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Welcome to the Islands of Fire!!

Dear Survivor Fans,

Welcome to reality shack, and welcome to the ninth edition of the reality show that started it all: Survivor. Yes, so you may argue that it was Real World, but who will actually admit that they watch MTV?

On reality shack, you find wonderful recaps to every episode of virtually every reality show of interest. There will be someone else doing just that for Survivor, so what exactly am I doing here? Well after you read that wonderful episode recap, and are filled in on what happened while you were tucking in the kiddies, or getting that bag of popcorn out of the microwave, or what that person heard while eavesdropping when you were so rudely interupted by a phone call, then you bring up my article where I’ll discuss potential pros and cons of strategies and alliances that have been taking place. As much as possible I’ll try to leave my personal opinions of the people out of it, and just focus on how their playing the game. For example, I really don’t like Rob, the real winner of Survivor All Stars, but I have to admit he played the game very well…even if it was partly due to the naivety of the other competitors.

I’m a new writer for reality shack, so bear with me if there’s any errors in posting. The staff here seems very competent, so I’m sure they will fix up anything I break fairly quickly. I’ve been a Survivor fan since day one, and am very familiar with the sort of things that have worked in the past, and perhaps more importantly the sort of things that have not. I live currently in Wisconsin, and so television has become one of my better friends, and Survivor is the one show I’ll cancel appointments for. Take my comments with a grain of salt, as I’m sure they will be sprinkled with sarcasm, some subtle, some not so much. If you agree/disagree with me, I encourage you to write. I’ll be happy to use your comments in my articles, and show everyone the error of your ways. In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I have a personal connection to one of this season’s Survivors. I have been told nothing however, so don’t expect any spoilers from me, I’ve never liked them as a fan, and I don’t have any to share with you even if I wanted to.

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably enough of a fan that you’ve already read the players’ bios, watched their videos, seen the promos, perhaps even researched weather patterns in Vanuatu. But for those who haven’t, here’s a VERY brief run down on the upcoming players. I’ll get into more detail of my opinions on them once we’ve all seen them in action for an episode…..

Survivor Vanuatu will be the first non-All Star season with 18 competitors. They are starting the season with two tribes of 9, reusing the Amazon male vs female beginning. There have been several hints from CBS et al about this season containing more twists and turns than any before. Part of their big promotion of Vanuatu is that on those islands the dead play as much a part of life as do the living. Will we see another challenge with previously ousted players? They’ve also been hinting a little that perhaps we’ll somehow see Rupert on the season one way or another. So, will we see another puppet master this year, or perhaps just a really good liar, or better yet a bad one? When will we see the merge..or will it be merges? Will an alliance make it start to finish, or will we see last minute deals and back stabbing? Any way it goes, I’m looking forward to one of the best seasons ever.

Thanks for taking your time with me….Andy

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  • I am so excited to read your articles. I can hardly wait. Thanks for welcoming comments and discussion.

    I am a Survivor FANATIC and have alot of opinions which I don’t mind sharing. Personal opinions is what makes it fun for me, as long as it isn’t taken personally, and if when someone flames it is done with respect for community and for the survivor’s loved ones.

    I have found that expressing my opinon works best when I practice it along with the ability to admit that I might be wrong or that others can also be right. ;)

    I did post my take on the Survivors in the forum here: [url=http://www.realityshack.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=223&forum=5&post_id=3203#forumpost3203]Your take on the contestants[/url]

    I am interested to see what strategies and alliances you saw emerging.