Survivor: Island of the Idols
October 5, 2019 7:20 PM - Season 39 (Full Season) - Subscribe

"Boston" Rob Mariana and Sandra Diaz-Twine come back to mentor a cast of 20 all-new players on Island of the Idols.
posted by likeatoaster (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We're 2 episodes in, and I'm loving it so far! Best twist in ages, especially with the VIP Sandra and Rob tribal counsel reaction shots.

Also super happy with what looks like an extremely racially and physically diverse cast. Feels like they actually looked for folks interested in playing the game, instead of casting influencers and models from instagram. Excited to see how the rest of the season goes.
posted by likeatoaster at 7:22 PM on October 5 [1 favorite]

Yes I thought the island of the idols would be gimmicky and shit, but we're actually enjoying it quite a lot.

I like that they seem to have realised now that the best survivors are people who know the game, love the game, and are there to play. Also it's IMMENSELY satisfying watching douchebros who play too hard getting blindsided at the first council.

It's so funny to me, to see these guys who are (or think they are) King Shit in real life suddenly get confronted by their utter impotence and hopelessness.

How cool was the lifeguard who did the fire from scratch in like 5 minutes? Amazing.
posted by smoke at 11:06 PM on October 5

First two episodes have been really great, especially considering this season seemed rather unhyped, with so much attention wrapped around next season’s All-Winner’s edition. I was unsure of how I felt about the Rob and Sandra aspect going in, but it is worth it if only for the Statler and Waldorf element as they comment on Tribal Council. In particular, as the current contestants were getting teary eyed at the prospect of having to vote someone out last week, I loved the bit where Boston Rob asked Sandra if she had this much of an issue voting someone out and she responded, “Fuck no, I’ll vote you out and that’s it”.
posted by The Gooch at 8:45 PM on October 6 [1 favorite]

I can't wait to see what happens when it's out in the open that the first visitors to the island lied about what goes on there.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:48 AM on October 7

Also super happy with what looks like an extremely racially and physically diverse cast. Feels like they actually looked for folks interested in playing the game, instead of casting influencers and models from instagram.

They need to do this with Big Brother, too; this last season of mostly influencers was terrible.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:49 AM on October 7 [1 favorite]

So far I've enjoyed this season but knocking off Molly so early might mean another season where everyone likable or interesting gets systematically voted off and we end up with another final group of people you don't think deserve to win except by virtue of the fact they're the only ones allowed to win (barring production side madness like extinction island). Then again, they did first vote off the creepo who was hanging dong in people's face while trying to be manipulative so it's way too early to say one way or the other... which to me hits to a good season.

I love that both islanders have kept the secret, with essentially the same ghost-island style lie. Rob and Sandra as the idols seemed like a dumb gimmick but in practice it's been good! Them in their spyshack during tribals cracks me the hell up and I hope at some point they react so loud that the castaways notice.
posted by GoblinHoney at 12:06 PM on October 7

I really liked Chelsea, so I'm sad she got the showmance/too confident edit. Also wow 2 ppl in a row leaving with idols in their pocket, especially when one was temporary!

I think it's rad that none of the older people have been voted off yet, and only 1 POC. Normally, they're the ones picked off first. Excited to see the new tribe dynamics next week.
posted by likeatoaster at 11:17 AM on October 19 [1 favorite]

Chelsea left too soon, but it's always so entertaining when a fan of blindsides gets blindsided themselves. And I like it when an idol gets flushed out so it can go back into play.

Happily, Sandra and Boston Rob's real-time Statler-ing and Walforf-ing through tribal council continues to be one of the best and most entertaining new ideas Survivor has had in a long time. And I like the idol island visits and the devils' wager idea as well, although I think everyone's so starstruck that no one thinks to try to finagle a better deal for the bet, like Kellee was able to get.

I'm getting the feeling that the contestant picked for the island isn't always entirely random, right?
posted by mochapickle at 12:16 PM on October 19

I am disappointed somewhat that Karishma wasn't voted out - she seems to be a terrible player on every level. Also that was clearly coconut, not "bone".
posted by smoke at 3:47 PM on October 19

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