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Zesty
Jan 17, 2012



The Great Twist




Season Premier is February 25th on CBS!


What is Survivor?

Survivor is a reality show where a group of 18 to 20 or so contestants, from all walks of life, are stuck on a remote paradise and forced to live together for 39 days; gathering their own food, building their own shelter, and purifying their own water. The cast is split into opposing, equal teams, called tribes. The tribes must work together to form a community, in the hopes of one contestant becoming the Sole Survivor and winning one million dollars. At least one contestant is voted off every episode.

A typical Survivor season has three phases. Pre-Merge, Post-Merge, and Endgame.

  • Pre-Merge: Roughly the first half of the game. The tribes compete against each other twice each episode. First for a reward, and second for tribal immunity. Tribes that fail the immunity challenge will be forced to vote one of their own members out at the end of the episode.

  • Post-Merge: The tribes are merged together. Players are now playing for individual immunity and all players will participate in voting out a player from the tribe.

  • Endgame: Once 5-7 players or so remain, the show reaches the End game phase. Usually the very strong core alliances are shaken up here as people try to reach the end or placate the jury. The last nine players voted out before the final tribal council will join a Jury that will decide who will win of the final three (sometimes two) players.


White Collar, Blue Collar, No Collar

quote:

Host Jeff Probst explains the Worlds Apart theme: ďThe concept for this season of Survivor is White Collars, which tend to be the people who work in offices, might wear a suit, are in charge and they make the rules. Versus the Blue Collars, and this is really what America was built on and still what drives America, and these are people that work outside, they might wear a uniform, they work with their hands, and they tend to follow the rules. Versus the No Collars: These are the people on the outside that donít have any interest in the status quo or tradition. It might be a jeweler, it could be a sailboat instructor, or somebody who works down on the beach. And they tend to break the rules.Ē

How the three types interact, says Probst, will be key. ďThe idea is, when you put these three very different types of people together, how will that play out, because it really is, I believe, a microcosm for what is happening in our country right now. Nobody seems to like the white collarsóthe rich. The blue collars are doing what theyíve always done, which is keep our country going. And the no collars have no time for either of it. Theyíre not interested in corporate America and they donít really want to work in a normal job, so they just hang out on the outside sort of assessing and commenting on life and figuring out a way to get by.Ē


Supplemental Material

  • Rob has a Podcast: Available on iTunes or their website. He does a few podcasts a week discussing the latest episodes events, interviewing the player who was voted out that episode, and provides theories about strategy. This podcast provides insight into the game that was not aired on the show. It is heavily referenced.


Glossary of Terms

  • Bitter Jury: A jury that is voting against a player rather than for a player. Sometimes there is a perception that a player who "deserves to win" isn't getting votes because they were an rear end in a top hat and viewers/players will be quick to say it was a bitter jury. A bitter jury does not excuse a player who didn't win at Final Tribal Council. The purpose of the jury is to not piss them off so they will be willing to vote for you to win.

  • Blindside: When a tribal council seems to be set up so one or one of two possible players are getting eliminated, but somehow either a secret coalition or a surprising idol play makes it so someone else is voted out instead.

  • "The Edit": Survivor is a show to entertain. It is produced and edited in a way to give players a streamlined personality and to create as much tension before Tribal Council as possible.

  • Goat: A useless, awful, or crazy person that is not being voted out of the game specifically so a player can look like a more desirable final survivor to the jury compared to the goat.

  • HII: Hidden Immunity Idol. They are hidden around the island. Clues will be given that could reveal their location. One-use item that a player can use after the votes are cast (but before they are read) at Tribal Council to nullify votes against that person. They can't be used at Final Four player or later.

  • Mactor: Portmanteau of "Model/Actor". A player who doesn't know the game very well and are just using it to further their career.

  • Pagonged: Going into post-merge, it's the act of voting out the former members of your opposing tribe before voting out the former members of your original tribe. It's the reason it's important to win tribal immunity pre-merge so that you outnumber the opposing tribe members in post-merge.

  • Pony/Poison: After the new season's cast is announced, thread members will pick a "Pony" (someone they think is awesome and will win) and a "Poison" (someone they think will suck and/or be an annoying rear end in a top hat they hope will lose or just simply suffer)

  • Purple Rocks: In the event of a tie at Tribal Council, there is a revote, with only the people receiving the most votes being eligible to receive votes during that revote. If the revote also ends in a tie, Survivors draw rocks. Whichever player draws the differently colored rock is eliminated from the game.

  • Splitting the vote/Flushing the Idol: An alliance that splits its votes between two members to counter a potential idol play. If one of those two players plays a Hidden Immunity Idol, there will still be enough players voting for the other guy to vote them out. This strategy can be risky.

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Zesty
Jan 17, 2012



The Great Twist

This Season's Cast




:siren: White Collar: :siren:


Name (Age): Shirin Oskooi, 31
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Yahoo Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Made Google Calendar the #1 online calendar in the world, and helping take care of my mom financially.
Inspiration in Life: Larry David, because he is a hilarious weirdo who says and does whatever he wants. RuPaul because ď##*%+$ queen,Ē ďno tea no shade,Ē ďnow sissy that walk.Ē
Hobbies: Traveling, exotic food, whistling champion and mind games.
What is your favorite sport? Field hockey
Pet Peeves: Quitters and morons.
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, clever and quirky.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A goat (or a muffin) 2. Whiskey 3. Beyoncť
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Sandra as a sassy brown woman who doesnít take crap from anybody. Rob Cesternino as a witty, sharp, know-it-all Survivor nerd who keeps tabs on everybody.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win the ultimate social game, my favorite game in the world.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iím intelligent and creative enough to outsmart the challenges. I love to eat everything (bugs, slimy sea creatures) and would be great at scavenging protein-rich food. I bounce back quickly from mistakes/losses. People underestimate me and wonít see me as a threat.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I practice ďvoting people outĒ in real life and succeed. Iím a fighter and risk-taker. Iím super smart, observant, and donít let my emotions govern my actions at work, let alone in games. I have no qualms with using people or their secrets to get ahead.

Other things of note:
She is also a patron of RHAP. Also not a fan of Missy from last season.


Name (Age): Max Dawson, Ph.D., 37
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Topanga, Calif.
Occupation: Media Consultant
Personal Claim to Fame: I taught a college class on Survivor at Northwestern University.
Inspiration in Life: My father, who has survived Vietnam, heart disease, cancer, botched surgeries, MRSA and more than 40 years of living with my mom and grandmother.
Hobbies: Going to the beach, swinging kettlebells and collecting vinyl records.
Pet Peeves: Waiting
3 Words to Describe You: Outspoken, brilliant and bearded.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A black cat. No matter how rough things get, petting a black cat always makes me feel better. 2. A bunch of kale. Kale is the food of the gods. 3. A tin of beard wax. Just because I'm starving on an island doesn't mean I can't look fresh.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Jonathan Penner. We are both opinionated, outspoken, truth-telling Jews who make our livings with our words. Like him, I love Survivor and all that it stands for. I believe that the game deserves to be honored by the individuals who are fortunate enough to play it.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: First and foremost, I am playing to win. That said, I'm also strongly motivated by the prospect of hearing Probst say, ďAll the fixins.Ē
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iíll survive because of my laser-like focus, confidence, conviction and level-headedness. Oh, and did I mention that I taught a college class on Survivor?
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am a natural salesperson, and the product I am best at selling is myself. Iíve aced every interview Iíve been in, received every job Iíve applied for and sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of research to major corporations. In recent years, I have consciously worked to hone my abilities to read, understand and influence others, learning and refining new techniques that Iíve employed to great effect in my career and personal life. I have no doubt whatsoever that I will enjoy an equal level of success in Survivor.


Name (Age): Carolyn Rivera, 52
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Corporate Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Maintaining a 36-year relationship with my husband, raising three successful kids, and getting my masterís degree while working full-time. I have also been able to mentor others and guide them to complete their education.
Inspiration in Life: Hilary Clinton- I think she represents women well. She is strong and she fights for good causes. She handled adversity well and was able to keep her family together through difficult times. She is a role model, strong willed, highly competitive, inspiring, influential and assertive. She is the ultimate survivor!
Hobbies: Sports, karaoke and shopping.
What is your favorite sport? Softball would be my favorite. I played in college and throughout my adult life. I also love volleyball and soccer. I work out every day and love to challenge myself by doing Tough Mudders.
Pet Peeves: I hate to be lied to (so this should be interesting on Survivor). Do what you say you are going to do. If something is wrong, you need to tell me because I canít read your mind. Donít ask the question if you are not ready for the answer!
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny and passionate.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. An iPod with 39 days of battery life. I listen to music to get pumped up before sporting events. 2. Warm clothes because I hate being cold. 3. Picture of my family because I know I would be thinking of them throughout my adventure. (See? New Yorkers do have a sweet side!)
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I want to play like Sandra because she is two for two. I also loved Denise because she was smart, in good shape and used her psychology background to help her. She was able to hang with Malcolm and the older crowd. I am going to play like that.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My primary motivation for being on Survivor is for the adventure of a lifetime! It is my dream. Every time I watch an episode I picture myself in the situation and I know I can win. I am also motivated by money so the prize is very attractive. And then I will have a new favorite topic for dinner conversations!
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I got the athletic game, no problem. I do not take crap from people (yeah, New Yorker). I have a positive attitude, Iím very enthusiastic and I can influence people. I have worked with all kinds of people at all levels and cultures. I am certified in Myers Briggs and I teach leadership skills. I am also funny so people will gravitate to me (as long as you donít piss me off!).
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Survivor is about 3 things. You have to be athletic, strategic and build relationships. This game was made for me. I push myself to do things. I am highly competitive and I know how to influence others. But I do need to keep my Queenís attitude in check. You have to be a leader and know when to make the big move. And look, I am a New Yorker and good TV! A true winner for all!


Name (Age): Joaquin Souberbielle, 27
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Valley Stream, N.Y.
Occupation: Marketing Director
Personal Claim To Fame: Living a life that has allowed me to overindulge and experience so much of the beauty the world has to offer.
Hobbies: Traveling, Sports and Fitness.
Inspiration In Life: Derek Jeter for his dedication, finesse and choice in women, of course. Favorite Sport: Football Pet Peeves: People who have no common sense.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, Charismatic and Social.
Which Survivor Contestant are you like: Iím not like any prior contestants. Itís the first time youíll ever see anyone like me. I promise you will enjoy this.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why: Alcohol because everythingís better with alcohol. A speaker with music for entertainment and thatís all we really need. Add it together and we have a party!
Reason for Being on Survivor: Iím taking my talents to Survivor, to show the world my athletic skills and relentless will to win at any cost. Obviously.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iíve always managed to find a way to survive in every situation life has thrown at me. Iím sure Iíll be just fine.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Iíll be the sole survivor because I have all the attributes it takes to win this game. Iím smart, social and unbelievably athletic.

Other things of note:
"I watched four seasons between the end of May and the middle of July. I wanted to see what I was getting myself into. And, after youíve watched four seasons, itís basically the same (expletive deleted) over and over."


Name (Age): So Kim, 31
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif. Occupation: Retail Buyer
Personal Claim to Fame: Having the courage to re-invent myself. Last year, I turned 30, went through a divorce, moved across the country and changed jobs. It was simultaneously one of the best and worst years of my life and Iím a stronger person for it.
Inspiration in Life: Anyone who lives life to the fullest, laughs with abandon and loves openly.
Hobbies: Laughing, adventuring, traveling, dancing and LIVING.
What is your favorite sport? Surfing, swimming and eating.
Pet Peeves: Indecisiveness, ďprincessĒ attitudes, narcissism, procrastination, losing and complacency.
3 Words to Describe You: Spirited, charming and brutally honest
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. iPad with unlimited battery power Ė who doesnít love a good dance party? Not to mention, I could record conversations as needed. 2. Sunglasses Ė my eyes give everything away. 3. Letters from loved ones Ė to remind me to have fun, dig deep and stay humble.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I am a combination of Ozzy (physically capable, agile, a bit self-righteous), Parvati (cute, flirty, coy) and Cochran (self-deprecating, paranoid and devious).
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to win and become the legendary female sole Survivor who made big moves and didnít play it ďsafe!Ē The million bucks doesnít hurt.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I would completely be in my element in the game of Survivor. I live for extreme experiences! Whether that is competing in challenges, surviving the outdoor elements, or strategically navigating alliances, I know I would be laughing and having a good time with the people around me.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: People who know me say Iím the strongest girl they know - physically, mentally and emotionally. Physically, I would kill it in challenges. Mentally, I am extremely analytical and approach things objectively. Emotionally, I know how to laugh at myself and make the best of any situation. And I would have no problem being manipulative in order to further myself!

Other things of note:
So and her sister were supposed to be on S29, but her sister didn't pass the medical tests before the start of the game. Imagine her on last season.


Name (Age): Tyler Fredrickson, 33
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Los Angeles Occupation: Ex-Talent Agent Assistant
Personal Claim to Fame: Kicking the game-winning field goal against #3 USC on National Television.
Inspiration in Life: Steven Spielberg because he succeeded by convincing everyone at Universal Studios (including lying to the gate guard!) that he was a director before he ever was.
Hobbies: Doing what others wonít, traveling and dressing up as a bearded hobo and jumping out at children in downtown Pasadena.
What is your favorite sport? Ha!
Pet Peeves: Quitters, apathy, people with horrible work ethics and whiners.
3 Words to Describe You: Achiever, competitor and manipulator.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Scuba gear because I canít get enough of the ocean. 2. Bottle of cabernet because itís a great sunset drink with a girl. 3. Iím big on nostalgia so a camera.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob because Iím a flirt with a relentless passion to win and will cut my tightest ally at the last minute
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win and to prove I still got it. Iím a huge fan, never missed a show and now that Iíve had time to build my life experiences, I have all the skills to dominate. I canít wait to prove myself.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Coming from the top agency, I survived-alone - the dragons and snakes, daily. I was dealing with the largest and most insecure egos in town. Everyone was the best, the brightest, and the most beautifulÖeven when they were not. You could abhor them but it was done with a smile so they had no idea. THATíS SURVIVOR.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I worked two years at the top agency in the world- I can outwit. I have two master degrees, one from Berkeley and one from USC- I can outsmart. I played on seven professional football teams- I can outlast.

Other things of note:
Was on some NFL teams but never made the final cut.

:frogsiren: Blue Collar :frogsiren:


Name (Age): Kelly Remington, 44
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: Grand Island, N.Y.
Occupation: State Trooper
Personal Claim to Fame: My career because I get to use my pepper spray, handcuffs, night stick and Taser before I even walk out of the house.
Inspiration in Life: My Mom- she raised three kids on her own.
What is your favorite sport? Watching football and playing racquetball.
Pet Peeves: Commitment
3 Words to Describe You: Compassionate, adventurous and spontaneous
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. iPod 2. Bike 3. Camera
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The million dollars and the adventure of being on Survivor.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I can analyze people and I have a competitive drive.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am smart, witty and have the drive/need for the $1 million


Name (Age): Mike Holloway, 38
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: North Richland Hills, Texas
Occupation: Oil Driller
Personal Claim to Fame: Paying off my house in 2 Ĺ years. It took a lot of Ramen noodle nights, but to see the focus and drive pay off, was priceless.
Inspiration in Life: Don Couch-He is the man and I call him ďDad.Ē Even though we are in no way related he took it upon himself to teach me how to be man. He is a man of morals and values and he is a man of his word. He means what he says and is who he says. What a mentor.
Hobbies: Disc golf, running and picking up the ladies! Haha!
What is your favorite sport? When I was younger, it was playing football because the sound of someone losing their air is awesome. Now that I am older, it is disc golf because I love the challenge of me against the course.
Pet Peeves: People who are bad at time management. If you say youíre going to be somewhere at a certain time, be there! Also spelling, I canít stand it when someone canít spell.
3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, Ambitious and Clever.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Any ball because I can make a game out of anything, MacGyver-ish in this case. But it would be nice to have a ball. 2. Toilet paper because it kind of stinks rubbing your bum with your hands. 3. Tooth brush because itís refreshing not having yuck mouth.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Cochran, because he knows the game and how to move pieces; Ozzy because that dude has the best posture of anyone and heís a bad rear end; and Rob because he takes over and gives 110% at everything.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Thereís a competitive fire inside me. I canít get enough. I live to compete daily in my own life. If you guys let me loose on the challenges you will see. Also, I want to see if I am as good of a manipulator as I think I am.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I have a never-quit attitude. If I have to die, I will before I quit! I am also confident in who I am and what I can do and canít do. The ole Ďfake it till you make ití applies here. I also am a leader; people naturally flock to me because of my outgoing attitude on life.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: My life is constantly changing. At work, I must adapt to what the oil well is doing and sometimes drastic measures need to be taken. In my personal life, I have had to overcome being molested and bullied when I was young and not having a father. Learning to be influenced by the right people has been no easy chore. I have grown into my own skin - I know who I am and what I am about. My faith has made me whole, my family and friends have me strong, and my experiences have made me adapt. Letís get it on!!!!


Name (Age): Sierra Dawn Thomas, 27
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer
Personal Claim to Fame: I was the National Champion Barrel Racer and All Around Cowgirl in High School Rodeo and also a National Champion in College rodeo rankings.
Inspiration in Life: I canít just pick one. But, my mom and dad are my heroes because they have been through so much and through it all they stay positive. They are my main support system and I wouldnít have accomplished what I have if it wasnít for them.
Hobbies: Rodeo, basketball, football, hunting and fishing.
What is your favorite sport? Rodeo, basketball and long distance running.
Pet Peeves: Being late because itís so disrespectful, when people loudly chew their food and underachievers (at least give it an honest try).
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, athletic and outgoing.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A radio because music makes my soul happy. 2. A notepad and pen because I love writing down my thoughts and goals. 3. Chocolate milk because I literally can drink a gallon in two days.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow, hands down, because sheís not overly aggressive and uses her female traits to her advantage, sheís a very intelligent woman.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I truly believe there is little I cannot do. My physical, mental and emotional capabilities are of a manís level.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iím not afraid to set impossible goals and strive to achieve them. Iím extremely athletic and push my body to its utmost limit.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I am a 6í1Ē model and most people just see me as a pretty face, but Iím a cowgirl and rancher who doesnít mind doing a manís job. I am also an extreme athlete. I played basketball, volleyball and ran track and cross-country in high school (got offered a full ride scholarship for college basketball but decided to take the rodeo scholarship). I am a college student whoís going to school for a masterís in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections. I believe in strategizing and I am not afraid to push myself mentally and physically.



Name (Age): Dan Foley, 47
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: Gorham, Maine
Occupation: Postal Worker
Personal Claim to Fame: I had a terrible fear of heights so I faced it head on. I went on my first airplane rideÖand jumped out at 13,000 feet. Heights donít really bother me anymore.
Inspiration in Life: My Dad, Phil Foley. Now that I am an adult, I look back on the things my Dad did for my family (my siblings, my mom and myself) and I realize what kind of sacrifices he made for us. Having been one of the four kids that my parents adopted, I acknowledge even more the love that he gave all of us growing up and continues to give every day.
Hobbies: Anything with my wife, Erin, disc golf and working on my properties.
What is your favorite sport? If Iím watching, Football, and if Iím playing, disc golf.
Pet Peeves: People who drive too slow in the fast lane and wonít get out of the way.
3 Words to Describe You: Opinionated, adventurous and gregarious.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A deck of cards to help pass the time 2. A picture of my family to remind me of whatís waiting for me 3. Some disc golf discs to help bond with my tribe mates and to possibly use to hunt
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I think I have Stephenieís competitive spirit, Tonyís cunning and scheming gameplay, and Rupertís strength, love of family and stunning good looks.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To claim my rightful place amongst the elite winners of Survivor! Second, to challenge myself in the greatest psychological and sociological challenge ever!
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Obviously, any challenge that involves a lot of running will not be in my ďwheelhouse,Ē but anything involving gross food eating, strength, swimming, puzzles or balance, Iíll be in it to the end. As for the social game, I am a world class ďschmoozeĒ artist. I can charm my way out of almost anything.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: As a landlord, I am excellent at reading people and controlling some pretty out of control situations. As an Irishman, I have a glorious stubborn streak and I hate to lose. As a technician, I have a very analytical mind so Iíll be great at puzzles. Iím also very good with my hands so Iíll be a big help around camp. I am the entire package. Also, I am not above taking the rules of fair play in a spirited competition and grinding them to dust beneath my heel.

Other things of note:
2 people into disc golf on this tribe? :crossarms:


Name (Age): Rodney Lavoie Jr., 24
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: Boston
Occupation: General Contractor
Personal Claim to Fame: I was captain of the Boston high school all-star football team and the basketball team. Also, I graduated with a bachelorís degree.
Inspiration in Life: Tom Brady- He is the ďG.O.A.T.Ē He has 3 Super Bowl rings, a wife who is a ď10,Ē loves his line of work, and fires me up. Go Patís!
Hobbies: Going to the gym, working out, playing basketball, video games, poppiní bottles at the club and going to sporting events and concerts.
What is your favorite sport? Basketball and football.
Pet Peeves: When guys take kissy face selfies on social media and poor driving etiquette.
3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, passionate and amusing.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Cell phone (if it has service). 2. My boys 3. A group of girls
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: No one! Nobody is going to play this game like how youíre about to see me play!
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To show the world I am the total package. Iím not just an athlete or hustler, but I can beat out everyone for the million.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I am athletic, a hustler, persuasive, a team player, amusing and strong.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: With my smarts, athletic ability, hustle like a salesman and personality, I think I can make it, baby!

Other things of note:
if you come after rodney bring a hammer


Name (Age): Lindsey Cascaddan, 24
Tribe Designation: Blue Collar (Escameca)
Current Residence: College Park, Fla.
Occupation: Hairdresser
Personal Claim to Fame: Iím proud of me in general. I think building a human being is a pretty cool landmark. Iím proud of the fitness competition Iíve won. Iím proud of the success I have built in my career. Iím just proud.
Inspiration in Life: I try not to make the people I admire and look up to into heroes because it gives them so much room for disappointment. At the same time, I try to find the hero in everyone, which has both helped me and hurt me in so many ways. Every day heroes are my heroes.
Hobbies: Working out, cooking and anything artistic.
What is your favorite sport? Dating
Pet Peeves: Know-it-alls, people that talk too much, laziness, annoying accents, people who push their beliefs on people. ☺
3 Words to Describe You: Crazy (in the best way!), competitive and quirky.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Pictures of my family 2. Water proof mascara 3. Vodka
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I most relate to Ciera from Blood vs. Water because sheís a young mom, a hairstylist, and I think she made big moves when it mattered most. Sheís hard working and competitive. Iím all that, plus strength!
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to be on the show because I want to win!!! I want to show America that you canít judge a book by its cover! I want to have the time of my life.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iím very crafty! I can cook, Iím handy, and Iím a good distraction because Iím pretty. Iím the most strategic, stubborn and athletic girl I know! Iím resourceful, Iím vicious and I think I do very well under pressure.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Iíll win because I am the perfect storm of smart, strategic and strong. Iím well-versed in people-pleasing when I need to. Iím tough as nails and people will underestimate me!

:ducksiren: No Collar: :ducksiren:


Name: Jenn Brown
Age: 22
Tribe Designation: No Collar (Nargarote)
Current Residence: Long Beach, California
Occupation: Sailing Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Traveling the world solo on a whim.
Hobbies: Surfing, kickboxing and hiking.
Pet Peeves: Sleeping with sleeves or socks on.
Three Words to Describe You: Outgoing, resilient/savvy, and candid.
ďSurvivorĒ Contestant You Are Most Like: Malcolm. Heís just like me in guy form, or maybe Kate, as she had a strong personality.
Reason for Being on ďSurvivorĒ: Iíve wanted to be on the show since I watched the first season in third grade. I would absolutely kill it in the game and I could use the bucks.
Why Will You Be the Sole ďSurvivorĒ?: Iíve seen every season. I know how to win and I know what strategies work and for how long/when in the game they are best to start using. Also, Iím mean enough to make it to the end but likeable enough to still get the juryís votes. Plus, I can B.S. my way through just about any situation.


Name (Age): Joe Anglim, 25
Tribe Designation: No Collar (Nagarote)
Current Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Jewelry Designer
Personal Claim to Fame: I am most proud of winning a state championship for basketball my senior year of high school. In college, I played indoor volleyball at Northern Arizona University. After four years of being self-coached and self-funded, we upset the number one team in the nation in the finals of a Vegas tournament.
Inspiration in Life: My Dad. My whole life, he was incredibly hard on me and always pushing me to become better at everything I did. He grew up very poor and in a large family in which he endured a lot of hardships. Through the pain and sadness of divorce, family tragedies and death of loved ones, he was still able to keep faith and carry on. He has been an amazing father and role model to me and my sisters and he is a loyal hardworking husband who puts others before himself. Iíve always looked up to him and I hope that I can be as strong, loving and fearless as he is when I become a husband and father.
Hobbies: I enjoy anything that allows me to work with my hands. These include metalworking, painting, drawing and welding. I also love the outdoors- you name it: Hiking, climbing, hunting, camping, etc.
What is your favorite sport? Itís a true tie between basketball and volleyball. I love hoops but the last several years I've been playing a lot of sand volleyball which I love playing down here in the valley of the sun.
Pet Peeves: Bad hygiene, rude, inconsiderate people, that person with really nasty coffee breath who has no idea what personal space is, when the last person to use the bathroom doesnít replace the empty toilet paper roll and when someone is telling a story and every other word is ďlike.Ē
3 Words to Describe You: Creative, compassionate and charismatic.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. A fully stocked self-replenishing ice-chest 2. A toothbrush since I hate the feeling of my teeth being grimy. 3. Loaded up iPod because I love listening to music.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: There are so many players that I relate to in different ways. In terms of game play, I would have to say itís a combination of Malcolm and Ozzy.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be on Survivor. My primary motivation is that every day I dream about competing and earning the title of sole Survivor. With every season, my desire to play has grown more and more. The game is a true test of self-awareness as well as mental, physical and emotional determination. There is also a perk of a million dollars. I would honestly play Survivor for way less but the fact that it is one million dollars makes it that much sweeter.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I would be an asset to the tribe because I am athletic and very competitive. I love competition and I hate losing. I am not lazy and I donít mind doing what needs to get done in order to help others. I feel that Iím in decent physical shape, but I will work hard and will bust my butt in challenges and around camp. I have worked in different jobs that have focused on customer service and have dealt with a wide range of diversity in the workplace. This has taught me how to communicate and connect with people I donít know. Iím a very social person and I enjoy getting to know people and their story. Being one of the most important aspects of Survivor, I feel my social game will be strong and lead to my success in the game
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: With every season I watch, I canít help but imagine that I'm actually in the game playing. My brain goes into game/strategy mode as I put myself in the shoes of the current contestants and analyze how I would deal with the conflicts each is faced with. Of course, itís different when youíre sitting at home on the couch and know what every player is thinking. However, I feel that I am well rounded enough, athletic enough and mentally strong enough to adapt to the people Iím put with. I am confident in the life skills I possess and I feel I can maintain my focus despite all of the other personal and crazy things the game may and will throw my way. After being such a huge fan for so many years, I truly respect how complex and challenging the game is. I am ready to battle and I want my shot in the ultimate arena that is Survivor.


Name (Age): Hali Ford, 25
Tribe Designation: No Collar (Nargarote)
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Law Student
Personal Claim to Fame: Catching a huuuge wave last winter in Kauai.
Inspiration in Life: Clara S. Foltz- First female lawyer on the west coast and inventor of public defense. I admire her trail-blazing approach to law and life. My law school, UC Hastings, refused to admit her based on sex, so she sued them and graduated at the top of her class (while raising five children).
Hobbies: Surfing, jiu jitsu, motorcycles and whatever comes my way.
What is your favorite sport? Jiu-jitsu and surfing.
Pet Peeves: Not maximizing time and resources.
3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, free and focused.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Law school bar review book - so I can stay sharp, plus it doubles as a journal 2. A pen and journal - to map out strategy 3. Ukulele - because it lifts the spirits and could become useful in other, non-musical ways
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati Shallow because she is fun and vivacious, but more than meets the eye, always planning, calculating risks both strategic and social. She is physically strong and undaunted by rejection and resistance. We also have matching tats.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: The game itself. It is the ultimate personal challenge and something to tell the grandkids.
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iím inimitably resourceful. Last summer, I caught a fish in a plastic grocery bag while camping and cleaned and cooked the fish for friends. Iím upbeat and fun, so surviving socially will be no sweat. I also perform well under pressure.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I grab everything I do by the horns and donít let go until I get what I want. Survivor will be no different.


Name (Age): Vince Sly, 32
Tribe Designation: No Collar (Nagarote)
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Coconut Vendor
Personal Claim to Fame: Traveling through 39 countries; all done on whim, wit and self-actualization.
Hobbies: Dancing, storytelling and Art of all kinds.
What is your favorite sport? Flying Rings / Rock Running.
Pet Peeves: Snoring, people who are lazy, passive, and entitled. Also, junk stuck in my teeth!
3 Words to Describe You: Magnetic, unconventional and intelligent.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Hair ties and clamp because my hair rapidly transforms into a monster mask that I can hardly see through. 2. Dental floss because I canít stand junk stuck in my teeth. 3. Ear plugs because I want to kill snorers!
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Iím flirty and use my sex appeal like Parvati. I also have a bit of Coach and Fabio too.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: This is possibly the greatest challenge that Iíll face in lifeÖ and YES - A million bucks is a plus!
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: Iím a pillar of support, nearly unshakeable. Iím a conflict resolver and controller. Also, my survival skills almost match my people skills.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I can find a way to connect with almost anyone. Iím fit in body and mind. The ďchallengesĒ will be fun!


Name: Nina Poersch
Age: 51
Current Residence: Palmdale, California
Occupation: Hearing Advocate
Personal Claim to Fame: Overcoming my deafness. At no point did I let it rule my life. I did not let it bring me down. I have been able to educate people about the Cochlear Implant. I am very proud to say that I have inspired people to not let lifeís unexpectedness beat them up, to find the positive, and to live life like thereís no tomorrow.
Hobbies: Running, hiking, reading, and photography.
Pet Peeves: Laziness, rudeness, and people who canít park between the lines.
Three Words to Describe You: Persuasive, resourceful, and funny.
ďSurvivorĒ Contestant You Are Most Like: I would say that I can relate to Tina Wesson because she played the game how I would Ė strategically and with integrity. Sheís also physically fit, active, and enjoys adventure, much like myself!
Reason for Being on ďSurvivorĒ: My primary motivation would be for the million dollars. Iíd buy my parents first class tickets to Japan! My secondary motivation would be for the adventure and to be able to show people that you can overcome anything life throws at you. I would love for more people to know about the Cochlear Implant!
Why Will You Be the Sole ďSurvivorĒ?: I have always said that to win ďSurvivorĒ you need to sell yourself. That is something in my favor because of my own persuasive abilities. I also feel strategy is important and I have always been a proactive person. I donít like surprises and therefore I am always thinking one step ahead.

Other things of note:
Long time fan of the show.


Name (Age): Will Sims II, 41
Tribe Designation: No Collar (Nargarote)
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Occupation: YouTube Sensation
Personal Claim to Fame: Being a husband and father.
Inspiration in Life: God - for being the head of my life, my wife and daughter - for always believing and trusting in me and my parents for being great role models.
Hobbies: Basketball, karaoke and traveling.
What is your favorite sport? Basketball
Pet Peeves: People who canít admit when they are wrong and people who don't tip.
3 Words to Describe You: Funny, loyal and caring.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. Phone: So I could communicate with my family 2. Lotion: To keep my skin moisturized so I wonít be ashy on TV 3. Toilet paper: I think thatís obvious
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Earl
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Money! Money!
Why Youíll ďSurviveĒ SURVIVOR: I have great people skills and I am a team player.
Why Will You Be the Sole SURVIVOR: Because no one will be able to outplay my social game!

Zesty fucked around with this message at 02:15 on Feb 27, 2015

thexerox123
Aug 17, 2007



Has anybody else been listening to the RHAP audiobook The Evolution of Strategy? I've only listened to the free ones that they've released so far, but I enjoyed them enough that I'll probably buy it at some point.

Ghostpilot
Jun 21, 2007

"As a rule, I never touch anything more sophisticated and delicate than myself."

Met posted:

This Season's Cast

Nina Poersch
Age: 51
Current Residence: Palmdale, Calif.
Occupation: Hearing Advocate

Isn't the general consensus that being able to hear is a good thing? :raise:

Juanito
Jan 20, 2004

I wasn't paying attention
to what you just said.

Can you repeat yourself
in a more interesting way?


Hell Gem

Ghostpilot posted:

Isn't the general consensus that being able to hear is a good thing? :raise:
Probably unrelated to what a hearing advocate actually is, but there are deaf people very opposed to cochlear implants, or getting their hearing back.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/understanding-deafness-not-everyone-wants-to-be-fixed/278527/

Robnoxious
Feb 17, 2004



Looks like they stacked the deck with the cheesecake.

DaisyDanger
Feb 19, 2007

Sorry, a system error occurred.


I like how five of the six people from the no collar tribe are from California.

SweetJahasus
Dec 23, 2005

Dragon Slayer
Samurai Warrior
Escape Artist
Viking
Chong-Ra Master

BE THE WIZARD


Is it just me or have cast introduction videos gotten more obnoxious and homogeneous season over season? I watched most of these fools intro videos and I couldn't find a single person that I gave any shits about and find myself rooting for the girl who is like "if I win I'll buy....gently caress it....a jetski".

No idea what her name is though, because everyone was remarkably unmemorable.

I feel like that Survivor teacher fella should do good but no doubt he's going to flare out spectacularly in episode 2 or something (and I really hope he does b/c he's :smuggo: as gently caress).

Hopefully this season can channel the 3-tribe mojo to live up to the great BvBvB. Probably not though, but it can't be worse than last season.

paperchaseguy
Feb 21, 2002

THEY'RE GONNA SAY NO

BOS
TON

SalTheBard
Jan 26, 2005


I forgot to post my food for USPOL Thanksgiving but that's okay too!




Fallen Rib

Looking forward to the new season to start.

Zesty
Jan 17, 2012



The Great Twist

DaisyDanger posted:

I like how five of the six people from the no collar tribe are from California.



Ghostpilot
Jun 21, 2007

"As a rule, I never touch anything more sophisticated and delicate than myself."

DaisyDanger posted:

I like how five of the six people from the no collar tribe are from California.

Heck, half the cast is from Cali. I wonder what season had the most number of people from the same state.

Otto von Ruthless
Oct 1, 2014



I can just imagine the production person posing this photo. "No that's okay Dan, you can keep your shirt on."

Trolling Thunder
Feb 19, 2005

THE DARK SIDE OF SCIENCE BREEDS A WEAPON OF WAR


Buglord

Love casting a law student as a "no collar" occupation. Yeah, that gal's really giving it to The Man with her (soon-to-be) wacky job!

And um, postal workers and hairdressers are "blue collar" jobs now? wtf is this poo poo?

newtestleper
Oct 30, 2003


Do Not Resuscitate posted:


And um, postal workers and hairdressers are "blue collar" jobs now? wtf is this poo poo?

Postal worker seems pretty blue-collar to me. Hairdresser not so much

Robnoxious
Feb 17, 2004



Do Not Resuscitate posted:

And um, postal workers and hairdressers are "blue collar" jobs now? wtf is this poo poo?
Granted, a postal worker is hardly comparable to a steel mill worker but both jobs to me fit into the blue collar narrative.
I tend to lump all union backed jobs into blue collar so even a school teacher falls into that label.

Harriet Carker
Jun 2, 2009



I remember reading in the last thread that the blue/white/no-collar gimmick was added after casting, so don't try to read too much into it. It's just like brains/brawn/beauty. The attitudes the contestants adopt from their placement will be the most interesting aspect, and there will be a tripe swap soon enough anyway.

Sad to see a big ol' bunch of LA pretty people. That's usually a bad sign.

DaisyDanger
Feb 19, 2007

Sorry, a system error occurred.



:stare:

dantheman650 posted:

Sad to see a big ol' bunch of LA pretty people. That's usually a bad sign.

Yeah, the amount of people from LA has me less than thrilled.

Capt. Supermarket
Sep 30, 2007


thexerox123 posted:

Has anybody else been listening to the RHAP audiobook The Evolution of Strategy? I've only listened to the free ones that they've released so far, but I enjoyed them enough that I'll probably buy it at some point.

Yeah and I think they've all been great. Wiggler is a really great cohost and it's especially true during the Amazon chapter that was released last Friday.

I was worried that lovely seasons of Survivor would mean lovely chapters, but I think Thailand is probably the funniest out of the 6 released so far.

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER



I am a sight advocate

Ironic Twist
Aug 3, 2008

I'm bokeh, you're bokeh


Are we doing pony/poison yet?

I'll start, why not

Ponies: Max (seems smart, low-key, knows the game and knows when to lie) and Joe (physical threat, likeable, something about him seems legit)

Poisons: Dan (too busy being a starstruck superfan to play the game or be interesting) and Shirin (will probably piss off her tribe in one way or another)

Haven't watched since Nicaragua, then came back for last season. Looking forward to this one.

Binary Logic
Dec 28, 2000

Wash Your Hands


Fun Shoe

Worlds Apart could have been California VS. The USA.

thexerox123 posted:

Has anybody else been listening to the RHAP audiobook The Evolution of Strategy? I've only listened to the free ones that they've released so far, but I enjoyed them enough that I'll probably buy it at some point.

Listened to Borneo for free but that season's already been so analyzed and discussed, didn't really pick up any new insights. Might try listening to the Amazon to get Cesternino's views on his own season.

Sand Monster
Apr 13, 2008



dantheman650 posted:

Sad to see a big ol' bunch of LA pretty people. That's usually a bad sign.

I'm sure 80%+ of the cast was recruited, so I guess the recruitment efforts are indeed being limited to those people their casting director(s) meet at the gym or the bar.

HUMAN FISH
Jul 6, 2003

I Am A Mom With A
"BLACK BELT"
In AUTISM
I Have Strengths You Can't Imagine


Sand Monster posted:

I'm sure 80%+ of the cast was recruited, so I guess the recruitment efforts are indeed being limited to those people their casting director(s) meet at the gym or the bar.

There was an interview with Lynne Spillman on Survivor Oz a week or two ago. I didn't bother listening though, because I'm 99% sure they won't ask her "so why the gently caress do you cast your favourite bartender every year?"

Red_Museum
Apr 17, 2011



Shredded Hen

Max, Shirin, Dan and Nina would be people who applied, I'm guessing, and So was a carry-over from SJDS.

I listened to the Marquesas TEOS, since that's the only season I've watched recently. Was pretty entertaining, although a lot of focus on Boston Rob.

BGrifter
Mar 16, 2007

Winner of Something Awful PS5 thread's Posting Excellence Award June 2022

Congratulations!

Welp, it can't possibly be as lovely as last season.

Time to dig through cast videos hoping to find reasons to root for the glorious heroes of the proletariat over the bourgeois pigs and the filthy hippies.

Zesty
Jan 17, 2012



The Great Twist

Max Dawson seems like a good White Collar to root for. Apparently he's pretty involved in the Survivor Fan Community.

TMMadman
Sep 9, 2003
Probation
Can't post for 11 years!


Met posted:

Max Dawson seems like a good White Collar to root for. Apparently he's pretty involved in the Survivor Fan Community.

Sorry, but I saw that picture and I want him to suffer for looking like an irredeemable hipster. Especially since he is sort of standing off by himself.

Actually, two out of the three guys in the white collar look like insufferable hipsters. And the third guy looks like a douche.

Also, how exactly is a law student 'no collar'? I mean, sure she's still a student but it's like the very definition of an aspiring white collar.

edit - Wait, how is a 'Barrel Racer' a blue collar profession? How many barrel racers can you name? I had to look it up to find out that it's a rodeo performer which seems like the very definition of no collar. Cowboys are blue collar, the rodeo performers are no collars.

TMMadman fucked around with this message at 02:19 on Jan 30, 2015

Zesty
Jan 17, 2012



The Great Twist

The characters were cast before deciding on a theme.

Firstborn
Oct 14, 2012

i'm the heckin best
yeah
yeah
yeah
frig all the rest


It's always nice to get some new blood, but I can't be the only one who feels just a slight tinge of disappointment every time they don't see Coach in the upcoming cast.

\/\/\/ Hilarious since day 1, man. My favorite survivor contestant ever.

Firstborn fucked around with this message at 03:07 on Jan 30, 2015

SweetJahasus
Dec 23, 2005

Dragon Slayer
Samurai Warrior
Escape Artist
Viking
Chong-Ra Master

BE THE WIZARD


Firstborn posted:

It's always nice to get some new blood, but I can't be the only one who feels just a slight tinge of disappointment every time they don't see Coach in the upcoming cast.

I feel like if anyone should empty quote this it's me.

Pulp Can Move
Oct 4, 2012


At the very least, Coach should live in a cave on Exile Island to provide players with the idol clue and sage advice.

thexerox123
Aug 17, 2007



Met posted:

The characters were cast before deciding on a theme.

Also, it sounds like they were grouping them more based on characteristics than profession... on RHAP, they were saying that Jeff described the White Collar group as the ones who are willing to backstab and do anything to get ahead... so the no collar group may be based more on how they come across than their actual professions.

nerox
May 20, 2001


Pulp Can Move posted:

At the very least, Coach should live in a cave on Exile Island to provide players with the idol clue and sage advice.

Survivor: Coach Island would be amazing.

bbf2
Nov 22, 2007

"The White Shadow"

nerox posted:

Survivor: Coach Island would be amazing.

Coach vs 17 pygmies

Fast Luck
Feb 2, 1988



Capt. Supermarket posted:

Yeah and I think they've all been great. Wiggler is a really great cohost and it's especially true during the Amazon chapter that was released last Friday.

I was worried that lovely seasons of Survivor would mean lovely chapters, but I think Thailand is probably the funniest out of the 6 released so far.
I just wonder if it's worthwhile to listen to if you haven't seen the season they're talking about in 10 years and can't remember poo poo. What do you think?

thexerox123
Aug 17, 2007



Fast Luck posted:

I just wonder if it's worthwhile to listen to if you haven't seen the season they're talking about in 10 years and can't remember poo poo. What do you think?

I haven't watched the seasons since they originally aired, and I'm still really enjoying them! I ended up buying the whole first volume and I'm on Marquesas now.

You can download the entire first chapter, covering Borneo for free, so you can always just start by seeing if you find that worthwhile!

That being said, I am especially looking forward to them eventually getting to seasons that I've watched recently!

Rarity
Oct 21, 2010

i fucking love scoops


I haven't watched the early seasons in years but the look back on Borneo and Australia was both hilarious and interesting. I'd never thought of the idea that Sean was faking his alphabet strategy for the cameras so it was really cool to hear that kind of fresh perspective on it. I'm pretty much planning on getting them all now.

Token Female
Apr 2, 2007

If I hear the music...


Edit: Thank you Met.

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UltimoDragonQuest
Oct 5, 2011





Survivor: Unflattering swimsuits

Pony: Feather hair
Poison: Beard wax

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