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My Twelve-Year Love Affair With Survivor: Keeping the Excitement Alive After More Than a Decade Together

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 06.19.2013 | TV
Lelia Nebeker

Survivor and I have been together for 12 years, or half of my life. Twelve years of blood, sweat, tears, emotional breakdowns, immunity idols, blindsides, monsoons, torch-snuffing, and vaguely symbolic close-ups of exotic animals.

Schoolyard Survivor: There's No Chivalry in the Jungle

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 04.17.2012 | TV
Lelia Nebeker

It's clear that this cast of survivors is certainly skewed towards the lower end of the IQ range. But hey, at least Chelsea can wrangle chickens.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: Rice Wars, Episode 10: A New Dope

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 06.21.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Back at Camp Winnie-the-Pooh (Rob named the camp after one of his wife's stuffed animals. We're lucky it's not Camp Buzzing Wand of Joy.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: The Robfather and Chief Featherbrain.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 06.14.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

In his "Previously on Survivor" opening spiel, Jeff Probst said of Matt, aka, Dr. Jesus: "Matt's time on Redemption Island finally came to an end," when he should have said: "Dr. Jesus's time on Zombie Island finally came to a momentary pause."

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: There's a Fly on Mike's Ball

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

As episode 8 of Survivior: Zombie Island commenced, it occurred to me that Sarita doesn't seem to fully understand the game of Survivor, or Tic Tac Toe for that matter.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Arriving back at camp from Tribal Council, Steve was trying to heal wounds but David was having none of it. You don't kiss and make up with the DA after you've gotten some triple-murderer released back into your neighborhood.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: Russell Blows It, Mansweater Sucks It, and Big Mouth Stamps It.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We opened this week with a terrifying nightmare vision: Russell had cloned thousands of exact replicas of himself, and they were waking up, and flying off to attack!

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: A Consummation Devoutly to be Wished.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Survivor opened this week watching Matt, aka Dr. Jesus, arriving on Zombie Island, a newly-made member of The Squawking Dead, like all Christians, seeking Redemption and Resurrection, whereas what he needs is what all zombies seek: brains.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: A Phillip's Head Screwy Driver

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

So we got our first look at Zombie Island. Oh, they call it "Redemption Island," but every time I've ever heard someone offering "redemption," it always turns out to be a religious con-man-or-woman.

Survivor 22: Rerun Island: Our Man Big Mouth

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

In his online bio, David says: "9 times out of 10, when I walk into a room, I'm the most-intelligent person there." Perhaps, but obviously, when he's outdoors, he's the idiot wearing a black business suit into the rain forest.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Fetuses Gone Wild!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

This was a a three-hour telecast, so we have a lot to discuss. Buckle up for safety.

Survivor 21: Infants vs. Senior Citizens: Oedipal Wrecks.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

"What the [fatita] is wrong with Chase?" asked Holly? Well aesthetically, nothing. The entire top-of-the-show recap centered on the many betrayals by Chase, focusing solely on him.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Jeff Probst and the 7 Dwarfed-Intellects.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

After least week's jaw-dropper of a double-quit episode, leaving alliances in ruins, this week was surprisingly tame and dull.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Gulliver Among the Smuffs, Literally!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

After a week of recaps and old clips, the game recommenced where we left off two weeks ago, just after Brenda was blindsided. Kelly Still-Here felt le...

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Libertards Gone Wild

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

The promo described this as an "All-New Survivor." I must look up their meaning for "all-new," as it was new clips of old events. No game advancement tonight. Yawn.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: The Blithering Inferno.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

"The time to hesitate is through. No time to wallow in the mire. Try now, we can only lose, And our love become a funeral pyre. Come on baby, ligh...

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: The Best-Laid Plans.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Dear wacky old Jane, a weird combination of Mammy Yokum and Grandmama Addams, with the merest whiff of Marjorie Main wafted in, started the wit off th...

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior citizens: Crime and Punishment.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We started this right off with the merge, which Marty felt was a good thing for him. I agree, although he immediately went to "I'm back in the saddle ...

Survivor 21: Infants vs. Senior Citizens: They Baffle Science!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

I've been complaining for a few weeks now that this season of Survivor has been tortuously dull. Well this week it bounced back with twists so bizarre that, in the words of my idol W.C. Fields: "They baffle science!"

Survivor 21: Infants vs. Senior Citizens: Spinning Marty

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

We started right out this week with Twice-Shoeless Dan telling Crazy Holly he wanted to quit. There are thousands of people out there who want to be on Survivor, and only 36 to 40 who actually get to do it each year.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Neither Tea Nor Sympathy.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Marty has not yet learned never to tempt fate on Survivor. Even after noting that overconfidence is a death sentence on this show, he nonetheless began spouting the sort of overconfident crap that the Gods of Survivor always slaps down hard.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Acme Blindfolds & Blindsides.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

When the Antiques returned to camp, depressed from having to vote out the very popular and well-liked Superbowl Guy, it was pouring rain.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Triage for Dummies.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Cute, young Benry wanted to put the tribe's focus back where he felt it belonged: "We need to go beat these old people." I sure hope he's talking about the game.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Shut up, Shannon!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Did they neglect the psych evaluations on the contestants this time around? Because we saw some seriously deranged behavior in this week's episode of Survivor, not to mention a crime wave of footwear theft.

Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens: Not About Yve

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

It began with Jeff Probst's voice telling us: "This is Nicaragua: remote, mysterious, dangerous." He left out poverty-ridden (second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, barely beating out Haiti), oppressed, run by a powerful Marxist leader.