Hiya readers! This is my second post and I am pretty excited! I have a million and one ideas right now but I am trying to spread them out every two weeks so I don’t run out of them. Any who, today’s post centers around an under appreciated show, one of which I am obsessed with. Owayoayoayoayayoayoayo(the survivor theme song)
A show that has stretched more than 36 seasons and that many people have given up on. I, on the other hand, can acknowledge that the same thing can get boring but Survivor has a format that keeps things interesting. Below I have broken down the reasons why you should start watching Survivor or keep watching it, if you are trying to be a quitter.
- The theme song: The many variations of the Survivor theme song is my literal jam. I could dance to this all day. My family makes fun of me mercilessly for having this song on my iPhone and playing it in the shower, but I know they are secretly jealous. One time at trivia with my friends, this song awoke me and I was writing it down super fast before the second syllable had even been sung. It’s unique, it’s well paced, upbeat and most of all: makes you feel like you are capable of pretty much anything! The music in the show in general is darn good but the theme song stands out as what hooks people from the start. Link here from someone else’s youtube account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyb2HYSne3E
- The entertaining social dynamic: Have you ever been stuck in a car with people for a long road trip and your companions start to really get on your nerves? Now imagine being stuck on an island with a cup of rice a day, bugs, scorching hot weather/endless raining and sleeping on bamboo with a subpar shelter to protect you from the rain. These factors, especially the HANGRY factor, are instrumental in creating some very entertaining interactions between contestants of the show. Survivor does not need to make stuff up or pit people against each other like other reality shows. The human mind can only withstand so much. So each season, with the different combinations of people, there are new antics. That freaking irritating lab partner from high school could be the one you have to sleep next to in a shelter for 39 days. Some examples that stick out in my head includes Tony and Kass’s fight in which Tony started speaking to her in “llama language”, J-Tia’s lack of swimming ability causing Spencer to have a full on temper tantrum and Sandra listing why everyone on her tribe sucks. There really are endless laugh out loud moments. The bottom line is that Survivor pushes people beyond their boundaries and the result, though occasionally detrimental for them (i.e. Brandon Hantz), is fabulous entertainment for the viewers.
3.Parvati shallow: This woman is my idol and she should be yours too. I am currently having trouble finding the words to describe her brilliance. She came on the show at 24 years old as a sorority girl/boxer who seemed to be looking for an adventure. She was a type cast pretty girl and used her athleticism and social skills to make it to day 36. She is/was funny and was well liked enough to be invited back for an Allstar season. That’s when she blew people out of the water. The first season she wasn’t even trying that hard but she exhibited adaptability in her second season, something a lot of returnees fail to do due to low self awareness. She handedly won the game even though she was a huge target from the start. Her charm and charisma had nearly every contestant aligned with her. She won multiple challenges and she orchestrated many blindsides, by leading an alliance called the Black Widow Brigade. She changed the game of survivor by perfecting the blindside while remaining loyal to her true alliance. Some of her highlights include holding her arm over her head for six hours using the power of meditation and when she played two idols in her third season to completely change the course of the game. There are abundant reasons why Parvati’s time on Survivor transformed her into a role model for women. She proved that she was strong enough to withstand the most days of anyone in three seasons of playing and to compete as an equal with the men in challenges. She displayed mental focus and calm even when all of the odds were against her, persevering towards her success. She has demonstrated to women that it is okay to put yourself first sometimes and she has admirably been a part of many charitable causes since.
4. This show is an adventure: From the natural elements of the island to the interpersonal catastrophes, this show creates characters to root for as they battle for the million dollars. Anyone who wins this game has earned it and been through a lot to get there. It’s not like Big Brother where they live in a luxury mansion and occasionally have to eat slop; they are stuck on this island 24 hours a day. I personally have a lot of respect for each contestant who gives it a try.
5. Survivor may have higher rate of romantic success than The Bachelor/Bachelorette: I did some research and out of 35 seasons of The Bachelor and the Bachelorette, 7 couples remain together. That’s a 20 percent chance of success in a show meant to end in marriage. The format of that being the end goal and engagement needing to happen by the end of the season, in my opinion, sets contestants up for failure. In survivor, that is not the goal and contestants get to know each other in sometimes traumatic settings. Shared trauma is one the big factors that brings couples together. Rob and Amber is possibly the cutest story in Survivor history, with the two of them forming an extremely tight alliance and going to the final two. He proposed to her and they now have four children. In some mind blowing stats, in 36 seasons of Survivor, 8 couples are still together with a 67 percent success rate (meaning out of the 12 couples that occurred). This includes some Survivor contestants that have met through other seasons such as Parvati and John but still. Showmances in Survivor make everyone happy and I’m really rooting for Michael and Libby to be a couple on this current season.
6. The breathtaking locations : As you can see at the top of this post, Survivor films in some mesmerizingly beautiful locations. From Fiji to Cook Islands to Samoa, your eyes will be aesthetically pleased when watching this show.
I will leave you with this awesome quote from a legendary contestant Sandra Diaz-Twine “The worst tribe ever put together is the Villains tribe. I should not even be here. I should be with the Heroes. Because I can’t stand Jerri, I hate Coach, I HATE Danielle and I hate Russell even MORE.”