Survivor: The Amazon – Strategy and Sexby Jeffrey D. Sadow -- 03/31/2003
We have entered a critical moment in Survivor, the few days after the jury has become set save the two finalists, mistakes of the past are coming back to haunt some, while mistakes of the present threaten to do the same in the future .
This interval often turns out to be a crucial part of the game because, with nine players involved, bi- or tri-partite divisions usually emerge, leading to interesting
But they brought this on themselves. About a week previous they had the chance to lop off one of the
On the flip side, Deena is taking some risks, perhaps unnecessary ones, in her planning. It now seems she’s decided on her 2+1+2 configuration – she and Jenna as the senior dyad, Rob as the singleton, and Matthew and Alex as the junior dyad. She forced herself into this coalition when she opted to jettison Shawna
That may not be such a good move. Does she really think that Rob will turn out more loyal than Heidi, for example? Maybe Alex might turn resentful for Shawna’s dismissal? Wherever he’s been, Matt’s been the odd guy out, so his loyalty may not be there. Worst of all for her, when the crucial immunity challenges come (i.e., making sure whichever of Alex or Matthew is left when down to four doesn’t win that next immunity challenge, or whichever of Dave or Butch within the week is left doesn’t win when going down to seven), she would be in better position with relatively weaker females than having to eliminate stronger males.
Maybe this potentially misplaced confidence is due to her “I am female, hear me roar” rut she seems to have fallen into. She better tone it down or even Jenna will think she’s acting like
Likely we can look for a Pagonging of Tambaqui 2.0 by Jaburu 2.0 over the next couple of weeks, and the interesting strategic moves of this series may have come to a close. Sadly, given past series, I sort of
[David, make really sure to get rid of all the strikethroughs and these comments to you. After all, we don’t want to leave the impression that Survivor and CBS are more about cheap exploitation designed to draw ratings than an interesting strategic game]
Jeffrey D. Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport where he teaches, among other things, classes in international politics, international organizations, and diplomatic history. He has published in the area of gaming simulations in international politics.
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