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Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 7 and 8 Recap: Much, Much More Than A Vote

Well wow. What an incredible, emotional and – a word I don’t use lightly – important two-hours of Reality TV, the likes of which only a show such as Survivor can manage. Those that watch the show religiously know that the merge episode is consistently one of the best, most explosive hours of each season, and it was again…but not nearly in the way it normally is. As it has over the years – and as it has more than a few times already this season – Survivor became about much more than the game tonight, a microcosm of real-life issues that we as a society are confronting and will continue to confront into the future.

Such complexities are simply not found on other TV programs. And a two-hour episode of Survivor couldn’t have come at a better time, as the additional time was appropriately used to make sure that they didn’t rush or brush over these systemic problems that face us all.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

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Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 7 Recap: A Calculated Risk

With tonight’s episode in the books, Survivor: Island of the Idols has reached the merge…and by nearly all measures, this has been one heck of a pre-merge season. This last pre-merge episode in particular was a pretty entertaining one to watch, culminating not only in a surprising Tribal Council, but a thoughtful and meaningful one that encapsulates everything that has made this show relevant going into its 20th year on the air.

Like a worm on Jack‘s head, we’re going to slowly slither into this one, because there’s a whole heck of a lot to get to…so get comfy.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 6 Recap: An Aaron Judgment

Well that was an intense one! This week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols was perhaps the best episode of the season thus far, with strategic game-play right from the get-go, a daring attempt for an advantage that took place during an Immunity Challenge, and a nail-biter of a Tribal Council that was unpredictable and exciting. As Survivor is also known as the world’s greatest social experiment, it also featured a very important scene of understanding that acted as a learning moment not only for the one involved, but for all of us watching at home as well.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 5 Recap: Orange Is Dead

Was this week’s episode of Survivor worth sinking your teeth into? I mean, it was no sizzlin’ fajita platter from Applebees or anything, but it was enough to fill you up, if your favorite dish is questionable game-play.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

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Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 4 Recap: Blind Faith

Another life lesson from Boston Rob and Sandra, and these players are no better off. Yes, as I was told when I wanted to be a star Major League Baseball player at a young age: You can work hard, you can think harder, and you can out-hustle them all…but God-given “talent” is not something that can be taught, or acquired through hard work. In other words, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Relating this to this week’s episode of Survivor, Rob and Sandra can try to instill all the knowledge in the world, but the recipient still has to have “that certain something” in order to get it to work for them.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 3 Recap: Lessons Learned?

“The first cut is the deepest,” as one contestant learned on this week’s episode of Survivor. But at least that cut was able to be bandaged. Another blow received in the game – a backstab – was a bit more of a fatal wound, and it severed yet another likable player from the game.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!

Survivor: Island of the Idols Episode 2 Recap: The Need For Speed

As host Jeff Probst stated during tonight’s Tribal Council, the game of Survivor really has a way of revealing the core of a person. And after 39 seasons, it also has a way of showing how some players can just never quite overcome repeating the same pitfalls, even though they’ve seen countless others make the same mistakes time and time again, season after season. It’s hard to believe, for example, that a player would have the gall (and the balls) to go to Tribal Council so confident that he wouldn’t even pack his belongings (as one contestant did tonight). Or that a player would think that this game hasn’t sped up to the point where “petal to the metal” is sometimes not fast enough.

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Premiere Episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

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Survivor: Island of the Idols Premiere Recap: Season 39 Starts Off On Fire!

Welcome back y’all! Don’t let the Big Brother 21 Finale bring you down…CBS‘s night wasn’t all controversial! The first 90-minutes in fact, featured the premiere of Survivor‘s 39th (!!!) Season, entitled Survivor: Island of the Idols, and if there was any question as to the new era of Survivor casting (more on that in a bit), it was all put to bed with what seems to be an absolutely stellar cast of 20 newbies all vying for the 1-million dollar prize.

There is a major twist to this season that had many (like myself) feeling quite skeptical going in, and some question-marks surrounding the show and this season, and if it could possibly live up to the highly-anticipated Season 40 (airing in Spring 2020) that supposedly features a cast of all Winners. It was only one night, but me thinks we’re off to a great start!

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the show and have seen every episode since Season 1 (like me!), or whether you are returning to the show after taking some seasons (or some years) off…or even if you have decided to watch Survivor for the very first time: I welcome you! Now let’s dive in to the Premiere Episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols and find out what all the hype is about!

As I do at the beginning of every recap, please heed the following: Remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Premiere Episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols. If you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap. It is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!