Oh things just got REAL up in hurre. With Survivor: Nicaragua heading into its big finale on Sunday, it seemed inevitable that this season’s biggest lump, Dan, would be finally getting the heave-ho. And if not Dan, then Fabio (as much as it pains me to say that). However, this is Survivor, and nothing ever goes quite as planned, and Thursday’s penultimate episode proved that. I can assuredly say that going into the finale, there are now definitely people I’m rooting for, and those that I loathe. Too bad it took all season to get me fired up like this…
About six weeks ago, I posted about a web show I’m hosting, and I’m happy to report that we finally taped a second episode last week. Joining me once again was Matt Whitfield, the Features editor for Yahoo! Entertainment, and just like last time, we spent a good amount of energy talking about The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills, not to mention The A-List: New York, Survivor, and The Amazing Race (among others).
Check out the video above (fast forward a minute or two to get past the music — I don’t know why it was so long). Hope you enjoy!
We’re hoping to record another episode this week; so keep an eye out on this blog or my Twitter for information on how you can watch it live. Plus, there will hopefully be more Banter with Ben & Lisa soon too…
Quitters never win, and winners never quit. But I suppose trite sayings like that don’t matter much when you’re stuck on a beach in Central America for twenty-eight days with no food or shelter and you weight about twenty-five pounds. That’s the lesson I’ve learned watching the latest episode of Survivor: Nicaragua, which featured two — count ’em, two — castaways quitting, despite being mere days away from the finish line. And if you thought that was the most frustrating thing about last Wednesday, you’d be wrong. It was only the start.
It’s been a few weeks since I did a Survivor photocap, and quite frankly it’s only because I’ve been lazy. Utterly lazy. That being said, Survivor Nicaragua has been heating up lately. I’ve had some discussions with friends recently who have derided this season, with some going so far as to say it’s been one of the very worst. I highly disagree. While it’s not the best, it’s certainly been entertaining; although, admittedly, there was a little lull in the post Jimmy Johnson / Jimmy T era.
Things lately have been getting all sorts of screwy on the show. It actually reminds me of the bonkers Casaya tribe on Survivor: Panama (right next door geographically, coincidentally) which saw so many bizarre power shifts thanks to everyone being totally nuts (ie. Shane, Courtney, Danielle). The same thing’s going on here in Nicaragua. Between kooky Holly, gritty Jane, cagey Shane, wacky Naonka, goofy Fabio, grumpy Dan, and surly Benry, this tribe is a mess, with alliances shifting so wildly, I honestly can’t even keep up anymore.
Hey everyone. Cool news from the world of the Interwebs. I’m going to be hosting a videocast for Talk Media Networks where I talk about — you guessed it: TV! We’ve only done one show, and it’s all a bit rough around the edges, but that’s sort of the way online shows go. I’m sure it will find its voice and narrow its focus over the next several episodes, but for a “pilot,” I thought it was pretty fun.
Joining me for the first episode (which was recorded live last week on UStream) is my friend Matt Whitfield, the features editor from Yahoo! Entertainment. The two of us discuss every Housewives franchise and then some (and yes, we couch The A-List into the discussion) as well as Survivor, Amazing Race, Top Chef: Just Desserts, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Community, Gossip Girl and Jersey Shore. Be sure to check it out!
And as for “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” fear not: we’ll be taping a new episode tomorrow!
Sad news: Survivor hit us with the old switcheroo last night, which meant the young vs. old showdown was officially put to rest. This bummed me out as I kind of loved the rivalry, even if the young chaps seemed to be demolishing their elder opponents. Clearly the producers wanted to halt the bloodbath before it got too ridiculous, but I think they should have kept it going a few more weeks. Maybe the old folk would have gotten their act together. Oh, who am I kidding? They were a disaster of a tribe, and not because they were at a physical disadvantage. Their real problem was that they were a disorganized mess. With raging egos like dearly departed Jimmy T or self-interesting schemers like Marty, there’s no way this tribe could truly act as a unit. Heck, they kicked off the most accomplished leader of all with Jimmy Johnson. Not a lot of brain power going on there — could we really expect them to come out victorious in the competitions?
It’s utterly amazing how Survivor can still be so awesome in its 21st season. It all comes down to casting, and this is where Big Brother this past summer could have taken a note or two. What’s making this iteration of the franchise so wonderful is that a) there’s a diversity of personality types, most of whom seem to be totally lack self-awareness, and b) there’s a diversity of ages, which always adds wildcard elements to the proceedings.
On one tribe, we have the old folks, who are mostly kooky, bizarre creatures but not above immature posturing. Take, for example, Jimmy T., the salty fisherman who quietly stews at having to hand the alpha male reins over to NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. It’s sort of hilarious watching Jimmy T. suffer in silence, clearly unable to get over his own ego. After all, wouldn’t you want a proven people manager like Jimmy J. to keep things in order? Jimmy J. is a guy who’s had to oversee a gargantuan staff, deal with insane personalities, and make critical decisions with gargantuan stakes on the line all in a manner of seconds. And yet Jimmy T. the fisherman has a problem with this?