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Review: Survivor Samoa - All Hell Breaks Loose

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:00AM
Russell works his mojo on John
(S19E08) I know this photo might be considered sort of spoilerish for the front page. But since last week's Survivor promo showed the merge going down, I know you all know Evil Russell will attempt to work everyone. Heck, that's what the guy does. To me, he comes off akin to a snake oil salesman. Yet he seems to get people to believe his wily ways. I bet he could have sold a lot of snake oil a century back.

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Survivor: The Ultimate Sacrifice

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 8th 2009 12:40AM
Jeff Probst hosts the auction on Survivor Tocantins

(S18E12) Would you prefer what's in the covered dish or what's behind Door Number Two? Okay, I lied. There is no door, just the dish. But, just think a minute ... if there was a door, perhaps Coach would be behind it pledging his never-ending Dragon Slayer hot love and devotion to you! That would make it all worthwhile, wouldn't it? This was the Survivor auction week, always a world of gastronomical goodies. What I'd like to see is Coach on a platter at Tribal Council. Is that asking too much?

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Survivor: They Both Went Bananas

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 1st 2009 2:52AM
The tribal council snake on Survivor

(S18E11) Yes, it's the Tribal Council snake from Survivor. You see, Sue Hawk (season one) called it. Remember her epic speech to Richard Hatch and Kelly Wiglesworth? "There are two things on this island, snakes and rats." I'm looking at the group we have left this season. I'm thinking there are more fuzzy mice than snakes and rats. I think there's a vulture or two in there, too. But this is one season I'm not rooting for the snake to eat the rat.

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Survivor: The Biggest Fraud in the Game

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 17th 2009 1:18AM
JT from Survivor: Tocantins

(S18E09) No, the biggest fraud isn't JT. I think we all know the biggest fraud on Survivor this season. He's the castaway we'd probably vote "Most Annoying." If we examine recent current events, we can see that many fraudsters are getting their just desserts. Will we be lucky enough to get Coach gone from our TV screens?

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Survivor: Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start (season premiere)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 12th 2009 10:07PM
Survivor Tocantins
(S18E01) Yep, we're into the 18th season of Survivor. Why, it seems like it was only yesterday that Richard Hatch was wandering about Borneo naked. Now, don't get me wrong -- I'm a big fan of the show. But what can they show us that's new and fresh after so many seasons, so many strategies? You see, I want to be entertained. I want fresh castaways, fresh locales, fresh challenges ... and even fresh monkeys! After all, no season of the show is complete without a monkey. If I had my way, every reality show would have a monkey.

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Survivor: The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Dec 4th 2008 11:25PM
Crystal sees her beloved Andre on Survivor

(S17E12) Tonight was product placement night on Survivor. Er, I mean it was the episode in which the castaways are reunited with their loved ones. Or maybe it's a tie between the two. Back when they used to give a car away, it was major product placement. At least this time it was just a phone, although hyped by manufacturer's name as well as the phone network. I always wonder how much more it costs the advertiser compared to having a commercial slot on the show. The car winner faced the Curse of the Car Winner and never once did the car winner win the season. How about the video calls? Is there a jinx? Read on!

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Survivor: I Was Put on the Planet For This Show

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Nov 27th 2008 10:25PM
Cyrstal and Sugar on Survivor Gabon
(S17E11) The good news is that there was a Survivor show tonight on Thanksgiving evening. The bad news is that it was basically a recap show covering the entire season thus far. But there were enough new clips we haven't previously seen to make it worthwhile at least touching on the episode. Some of the footage really cemented my opinions of some of these castaways and some was just plain bizarre.

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Survivor: It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 30th 2008 10:40PM


(S17E07) "I want to stab her in the face. I hate her." - Corinne

Oh my. What a nasty little so-and-so Corinne is on this season's Survivor, eh? I mean, seriously, folks. I get angry at people myself. Really, I do. Sure, I'd snicker if someone with whom I'm angry were to slip on a banana peel or something. But this "stab in the face" stuff takes things a bit too far. I want to like Corinne -- she's a strong player. But I have to wonder about stability when words like these come from her. Read on past the jump for my full review of tonight's show.

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Survivor: It Was Like Christmas Morning

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Oct 9th 2008 10:59PM
Ace with his not as bald dome on Gabon
(S17E04) "We were like legless chickens racing against sleek weasels." - Ace

Just when I think that Survivor doesn't have any new tricks up their sleeves, they surprise me. After so many seasons, it's probably hard to think of new and different things. That's why we see so many locks and puzzles. There were no locks, no bagels, no puzzles in tonight's episode. But it also wasn't quite what the promos were hinting at, either. "Blond against blond against blond," they hyped. One would think we were in for mud wrestling or ... read on past the jump for my review of tonight's show!

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Survivor: New cast announced - VIDEO

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 27th 2008 11:23AM
Survivors ready?Originally, the new season of Survivor had an announced premiere date of September 18. We can scratch that now. It's been changed to two back-to-back episodes on September 25. Don't tell me they're actually thinking ahead and realize that football or something else would preempt the season premiere. It's not like CBS to realize such things!

Jeff Probst will be the host, asking his Probsting questions at Tribal Council. Read on past the jump to check out the new castaways!

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Survivor Micronesia: Stir the Pot (season finale)

by Jackie Schnoop, posted May 12th 2008 1:08AM
The final four women stand tall on Survivor Micronesia
(S16E14) "May the best woman win." - Amanda

Well, this surely was a season of blindsides on Survivor Micronesia, wasn't it? Down to the finale, it just went on and on. After the excitement we had all season due to the strategical game play, I felt tonight's finale was a bit lackluster and full of filler. No, I'm not fussing just because my favorite didn't win. Heck, if that were the case, I would have been gone when Yau-Man hit the dust! Read on past the jump for my full review of the finale.

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Survivor Micronesia: I Promise ...

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Apr 17th 2008 11:00PM
The castawys are looking a bit tired on Survivor Micronesia
(S16E10) "When you're annoying, you might not be able to appease everybody with a donut. They might just want the donut." - James

All week the promos for tonight's Survivor Micronesia episode were saying that a blunder would overtake James having two idols and not playing them to save himself in Survivor China. It's true. James is no longer the goat of stupid moves. Maybe they should rename the tag line for the season. Instead of Fans vs. Favorites, it could be When Smart Castaways Do Dumb Things. Or, When Smarter Castaways Outwit Those Not as Smart.

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

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Survivor Micronesia: Like a Wide-Eyed Kid in the Candy Store!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 19th 2008 11:38PM
Ladies from Survivor Micronesia
(S16E07) "This is a game called Survivor." - James

Even thought the tribes have mixed on Survivor Micronesia, it still has the Fans vs. the Favorites vibe for the most part. With the exception of a very few folks, the fans still have something to prove and the favorites still think of the fans as wannabes to be swatted off their shoulders. You know, kind of like the chip on the shoulders of many of the returning castaways.

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Survivor Micronesia: It Hit Everyone Pretty Hard!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 13th 2008 11:08PM
Survivor Micronesia: The challenge is on!
(S16E06) The promos all this week sounded like an exciting episode of Survivor Micronesia would hit tonight. Now, we know that the promos are edited to make us think things happen when they don't happen at all. They take things out of context and show-hungry fans will eat it up.

This week we were led to believe that Jonathan Penner's knee wound from a previous challenge might take him out of the game. We were also led to believe that fan Jason found out that Ozzy has already found the hidden immunity idol on Exile Island. Did either of these events really happen? Did both? Read on past the jump for more.

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Survivor Micronesia: That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Feb 28th 2008 10:48PM
The fans grow closer on Survivor Micronesia
(S16E04) Holy eels, Batman! Er, wait. It's the Hulk, Joel, not Batman. But some of the castaways on Survivor Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites do seem a bit cartoon-like, don't they? Or perhaps more along the lines of caricatures. At four episodes in, I'm still a bit iffy on some of the names of the fans tribe. But some of them seem larger than life. Joel, Mikey B., Chet, Krazy Kathy -- they're memorable. After tonight, I definitely have a firmer grasp on Tracy.

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