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And Gd in heaven rejoiced!

May 16, 2011

Survivor: Redemption Island ended and Gd in heaven rejoiced.

(Please pardon the gender non-neutrality)

Survivor: Redemption Island ended with a withered whimper and Gd in heaven rejoiced because now He can quit worrying about getting these brainless goofball zealots through a month of relaxing fun and sun on the beaches of Nicaragua and get back to more important business. Assuming anyone cares about any of that important business.

After 11 years I’ve had my share of ups and downs with Survivor and I’ve been ready to say the show has jumped the shark a number of times, but never so much after this snoozefest of a season. And I’m not alone because Gd also thinks that Survivor has jumped the shark. Why? Here are his four heavenly reasons.

1. Remove religion from the game. This is a reality competition show. It’s not a religious reality competition show. Give us the competition. Don’t give us religions sermons.

2. Stunt casting. Quit bringing back “stars” from the show’s past. The real star of Survivor is the game of Survivor, not some egotist who was handed a persona because of an edit.

3. Redemption Island and other game “twists”. One of the goals of the game is to outlast other players. Allowing players who have been evicted from the game return to the game eliminates that key component. Twists to the structure of the game, any twist, only ruins the actual game of Survivor.

4. The game is predictable and no longer exiting. Mix it up and put the players on edge. Make them play the game of Survivor. Don’t allow them to keep playing according to how they know the game will unfold only because that’s the way it’s always unfolded.

The outcome of Survivor: Nicaragua was a foregone conclusion once the disparate personality types of the two tribes were revealed in about the 2nd or 3rd episode and that’s sad. The only thing that was left to chance this season was which tribe Russell and Rob would play on and had the outcome been different – had Russell been fortunate enough to join the brainless acolytes of Ometepe – he would have been cashing a million dollar check today while Rob would have been watching from his couch at home. So did Rob really win Survivor or did Rob just get lucky?

With apologies to Mr. Whitter, the saddest of all is not that it might have been, the saddest of all is how badly Mr. Burnett has ruined the once-wonderful game of Survivor.

For what it’s worth, I have nothing against Gd or religion. I just don’t like when either of them are mixed into things like television shows to the point where I begin to feel that I’m being proselytized to on a regular basis.

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  1. May 16, 2011 2:10 pm

    Mr. Fishman, As much as I would love to leave a witty comment I can’t….I’ve never watched the show. But tonight is DWTS!

    mo

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