Reflections on ‘Survivor: Redemption Island’


I can’t seem to stop thinking or talking about the end of Survivor: Redemption Island, so I decided it was probably worth trying to organize my thoughts and continue the conversation in a post here.

Honestly, I don’t think the Redemption Island twist worked well at all. The idea that someone could come back into the game was intriguing, but the way it actually played out was fairly boring and actually undermined the game.

Not having someone leave the game at the end of each episode (or at least most episodes) really wrecks the dramatic structure of the whole show. And toward the end, when people just kept getting added and added to the island and no one was leaving and no one knew what was going to happen next — that was just frustrating. Going into the finale with eight people left in the game didn’t do much for the tension, either. In theory, it should have felt like the possibilities were endless, but by the time it really happened — BOOM, sorry Matt and the other guys, Andrea’s back in, followed five minutes later by Andrea’s ouster — it just felt pointless.


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