fans will get a chance to vote who we want to see back for a second chance. For the full list of 36 potential castaways can be found here:‘survivor-second-chance’-invites-viewers-to-select-the-castaways/, but I’m about to give you my ten men and women I want back.

The Men: Jeff Varner, Andrew Savage, Terry Deitz, Shane Powers, Stephen Fishbach, Vytas Baskauskas, Spencer Bledsoe, Jeremy Collins, Mike Holloway, Joe Anglim.

I have a nice split going on here, five older seasons represented and five newer ones. The men was pretty easy. Jim Rice and Troyzan came close to making my list, if not just because I know they both want it so bad. Max, Keith and Woo could easily get on due to recency bias, but it’s not like their seasons already aren’t represented.

The Women: Kelly Wiglesworth, Kimmi Kappenberg, Teresa Cooper, Peih-Gee Law, Natalie Tenerelli, Sabrina Thompson, Abi-Maria Gomes, Ciera Eastin, Kass McQuillen, Shirin Oskooi.

Once again I couldn’t go past the four old school women. After that I locked in Kass, Ciera, and Shirin as they were the stand out females in their seasons. That left me with three more slots. Nat T is someone I really wanna see back after just re-watching Redemption Island. Abi needs to come back because I would want to see anyone from Philippines play again. The last pick I went with Sabrina only because I could see the first time around she had so much to give. I was close to giving my last pick to Stephanie Valencia, but if we get Natalie T, that means four people in total have retuned from Redemption Island, one of the shows worst season, while Thailand and Guatemala have only ever had one rep.

So what are you thoughts on the fan vote, and who are you gonna pick? Would love to hear thoughts in the comments below!


Survivor Seasons 9-16 Thoughts

I always wonder how this season would of played out if it wasn’t divided by gender. Some speculate it could of been a young vs old, but a random draw would of been fine. In saying this, I was happy with the contestants who made the merge.

Why isn’t Chris ranked among the top winner more often?

First non-returnees season to have more than sixteen people. Did this need to happen? The cast feels bloated, and then got way worse with twenty people.

The fact that we go from a yellow starting tribe to a Orange merged tribe annoys me. Just as in Thailand going from a Orange starting tribe to a Gold merged tribe.

What if moment: Chris is voted out at final seven tribal.

Player(s) to return: Twila

After a eighteen person season, we now start off with twenty, only to get rid of two people before a tribal council. One of the shows worst moves.

Would of loved to see what could of happened if they merged with twelve people remaining.

Who thought brown was a good tribe colour? Were they fired? As you can tell ,the colour of a tribe means a lot to me.

What if moment: Ian wins at final three, but is stupid enough to take Tom. Who wins?

Player(s) to return: Coby and Ian

Max Dawson, Julie Berry, Yau-Man, Shirin, and Chad!

When not one but two Survivor’s favourite your tweet at the same time. Shit like this makes my day.
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My White/Blue/No collar Survivor cast


As do many other Survivor fans, I enjoy making together my own all star cast lists. With the up coming season having a tribe divide of White Collar vs Blue Collar vs No Collar, I put together a season of returnees with this theme.

Yul Kwon (13)
Marty Piombo (21)
Andrew Savage (7)
Eliza Orlins (9 & 16)
Kass McQuillen (28)
Corinne Kaplan (17 & 26)



Top Survivor Tribals

This year The Survivor Hall of Fame is taking votes on the top tribal councils. I realise we are meant to pick from the choices, but her are my three.

Shortlist: Borneo F10, Borneo FTC, Australia F8, Marquesas F9, Marquesas F4, All Stars FTC, Vanuatu F7, Palau F10, Cook Islands F9, China F7, Micronesia F9, Micronesia F5, Gabon F10, Heroes Vs Villains F10, Philippines F10, Blood Vs Water F6, Cagayan F11.

Borneo FTC: Still to this day the best final tribal council speech – Corinne and Penner come nowhere close. It must of been pretty brutal for Kelly to here, because after the vote is read and everyone is congratulating Rich, Sue goes over to Kelly, but Kelly wants none of it. They say that Hatch invented the strategy part of Survivor, well then Sue Hawk definitely started the trend of memorable final tribal moments.

Marquesas Final 9: The fall of the Rotu 4 is one of the most satisfying things to happen on this show. They thought they had it in the bag on day 21. If anything it was a lesson to future Survivor players. If your at the bottom of an alliance and there is a way to get further with somebody else, GO WITH THEM! The whole tribal council was made even better as cocky John Carroll was the first to go out of the group.

Philippines Final 10: First everyone wants Penner gone. Then when he wins immunity it’s Skupin, the other returning player. But lisa doesn’t want him gone so she targets Malcolm to get rid of his idol. When Malcolm finds out the vote changes to Jeff Kent. Minutes before tribal Malcolm is trying to gather numbers to vote out Pete. By the time they get to tribal that night, there are two clear sides. The Tandang 5 vs the rest. At the tribal both Malcolm and Abi pull out there idol, Malcolm for strategic reasons, Abi cause she needed some attention. The confusion is not only too much for the viewers to keep up with, but Penner also loses track ,and doesn’t vote with his group. Jeff is sent to the jury, but Abi’s treatment of Lisa cause her to flip down the line.


Survivor Seasons 1-8 Thoughts

Over the past six months I have been re-watching the first eight seasons of Survivor. Many consider these seasons to be part of the glory days, when the show was at its peek of popularity. I wanted to put some thoughts together about certain aspects of the show, and its evolution, so here it is.

The Pagong tribe was a mess from the start. All over the place. Even though Gretchen was a great leader, she didn’t have much of a team to lead. B.B. wouldn’t listen to anyone. Ramona was sick, or just wouldn’t eat the food, and couldn’t do much. Gervase thought he could win the whole game by playing cards with people. Jenna was crazy, and Colleen and Greg were always going off on island dating adventures. No wonder they messed up the merge vote.

People may complain about Borneo from a production point of view, but the challenges were good for a show with a summer budget in the first year of the millennium. Yeah, simple, but at least it wasn’t swimming for puzzle pieces every week. And some of these challenges set the basis for what the show would become over the next four years.

Dr. Sean was smarter than you think. The alphabet strategy meant that he would vote for all of the Pagong tribe, before having to write a former Tagi’s name down.

What if moment: Pagong don’t lose the Immunity before merge, and goes in 6-4.

Player that should return: Richard

This is still to this day on the shows best casts. Even the first two to go, Debb and Kel, were memorable.

It only made me hate the Kucha’s more whenever they brought up how they would of been in power if Mike didn’t fall into the fire, but there was a 50-50 chance Ogakor might of won, and I sense Mike would of been voted out anyway if it had to come to it.

Can we all take a moment to think about the moment Colby dumped Jerri on her ass in the reward challenge. And can we just remember how funny the guy was. All they say is five immunities in a row, or how he had a great bod(as Jerri put it), but he was always cracking me up. Hersey bar. Ha!

What if moment: Kimmi didn’t reveal Jeff got a vote at their first tribal.

Players that should return: Jeff and Alicia.



Ranking Survivor Winners (Season 1-8)

Richard Hatch, Borneo – While Hatch often gets discredited for being part of the inaugural season with a bunch of people who didn’t know what it took to win, I believe this fact makes him even more deserving of the top spot on this list. His perception of others and self-awareness, along with the fact he knew forming a voting block would be necessary, makes him the best of the first eight, and would still be in the top five for overall winners.

Sandra Diaz-Twine, Pearl Islands – “Any one but me”. While this strategy can be linked back to Vecepia three seasons earlier, Sandra really made it her own, and it is how more players need to think. She always had the intentions of booting Rupert with Christa, but the rug was pulled out from under her when FairPlay did it before she could. At the final seven she sat outside the core alliance but somehow made it to the end, and got six out of seven jury votes.

Tina Wesson, Australian Outback – Due to the edit not wanting to show off much of their winner, we didn’t get to see nearly enough off her. All I need to say here is she convinced Colby Donaldson to basically give her the million. Do you need anymore convincing on how good she was?


Outwit, Outplay, Outlast: My obsession with Survivor (Part ll)

On the arrival of the twenty-eight season of reality tv juggernaut Survivor, I’ve decided to look back on my relationship with a show I love dearly. The show became a cultural and critical success in the summer of 2000 and was originally seen as a fad. Fourteen years latter, Survivor is still going strong, and takes viewers to incredible locations like The Amazon, Guatemala, Vanuatu, China, Palau, Kenya, Samoa, and Australian.

Today on the eve of the premiere of Survivors 28th season, I will continue my look back on the show by listing my favourite contestant, season, tribe.

Contestant -> Parvati Shallow – Cook Islands, Micronesia, Heroes Vs Villains.
While she was seen as just a flirt in her first season, Parvati took a second chance and ran with in it Micronesia. Wile the odds were against her in the Cooks’, she made sure she had strong alliances with the right people, and this time knew when to cut them off. Her return to the game for a third time saw her as a early threat, but she managed to adopt the the conditions and made it to the final three, and was crowned runner up. Many note that she was more deserving than Sandra, who won Heroes Vs Villains. As one of few who is able to recognise how important having a strong social game is, and also being able to compete well in challenges, along with creating one of the strongest alliances of all time, she is easily one of the best players the game has seen.

Other choices were: Rob Mariano (Marquesas, All Stars, Heroes Vs Villains, Redemption Island), Vecpeia Towery (Marquesas), Richard Hatch (Borneo, All Stars), and Rob Cesternino (The Amazon, All Stars).

Season -> The Amazon
This season has so many reasons for being my pick. We had the first battle of the sexes, which went perfectly, giving the game so many cross tribe alliances, after the tribe swift. We also had one of the most memorable moment, that had nothing to do with the game. Heidi and Jenna taking their clothes of in a challenge for peanut butter. A lot of people look highly upon tis season for its unpredictability thanks to Rob C, but really the characters make this season. I don’t think anyone could of predicted that Butch, Rob, Matt and Jenna would end up being the final four, and I would of be fine with any of them winning the whole thing. And top of that, we have one of the most under rated castaways of all time in Deena Bennett. She was just as smart as Rob, until she started talking to the wrong people.

Other choices were: China, Pearl Islands, Palau, and Micronesia

Tribe -> Casaya (Panama)
Never has there been a tribe as dysfunctional, while still being successful, as Casaya. Featuring some legends of the game in the likes of Aras Baskauskas, Cirie Fields, and Shane Powers, the tribe managed to eliminate the completion, until they had to turn on themselves. The result was chaos.

Other choices were Fei Long (China), Mogo Mogo (All Stars), and Tandang (Philippines)

Don’t forget to check out my Survivor: Cagayan recaps at and look out for my retrospective recaps of the first season of Survivor on this blog.


Outwit, Outplay, Outlast: My obsession with Survivor

On the arrival of the twenty-eight season of reality tv juggernaut Survivor, I’ve decided to look back on my relationship with a show I love dearly. The show became a cultural and critical success in the summer of 2000 and was originally seen as a fad. Fourteen years latter, Survivor is still going strong, and takes viewers to incredible locations like The Amazon, Guatemala, Vanuatu, China, Palau, Kenya, Samoa, and Australian.


I remember watching Survivor as a child. A memory of seeing Colby Donaldson and Jerri Manthey in the “Australian Outback” late at night (which was really more like prime time, but it felt like sure felt late at night for a seven year old me back in 2001) has always stayed with me years later. Moving forward to 2003 and I have memories of bad ass Sandra Diaz Twine running her mouth into overdrive telling everyone who’s boss, and a crazy ‘pirate’ , Rupert Boneham, stealing the Morgan tribes shoes. Rupert must have been the ratings help needed at Channel Nine, as the much hated All Stars season was moved back into a decent prime time. I enjoyed the season, but maybe it was because at ten years old, I was there for the characters rather than the non existent strategy. Despite the lack of major strategy from 14 people in Panama for those 39 days, I still enjoy the season to this day. At my young age I loved seeing familiar faces such as Richard Hatch and “Big Tom”, and enjoyed meeting new ones like “Boston Rob” and Shii Ann Hung. The finale and Rob’s Proposal was the most talked about topic at school the next morning. Everyone had watched the show the night before. At the time I wished Rob had taken just one extra vote to become the sole survivor on that last night in Panama. Not to take away from Amber Brkich’s win, it was well deserved as I the last person standing is always deserving in one way or another, but I was a big fan of the “Rob-father” back in the day. Now days I can see how Amber played just as good of a game. 


Survivor continued on and the game evolved. My memories post All-Stars include the awesome final four vertical maze challenge in Vanuatu, fan favourite and back-to-back player Stephanie LaGrossa and the Aras/Terry rivalry. Once the show had reached its 15th season, some poeple felt it was on its last legs. The past two seasons were poorly received by fans and cause controversy in the media. But the show hit a mini resurgence around the same time I got back into the show, with the 2007 season putting castaways into the jungles of China. Next I was able to see Micronesia before the how was moved to a digital channel for Gabon. Thanks to the infamous Russell Hantz, the show returned to a place where I was able to watch Samoa, and since then I obsession has continued and grown stronger. 


This year I will be recapping Survivor: Cagayan over on But I will be doing a look back at the show on this blog. Over this year I will post recaps of old Survivor episodes starting with their first season Survivor: Borneo, and in the lead up to this season I will be making posts on my favourite contestant, season, tribe, alliance, and to fit in with the up-and-coming seasons theme, I will look at previous contestants to find the best brain, beauty and brawn. 

 Survivor: Cagayan airs 8 p.m. Feb, 28 on CBS

 My Survivor: Cagayan recaps can be seen at