Last night, the 42nd season of Survivor came to a close and I don’t think anyone was surprised by who won. As soon as it was announced that she had been selected to join Romeo in the final three, I think everyone knew that Maryanne was not only going to win but she was going to win easily. Usually, I’m not happy when someone makes it to the final three despite having never won a challenge but, for what she lacked in challenge skills, Maryanne still played a smart game. Of the final three, she deserved the victory.
There were a few surprises early on in the show. I was surprised that, despite winning a pretty good advantage for the next-to-last immunity challenge, Lindsay still lost to Mike. While I wasn’t surprised that Mike decided to honor his original promise by using his idol on Maryanne, I was a little surprise that Maryanne didn’t then use her idol to save Lindsay. But again, that shows that Maryanne knew that Lindsay would be difficult to beat. Maryanne made the right decision.
I was even more surprised when Romeo won the final immunity challenge and secured all the power for himself. Romeo’s been useless this entire season but he got lucky there. Romeo foolishly took his friend Maryanne to the final three but then again, I doubt Romeo would have been able to beat either Mike or Jonathan if he had chosen differently. Romeo got as far as he could.
I was surprised that Jonathan did so badly at the fire-making contest but then again, Mike had a definite advantage. As a fireman, he knows fire.
As for the jury, it was pretty obvious that Maryanne was going to win. She handled herself well while answering questions and explaining how she played the game. She had a more likable personality than either Mike or Romeo. She received everyone’s vote but Jonathan’s. (Jonathan voted for Mike.) Maryanne won and she deserved it.
Jeff Probst then announced that this was apparently the greatest season of Survivor ever which …. it wasn’t. Maryanne was a good winner and Jonathan and Omar were interesting players but, for the most part, the castaways were a dull lot this season and the use of twists like the hourglass and the Do or Die made a lot of the challenges feel pointless. This season was better than the previous season and I’m glad Survivor‘s back but, to be honest, I would be surprised if Survivor 42 is even included in any “Best of Survivor” lists.
Survivor 43 has already been filmed and we’ll come to use sometime in the fall! Hopefully, there won’t be any more hourglasses to break. As for this site, it’s now on hiatus until Big Brother starts up in the summer. See you then!
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