May 9, 2019 at 10:55 pm #1202887540
It’s funny how the returnee could actually win the season thanks to his or hers good relationships with most of the jury.
It’s not really funny, it would actually be really sad and a waste of a season. The only way this season could be salvaged is if Devens wins. Nobody else deserves it.May 10, 2019 at 5:26 am #1202887797
Funny in a ridiculous way. Nevertheless, I’ll be probably rooting for the returnee anyway. Devens in his attempt to have the best game became a joke.May 10, 2019 at 9:28 am #1202888074
Devens was kind of ruined for me when he got back into the game from Extinction, largely because of Keith putting a disadvantage on Chris, was given an immunity idol, and acted like further attempts to vote him out were cruel and unusual punishment. The problem a lot of the potential returnees have is that they haven’t been playing the game for the entire time they’ve been at Extinction, and they all have the problem of having been voted out in the first place. I don’t think there’s going to be time enough in the game to correct either of those problems, so even against someone like Victoria or Lauren, who aligned with the right people at the right times and stayed in mostly on being social, looks better by comparison. But there are quite a few people on Extinction that I would certainly rather see win the game than anyone who’s still in it.May 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm #1202895675
As I said, I knew we’ll have a terrible winner. Chris was MIA from the game for 28 days, gets to have a mental break from the game for a month, and then come back and win. I hope this is the last time we see the horrible edge of extinction. I’m also not too hopeful for this Boston Rob and Sandra twist. I get that Survivor needs to keep on evolving, but they’re drastically changing the game without needing to. It’s going to jump the shark soon.May 16, 2019 at 6:25 am #1202896147
Good news in my opinion: Devens and Julie lost.
Bad news: Chris really kinda won because he basically made friends on IOE and the two big moves he made when he came back. Also, Gavin lost depsite playing a very Nick from the previous season game.May 16, 2019 at 10:01 am #1202896489
I’m thrilled that Chris won. Really it felt like the episode and the season should have ended after the final four fire challenge. Devens was the only person of that final five who was doing enough to feel like a worthwhile winner, and then Chris came in and quickly built a case for himself in the short time he had. Honestly, Chris giving up immunity to take of Devens at fire just to make sure he could knock him out was so gutsy and really one of my favorite moves I’ve ever seen someone do. It’s hard to imagine that Gavin stood a chance after that (or that Julie stood a chance to begin with). On top of that, Chris convinced Lauren to play an idol for him (which shocked me almost as much as him doing the fire challenge), established enough trust with Devens to get the other half of his idol back, and got himself a reward by coaching Julie to the win in the final six challenge. That felt like better game play than what Julie or Gavin did in the whole time they were there. The audible groan when Julie was saying she turned her unchecked emotions into a strength was great.
That said, I agree that what they did this season was ridiculous. Putting people on a separate island to be more starved and more exposed for weeks on end and then letting someone who’s been out for a month come back in and and compete for the win is outlandish. It did inspire Chris to make great moves, but it’s a situation that never should have happened. The show is trying too hard to come up with new twists. I guess experimentation is fine, but this is one where they should have planned better or made up something on the fly. Like, when Reem is in her 15th day at Extinction, someone should have said, “Wait, she’s been here too long. We can’t just use this as a holding pen for players until the finale.” Didn’t happened. I do not love the look of the Sandra/Boston Rob business next season, but honestly, all seasons of Survivor truly live and die by the casting. If this season had more people doing more things and taking more and different chances, the Extinction thing would feel like prominent. After all, the fact that there was only one clear winner is what allowed Chris to target and eliminate him. And it’s really not even so much that Devens played a great game as he just kept either finding idols or winning immunity. The show needs to go back to the basics of interesting players and player dynamics and less about surprising them and us with these gimmicks.May 17, 2019 at 8:29 am #1202897674
Devins was robbed…. Chis did an ok job with the time he had but it felt like a cheap win …
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While im cautious of the twist im alwasy happy to Sandra and Rob on tv … so bring on 39
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Chris’ big move made it easier to accept his win. Without it, it would’ve been ridiculous for a guy missing half the season to win. He got to the finale with the help of Rick, played with Lauren and pulled the biggest move against Devens. That’s more than Gavin and Julie together.
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