Well, it was a long and frustrating season. There were high points and there were low points. It was a season dominated by some of the least likable people to ever be featured on Survivor. It was a season where Will started out as likable and then suddenly changed into a hateful, angry monster. It was a season where Dan and Rodney showed just how annoying two people could be. But, at the same time, it was also a season where a few people surprised us by turning out to actually be pretty decent.
Mike started out as annoying but, as the season progressed, he won me over. And tonight, against all odds (because he literally was always one immunity challenge away from being sent home), Mike won Survivor 30! Will received Rodney’s vote. Carolyn received Sierra’s vote. And the rest of the jury voted for Mike.
And you know what? I can’t complain. I would have been happy to have seen Carolyn win but, ultimately, Mike is the one who deserved the victory. He was not always a subtle player and he made a few mistakes but, in the end, he outplayed, he outwitted, and he outlasted.
As for the rest of the finale, I enjoyed watching smug Rodney get sent to the jury on the basis of having to make a fire. As far as the juror themselves, Jenn and Shirin were definitely the stars. When Jenn called out the jury for being bitter, I cheered. When Shirin told Will that he was a “dead fish,” I cheered again. And when Dan gave his final speech, I laughed because I knew Dan would never win Survivor.
Seriously, I couldn’t stand Dan.
As for the reunion show, I was happy to see Jeff call Dan out. Dan’s sputtering performance only made him look worse. Dan apologized for saying he wanted to slap Shirin but he qualified the apology by saying that he didn’t know Shirin had been abused, as if that was the only problem with what he had said.
As for Will’s apology to Shirin, I didn’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.
Finally, at the end of the reunion show, we learned the 20 former Survivors who would return for Second Chances. And they are:
Joe from Survivor 30
Vytas for Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Spencer for Brains, Brawn, and Beauty
Jeremy from Survivor: Blood vs. Water II
Terry from Survivor: Panama
Ciera (bleh!) from Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Stephen from Survivor: Tocantins
Tasha from Brains, Brawn, and Beauty
Abi-Maria from Survivor: Philippines
Woo from Brains, Brawn, and Beauty
Kimmi from Survivor: Australia
Peih-Gee from Survivor: China
Kass (Double BLEH!) from Brains, Brawn, and Beauty
Keith from Survivor: Blood vs. Water II
Shirin from Survivor 30
Monica from Survivor: Samoa
Andrew Savage from Survivor: Pearl Islands
Jeff Varner from Survivor: Australia
Kelly Wentworth from Survivor: Blood vs. Water Part II
Kelley Wigglesworth from Survivor: Season 1
Well, that concluded Realty TV Chat’s coverage of Survivor! We’ll be back with Big Brother later in June! Thanks for reading!