If fans choose to re-watch older seasons, they'll have to consider a number of harsh realities about Survivor.
Survivor 43 recently wrapped, and audiences are raving about the show again. Luckily for fans, they've been able to re-watch the show's entire catalog on Paramount+, so over the past few years, Survivor of Overeating has become more popular than ever, especially as people suffer from COVID-19. While stuck at home due to the pandemic.
However, as fans revisit the classic season of "Survivor," they have to consider many of the show's harsh realities, from casting choices to format changes over the years. It's fun to re-watch older versions of Survivor, but those who do will have to deal with some things that make the experience less than satisfying.
Low Camera Quality
This was an obvious problem when doing reality TV in the early 2000s, but Survivor started off with very poor camera quality.
Survivor's first HD season up until season 17, Survivor: Gabon, which was a famous train wreck season. When fans rewatched the show's early days, they had to deal with the poor quality of the graphics. Some hardcore fans might get used to it by the second episode, but It might annoy other people all the time.
Fewer Advantages Are Better
When fans look back at the early seasons, they realize how much of an advantage small parts had in the game. At most one idol is performing at a time.
When fans compare those seasons with all the advantages played now, they realize that the game was much better when there were fewer advantages. Nowadays, it is difficult for the audience to understand what advantages the players have. Hidden immunity is a perfect advantage, but others, like knowledge is power, make the game worse. All of these advantages also generate some rather unfair downvotes.
Some Season Themes Are Weird
Although the past few seasons have not been themed, fans can look back at seasons with very bizarre themes.
Without a doubt, the weirdest season theme is Survivor: Cook Islands. This season was great, but it split the cast by race, which is weird now that I think about it. Their themes did get better like blood and water or david and goliath but fans need to embrace that season's themes like one world and island Idols don't make the best TV.
Castaways Prior To Season 41 May Never Return
The best recent season, Survivor: Winners at War, seemed to be a farewell to the dead that fans had known over the past 20 years. The past three seasons have felt like a whole new era in the show's history, with Jeff Probst saying they'll only feature new faces for the foreseeable future.
As fans rewatch their favorite seasons, it can be hard to accept that outcasts like Parvati and Sandra may never play again. Fan favorites from Survivor: Borneo to Survivor: War Winners may never make it to fans' screens again due to their age or simply not wanting to play another season. Survivor 41 appears to be not just a new chapter for Survivor, but a whole new book.
The Fire-Making Challenge Is Good For The Game
This is a controversial challenge, but fans should start to accept the fact that the final four fire challenges are better for the game overall.
Usually, there is a clear favorite in the Final Four, and if they don't win the challenging physical game, then they have no chance. This is the case with the strategic threat from Jesse Survivors 43. In the final four races, the Start a Fire challenge took the fate of each victim into their own hands. With this challenge, there will be no more "fallen angels," the term used to describe drifters who play the best but only come in fourth because no one wants to take them to the end.
The Challenges Get Less Creative
Challenges are a big part of Survivor and take up a lot of screen time. However, when fans revisit previous seasons, they'll realize just how one-way the challenge is today.
Most non-endurance challenges today can be simply described as obstacle races ending in puzzles. Looking back at previous seasons, fans saw the show's originality. Examples of great challenges from previous seasons include: the challenge where the victims tear off cooked pork with their mouths, or the challenge when the tribe has to lift one of their tribe members by rope and harness. These challenges are much more fun than watching them take part in obstacle courses and puzzles 10 times per season.
Live Tribals Are Not Good For The Show
In recent seasons, there has been a trend During tribal meetings, the victims stood up and whispered to each other. This is called "Live Tribes" and it sucks for the show.
In the early days, the tribal council was a place of order and dignity. The tribe has a whole day to figure out who to vote for, and standing up and speaking up would break the tension in the tribe. When rewatching the show, fans can feel this sanctity of Tribes from previous seasons. Also, if someone's plans are ruined, such as an idol being exposed, they shouldn't be able to get up and make new plans. This spoils the chaos of revealing idols before voting.
The Show Needs Villains
The characters on the show sometimes make or break each season. Most of the time, it's the villains' best seasons that keep fans happy the most.
Even an outcast like Russell Hantz, the most hated player ever, provided this season with a feel that no one else could replicate. They're the ones who keep pulling viewers in so they can turn against them. Without villains, the show feels empty, which is A feeling that has been lacking in recent seasons. Plus, the euphoria when they don't win is just as good as one's favorite win.
Some Of The Winner's Edits Are Obvious
Winner's editing was an issue that had plagued Survivor for some time. Editing events to tell a good story without giving away too much is a daunting task.
In some rewatches, the clip of the winner is evident even though fans already know the winner. For example, Boston Rob's winning edit on Redemption Island is evident on the first watch, so it will only feel like a "Boston Rob story" on subsequent watches. Have done well in recent seasons and didn't give up this season because champions like Erika and Gabler were really unexpected.
The Series's Best Days May Be Behind It
Sadly, Survivor may be past its prime. Especially after the great season of Winners at War, it feels like Survivor's best days are over.
It's fine to keep watching any new season of the show, but when fans rewatch an old one, they have to admit to themselves that it probably won't look this good again. iconic moment, Like Eric dropping his immunization necklace or Sandra beating Russell in Heroes vs. Villains will never be surpassed. Fans have to accept that the show won't be the cultural phenomenon it used to be, but that's okay because they can always relive their favorite moments.