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Headscratchers: Survivor
  • What happened to the Russell Factor? It looks like after Nicaragua, people have been pulling idols out of nowhere with no clues in the first week. We finally got to see a clue, and it's the same poem. What happened to those visual cues? Did they ever state whether or not they thought the visual cues were too abstract or too much of a giveaway?

  • The "Purple Rock". why do they do this, still?
    • It's used to discourage tie votes and to give an incentive to players to pick sides. Tie votes used to be broken by past votes(meaning, of the people who are tied, had the most votes cast against them in previous rounds) happened one apiece during the first two seasons, but with alarming frequency in the third season, Africa. For whatever reason, the producers didn't like that.

  • In those seasons with returnees mixed with "favourites"...why in the hell do these people who're long-time fans of the show not vote these guys out ASAP? Haven't they seen Fans vs. Favourites, where even the returnees admitted that returnees have an unfair advantage when it comes to those kinds of seasons? I dunno about you, but if I got onto a season and saw two returnees coming off the plane to join us, I'd get that person out as soon as possible...or suspect that everyone's going to get too starstruck to
    • I'm sure part of it is that they're starstruck. Like, there's no way Cochran was ever going to vote out Coach, because he was so starstruck by the fact that he was actually playing Survivor with Coach!!! Plus whenever they do the "2-3 returning players are joining you" thing, 8 of the 9 people they've brought back have been physically strong men, which makes them harder to target early.
    • Also, by the time your tribe goes to Tribal Council, you've been there at least a few days. You're already hungry, probably cold and wet or sweaty and sunburned, and maybe you've been struggling to make fire and find food. You're also paranoid and worried that you're going to be the first one out. And here's this guy standing there who's done this before and proved he can handle the conditions, who can contribute more on the survival side than most people because of his experience, and who assures you that if you team up with him you'll be safe for a long time. All of a sudden booting him doesn't seem nearly so urgent.

  • Since they seem to be invoking Reality Show Genre Blindness, has anyone ever tried to be someone who'll be so epically stupid they'll hand the season's designated "carry" the million? Other than Fabio?
    • If you listen to the Redemption Island final tribal council, Phillip says that this was his plan all along - fool everyone into thinking he was the perfect goat as part of his "master plan", then latch onto Boston Rob, the one person who could give anyone a free ride to the finals. YMMV if you really believe him, though. And other finals goats have been aware they were being dragged though, like Courtney from Exile Island or Katie from Palau, but who knows how much they thought they could win over the jury.

  • Is it just me or do they really need to hide these idols better? They're finding these idols within the first few days now.

  • What, exactly, was Rupert Boneham thinking on Blood vs. Water? All right, so you took your wife's place on Redemption Island. Touching move, and will show selflessness. But now, what have you really done? Either your wife goes straight back to the tribe that just voted her off (meaning they'll vote her off first chance they get in all likelihood), or she'll go to a tribe where she is the only non-returnee (meaning she's an auto-outsider, and will likely be the first one voted off). In either case, Rupert has pretty much just ensured that, assuming he survives on Redemption Island, he'll have to face his wife, an unenviable position. Maybe it's because I'm new to Survivor, and have never seen Rupert Boneham play, but that seems to show a stunning lack of strategy for a four time player.
    • Rupert has NEVER been exactly what one might call a good player, and that's putting it lightly. His multiple appearances have more to do with his personality and persona(His first season had a pirate theme, and he looks a lot like a traditional pirate) than his tactical capabilities.
    • This might actually be a brilliant move on his part, by taking his wife's place He has given his tribe an unnofficial 11th member. She will side with their team giving them the 11-9 advantage provided that he survives.
  • The current strategy of the men's alliance on Tadahna, to vote out the loved one's of the strong players on the opposing side in hopes of them trading places and going to redemtion island fails for two reasons. 1, By voting out a person and if the enemy tribe gains them, they will be less likely to side with the loved ones who voted them out. 2) If the loved ones don't swap out, that's basically putting a big target on themselves by the returnees for going after their loved ones.
  • After Candice won an RI duel in episode 4, she gave the HII clue to Monica because her husband Brad voted out Candice's husband John because he was being cagey with HII clues. Noticing a Diabolus ex Machina when they see one, the Culpeppers decide to burn the clue in the fire pit almost immediately so she doesn't become a target. With that in mind... why did John immediately try and give Monica the clue again in the next RI duel?
    • No points if you guess what Monica did with the clue the second go-around.
    • Two options: she doesn't burn it this time, and becomes a target. Or, she burns it, and the clue doesn't give anyone else a better go at finding the idol.
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