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'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' - 'Going Down in Flames' Recap

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:55AM
(S20E10) This season of 'Survivor' isn't going quite how I expected. Of course, that could be a good thing. Although I'm basically a force for good (yes, really), on my reality shows I have to admire evil strategies and schemes when they're executed well. In my own reality, I don't care for mean people. But when you consider the types of folks going on competition reality shows, the nice people can get downright boring to watch. The schemers other than Evil Russell are just getting started. Hang on, folks. We may be in for a wild ride!

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Two Brains Are Better Than One

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 18th 2009 1:38AM
Jeff Probst reads the votes on Survivor Samoa
(S19E13) Mark your calendars now, folks. The big three-hour finale night for Survivor is this Sunday, December 20, starting at 8 PM ET. The night will start off with the two-hour finale followed by the reunion hour. But we still have a few bodies to cast off the island before they face the jury. Will the original Foa Foa Four make it intact to the final four? Will Russell manage to sell his snake oil all the way to the jury and win the million?

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Review: Survivor Samoa - The First 27 Days

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 27th 2009 2:02AM
Russell boasts about his strategy on Survivor Samoa
(S19E11) Oh my. Evil Russell from Survivor looks like some sort of deranged Buddha gone bad in this screen capture from tonight's episode. Tonight, like every Thanksgiving episode, was the clips show boasting previously unseen footage. It's not surprising that they do this each year. With the format of the show, they can't run a real repeat. And, if they were to air a new episode on the holiday, many folks would end up missing it. I'm usually disappointed with the footage shown, but tonight we did have a few surprises and interesting bits -- nothing earth-shattering, mind you.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - The Day of Reckoning

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:30AM
Dave, Brett, and Laura worry about Russell's mojo
(S19E10) Now, isn't this a good time to be a Survivor fan? Part of the problem with long-running reality shows is that they've run out of ideas and it's hard to keep things fresh and new. They end up depending on whatever outlandish and over-the-top characters they can line up for the season. Some are a dismal failure. Case in point, "Coach" Ben Wade last year. Sure, he was a nutty kind of guy. But he couldn't play the game well despite all of his bravado. This season is casting done right. And tonight's episode was just as good as last week's show.

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Review: Survivor Samoa - Tastes Like Chicken

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 13th 2009 1:02AM
John looks weary of playing the game on Survivor Samoa
(S19E09) If you haven't watched this episode of Survivor, stop right now. Watch it. Oh, don't go by the expression on John's face. That's the face I had when the show started. Yet now I'm downright perky and alert. For me, this started off being a real iffy season. But, as folks really play the game, I'm all excited about it all over again. Some play it poorly, but there are a few movers and shakers this season.

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Survivor: I Trust You But I Trust Me More (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 18th 2009 12:16AM
JT and Taj talk on Survivor Tocantins

(S18E14) Well, tonight was it for Survivor Tocantins. It's hard to believe that the 18th season of the show is a wrap. Why, wasn't it just a few years ago that Richard Hatch was the evil fat naked gay guy and all the talk around the watercooler? We've progressed a lot during those nine years. This season we stepped up the game to include a naked skinny Mormon crude dude and a delusional coach. So, how did things go down tonight? Read on.

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Survivor: Say Goodbye to Gabon (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 15th 2008 3:24AM
Survivor Gabon comes to an end.
(S17E14) Way to go, CBS. Give us an overly long three-hour season finale and reunion show of Survivor, and let football delay its start for a half-hour on the East Coast. Just once couldn't they have shortened 60 Minutes? Yeah, I'm cranky. I watched the show as it aired and now it's way late as I get it written up. CBS could console me by inviting me to the next finale, which should be held in NYC. Do you hear me, CBS? My crankiness aside, tonight's show was both surprising and refreshing, with a few odd quirks along the way. Read on!

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Survivor: The Brains Behind Everything

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 13th 2008 11:06PM

Kenny is playing the game on Survivor

(S17E09) Nope, this Survivor episode's title isn't about Kenny. He's been the mastermind behind the last two blindsides -- Marcus and Ace. If anyone is the brains behind everything, it should be him. He definitely couldn't be the brawn behind everything, but brawn isn't always the key to getting to the final four of this show. So, to whom does the title refer? It's someone who's far from a mastermind in the game, but it's key to the episode. Read on.

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Survivor Micronesia: I'm Ruthless ... and I Have a Smile on my Face

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 24th 2008 10:45PM
James, one of the few males left on Survivor Micronesia
(S16E11) "Oh, it's going to be awkward." - James

Okay, we might be having a rather lackluster season of Big Brother, but Survivor Micronesia is kicking strategical butt. These castaways aren't messing around. They're not fickle and, once they've made up their minds on a plan, they follow through. They're diabolical and sneaky. I like that in my castaways. It's good to see some real strategy for a change even if I might not always want to see someone go so soon. Yes, I'm talking Ozzy. He's history and I think I have new favorites now. Yeah, I'm being fickle. What of it?

Read on past the jump for the full review of tonight's episode.

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Survivor China: Hello, I'm Still a Person!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 14th 2007 2:02AM
Amanda and Peih-Gee from Survivor China(S15E12) We're getting down to the wire for the Survivor China season. Tonight's show determined the final four and the big finale and reunion shows are on this Sunday night starting at 8 PM ET/PT.

Although I really love the locale this season, it hasn't been shaping up to be on my top favorite seasons list for the show. I will declare right now, no matter who wins it all, I like it better than Vanuatu.

That isn't saying much, though.

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Survivor China: Going for the Oscar

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 6th 2007 11:41PM
Courtney from Survivor China(S15E11) Is it possible for Courtney from Survivor China to lose any more weight? I think my bones are fatter than she is. Okay, I understand that she's always been a thin person, but this is getting downright skeletal. Todd isn't doing all that much better. In Todd's case, his head is too big for his body now. Well, his head is pretty big because he thinks his game play is all that, too.

You see, if you go in with a healthy weight like Denise, you remain much more substantial should you make it near the end. If I were ever to go on the show, I think I'd prefer to go in sturdy and use the show as a weight loss program. But to go in skinny is just silly.

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Survivor China: Ready to Bite the Apple

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 29th 2007 11:57PM
James from Survivor China(S15E10) Now, you can tell this episode of Survivor China is yet another one named for a James saying. He seems to have an Adam and Eve obsession, as well as a fixation on the apple.

I realize he's hungry and I'm not all that sure apples are indigenous to China. He could nibble on some bamboo. After all, that keeps those cool panda bears looking all that fat and healthy.

Maybe I'd call this episode, "We Don't Need No Steenkin' Apples, Give Us Bamboo!" Yeah, that's it.

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Survivor China: Just Don't Eat the Apple

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 15th 2007 11:51PM
Survivor - there's a rat in China(S15E09) Whatever you do, don't eat the apple. Eat the fried chicken, the mashed potatoes, the cheeseburgers, and the fries. You can even quaff the beer. But you know what happens when you eat the apple.

As expected, the biblical words of wisdom came from James. But to whom was he referring? A lot must be happening behind the scenes with the quasi-couplings going on. Must we be like the Letterman question?

"Was there any hanky-panky going on?"

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Survivor China: High School Friends Contest

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 8th 2007 11:58PM
James from Survivor China(S15E08) Last week the tribes (Zhan Hu and Fei Long) merged on Survivor China. Jaime was voted off and became the first member of the jury. That would lead us to this week with fewer members of the weaker Zhan Hu tribe, especially since Frosti has all but become a Fei Long since he was kidnapped. Fei Long has the numbers and the strength to survive challenges.

So, that would leave us with the real question at hand going into tonight's episode ...

Will the ex-Fei Long members pick off the ex-Zhan Hu members one by one, leaving Frosti for last out of a sense of loyalty? Or, will they turn on their own numbers to eliminated a threat?

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