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Finally watching my honey’s Survivor episodes

Before my first date with my S.O. some years ago, I looked up his season of Survivor on Wikipedia. Although I’d teased him for participating before the season aired and never bothered watching, I wanted to know a little bit about that part of his life.

Wikipedia described his season as the least popular one ever because of what fans perceived as some pretty gross inequities between the teams. I waved that off at the time, calling it “just a game.”

But, oh man.

The season was finally made available for purchase recently, and I bought it. I’ve watched a couple of episodes and it really is horrible to watch. Basically, one team got shelter, food, utensils and fire for winning the first challenge. The other team got nothing. The show pans between shots of well fed, well rested people lounging . . . and shots of the other team’s members desperately seeking food and licking leaves for water because they are so massively dehydrated. It’s painful just to see the signs of their misery, like their rapid weight loss and totally parched lips, the same as it is to see those signs in anyone else anywhere else. It wouldn’t have been so shocking if both teams were subjected to like conditions, but the contrast makes it startling and horrifying.

Unsurprisingly, the well rested, well fed team won the second challenge. I think exactly no one was shocked and/or awed by that. It’s like pitting preschoolers against fifth graders in a shot put competition.

All fifth graders wear mohawks now. It's the rage.

All fifth graders wear mohawks now. It’s the rage.

You might get some surprising victories there, but mostly, no one’s gonna be surprised when the fifth graders steal the victory. And while it might just be a game, inequity riles me up anywhere. If you’ve read my blog before, you know this about me.

On the bright side, it’s hard not to be tickled by my son’s delight at seeing his papa on the television. That part’s totally sweet.

  1. June 15, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Awesome experience for him, I imagine!

    • June 15, 2013 at 6:31 am

      It was! He wants to go back, a thought which bemused me before I’d watched any of his season and which now totally, completely perplexes me. I don’t usually watch Survivor (although I try for him), but I’m glad to finally be seeing this part of his life. 🙂

  2. June 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I tried watching Survivor once, I couldn’t get through one show. I don’t know why this show holds such fascination for some. But then, I don’t watch most television, so I guess it is just me.

    I suspect this is very cool for you son, delightful really. I have to ask though, which team was SO on?

    • June 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

      It’s a very, very difficult show for me to watch. I listened to a few episodes of it in law school because my roommate was (a) hooked and (B) TV-less, but it’s really, really not my bag. I promised to watch an entire season recently (in exchange for something, can’t recall what), but . . . I reneged. I couldn’t do it.

      For him, though, I will watch those episodes in which he appears. Not the rest of the season, no, but those ones. I’m glad to have the opportunity.

      As for his team, he was on Team Starving.

  3. June 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I watch a LOT of television shows, a fact anyone who has ever read any of my own bloggings can easily attest to, but pretty much always in dvd form, and never (ever) reality tv of any kind. Like some of the previous commentors, I also do not understand the appeal of Survivor, but I must say if I actually knew someone who was in a season, I would probably watch it. I’m sorry he was on Team Starving! Does he talk abut it much? (Was it traumatic?)

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:15 am

      He seemed to talk about it endlessly when we’d just begun dating! We actually had a few disagreements about what it was and wasn’t. Despite being on Team Starving, he enjoyed the experience, somehow. For reasons I can’t begin to fathom, he would love a chance to go back. Sometimes he tells me I should be on it, but holy wow, NO. I think I’d be OK at the challenges and the physical survival stuff, but I would be terrible at the social aspect of it. And listening to Jeff Probst play-by-plays. Mostly the latter, though.

  4. June 15, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    A. was on when the show was still rough. I have tried out for Survivor a bunch of times, but I think the thrill is gone. I didn’t like what they did with it this season. I’m out. But you now I’ll always admire your Hubby for living my dream. 🙂

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

      I remember Anthony and his mom talking about how this season was different, but I can’t remember exactly why. It seems like they said it’s more like a soap opera and less a challenge of survival? I think that show will be on in this household until it isn’t on anymore, and I’m OK with that just as long as I have a book to disappear into. 😀

      • June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        I live tweet with @amberwest and @kbowenwriter and Tiffany White and a few other people during Survivor. Our hashtag is #tribalchix. Sometimes Amber “blind tweets because she’s in a different time zone. It’s hilarious because some of her crazy tweets actually have come to fruition. 🙂

      • June 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

        Noooo, Renee. Don’t give up! I’m waiting for you to get on so I will finally watch this show. Of course, if your honey was still on, I’d be all over it, Deb.

  5. June 16, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I still watch Survivor. I love the scenery of the locations and I enjoy watching people push themselves in the challenges. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but this one holds my attention for some reason. I think it’s because I always wonder if I could do the challenges. The rest of it, I know I couldn’t do! I give your S.O. credit for trying!

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

      I’m thinking of that Yoda saying: “There is no try, only do” (or something like that). Although he didn’t win, he definitely did more than try. Every contestant on that game lives it while they’re in it, whether or not they win. I think of them as “doing” whether or not they walk away with that largest payment! And I know I would not like to do it for probably exactly the same reasons as you. It’s like the antithesis of one of my favorite Billy Joel songs, “Goodnight Saigon,” in which he sings about fellow soldiers promising they’d all go down together. Survivor is more like, “And I will take you down the first chance I get so I get the money and you don’t.” No, thank you!

  6. June 16, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I think his season is the last one I watched. I bet it is cool for Lil D to see him on tv though!

    • June 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

      It is very, very sweet. “There’s you!” “Why are you pulling that wagon, Daddy?” “Why aren’t you playing with your friends?” “Why are you in the jungle?” “Why do you look sad?” I love listen to his inquiries and getting a chance to see it as he does. 😀

  7. June 19, 2013 at 2:40 am

    I also don’t like inequalities. I think it’s not fair that some live extravagant lives while others are starving or barely could eat. It is exciting to know though that your son’s father was able to join a show watched by millions worldwide. That is amazing!

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