Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One Hit Wonders

What do I mean by one hit wonders? Well, in the terms of reality TV, a one hit wonder is a player that for one reason or another hasn’t played a second season. I’m going to mention a whole bunch of these players from various seasons that I felt left a huge mark on their season even though they never ended up playing another one. Also, they only did one reality show and not more than one.

Let’s start with the very first season: Borneo. Greg stands out as one of the most notable one hit wonders of this season. Colleen is also a stand out from it. Gretchen, Dirk, and Sean also stood out in different ways. From Australia, Elisabeth and Rodger both stood out. From Africa, Teresa and Silas both were notable players. From Marquesas, Paschal, John, and Gabriel left their marks. From Thailand, Jake was a pretty good player. From Amazon, Christy is one of the best players I can think of who hasn’t come back a second time yet. From Pearl Islands, both Burton and Lillian became the first two players to reenter the game after previously being eliminated and they were pretty notable as well.

Let’s go to Vanuatu next where we have Chris who shockingly hasn’t been asked back for a future season. From Palau, Coby and Ian both were great players who cost themselves in some way the game. From Guatemala, I think that Cindy, Gary, Jamie, and Rafe were all great players who have not returned again for future seasons. Then we get to Panama. That had Shane who is a likable crazy guy. Next is Cook Islands. That had Billy and Anh-Tuan, the latter who affected the game so much, we still see his plan voodoo used today. Or, I think we do, but it might have been a while. From Fiji, Earl was sort of a stand out, although not many people from the season did stand out. Next is China. Jamie is a bit of a stand out, but I didn’t like the cast of this season that much.

Next is Micronesia. That had Jason and Natalie as stand out players. Then we have Gabon. That had Marcus and Ken as notable players. Next is Tocantins. Sierra, Taj, and Brendan all had notable games when they played that. From Samoa, we had Brett and Erik was stood out a lot.

Let’s go to Nicaragua next. That had Jane, Marty, and Fabio as notable, one-time players. The next season is Redemption Island. That had Ashley, Matt, and Mike as noteworthy players. Next is South Pacific. That had Mikayla, Edna, Christine, and Elyse. Next is One World. That had Leif, Tarzan, and Sabrina. The next season is in the Philippines. That had Sarah and Zane as notable players even though neither lasted that long. That can be part of why the season is so good.

From Caramoan, we had Michael, Reynold, and Eddie as players that I liked if no one else did. From Blood versus Water, we have John, Marissa, and Caleb. From Cagayan, we have Brice, Jeremy, J’Tia, and Trish who were all notable to me in some way. From San Juan del Sur, we have Jon Misch, Reed, and Josh. From Worlds Apart, we have Mike. From Kaoh Rong, we have Neal. From Millennials versus Gen X, we have David, Brett, and Adam.


Well, that’s all I can think of for this post. Maybe I should have gone into more details with some of these people. I don’t know if all of them will remain one hit wonders, especially those who have played the most recently. I might update this later in the future. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Potential Blood versus Water Returning Players

When you think of the Blood versus Water seasons, you’d have to who else could work for a season like that. I think that there are a lot of other potential people who could return to play in a season like this should they ever do it again. Who would work? Well, this post will speculate just that.

Let’s start with the Borneo season. I’d love to see Greg play with his sister, although I doubt that he’ll return to play again. Gretchen was considered for Blood versus Water, but I don’t know who she would have ended up playing it with. From Australia, Jerri could be a good player and was considered for the original Blood versus Water. If they could get Rodger back, I’d love to see him with a child of his or some descendant. Seeing Jeff Varner and a boyfriend of his (if he has one at the time) would be nice. Another contestant from this season considered for Blood versus Water was Amber.

Contestants from Africa who were considered for Blood versus Water were Kelly, Lex, and Tom. I’d also like to see Teresa back. From Marquesas, they invited back Boston Rob. I’d also like to see John, Neleh, and Paschal back. From Thailand, I’d like to see Jake back. From Amazon, I’d like to see Rob back, although I’d doubt he’d return since he has his podcast. Christy would be a good choice. From Pearl Islands, Sandra was considered for Blood versus Water. I can’t think of really good choices for this type of season from Pearl Islands, not knowing much about the cast’s family.

Skipping to Vanuatu, Eliza was considered to play Blood versus Water with her mother but that didn’t end up happening. I’d love for Chris to play this with his wife that he lied to about his placement in the game. From Palau, Bobby Jon and Tom were offered to play Blood versus Water. I’d like to see Coby play again, but I don’t know who he’d play with. From Guatemala, Cindy and Jamie were offered to play with their twins. Judd from that season also had a twin and could play again. (I think that it was Judd and am pretty sure that at least one, if not two other people besides Cindy and Jamie have twins from that season.) Rafe would make a great player, but I don’t think that he will return since he is too busy working right now.

From Panama, Shane and Terry were both offered to play with their sons. I could also see Bruce playing this again. From Cook Islands, Jonathan and Parvati were considered for the cast of Blood versus Water. I’d think that Billy, Nate, and Anh-Tuan would be good players from that season as well. From Fiji, Yau-Man was considered for the Blood versus Water season. Rita would probably make a good player as well. From China, Peih-Gee would make a good player for Blood versus Water.

From Micronesia, I’d pick Natalie. From Gabon, I’d go with Ken and Gillian. From Tocantins, I’d go with Taj even though I don’t think she’d play again. From Samoa, I’d go with Brett and Natalie as players. I don’t really have that strong reasoning behind any of these picks.

Skipping to Nicaragua, Marty, Jane, and Holly were all considered for the first Blood versus Water but didn’t wind up playing it. I’d also like to see Brenda return. From Redemption Island, Ashley was considered for the main season and could have played if she found a partner she was able to compete with. I’d also think that Mike would be a good pick from that season. From South Pacific, Edna was considered for Blood versus Water but didn’t wind up playing. I’d also like to see Dawn and Mikayla back.

From One World, Chelsea and Troyzan were considered for the first go around at this. I’d also like to see Sabrina back. From Philippines, Denise was considered for the season and RC was almost nearly on the season before being cut at the last minute when her father couldn’t play it. I’d also think that Lisa would be a good pick too. From Caramoan, Reynold was asked back for this season. I’d also go with Eddie as well.

I don’t think that I can pick anyone from the original Blood versus Water season. I realize that I could continue to future seasons from here, so I will. But I won’t be picking someone from San Juan del Sur and I’m not going to mention all returning player seasons.

From Cagayan, I’d pick Spencer, Jeremiah, Trish, and Kass. From Worlds Apart, I’d pick Mike. From Kaoh Rong, I’d pick Tai, Neal, and Peter. From Millennials versus Gen X, I’d pick Adam, David, Zeke, Brett, and Jessica. Those are all my picks.


Well, that’s all for this blog post. There isn’t that much else to state outside of this mostly waste of a paragraph. This is Adam’s blog post, where a bunch of stuff happens and do do da dee. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Survivor: Heroes versus Healers versus Hustlers with all Returning Players

As I’m starting to write this, I don’t yet know whether or not I will finish writing this and come up with this made up version of this season or not. You’d think that I’d be able to come up with enough ideas, but maybe I won’t. I guess we’ll see. If you are seeing this on my blog, then I did come up with people for this cast. Anyways, what would this season be like if all returning players did it? Well, I guess that we’ll have to see what my idea is. Also, I’m going to have to keep the heroes tribe different than how I did it with my new version of heroes versus villains. I’ll have to come up with extra heroes to share for both posts in the end. I also realize that the healers tribe may be tough to cast so I should hopefully think of good things if you’re seeing this at all.

Male heroes: Yau-Man (Fiji, Micronesia): While he was sinister in some ways, he is overall a nice person and good player worthy of the heroes tribe. Mike (Redemption Island): He heroically fought through many challenges after the merge and I like him especially since Matt, I mean, Wyatt, isn’t going to return again. Hayden (Blood versus Water): He played one of the best social games ever and is overall a good guy for the most part.

Female heroes: Darrah (Pearl Islands): She is a pretty good person who could have won her season if it weren’t for an immunity twist towards the end. Natalie (Samoa): She played a great and underrated game about beat other, villainous players. Christine (South Pacific): I want to pick another great person who did great at Redemption Island.

Alternate Male heroes: Dirk (Borneo), Tom (Africa, All-Stars), Ethan (Africa, All-Stars), Paschal (Marquesas), Ted (Thailand), Chris (Vanuatu), Ian (Palau), Gary (Guatemala), Earl (Fiji), Bob (Gabon), Erik (Samoa), Brett (Samoa), Grant (Redemption Island), Reynold (Caramoan), Mike (Worlds Apart), Neal (Kaoh Rong), Adam (Millennials versus Gen X)

Alternate Female heroes: Coleen (Borneo), Christy (Amazon), Peih-Gee (China, Cambodia), Sierra (Tocantins), Taj (Tocantins), Jane (Nicaragua), Ashley (Redemption Island), Lisa (Philippines), Katie (Blood versus Water)

Male healers: Sean (Borneo): He was a doctor when he played and even, unknowingly help the first alliance be a success. John (Marquesas): I’d love to see him play again since he was a great player. Eddie (Caramoan): I wanted a fan from Caramoan even though most people don’t like that season.

Female healers: Margaret (Guatemala): She fits into this category based on her job and you’d think that they’d pick someone from this season eventually. Edna (South Pacific): I forget how she is a healer, but she is one of the few players that I like from this season, so I figure that she should return at some point. Denise (Philippines): She’s a therapist and that would be what I’d want for this season.

Alternate Male healers: Tom (Palau, Heroes versus Villains), Jim (Guatemala), Marcus (Gabon), Mick (Samoa), Jeremy (San Juan del Sur, Cambodia), Wes (San Juan del Sur), Keith (San Juan del Sur, Cambodia), Peter (Kaoh Rong)

Female healers: Tina (Australia, All-Stars, Blood versus Water), Stephannie (Cook Islands), Candice (Cook Islands, Heroes versus Villains, Blood versus Water), Gillian (Gabon), Kelly Bruno (Nicaragua), Brenda (Nicaragua, Caramoan), Jill (Nicaragua), Ashley (Redemption Island)

Male hustlers: Shane (Panama): Here is a player who knew how to irritate people. Yet he also knew how to play others. Jonathan (Cook Islands, Micronesia, Philippines): He is one of the all time greatest players in my mind and should return sometime. Brad (Blood versus Water, Game Changers): He would want to see if he can do well in the future so he could be back.

Female hustlers: Lillian (Pearl Islands): Maybe she would fit in a different tribe, but I think that she would work best here. Natalie (Micronesia): She knew how to work with others although she’s not really on their side. Kass (Cagayan, Cambodia): I love her even though she is often evil.

Alternate Male hustlers: Richard (Borneo, All-Stars), Lex (Africa, All-Stars), Burton (Pearl Islands), Coby (Palau), Ken (Gabon), John (Samoa), Marty (Nicaragua), Phillip (Redemption Island, Caramoan), Tony (Cagayan, Game Changers)

Alternate Female hustlers: Alicia (Australia, All-Stars), Vecepia (Marquesas), Shii Ann (Thailand, All-Stars), Twila (Vanuatu), Corinne (Gabon), Ciera (Blood versus Water, Cambodia, Game Changers), Sarah (Cagayan, Game Changers), Hali (Worlds Apart, Game Changers)

Well, that’s all for this blog post of mine. I guess that’s all I really need to say for this. I’m sorry that the last post was as lame as it was and I need to work more to make sure other posts are published in the future. We’ll see what all ends up happening in the future, although it should be Wednesday posts every week until the show returns. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Survivor Suggestions that will Never Happen

Fans will never know how to do Survivor any better than the actual people who do it. Fans should not ever be in charge of producing the show they know and love. Although it does work out some rare times, typically, it doesn’t. So, this blog post will go through various suggestions that people have had that will probably never happen.

Gay versus straight: Different people have suggested this as the theme of a season, but most admit that it is too controversial an idea to consider. The division by race back in Cook Islands didn’t go over well even though tons of contestants like the twist. An idea like this would go over worse.

Survivor Redo: This season would just basically be the producers starting a new season with all of the old contestants from the same, previous season. This isn’t a practical idea. Plus, enough people would hate the idea of a certain group playing twice when many fans haven’t even played once.

Survivor in a cold place: Let’s just ignore the fact that they won’t be getting women in bikinis if they do this. Survivor is a plenty dangerous thing to do, even if newer seasons seem less dangerous at times. It is far more difficult to survive in a cold place and there is no way that this could work in the long term plan of the show. It could wind up with more medical evacuations than Kaoh Rong. I just don’t see it working, even as its own spin-off.


Well, starting out, I thought that I would have more to this post, but I don’t. I guess that I’ll have to work harder on other posts and you’ll see what I wind up saying then. I also don’t know yet if I’ll get Survivor: Gabon for myself on DVD or not. Maybe. Maybe not. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Top Ten Redeemed Starting Tribes Post Merge

Sometimes a tribe does poorly before the merge, but is able to turn things around after the merge. When this happens, the originally poorly performing tribe could be considered redeemed in a way. What are the best tribes to have turned things around after the merge? Well, I might as well tell you.

#10 Fang (Gabon): Okay, so this one wasn’t an entire change that went all the way to the win. But due to what some may call sheer dumb luck and others called rigged via the second tribe swap, the Fang tribe, specifically the second swapped one, did a whole lot better after the merge. They may not have won the game in the end, but it did improve for a lot of them.

#9 Jaburu (Amazon): This isn’t that much of a notable one given the randomness of eliminations after the merge happened. But they did enter into the merge with less numbers yet still were able to pick off some of the opposing tribe and then produced the first ever landslide winner of the series.

#8 Luzon (Cagayan): When the season started out, it seemed as if the brains tribe was really the dumb tribe and it suffered from various infighting and lost half of its members within the first four tribal councils. Somehow, the other half of the tribe comprised half of the players who made it to the final six of the game and even though they didn’t come out from behind and win, they still proved a force to be reckoned with as the game went on.

#7 Tagi (Borneo): While it seems that the two tribes were evenly matched before the merge, there were enough problems to think that this was the tribe doing worse. However, after the merge, this tribe dominated so much that the other tribe went down in infamy as one that just couldn’t stick together. This shows how a group of people can stick together and pick off the other tribe one by one even though there were fractures in this tribe’s alliance.

#6 Ogakor (Australia): Amber said it best we she wondered why the tribe was always losing. This tribe may have had an advantage over the other tribes as they were able to enter the merge with even numbers after the other tribe had a member pulled from the game. They were also able to get out the exact right member due to tie-breaker rules that they knew and the other tribe didn’t. Even while picking off various members of their own tribe, they were still able to enter the final three as a whole and succeed even while losing a lot before the merge happened.

#5 Matsing (Philippines): This tribe was so bad and pathetic, losing every challenge it competed in and getting dissolved as a result. And yet, the two people who remained from it came back together after the merge and helped the other alliances turn on each other while staying together as a whole until the final four tore them apart. But for those two people to outlast every member of another tribe and one of them to win is a true accomplishment.

#4 Ravu (Fiji): It wasn’t entirely this tribe’s fault that it drew the short end of the stick by losing the first challenge which got it the worst camp and the other tribe got a luxury camp instead. This caused it to lose all but one challenge in the future and nearly all of its members compared to the others. Yet after the merge, another core group of two from this tribe stuck together until breaking up at the final four. It can be hard to think of a tribe that had it worse yet could still produce the winner of the season.

#3 Maraamu (Marquesas): While not the first tribe to lose a lot before the merge, it was the first tribe to have a significant losing streak, losing a then record number of consecutive challenges and only winning after a tribe swap happened. Indeed, no member of this tribe wasn’t at one point on the other tribe by the time the merge happened, a feat that I think was only repeated once. But, everyone who was a member of this tribe managed to band together against the alliance in the game and get them voted out of the game. Then a member of the tribe won the game and that was cool too.

#2 Jalapao (Tocantins): Things seemed grim for this tribe heading into the merge with the other tribe having a majority and then losing a member due to medical evacuation. Ultimately, the other tribe soon turned on each other and was soon the minority itself with this tribe turning out on top.

What could the number 1 choice be? Well, with the theme of those tribes that did poorly before the merge and then turning things around after the merge, only one tribe really stands out above the rest and there could be no other choice to top this list.

#1 Foa Foa (Samoa): This tribe sucked a lot before the merge due to Russell Hantz sabotaging it. But his influence over the game didn’t end when the tribes merged. He formed an alliance with those from his old tribe and was able to get the other tribe to turn on themselves. By the time they realized what had happened, it was too late and the tribe that entered with only four people were all left by the finale even though eight people were against them at the time of the merge.


Well, that’s my next top ten and I should work on more in the future. Or I can do other posts. Just know that you will probably not be seeing any posts about Survivor: Gabon this summer, although things could change and possibly will. Whatever happens, be sure to check out this blog for your weekly dose of Survivor that you won’t see on TV right now. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heroes versus Villains Version 2b

As the name of this blog post implies, I have already done a list like this before. But, I’ve decided to do this again. I will now be coming up with a new version of a heroes versus villains season. I figure that after all these new seasons of Survivor have aired, there are plenty of new people to choose from. So I might as well get to the cast. Another reason to update the list is because the new season will have another heroes tribe and seems quite similar to how this upcoming one could potentially work. Let’s get to the rules that I have before the casting of the season.

Rules: 1- You can’t pick anyone from the original heroes versus villains season. 2- If it isn’t clear whether someone was a hero or a villain, they can’t be picked for either tribe. 3- Only pick people that are likely in one way or another to return. 4- Pick someone originally from Guatemala since casting never does. 5- You will have twenty people for the whole season. It will be ten heroes and ten villains with ten women and ten men representing each tribe together. I think that covers all the rules. Now to the cast!

Male heroes: Chris from Vanuatu is one of my favorite winners and he played a great game. Why hasn’t he been back yet? Gary from Guatemala was a wonderful player and should return at some point. Terry from Panama and Cambodia played a rather strong game both times only to have it cut short the second time. That is why he should play again. Brett from Samoa proved a force to be reckoned with against the Foa Foa four and I think that he should return. I also really like Mike from Worlds Apart the way he beat an alliance that even called itself evil.

Female heroes: Christy from Amazon is someone that I felt was a really good player and I’m more than surprised that she hasn’t returned to play again. Sierra from Tocantins had to face off against her tribe who never liked her and I feel she should start on a better playing field this time around. Laura from Samoa and Blood versus Water is someone that I feel is a good player and should play again as a result. Jane from Nicaragua die a lot of good things when she played the game. Denise from Philippines is my last pick for hero the way she survived every tribal council.

Male villains: Richard from Borneo and All-Stars is the Survivor textbook definition of villain and should hopefully reappear at some point in time. Lex from Africa and All-Stars was someone who I felt was quite villainous at times with his personality that can be overbearing at times, yet still good enough to return again in my mind. Burton from Pearl Islands is someone that I feel should have played a second time as he proved to be a strong player when he played. Ken from Gabon was quite a sinister person, although I hope he proves to be a smarter player the second time around. Tony from Cagayan and Game Changers proved to be one of the all time greatest villains in history, even if his second time put a dent on his playing record.

Female villains: Teresa from Africa is one of my favorite classic players and I loved how she unknowingly manipulated the game and then caused further chaos afterwards. Twila from Vanuatu has many people who like her and she would make a good returning player in good time, hopefully sooner rather than later. Corinne from Gabon and Caramoan probably wouldn’t mind the label of bitch because she knows that’s what she is and she could prove to be a good player another time around. Ciera from Blood versus Water, Cambodia, and Game Changers might just be one of the greatest newer style players to be a villain. Sarah from Cagayan and Game Changers proved that flippers can win some of the time.

The cast: Richard (Borneo, All-Stars), Teresa (Africa), Lex (Africa, All-Stars), Christy (Amazon), Burton (Pearl Islands), Twila (Vanuatu), Chris (Vanuatu), Gary (Guatemala), Terry (Panama, Cambodia), Corinne (Gabon, Caramoan), Ken (Gabon), Sierra (Tocantins), Laura (Samoa, Blood versus Water), Brett (Samoa), Jane (Nicaragua), Denise (Philippines), Ciera (Blood versus Water, Cambodia, Game Changers), Sarah (Cagayan, Game Changers), Tony (Cagayan, Game Changers), Mike (Worlds Apart).

Alternate heroes: Dirk (Borneo), Tom (Africa, All-Stars), Ethan (Africa, All-Stars), Paschal (Marquesas), Ted (Thailand), Darrah (Pearl Islands), Ian (Palau), Yau-Man (Fiji, Micronesia), Earl (Fiji), Peih-Gee (China, Cambodia), Marcus (Gabon), Bob (Gabon), Taj (Tocantins), Erik (Samoa), Natalie (Samoa), Brenda (Nicaragua, Caramoan), Grant (Redemption Island), Mike (Redemption Island), Ashley (Redemption Island), Christine (South Pacific), Lisa (Philippines), Reynold (Caramoan), Eddie (Caramoan), Katie (Blood versus Water), Hayden (Blood versus Water), Jeremy (San Juan del Sur, Cambodia), Neal (Kaoh Rong), Adam (Millennials versus Gen X).

Alternate villains: Alicia (Australia, All-Stars), Vecepia (Marquesas), Shii Ann (Thailand, All-Stars), Lillian (Pearl Islands), Coby (Palau), Shane (Panama), Aras (Panama, Blood versus Water), Jonathan (Cook Islands, Micronesia, Philippines), Jean-Robert (China), Natalie (Micronesia), John (Samoa), Marty (Nicaragua), Phillip (Redemption Island, Caramoan), Brad (Blood versus Water, Game Changers), Kass (Cagayan, Cambodia), Hali (Worlds Apart, Game Changers).


Well, that’s all I can think of for this post. I’ll be back sometime with some other post. Keep a look out for other days, although it should be a Wednesday that you’ll see a new post. We’ll see. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Development of Game Changers Cast

Once a person becomes a returning player, it is likely that their game is different in their new season. Even if they do try to play the same sort of game they did the first time, they will ultimately have a different game happen this time. So, as usual after new returning player seasons, I will go through the cast of the season and compare their most recent game to their previous games before this season. Hopefully, we can all learn something about how things change.

Ciera seems to be taking hits with each of her seasons. The first time she played, she was a likable villain who helped make huge moves even though it ended up costing her the game. The second time, she was still a villain but a bit less likable and her minority alliance never really took control of the game. Her struggles were most apparent with her third season where she played too hard too fast and got voted out first. Each time she has played, she seems to be getting worse. I don’t know if her reputation is ruined, but it keeps taking hits. Main transition: From a huge villain to an easy vote out.

Original thoughts on Ciera after Cambodia: Ciera may not have gotten that good an edit either of the seasons that she played. At least she was playing the game and trying to make moves. They may not have worked out as well as they could have. As to which season she did better in, she did make it farther in her first season and probably got a better edit that time around as well. Main transition: From a risk taker to a bit of an annoying person.

Tony might have taken one of the biggest hits this season. We all know the type of player that he is after his first season and he acted like a lunatic near the very beginning. This made him like an outcast on his tribe and got him voted out early after clashing heads with another winner. The first time, he proved that he could be a huge player and yet still win the game. This time, he proved that arrogance goes both ways and it got him an early exit. Main transition: From a great winner to an irrelevant player.

Caleb just didn’t seem to do well in the game this time around, which is sad. If only there were more to him. The first time he played, he was considered a good player even though we never saw much of him and he wound up getting medically evacuated early into the game. When he played a second time, he never seemed to do that much again as he didn’t make it that far. It’s hard to tell what really changed about him, other than that I’m glad he’s presented better here than on Big Brother. Main transition: From a short-lived player for medical reason to a short-live player for no good reason.

Malcolm is a wonderful player who largely fell victim to a twist this time around. The first time he played, he may have failed on his first tribe, but he succeeded on his second tribe and did well after the merge. Unfortunately, his ally turned on him and he was the last person voted out. When he played the second time, he had an advantage in being unknown to the other contestants and it got him far into the game, until his great game play got him voted out a second time. This time around, his great game play once again got him voted out by another tribe basically this time. He didn’t make the merge over the unusual twist, but his largely great game play remains intact, in my mind at least. Main transition: From a great player who made it far to a great player who didn’t.

Original thoughts on Malcolm after Caramoan: He first appeared in the 25th season. He was put on a tribe that was pretty bad before being put on a tribe that was really good. He was a strong player and jury threat. He was the last voted out. | He returned to the game, despite the fact that his season hadn't aired yet. He was the first back to back player to do considerably worse the second time. He was a master of the hidden immunity idol and saved himself once with one while convincing someone else to play one for him earlier. He was on the jury again.

JT is an ever descending, three time player. While not the only player to do worse every time he played, he is the first person to finish all three ways (finalist, jury, premerge) in the order of greatest to least. The first time he played, he had a perfect game. No one had done that before and only one person has done it since (if I checked right). The second time he played, he made one of the all time dumbest moves by giving his idol to someone on the other tribe only to get idoled out of the game himself. This time around, he wasn’t nearly as dumb but still enforced the stereotype that nice guys finish last. He was on the wrong side of the numbers and made too many mistakes. Main transition: From a great contender to an idiot.

Sandra won twice before playing this, her third season. She didn’t win for the first time, but she did outlast all the former winners this season, so she has that in her favor. The first time she played, she may not have been the most flashy villain her season, but she was the most liked compared to her competition. When she played a second time, she played against the majority nearly the entire part of the game before the merge. She then worked with that side when the heroes wouldn’t work with her and the heroes still voted for her to win the game, which she did. She then got way too cocky when she played again and everyone knew it. She still made it far somehow, but wound up on the wrong side of the numbers and was voted out. Main transition: From a cocky person who won to a cocky person who didn’t win.

Jeff Varner is someone who I thought couldn’t get any worse in future seasons. But he probably feels the same way that Paula Deen felt after her racist remarks were made public. He could have been doing so well in the long term had he not wound up on the bottom of the numbers and made a terrible decision in a last ditch effort to save himself which turned out to actually be the last nail in the coffin that was constructed for him. Ultimately, the only way he could succeed in the game is in a back to the basics season. His first season got him with a tie-breaker rule that his tribe didn’t know about. The second season got him after tribe swaps. This season was also a tribe swap that got rid of him, but that wasn’t what ultimately killed his game this time around. He made one of the dumbest moves of all time. Hopefully, his reputation can recover. Main transition: From an unlucky target to his own target.

Original thoughts on Jeff after Cambodia: Jeff Varner definitely took a hit this season. He was remembered fondly in Australia where a strange rule at the time got the opposing tribe to vote him out. This time around, he came off as a bit dumb and slightly arrogant when we saw him in the game. All the airtime he got basically pointed to the reasons why he got such an early elimination this time around. If he’s back a third time, hopefully he can do better. Main transition: From a victim of a twist to a victim of himself.

Hali is someone that I didn’t like that much going into this season. You can read all my posts from before this season if you want to. They’ll all tell you about my old feelings regarding her. Only you may notice the past tense in this writing. You see, when she first played, there wasn’t much to her edit and she just became an obscure boot. Plus, she was on Worlds Apart, which was a pretty bummer of a season. This time around, I started to like the little devil that she is. She may have placed around the same place of the game this time around, but I felt she left a more lasting impression on me this time around, one where I actually like her. Main transition: From a forgettable player to a notable villain.

Ozzy has been all over the place edit wise throughout his various seasons. The first time he played, he was shown as a dominate player who fell short of winning the jury by one vote. The second time, he was still a power player, only he got voted out and wound up very bitter towards the end. The third time he played, he had his worst edit as he wound up being an egotistical maniac who made Redemption Island practically irrelevant after the merge. This time around, he got a better edit than the last two times and wasn’t really seen that much throughout the game. He did become the first player to make the merge four different times. I don’t know what to say about his difference between seasons, except that I’m glad he’s more toned down this time around. Main transition: From a major powerhouse player to an irrelevant player.

Debbie continued being the type of crazy player that I love because I love anyone who is crazy like I am. It’s good knowing that I’m not alone. The first time she played, despite her craziness, people still took her seriously enough to form an alliance with her. Only this alliance ended up blindsiding her. What was the reason for her downfall this time? I don’t remember this time. I could easily look it up. But I don’t think that there was any real change for her this time around. Main transition: From a crazy player to a more unexplained crazy person.

Zeke probably had the biggest change this season when we learned something new about him that we didn’t know before. Only that might not have changed his game. The first time he played, he thought that he had power and was ultimately blindsided by a former ally. This second time he played, we learned that he was a she at one point. It might have ultimately ruined his game this time around since he couldn’t really do much once it happened. We may never know for sure. But I really don’t see much of a difference between how he played. Main transition (no pun intended): From a strategic player to one we didn’t see as much.

Sierra has sadly been largely irrelevant to both seasons she played. I like her, though. The first time she played, she made it all the way to the finale, but had the most invisible edit of those who did. This time around, we never saw much of her outside of her legacy advantage that ultimately went to someone else. Main transition: From an invisible player to a slightly more visible player.

Andrea is someone who I’m not really sure if I liked that much, but definitely didn’t hate before this season. Now, I don’t really like her if I even did in the first place. When she first played, she lucked into an easy alliance and didn’t have much to do except for getting rid of her showmance for blabbing about what he could have done. Ultimately, she got blindsided by her alliance and got voted out as a result where she lucked her way back into the game after an insanely stupid challenge only to get voted right back out again.

When she played a second time, she never really did that much outside of once again being part of a power alliance and once again getting the short end of the stick in that alliance causing her to get voted out again, this time with an idol in her pocket. When she played this time, she seemed to lack a notable alliance and became quite mean for reasons that didn’t entirely show up on screen. Main transition: From a nice coattail rider to a mean person.

Original thoughts on Andrea after Caramoan: She first appeared in the 22nd season. She was in a showmance with another contestant. She got voted out twice. She won Redemption Island duels. | She found a hidden immunity idol, didn't play it, and got voted out as a result.

Michaela is someone who seems like she fully embodies the crazy black lady stereotype. I hope that doesn’t sound racist of me, but I would have to blame casting for that. Why else would they keep doing that, finding those people? She was hardly the only contestant to fit that theme, just the most recent. Anyways, she was a more savvy player, it seemed, the first time around, except for a bit of weirdness that somehow got her voted out. When she played again, we only seemed to see the crazy aspects of her with the few times that we saw her. She made it to the jury and was ultimately voted out for reasons that seemed unclear in the end. Main transition: From a short lived, crazy player, to a longer lasting, equally crazy player.

Cirie might be a player that I like more than I realize. It can be hard to remember what all she did over her four seasons playing the game. I don’t remember much of her first game only it seemed as she might have struggled early on, yet made it far enough to be in the finale, only to be eliminated in a fire-making tie-breaker. The second time she played, she had a huge dominance over nearly the whole game, only to be voted out after learning of a surprise final two. The third time she played, she was gone very early into the game over a minority was able to blindside her. When she played this time, she played a subtle yet awesome game where no possible mistake she made seemed to come back against her in any way. She made her third finale, a first for any player, and was eliminated simply because all the other players were immune. Main transition: From a great player to a still great player.

Aubry is someone that I didn’t like going into this season and still probably don’t really like that much. However, I don’t think that she’s that bad a person in the end. The first time she played the game, she was whiny and annoying, yet still beloved by others who aren’t me. She didn’t win the first time, but she did come in second. This time around, we never saw that much from her, yet she made it to the finale again. Ultimately, she ended up getting voted out after getting on the wrong side of the numbers. Main transition: From an entitled player to a less noticeable presence.

Tai doesn’t seem to realize that sometimes nice guys actually do finish last. The first time he played, he became evil and blindsided his allies leaving him without any friends on the jury and he got no jury votes as a result. When he played this time, he wanted to avoid being an evil person, although he might have if given the opportunity. Ultimately, he was a threat enough to get voted out. Main transition: From a bad villain to a person who was too nice for his own good.

Troyzan originally played in One World. He tried to fight against the women that season, but wasn’t successful. He appeared in the poll to potentially be part of Cambodia, but was rejected by the fans who voted on the cast. When he played this season, he picked a good ally. In fact, this ally was too good as Troyzan practically rode his coattails all the way to the end and was rejected by the jury as a result. First he was rejected by the fans in terms of the vote, then he was rejected by the jury in terms of the vote. He could work on being more likable. Main transition: From an arrogant player to a less arrogant, but still mostly irrelevant person.

Brad originally played in Blood Versus Water. He played with his wife who was voted off premerge her first season and became the second place contestant this season. How is that relevant? Well, in his first season, he became a premerge book after enough of his alliance turned on him. Like Troyzan, he was considered for Cambodia and not picked by the fans. This time around, he wanted to play like his wife who he frequently brought up. Ultimately it worked as he too went from premerge to second place. That was clearly not the result he wanted. Main transition: From a cocky player who didn’t make it far from a cocky player who did, yet still didn’t win.

Sarah played first in Cagayan and thought she held all the power, but didn’t. She thought that she could flip her way to a win, but someone else flipped and she was voted out as a result. The next time she played, she actually continued with her flipping back and forth only this time, it actually paid off. It can be a bit surprising that people knew this was going on, yet still gave her the win. Main transition: From a flipper who didn’t win to a flipper who did.

Contestant
Original season
Second season
Third season
Game Changers season
Ciera
Best
Average
Was Game Changers
Worst
Tony
Best
Was Game Changers
N/A
Worst
Caleb
Quickly left game
Was Game Changers
N/A
Irrelevant
Malcolm
Best
Most notable
Was Game Changers
Strangest exit
JT
Best
Dumbest
Was Game Changers
Worst
Sandra
Pretty good
Best
Was Game Changers
Good, but not good enough
Jeff Varner
Sadly short
Bad
Was Game Changers
Worst
Hali
Irrelevant
Was Game Changers
N/A
Villainy
Ozzy
Best
Shortest
Bad edit
Good again
Debbie
Same
Was Game Changers
N/A
Same
Zeke
Same
Was Game Changers
N/A
Same
Sierra
Same
Was Game Changers
N/A
Same
Andrea
Furthest
Almost nothing
Was Game Changers
Bad edit
Michaela
Shortest
Was Game Changers
N/A
Furthest
Cirie
Introduced
Going strong
Worst
Still good
Aubry
Entitled
Was Game Changers
N/A
Irrelevant
Tai
Bad villain
Was Game Changers
N/A
Too nice a person
Troyzan
Bad edit
Was Game Changers
N/A
Irrelevant
Brad
Shortest
Was Game Changers
N/A
Furthest
Sarah
Worst
Was Game Changers
N/A
Best


Well, there’s not much else to talk about besides that. I hope that you enjoyed this blog post. I’ll be back later with my next blog post at some point, probably still Wednesdays for now. Do you think that I did a good job comparing people from this season versus their previous season or seasons? I hope that you did. For now, this is Adam Decker, signing off.