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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:09 pm

Yeah, that is what bothers me, that it was unanimous despite her giving an amazing tribal performance. I really think if he didn't have the sad backstory it would have been split. He probably still would have won, but yeah.

I really wish Ken and Hannah had just kept David haha. I'd rather lose to David than Adam. I JUST DON'T LIKE HIM. I DON'T KNOW WHY.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:40 am

yeah I have a really hard time believing that Adam went into FTC with all 10 votes locked up. because who would say after the fact that they were going to vote for Hannah or Ken but they felt bad for Adam because of his mom so they voted for him? Nobody would admit that. I get that we only see like 10% of what actually happens but from what we did see, he got an edit that highlighted a ton of his jagged edges (way way way more so than any of the other unanimous winners) so his unanimous win left me confused.

In any case, unanimous wins are freaking boring. I loved Jeremy (oops spoiler) but even when he won unanimously I was like... ok seriously?
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:51 am

The finale that Jeremy won's recording cut off on my TV so I didn't get to see the vote reading and had to look it up Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:51 pm

Jeremy vs Wentworth would have made a much more exciting finale.

I love split votes, I miss close votes. Or like in China where all the finalists got at least one vote (I don't count SJDS in that aspect cuz Baylor was pretty much obligated to vote her mom).

I was super happy Brad got 3 votes this past season.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:22 pm

Agreed, Jeremy vs. Wentworth would've been awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:20 pm


60. Mike Skupin

This is an interesting one. I used to say that Mike was one of the best pre-merge characters of all time. In Australia, he was the show’s first alpha dad who was his tribes unofficial leader, but unlike many men in his archetype that followed him, Mike was actually a really derpy and blissfully unaware person who came across as a lovable idiot. He was kind of the same in Philippines but he was taken way less seriously by the editors and by his tribemates. He brought a lot of momentum to what was a very good pre-merge in Australia, but after he and Kimmi left, Kucha was kind of flat and boring. His evacuation was really intense and totally an iconic moment in the show’s history, which made his return 11 years later even more epic. Like I said, he got an even more played up clueless edit, but he was all over the place post merge. First he was on the outs with Jonathan and RC, then he was the deciding swing vote in the Pete vs. Jeff TC, then he flipped back to the other side to boot Artis but we never really got a reason why, and then he was settled in the majority/swing vote position and basically cruised to the end. Still lolworthy and enjoyable, but a lot less significant than he was the first time around. Now all of this would normally result in him being 30ish spots higher, but his outside of the show stuff is wayyyyy beyond stuff that I can ignore in this ranking. A couple years after Philippines, he was arrested (on multiple counts, right?) of child porn and I can’t pretend that an actual convicted pedophile is a top 30ish male Survivor contestant. Maybe I should’ve put him way lower for this, idk. I sort of split the difference between where he would’ve been without that, and the very bottom. Either way, saying he put a stain on his Survivor legacy would be a bit of an understatement.





59. Vytas Baskauskas

again, what's with the cropped gifs?

My memory of Vytas is surprisingly hazy. I missed most of BvW when it was airing, so I binged through the entire season like two weeks before the finale. The whole season was very bland and beige, and I didn’t have that many strong feelings for any of the post-merge people other than Laura, but I remember Vytas being a significant character. Aras was the golden boy jury foreman who everyone wanted to take down, and Vytas was like Aras’ dark alter ego. They highlighted a ton of their history and rivalry and all that before the swap, but I remember him after the swap a lot more. A lot of the women loved Vytas and his “good guy with a dark past and just needs some love” persona, but I remember him being sort of creepy about it the whole time. There weren’t any specific instances, just a general vibe. He did manage to make it to the merge even though he was really outnumbered post-swap, but I attribute that more to Kat and Laura B’s ineptitude than his social game or whatever. He ended up following his brother right out the door, leaving fairly anticlimactically (in a very anticlimactic season LOL) so all of his hype fizzled out and left me wondering why they made such a big deal about him. He wasn’t really that noteworthy afterwards, and I was confused when he was on the Cambodia poll. In Cambodia, he proved himself to be kind of creepy and inept at the game, got voted out first, and then was uninvited from the reunion LOL. sux 2 suck. I remember vaguely liking him but after writing all this I don’t think I have that much positive to say about him? I guess he made Aras more interesting? idk. I wasn’t upset to see him go first in Cambodia and I didn’t really feel bad for him, either.





58. Todd Herzog

I really liked Todd during China’s airing. I appreciated the game he played, I liked his taste in people (other than Denise O_____O), and I thought he was a really fitting winner of a good season. He brought momentum, he wasn’t afraid to make decisions, he didn’t get an obnoxious edit, and he seemed like a cool enough person. Post-show, though he totally turned on Amanda and started passive aggressively throwing her under the bus, which isn’t cool at all. Mainly because Todd won, Amanda lost, and he arguably stole the win from her in the last 24 hours, so he had no reason to be bitter, except that Amanda got invited back two more times. Todd was clearly jealous, and seeing him turn so petty against someone who he beat was really ugly. It made me rethink a lot of the things I appreciated about him, which doesn’t often happen post-show. Add that to the fact that China as a whole has kind of faded for me, and Todd lands around here. All things considered, though, he is pretty palatable as a winner, which is a good thing these days, and he added to the fun gameplay in a top half season, so good for him. Didn’t he end up in rehab or something in the last couple years? Sad I feel bad for him and do genuinely wish the best for him in life.





57. Tai Trang

Remember how in somebody else’s write-up (I think it was Debbie’s) I mentioned how there’s always a huge gamble when bringing people back a second time, especially when it’s really recent? Tai is another example of that scenario. I’m not criticizing the show for bringing him back because he was an obvious choice and a huge fan favorite and all of that, but seeing him again especially so soon felt really redundant. It’s like a movie that makes a sequel really shortly after the original just to capitalize on the money but without generating a good story, so it’s just some weird rehashed version of the original with some different plot twists thrown in there. That’s how it felt to watch Tai again. He didn’t really have anything new to add, and he became really tiresome by the end of Game Changers. I was sort of rooting for him after Cirie left but it was more by default than anything else. His shtick of finding a million idols is really annoying, especially when you use them to save Sierra and eliminate Malcolm and Cirie O________O not cool, bro. It’s also interesting that in both of his seasons, he finds himself aligned with some of the worst people imaginable (Scot, Jason, Brad, Sierra) before eventually flipping on them because he’s too good and pure to be with such foul beings. I do appreciate that he eventually needs to be ~true to himself~ but he was way too late to be effective in Game Changers, which left me a little bit sour. I’ve been very negative about Tai so far, but I do legitimately like him at times. He definitely made Kaoh Rong a better season because he was unique, lolworthy at times, and saved the season from a potential Scot/Jason/Juliantichrist Final 3. I think he’s very real and doesn’t play it up for the cameras at all, and he’s legitimately a very nice and good person. I think if they had waited a few more years before his return, or if his edit were cut in half, or if he hadn’t spent so much of Game Changers paving the way for The Wrong People, then I wouldn’t have so many negative feelings towards him. but here we are. I don’t hate Tai, but I appreciate him a lot less than I once did.





56. John Carroll

I couldn't even find his intro gif wtf

I used to HATE John. I thought he was way too smug and anti-fun, and was leading the way to a really boring F4. I still think it would’ve been awful if John had succeeded, but I’ve come to realize that he was actually a really necessary character. In some ways, he got the original fake winner/jury foreman edit. He spent the first few episodes being the clear leader of the majority alliance on Rotu, and was potentially going to be another Richard Hatch. Gabe’s boot episode was when the tides started to turn. It was totally the sort of thing that could only happen in 2002, but seeing Gabe’s innocent quest to form a functioning society or whatever be foiled by the big mean John Carroll because he wanted to win a million dollars set a surprisingly dark tone on Rotu. He sort of seemed doomed after that, but maybe it was just the edit. I loved how Rob and Sean had no time for John's nonsense, and John totally let them get under his skin. The tension leading up to the merge was perfect. Even after he dodged the bullet in Rob, all of his past actions caught up to him, Paschal and Neleh saw the writing on the wall, and John went home in one of the first true power shifts in Survivor history. The whole thing was really epic, and John played his role perfectly to make it happen the way that it did. As I’ve grown to appreciate Marquesas a lot more as the years have gone on, I’ve come to see that John’s negative qualities really were overshadowed by his epic downfall, and without them, the season would’ve been a lot worse. So I’m very thankful for John as a Survivor character, even though I don’t like him that much. He made one of my favorite seasons what it was.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:21 pm

t.ears @ PEDOPHILE SKUPIN being so much higher than AMAZING PEOPLE like Ozzy and Cochran and Culpepper (HIDES BEHIND A CHAIR, IDK WHY Y'ALL ARE EVEN FRIENDS WITH ME). Also, t.ears Todd deserves better, but I accept that you are generally terrible <3 

I agree with all the Tai stuff, he can be entertaining sometimes, but he's usually just too much. I do think his friendship with Caleb is actually really cute though (and his voting out Caleb was sad, I mean Caleb was one of the most meh people on the season, but I mean, the fact that they are real life close friends, I saw pics of Tai at Caleb's wedding and stuff, it must have been hard to do that.) BTW, I BELIEVE YOU ARE MISTAKEN THOUGH, TAI'S BEST MOMENT EVER WAS SAVING A PRETTY LADY NAMED SIERRA WITH AN IDOL. I mean I am still mad Malcolm left, but I still thought it was a great move, and I mean, Sierra g.oddess.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:24 pm

rofl I can't get over how much you hate Julia Laughing she's not that bad!
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:11 pm

Cherry wrote:
Baylor was pretty much obligated to vote her mom)..

Ciera would beg to differ.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:18 pm

Another random Baylor fan <3

Yay a new installment. I haven't finished reading yet though. Wanted to give some Baylor love first, and to also echo Henry's statements. Adam's unanimous win was very Lynchian. I feel like there was cut footage or something that wasn't included or like, maybe the season was filmed backwards and that's how we were supposed to watch it. Either way I didn't get it.

Hannah <3
Ken <3
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:21 pm

omg Josh you hate Julia?? I must have forgotten to comment on that. HATE HER. She tried wayyyy too hard like she is the epitome of trying too hard. I don't think I ever said anything though cause our buddies here all love her (I think?) so it's an opinion I've kept to myself. Whenever it was airing there was tons of Julia fans-selfing everywhere. I wanted to barf so much all over it.

She was AWFUL.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:05 am

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t.ears @ PEDOPHILE SKUPIN being so much higher than AMAZING PEOPLE like Ozzy and Cochran and Culpepper (HIDES BEHIND A CHAIR, IDK WHY Y'ALL ARE EVEN FRIENDS WITH ME).

like I said, I didn't know what to do with that in this ranking. This ranking is all about people's presence and contributions to the show, and very occasionally will their real life personas influence their ranking, and Skupin's case was something I couldn't ignore.

Brad and Cochran will always always always be among my least favs. Brad went from irrelevant pre-merge boot in BvW to bottom 10 contestant of all time this season. He would probably pass Dan and Rodney and end up in my Bottom 5 if I did this after Game Changers.

<3 Zhaz <3 I'm so glad you hate Julia too. She tried way too hard, was completely obvious about it, and went about it in the worst way possible, potentially almost ruining a whole season because of it. Most random person in my bottom 10 by far (except maybe Natalie Tortellini) but I have no regrets about putting her there. She is repulsive.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:45 pm


60. Ghandia Johnson

On one hand, I feel a bit weird including a 4th boot from 2002 in my top 100 most noteworthy women, especially because she’s from a season that’s probably best if left forgotten. On the other hand, when I think of Thailand, Ghandia is a clear standout from that very bleak season. and I’m not just talking about her assault accusations about Ted. I’m still not sure what to make of that, because it was all very uncomfortable. Ghandia brought a ton of life to the first four episodes of Thailand, and was the only thing that kept Chuay Gahn remotely interesting. There is a distinct archetype in Survivor of loud, obnoxious ethnic minority women who leave pre-merge, and Ghandia was the first of that type (depending on how you count Linda from Africa). such a trailblazer <3 she really was doomed from the start, no matter which tribe she ended up on, but I’m glad she made it as long as she did. Thailand was a dull wasteland and it desperately needed the spark that she brought. I love that she managed to have rivalries with like half her tribe. Thailand may not have been so dull if she had managed to make the merge. I struggle to remember details from that season as a whole, but I’m glad someone stood out among the haze. In the grand scheme of things, there are way better people in her archetype, and way better pre-merge boots from Survivor’s early days, so we’ll just leave her here. Stay strong





59. Tasha Fox

Tasha is another enigma. She was one of my favorites for most of Cagayan. On the original Brains tribe, I loved her because she was the more level-headed but still fiery force that kept J’Tia going (God bless her <3). She stood out from the premiere when Garrett wanted to quit and she said “if he wants to quit, LET HIM QUIT!” with her voice going an octave higher with every word. She was the force that kept me rooting for the Brains, then the Aparri crew. She balanced Spencer out well, and made the underdogs seem like they had a shred of hope to beat Tony’s crew. She’s definitely one of the more unlikely people to go on an immunity run in recent seasons, and it was fun to watch. I was super bummed when she left, because that seemed like the last chance for Tony to go, but unfortunately Kass and Woo did what was easy. I was really excited to see her on the Cambodia poll with Kass, Woo, and Spencer, and was super excited that she made it. In the beginning, I was really excited that she was there, and I was rooting for her a lot. As the season went on, though, I realized that I was more rooting for her by default and not actually because of stuff that she was contributing to Cambodia. Granted, I did binge through Cambodia so a lot of it blurred together, but she was pretty uneventful, all things considered. I think it says something that everybody was so over her by the end of it because she was too sanctimonious. The whole thing left me questioning Tasha’s presence and contributions to the series. Maybe she always was kind of boring and I only rooted for her in Cagayan due to the circumstances surrounding her. Who knows. The weird thing about Tasha is that her second appearance was really disappointing, but it’s not really due to anything she did, it was more that she didn’t really do anything. It was a strange phenomenon. I do look back on her in Cagayan fondly and I do think she’s unique-ish in recent years. So I sort of appreciate her, but not enough to put her in my top 50.





58. Amy O'Hara

Guatemala is an interesting season. I feel like the season and the cast have reputations of being this underrated gem, but I actually think that most of the new cast has really faded into obscurity and in the grand scheme of things are pretty forgettable. Amy is an exception. I’m not saying she’s an all-time classic who’s been robbed of a second chance, but she was definitely a standout star from a pretty decent season. Survivor contestants from Boston usually have a pretty distinct flavor, and Amy was no exception. I loved how she was always yelling about everything, but was really upbeat like 80% of the time as well. There were two distinct moments of this that I loved. One was when she was confronting Gary about the whole deal of whether or not he’s a former QB and she kept saying “if it’s true Gary, I WILL BEAT YOU DOWN!” The other was during Survivor Live when they had this segment when you had to give parting words to the thing that ended your game, and I think for Amy it was her bum ankle, and she said “ok I’ll try to keep it PG-13. *clears throat* bum ankle, YOU ARE A PUNK-ASS BITCH!” rofl x 400. what a gem. I think she sprained her ankle twice but she took it like a champ and kept rolling with it even though she was on a tribe with a bunch of alpha bros and a hologram. so that was impressive. I think the season would’ve been way better if she had made the merge instead of someone like Danni but that’s neither here nor there. also she was bffs with Steph on the original Yaxha and was at Steph’s first wedding! such a good friend <3 Amy was easily one of my favorite pre-merge boots from the Vanuatu-HvV era, but ultimately she’s just that. a pre-merge boot from a weak-ish cast 12 years ago. We’re getting to the point where I have mostly positive feelings towards all of the women left so people like Amy are going to get the cut.





57. Christa Hastie

Backstory to this entry: making the original list of 100 women was really hard. Deciding who to include from PI was particularly hard, because it’s my favorite season and had a really stellar cast, but figuring out who to include between Darrah, Tijuana, and Christa was possibly the most challenging cut I made. I definitely couldn’t cut them all (because I needed to have more women than just Sandra and Lill for such a top notch season), and including all three felt a little ridiculous as well, so I went for just Christa, since Darrah was so UTR and Tijuana had a huge start but kind of fizzled after that, but Christa was pretty present all season. First off, she was in an alliance with two of the biggest Survivor personalities of all time in Rupert and Sandra, so having this tall awkward blonde with an annoying honking voice as their #3 was so appropriate. She was so derpy and ^_^ for most of the season, but people hated her LOL. Burton and Shawn literally threw a challenge because they were so sick of her and wanted to get rid of her. Obviously, Burton left then, but I think it’s hilarious that Drake’s tailspin started because Christa was so annoying. It didn’t end there, though. Burton and Shawn were pretty douchey, but Ryno was easily the most inoffensive and expressionless contestant all season, and even in his boot episode, he voted for Christa and said something like “I don’t like u cause ur a huge bitch lol” WHAT. Of all the loud and obnoxious mofos in Pearl Islands, Ryno’s anger came out at Christa?!?! too funny. Then of course there was the instance that Sandra threw Christa under the bus for spilling the fish and she got brutally roasted by the whole tribe rofl. Chaz once said something about you can tell a season is good by following the more random side characters, and I think part of why PI is so amazing is that random side characters like Christa still have a hilarious journey. I thought she was a misunderstood gem who totally made Drake one of the best tribes of all time. I recognize her contributions to Survivor and I’m thankful for her. but all things considered she’s pretty random and I wouldn’t fight anyone who wouldn’t put her on their own list.





56. Lucy Huang

these freaking cropped gifs

Pre-merge slaughter <3 ok one could argue that Lucy is the most random person on this list but I DO NOT CAYURR. In Hannah’s write-up I talked about how most people in MvGX I couldn’t muster up strong feelings for, but Lucy is not one of them. Let’s look at this objectively. She was a tiny little tiger mom who was part of the “cool kids” for the old people, staged a coup against the whitest, alpha-est man on her tribe, became the tribe’s new alpha, turned on one of her own random lesbots in Jessica Facetransplant (even though Facetransplant didn’t believe it LOL), only to get taken out by an HII from the season’s underdog outsider fan favorite. It was phenomenal from start to finish and we were completely and utterly robbed of more Lucy. MvGX was a pretty fun season for the most part, even though the cast was kind of meh, and the old people were even more meh, so can you even imagine how much more epic the season would’ve been if Lucy and her iron fist had stuck around? Why the heck did Survivor take 33 seasons to cast a straight up tiger mom? The show has never been the best at casting Asian Americans, and for the most part don’t cast a good variety of Asian Americans, but my complaint still remains. They even subdued Lucy’s edit for most of her time there (probably cause she got HII’d) but her star power was still undeniable. There’s a good chance that Chaz is the only person on earth who agrees with me here but Lucy is an instant classic and I will not apologize for including her here. After writing this I wish I put her in the top 50. Bring her back, Probst!
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:05 pm

Lucy <3. I felt so bad for her those three episodes for only getting to say like one word at most per episode, then the preview for the fourth she came out like a sleeping giant and I was like "This must be her boot ep" Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:08 pm

You and I pretty much have the same feelings about Tasha. I quite liked her in Cayagan, and I thought her being a challenge beast was really awesome, because she's definitely not the typical type to be a huge immunity threat. I was pretty meh on her in Cambodia though.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:26 pm


55. Greg Buis

I’ve said it before, but my memory of Borneo is more fuzzy than any other season and it’s hard to come up with sufficient words about its contestants, so I’ll do my best here. I think Greg would definitely benefit from a rewatch because he was definitely an lolworthy dude. Didn’t he and Colleen vote out Jeff Probst at Joel’s boot TC? That’s hilarious. I also remember him pretending to burst into tears after he got voted out and then drunkenly rambling about something in his final words. Season 1 was weird, man. Greg is another one that’s been invited back a million times but keeps saying no because he’s moved on in life or whatever, but I think he actually fell off the grid for a while, unlike Colleen who went on to make movies with Rob Schneider lol. Didn’t he come on Survivor Oz a few years ago? I’d be intrigued to listen to that interview. Greg was a key part of the fun-ish younger tribe of Pagong, who are obviously legendary, so he definitely has a Survivor legacy. He was also the first real oddball that the show cast, with many others following in his path. I’m not doing Greg justice at all so I’ll just leave it at that he was entertaining but in a season I don’t remember that well or care that much about, so here he is.





54. Gervase Peterson

ugh why did I decide to do two Borneo people in one update? Gervase sort of has the benefit of coming on a more recent season, but BvW was a pretty beige and forgettable season, so let’s see where this goes. Gervase was also a fun and upbeat member of Pagong, and he definitely brought a lot of energy everywhere he went, which is significant in such a strangely edited season. He was lively and funny. I still don’t get why Joel took the fall for Gervase’s comment about women being just barely smarter than cows. He would get crucified for that comment if he made it today. What’s funny is that in BvW, Marissa took the fall for him being super extra after the first immunity challenge. He has a trend of making innocent other people get voted out for his mistakes. One of my only other memories of him in Borneo was when he won a slice of pizza for a reward challenge, and he gave everyone else a bite of it, which was very generous of him. I would’ve been super territorial of that pizza so gj bro. I also remember his really aggro voting confessional at FTC because he was so pissed at Sue for her speech which = lol. So random. Even though he made it all the way to the end of BvW and was involved in some feuds and stuff like that, I still found him to be pretty inconsequential. He was vaguely funny, semi-offensive, and very much blissfully unaware of how much he annoyed other people lol. BvW marked the start of Survivor’s returnee seasons being super random, and Gervase wasn’t really an exception, but I did find it interesting to see someone from the first season 13 years later. It was a pretty cool indicator of how far the show has come over the years. You wouldn’t think I’d be neutral on someone like Gervase, but I’m really having a hard time coming up with strong feelings one way or the other about him.





53. Spencer Bledsoe

There are a number of hardcore fans who HATE Spencer and I sort of get it. He seems like he’s incapable of having fun, he does take himself pretty seriously, and totally comes off like a smug, entitled douche at times. Watching him say things like “ZERO chance of winning the game, Kass! *stupid guffaw*” makes me shudder. He probably did not benefit from coming back a second time so shortly after his first time out there because he was still young and stupid in many ways and didn’t have much time to learn from his mistakes the first time. The whole storyline with his girlfriend and how he needed to grow emotionally or whatever to say that he loves her was one of the dumbest, fakest, and most irrelevant plotlines in recent memory. His lecturing the jury to vote for Tony was gross. So I get why people hate him so much. All that being said, I don’t really mind him. While he was definitely arrogant, I appreciated how he wasn’t intimidated in the slightest playing against a bunch of grown ups who have done a lot more life than he has. I always appreciate people who keep fighting until the bitter end, and I can’t believe that Spencer made it all the way to Day 37 in Cagayan even though he was on the bottom for pretty much the entire game. He constantly had to shift around and adapt in Cambodia as well, but still always found himself pretty central no matter where he was. Stephen’s blindside was one of my favorites of the whole season, and Spencer made that possible. Even though there are a lot of things that are annoying about Spencer, I genuinely appreciate how much he puts his heart out there and gives it everything, and that sort of thing usually makes for more exciting gameplay and more dynamic characters. Unfortunately for Spencer, I’m not wild about either of his seasons or his personality, so his raw approach can only take him so far.





52. Erik Reichenbach

I hated Erik when Micronesia first aired because of how much he worshipped Ozzy, who was my least favorite contestant of all time at the time. His boot remains to this day one of my all time favorite episodes, partly because I was so happy that he left instead of Natalie, Cirie, Parvati, or Amanda. He grew on me with time and some rewatches, though. It’s hilarious to me that a 22 year old ice cream scooper from Michigan with short shorts, a thick Midwest accent, and that ridiculous hair exists in the world, but alas he does. He was very genuine and pure and provided a ton of lolworthy moments throughout the season, including falling under Ami’s jedi mind control, licking the cake off of Cirie’s hands, and his entire boot episode. I was excited for him to come back in Caramoan, mainly because the rest of the cast made him look stellar. I forget he played in that season all the time now. Maybe because the season was so bad, I blocked it all out of my memory, but I can only remember a few moments of his from the whole season. One of them was him inexplicably flipping to Team Awful after the merge and never looking back. Even though he voted for Philip at the exciting F10 TC, Erik was the one who voiced the plan to just vote for who they had planned to vote for, which kind of killed a lot of the fun, and ultimately it didn’t have a long term effect. His medevac was easily the most random one of all time, and I still had a hard time caring one way or the other. If anything I was annoyed that he didn’t get evacuated like four hours earlier because then Brenda would’ve survived. He did give production a huge tongue-lashing after the reunion, though, which was totally awesome and so well-deserved. I’m glad he called them on their nonsense, because the Caramoan finale was an all time low point in Survivor history. Erik sort of ruined his reputation in Caramoan as an enabler of awful people without much of a spine, and it made me realize that he always had pretty bad taste in people, and when you take away his “wide eyed kid in the candy store” thing, he kind of sucks. I wasn’t THAT wild about him in Micronesia, but he still would probably be 2ish spots higher if not for Caramoan. But he’s still this high because he played his part in making one of my favorite seasons a lot better, and he can be endearing at times.





51. Tarzan Smith

I couldn't find an intro gif of him that worked.

One World was another super weird season. Apparently the top 4 in the fan favorite voting was pretty close between Kim, Troy, Chelsea, and Tarzan. lol. So random. Tarzan is another one of those who in 90% of seasons would be an irrelevant pre-merge boot, but due to a random combination of circumstances, Tarzan made it all the way to the end. Manono was such a weird tribe, mainly because four other people decided to put up with Colton’s BS. The fact that they didn’t vote him off first is gross, so Tarzan automatically loses points for that. Other than voting with Colton three times, though, Tarzan was pretty harmless. He was an lolworthy background character who did weird things like say he wanted to keep the $500 from the auction to fix his car or something, use long words that nobody has ever heard of, and be everyone’s eccentric grandpa. Kind of a random person to be a fan favorite, and a really random person to make it to Day 36. He was fun enough though. I’m realizing with this write up that a bunch of the men on this show kind of fade into an ambiguous blob of feelings in my mind. There are at least 50 or so men on the show that I could say I sort of like, sort of don’t, but mostly can’t muster up too strong feelings about. If they came from a season I don’t care too much about, then I have even less to say about them. and that’s about all I got for Tarzan.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:27 pm

sorry that write-up was very uninspired. they'll get better as I care more about the guys, I promise.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:36 pm

also, with that update, Cagayan is the second original cast to be completely eliminated. I wouldn't have guessed that originally, because while it's definitely in the bottom half of seasons for me, there are some that are way worse that are still in.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:57 am

We came so close to getting Greg again recently and then he couldn't get off work
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:03 pm

really? for which season?

if that's the case, I feel like it could actually happen again. I think they'll always bring people from the first two seasons back if they can
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 pm

Second Chances.
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:46 pm

Sorry to hijack this thread but does anyone wanna replace JB in our rankdown? It would be deeply appreciated
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:44 pm

BUMPZ JAKNOCKWA
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PostSubject: Re: Jack ranks top 100 iconic Survivor men & women (55-51 MEN updated)   Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:49 pm

SORRY! I just got back from vacation and before that I was super busy with I don't even remember what. I'll get the next update in a day or so.
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