Well, Brian won. I’m glad. If Clay had won, it would have seemed a complete waste. He was the guy who was scheming and lying to everyone the most, and in a reprehensible fashion. Brian was smooth and played the game. He only turned his back on Helen when he (mistakenly, as it turned out) thought she had done the same to him. Helen, in the end, proved herself to be an incredibly annoying person. She’s just a vengeful angry person. Usually, it’s all water under the bridge in the time between when the final Tribal Council happens and the live reunion show airs. Not with Helen. She’s still the mean ogre, months later.
The Reunion Special was the most entertaining it’s ever been this year. Jeff Probst should have been hosting this thing from the beginning. Bryant Gumbel hated the show and had his nose stuck up too far in the air to enjoy doing it. And Rosie O’Donnell is annoying and too geeky a fan to be a good host. Probst is a knowledgeable questioner who was into the game and asked questions directly related to the events of the show. He asked the questions of strategy that I wanted to ask. Let’s hope they let him repeat that with the next Survivor, and that they don’t get some outside celebrity fan to host the next one.
The next Survivor is set to debut in February, which I honestly think is too soon. I guess they filmed it already? I can remember a time when rumors of the next Survivor and stories from its production would be hitting the rumor mill as it happened. This next season seems to have gone off without anyone caring. How the mighty have fallen. Still, the series gets great ratings. It’s just not the surprise hit it was for the first season.
They’re promising a bold new twist to the next season. Personally, I hope that means they’re starting off in one big tribe. They have to do something to eliminate the post-merge advantage, where one tribe methodically eliminates the other. It’s anticlimactic and stalls out the game for those weeks while the underdog tribe is still around. Starting the series with one large group means the creation of alliances in a much more random fashion. It might also mean votes at Tribal Council for the first few weeks in which you get more than two names gathering votes.
The only other possibility is to start with 3 teams instead of 2. There are ways to handle a merge or two after that to make it interesting, as well.
We’ll see. I still like the show. I still think it has legs left on it. They do have to continue mixing things up a bit, though, and they have to eliminate some of the alliances that are being formed these days.