Survivor Island of the Idols - Finale and Reunion Show - OAD 12/18/2019

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  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    By her reaction at the reunion, right now, I think she wants little to do with Survivor, but a year from now? That might change.
     
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  2. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    The jury questioning has been a little more informal and conversational for a while now.
     
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  3. ThePhoenix

    ThePhoenix Brr. It's Chile here

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    I’m the opposite. I love the Sia thing and it was my favorite part of the reunion show. I find it comical that some random celebrity (one I had never even heard of before she co-opted Survivor a few seasons ago) gives out the biggest prizes other than the grand prize and does it based solely on her whim. It’s hilarious!
     
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  4. ThePhoenix

    ThePhoenix Brr. It's Chile here

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    I didn’t like Tommy winning. In my opinion he’s one of the worst winners ever. I would have preferred either Noura or Dean. I wonder if Noura would have gotten votes if she had showed a little self-awareness and said she was initially going for the crazy label, holding on long enough to be considered a goat, then coming on strong at the end.

    For Dean, I thought he was always on the wrong side of the numbers and had to find ways to stay - whether laying low, finding idols, winning challenges. He had to claw his way into the group. If he had played that up, maybe he could have won if the votes were truly up for grabs.

    Tommy, he seemed to be in the majority alliance early and just stayed there. He had very little time on the island where he had to deflect attention away from himself or save himself somehow.

    I’m always a little surprised by how bad contestants are at final tribal. Maybe the fatigue is so great it’s hard to think clearly and speak convincingly.
     
  5. VegasVic

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    'Survivor' host Jeff Probst weighs in on season finale and Sia awards

     
  6. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

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    I haven't watched the reunion show, and likely won't. Was Sia wearing her Cousin It costume?
     
  7. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

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    She wasn't there. they just showed a picture of her.
     
  8. LlamaLarry

    LlamaLarry Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Her reaction totally made me tear up. Jeff kind of screwed up the Janet one by telling everyone the prize first, but I am fine with both of them getting the Sia money. The Jamal $15K was pretty sweet until the dual $100Ks right afterward. I guess Sia figured he will have a successful career as a speaker anyway.

    I really thought the jury was roasting Tommy's game so I was surprised when he won. I actually thought it was going to be a Dean-Noura race with a Dean win, so I was wrong in every way. :D

    I didn't like the way the jury could cut in and "let me help you out" over the finalists' answers.

    As always, the reunion feels too short after spending months watching. I didn't even notice Jack and Elisabeth missing and don't remember a couple of the people on the back row.
     
  9. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    After the final TC I had Dean with 1 vote, Noura with 0, and Tommy taking the rest. In hindsight I should have guessed Elizabeth would vote for Dean too, but it was pretty obvious to me Tommy was going to win.

    I don't know if it would have been enough, but Dean sure could have done better at final TC. It was a bit of a disaster. He certainly didn't help himself. It's interesting how different people get different vibes: I didn't think Dean came across as "smarmy". However, I do think he didn't work very hard at the game. He should have spent more time thinking about what he was going to say at final TC; it felt like he just showed up and hoped for the best.

    I'm not sure I think Tommy is a great winner but he definitely played the hardest of the final three, by far!
     
  10. jr461

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    Once Janet was gone, I also care who would win as none of the others impressed me much. For the final 3, although I would pick Tommy over the others for the reasons Laria mentioned.

    There was a bit of satisfaction in Noura making so sure of who she wanted to bring and then getting no votes, although this was not surprising at all. I actually thought Dean would win but the jury was obviously not impressed by a game dominated by winning challenges and finding things (especially since Tommy practically handed him that last hidden idol).

    I think getting to the finale without having won a competition is impressive and says a lot about one's game. We see an hour per week so clearly Tommy was doing something right.

    Regarding season 40, I am not generally a fan of returning players but a cast of all former winners is intriguing. Ego and pomposity will be interesting to see. Extinction Island....not a fan. Hopefully they end it by the merge or make it much more difficult to remain in the game once exiled there.
     
  11. sushikitten

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    I know Lauren was upset with Noura for making her make fire but her crying outburst seemed ridiculous. It's a game. She didn't want to take you. I'm glad she came around at the final tribal council because I hate bitter jury members.
     
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  12. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    That's just the kind of player Lauren is. Remember when she, Tommy, etc. thought they had a TC all sewn up and were sitting smugly until someone played an idol and all of a sudden she's in tears and full of the sads before the votes are even read? Yeesh.
     
  13. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

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    I thought it was pretty clear the way the questioning went it was a between Tommy and Dean.
     
  14. nyny523

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    Finally watched last night.

    Yawn.

    This season kind of sucked.

    I don't think the best player won - not even remotely. It's interesting because he lives in my area an the locals are going nuts. Nice guy, but not a great player, IMHO.

    I thought the Sia awards went to the best/most interesting people. She got it right.

    And I thought the segment with Kelli was extremely awkward. She has expressed herself very eloquently on Social Media - she should not have had to endure the spotlight here. And words are just words - let's see if CBS and Survivor actually follow up on this and make sure it never happens again. They handled it so poorly, it really left a bad taste in my mouth about a show I have been watching for decades.

    Sad.
     
  15. Amnesia

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    I certainly don't have an issue with Sia giving her money to different players, but there's no reason why it needs to be featured during the reunion (or even done publicly at all). If she's really serious about wanted to help out deserving players, she should do it quietly.
     
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  16. LlamaLarry

    LlamaLarry Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Noura could be exhausting, but I really did like her and thought her gut game was as much as viable strategy as anyone else's. The one time they showed her trying to sort out strategy with running the numbers and using plants/wood to keep track of the scenarios was hilarious.

    She was strong in team and individual competitions and put herself out there (maybe too loud and too long), but Tommy's game is a polished floater; he managed to spin his lack of gameplay by claiming someone else telling him their play/advantage/idol is the same thing as him doing something. He just paddled his game by everyone else's and convinced the jury that somehow he helped. I didn't think Noura would in, but I thought she was good enough for some votes.
     
  17. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

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    It was painful to watch, she seemed so uncomfortable.
     
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  18. gweempose

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    The Sia thing is just so intriguing to me. Has there ever been another instance of a rich superfan handing out their own cash prizes at the end of a reality show? These aren't just small consolation prizes. She gave away over $200,000 of her own money, and that's just this season!
     
  19. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Not true. The entire show was pre-recorded. Rob Cesternino was in attendance and on his podcast he talked about how the recorded show was different from the normal live show. With the recorded show, they could take more time between segments, setting up and taking down risers and things rather than having to have those all set up ahead of time and just using different parts of the stage for different segments of the show. He also said Kellee's portion happened in the same order as it happened on the televised show, so it's not like they pre-recorded Kellee before the rest of the reunion show and then just inserted it.
    I actually think he didn't play that up enough. He kind of smiled and the jury realized it was him, but he didn't really say anything about it. But then at the final TC, he had to bring out all his "bling" that he didn't use. I wonder if the outcome would have been different at all if at the final five, Dean pulled out all the "bling" and basically showed the jury how he was in complete control at that point. It would have given them two days to think about Dean as a viable winner rather than him springing it on them at the last second and hoping it would change their minds in the moment.
    The thing that surprised me was how absent Rob and Sandra were from the finale. They were there to hand over their island and some commemorative buffs, and then they disappeared. They didn't show them watching final TC and making comments like they had the whole season. Seemed kind of odd.
    That was a great moment, but I don't think it had any effect on Dean's chances. He already wasn't going to win, and I think the way Jamal spun it, he actually helped Dean a little by pointing out that even though it was fake, Dean had used it to his advantage anyway.
    Tommy only shared the clues because he thought the clue was based on color, and he is colorblind, so he didn't think he'd be able to find the HII because the clue was based on color.
    Agreed about the Kellee segment. She had to know Probst was going to expect her to make some kind of statement at the reunion. I would have thought she'd have something prepared. Instead, she just sat there like a deer in the headlights, saying how nervous she was. Given that the show was pre-recorded, I really think Probst should have called "cut" and given Kellee a few minutes to compose herself, think about what she was going to say, and then come back and re-started that segment. The way it played out, it made Kellee look really bad, when CBS should have been making her look like a hero.
     
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  20. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    My feelings about Dean's back patting came from his one-on-one's with the cameraman. He did not do a good job with how he presented that information to the jury, no.
     

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