Well, another season of Survivor is in the books!
Survivor Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers was one of the stranger seasons of Survivor. I hate to admit but, as a viewer, I never really got into this season. Some of the castaways, I liked but I don’t think I ever really had a favorite during this season. In fact, I think this may have been the least likable group of Survivors since the fifth season, Survivor: Thailand.
I’m happy Ben won. I didn’t think I would be because, during this season, there have been times that I really disliked Ben. On the one hand, Ben did have a compelling personal story. On the other hand, the guy could really be a jerk sometimes. But, tonight, I found myself rooting for Ben to win.
A lot of it has to do with the fact that the other members of the final five were so unlikable. For a self-described strategic genius, Chrissy did a lot of dumb things and I think a lot of her success in the game had more to do with the other players being weak than with her being strong. For me, the last straw was when Chrissy decided to try to fool Ben with a fake idol. Maybe if Chrissy had made some sort of effort to the find the real idol, it wouldn’t have bothered me. But instead, she and her alliance let Ben continually go off on his own. They made no effort to find the idol on their own. And then Chrissy not only tried to trick Ben with an obviously fake idol but she also acted very smug about it as well.
As for the other three members of the final five, I liked Ryan but he really didn’t do much during the game beyond take orders from Chrissy. I liked Dr. Mike but he was all over the place strategy-wise. Devon basically tried to coast to the end on his smile. It’s a nice smile but a smile isn’t much use when your life in the game depends on being able to make a fire.
So, by default, I wanted Ben to win and he did. And this very strange season of Survivor came to an end.
What did everyone think of the final twist? Personally, I liked it. Instead of allowing Chrissy to just bring the weakest players to the end, it instead forced everyone (but Ryan) to really fight for their right to make it to the final three. I’m not really sold on how they’re doing the jury now. I miss the days when everyone would ask one question and then shut up.
Well, that’s it for Survivor 35! This will probably be remembered as one of the less regarded seasons of Survivor. Survivor: Ghost Island might be fun. If nothing else, I like the horror theme!
As for me and my reality TV coverage, I’ll be back next year for The Amazing Race and Celebrity Big Brother! I hope to see y’all then! Thank you everyone for reading and happy holidays!