Why Was the Survivor I Jury So Pissed?by David Bloomberg -- 07/10/2002
Many people noticed this phenomenon and wondered why. Why were they so angry? Why did they give such nasty looks to everybody?
A number of theories were floated. Some people say they were instructed to act this way. Others suggest they were simply hung over from all-night drinking binges. Nobody seems to have any evidence one way or another, but I don't think it was either. All we need to do to figure this one out is examine the situation they were in.
First off, they lost. Wouldn't you be rather annoyed? They had a shot at a million dollars, but they didn't get it. To make matters worse, they couldn't just go home and get on with their lives. For example, Jenna had wanted nothing more during her last few days on the island than to see her daughters; even after being voted off, she still couldn't. The jury members were not even allowed to call home because that would have given away the fact that they didn't win. This makes the situation even worse!
So it's no wonder she was mad! Gervase was in a similar situation. His son was born just before he was kicked out. But he couldn't go home and spend time with his new baby. While the others may not have had such personal reasons to drive them, I'm sure none of them relished the extra time they're spending away from family and friends after they already knew they wouldn't be getting the big prize.
To make matters worse, they had to go back and stare at the people who took that million-dollar prize away from them! While some of them were pretty slow to clue in, by this time they knew that there was an alliance, and that the alliance conspired to pick them off, one by one. So who was left? The alliance, that's who. And the jury members had to sit and watch these folks, knowing full well that they deprived them of a chance at the money. While those of us in the television audience may be able to laugh and say, "Well, it was a game and they lost," to the jury members it was certainly not so easy. I'm sure they felt like they were lambs led directly to the slaughter.
If all of this wasn't bad enough, they still needed to sit there, without saying a word to anybody, and listen to the host, Jeff Probst, prattle on and on, asking his often-stupid questions and uttering his hokey slogans, like "fire represents life." News leaked out that Probst and Greg didn't get along -- indeed, there have been rumors that Probst didn't get along well with the Pagong tribe in general, because he felt they weren't taking it seriously (they weren't, which is why they lost); who made up the jury? It was almost entirely Pagong.
So we see that there's no reason to bring up conspiracies by the producer or instructions from the host to explain the annoyed faces on the jury. It all seems very simple to me: They lost and they didn't want to be there. I don't blame them. Now we'll see how the Survivor II jury reacts to a similar situation.