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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 14 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 7:40AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finale['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Seems Like a No Brainer']

Could "Boston Rob" Mariano pull off one of the most impressive victories in the history of 'Survivor'? Going into the finale, he looked poised to do just that. Of course, he still had to whittle down his Final Four, contend with whoever returned from Redemption Island and then convince the jury to not be bitter and reward his game play.

From Redemption, he faced the possibility of going up against Matt, who'd spent 29 days there, surviving every single duel up to this point. Mike was well-liked and had dominated even Matt since going there, while Andrea and Grant were members of his own alliance.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season Finale: The Winner Is ... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 1:42AM
Jeff Probst, 'Survivor: Redemption Island' finaleGoing into this three-hour finale extravaganza for 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Sun., 8PM ET on CBS), one man has been running this game since Day One. "Boston Rob" Mariano single-handedly orchestrated the elimination of the opposing tribe and managed to keep his own alliance of six strong until the end.

At every turn, he had total control of the game, but toward the end it became more and more difficult to keep control. Ashley and Natalie have been considering their chances without the Rob-father, and there's still that element of Redemption Island, which has four people on the cusp of returning to the game.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 13 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 8:00AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Too Close for Comfort']

Will the addition of "Redemption Island" change the game? One thing that is very notable is that this is the penultimate episode of the season, and there are technically still nine people left in the game. Sure, four of them are on Redemption Island, but they're still technically "live." And the unknowns surrounding the return to the game of one or more from that group has "Boston Rob" Mariano on the edge of his seat.

Last time he played, he was tripped up by the new element of the Hidden Immunity Idol. This time around, he sealed that potential loophole right away by finding and hoarding the Idol. But now, there's yet another wrinkle in what is otherwise a flawless game plan by the 'Survivor' all-star.

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After Surprise Immunity Win, Blindside at Tribal Council on 'Survivor' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 12th 2011 1:13AM
Rob Mariano, 'Survivor: Redemption Island''Survivor: Redemption Island' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) ends with a two-hour finale this Sunday. Going into tonight's episode, there were still a whopping nine people in contention for the top prize, though four of them were on Redemption Island. From there, it was confirmed that only one stood a chance of returning to the game.

Rob Mariano has been in sole charge of this season of 'Survivor' since virtually Day One. He masterminded the massacre and total elimination of the Zapatera tribe, and has orchestrated the demise by blindside of every person who's gone home on Ometepe.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 12 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 7:30AM
Ometepe Six, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'You Mangled My Nets']

And so the "Ometepe Six," as they'd come to be called, came to rule the game of 'Redemption Island,' decimating their Zapatera foe until only they remained. And it was good. For about half a second.

Truly, they will go down in history as one of the strongest and most enduring alliances in the history of the game. But now there's no one left to eat but themselves. Smart players would immediately target the Rob-father, but he's so into their heads, are they even capable of seeing the situation clearly?

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Forced to Choose Between Family and Tactics on 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 5th 2011 6:35AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' S22/E12There are highly emotional scenes on this week's episode of 'Survivor: Redemption Island' (Weds., 8PM ET on CBS) as Mike is forced to make an agonizing choice between his desire to see his family and his desire to win.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

As part of his reward for winning the day's duel on Redemption Island, Mike's given the unenviable choice of spending time alone with his mom, or else giving the same gift to the remaining two guys at Redemption Island, or to the six remaining former Ometepe tribe members.

While the others wait for Mike to choose who "gets the love," Jeff Probst introduces the family members who've arrived at the island in the hope of spending time with their loved ones.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 9 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 21st 2011 6:20AM
Steve & Phillip, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Rice Wars']

"One man should not have this much power on an island, but I'm grateful that I do." --Rob

Well that was ... uncomfortable. Thanks for that, by the way, Phillip. Clearly, all that time in the sun is starting to bake Phillip's brain a little. Maybe if he got a few hundred more feathers for that headband, he could get some shade on his scalp and cooler heads would prevail around camp.

If I was worried that the seeming inevitable one-by-one elimination of the former Zapatera tribe was going to make these next few episodes boring -- and I was -- those fears can be put to rest. As long as Phillip is bringing the crazy, things are going to be very interesting indeed.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 8 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 14th 2011 7:15AM
Phillip Sheppard, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'The Buddy System']

I don't think we've ever seen anything quite like what we're seeing happen this season on 'Survivor.' I'm not talking about the clear tribal divisions that still exist post-merge, as that's been done. I'm not even talking about the insane-or-not Phillip, because he's an archetype we've seen before as well.

For some reason, CBS decided to show us just how much padding they put into these episodes of 'Survivor' by basically giving us two complete installments in one hour. Each ran about 30 minutes and included all the tribal banter you usually see, a full challenge and a complete Tribal Council.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 7 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2011 11:40AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'This Game Respects Big Moves'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'This Game Respects Big Moves']

This week's episode title is a very true statement. And in this merge episode, the right big move could turn everything around. Zapatera is poised to be a likely underdog almost regardless of the Redemption Arena turnout. We've seen so many merges with lopsided numbers where the outnumbered tribe is decimated one by one.

What it comes down to is your ranking within your own tribe. If you are six out of six going into a merge, then how can you possibly think that's okay? And someone is at the bottom of every tribal alliance. The key is to find that person and exploit their position to make a game-changing shift in power.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 7 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 7:30AM
Ometepe, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'It Don't Take a Smart One']

While we may not have known it going into this week's episode, it turned out to be one of the most pivotal of the season. No, they haven't merged yet, but the tribal dynamics are so firmly established now, it's more important than ever to know where everyone stands for when that day does come.

I've found myself wondering how different this season might have played out if Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz hadn't been involved. Ometepe has become the "Boston Rob" show, while Zapatera was so quickly anti-Russell that their hatred of having him among them extended to anyone he was building relationships with.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 6 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 24th 2011 7:35AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Red-Headed Step Child'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Their Red-Headed Stepchild']

I'm starting to think that 'Survivor' is determined to drive me crazy this year. Or at least the past few weeks. Each time I start to get really invested in a character, they go and get rid of them. Well, except for Phillip.

The guy's a lunatic, sure, but he was actually one of the most sane and rational people on the show this week. Or maybe it's just because we weren't subjected to his tightie pinkies for an hour. Regardless, I thought his analysis of the Ometepe hierarchy was spot-on.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 5 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2011 6:30AM
Krista and Stephanie, 'Survivor: Redemption Island'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'We Hate Our Tribe']

Could this finally be the season that "Boston Rob" Mariano takes home the $1 million prize? It's certainly going to be hard to convince a jury to give it to him, even if he gets that far. Unless they discount the fact that his wife has already won this game once and credit the game he's played so far.

Of course, he's still got to make it there, and the way Ometepe has been playing so far, it's not looking very promising. Coming into this week's installment, they'd only won one challenge that we'd seen. And that was because Zapatera threw the challenge so they could get rid of their own "All-Star."

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 4 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 10th 2011 2:30PM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Don't You Work for Me?'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Don't You Work for Me?']

Two 'Survivor' all-stars. Two very different initial reactions. Two very different results within their tribes. Kind of makes you wonder if things would have been different had they been put on different sides.

Unfortunately, Russell's third shot at the title of "Sole Survivor" took a huge hit last week when he was sent to Redemption Island. This was probably both frustrating for Russell as well as CBS. It's kind of hard to have this exciting "Rob vs. Russell" season if Russell gets booted at his team's first chance. But that's what happened.

Thus, the Redemption Island twist that offered players a chance to get back into the game at some undetermined point in the future. All Russell has to do is survive long enough to get back in, make the merge, and then it's game on. Right?

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22, Episode 3 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 3rd 2011 5:50AM
'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Keep Hope Alive'['Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'Keep Hope Alive']

Did you notice the new tattoo Russell's sporting for this season of 'Survivor'? If not, it's the title of the episode and a good mantra for this season. After all, the whole concept of Redemption Island is about keeping hope alive and finding a way to get back into the game. And this time, you have to earn it every step of the way.

In fact, we finally got to see how that process is going to unfold each week with our first look into the Redemption Island Arena, as well as what type of challenge was awaiting Francesca and Matt as the first duel of the season.

If you were hoping -- like I was -- for something akin to the gladiatorial battles we see on 'Spartacus,' you would have been disappointed.

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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Season 22 Premiere Recap

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 17th 2011 12:00AM
Survivor Redemption Island premiere['Survivor: Redemption Island' - Season Premiere]

No. 1 rule of 'Survivor' tribal council: Shut the hell up.

Seriously, stop talking.

We've seen it so many times over the years. A castaway yaps and rambles on, digging him or herself into a hole. Often that leads to everyone writing that person's name down. It happened with Wendy and Shannon last season.

It didn't quite go that way in 'Redemption Island's' premiere, but somebody definitely became a target (for ridicule and elimination).

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