I’m not going to spoil anything about tonight’s Survivor episode here so don’t worry if you haven’t watched it yet.  What I’d like to do for my first post about one of the best reality shows on TV (you can suck it Amazing Race) is to talk a bit about what I’d like to see for some improvements.

The Hidden Idol

Mark Burnett caught lightning in a bottle when he came up with the hidden immunity idol idea.  What a game changer.  If you have it, you can’t be voted out.  People have used it effectively and people have completely blundered and failed miserably with the idol (I’m looking at you Erik Reichenbach).  If you have the idol, you have power, no matter what your standing is in the game or who you are allied with.

Here’s the problem.  You have to announce your intention to use the idol BEFORE voting even starts.  What the?  What good does that do?  Having it this way allows players to bluff their way in to flushing out the idol and doesn’t truly give you the power of having an immunity idol.

My suggestion is to let the owner of the hidden immunity idol not reveal the idol unless they are the one about to be voted out.  All voting should take place and the votes counted and before Jeff snuffs your flame, bam, you get to pull out the idol and whoever has the 2nd most votes goes home now.

The hidden idol was a game changer but it’s getting stale.  Burnett needs to shake it up a bit.

Tribal Camps

If you have people on your team that are good at camping and can set up a good campsite, you have an advantage in the game.  This can lead to overwhelming results where one tribe gets completely wiped out of the game.

What I’d like to see is a version of suckers walk.  Whichever tribe wins the immunity challenge should also get first choice of which camp they want to return to.


Fire is huge.  No one should be given fire in this game.  If you are planning on going on Survivor and you don’t practice how to start a fire without matches before you go, you are an idiot and you should pay the price.  Don’t give people fire in this game.  Fire is life, as Jeff likes to say, so don’t give them life.  Let them earn it.

Those are just a few of my random thoughts.  What do you all think?  What would you like to see changed for the game?

7 Comments on Survivor

  1. After having a summer months of sporting try and all sorts of distractions, currently you have to search “back to school” and obtain up with the tough function.

  2. Midwest Mike // October 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm //

    They can still show the idol now and it has to be flushed out. You just have to strategically split the vote to both flush the idol and vote out the person you wanted out.

  3. I’m all for shaking things up in Survivor, though it’s still my favorite after watching every episode. That said, wouldn’t your idea lead to idol holders showing they have the idol – and then no one ever tries to vote them out?

    What if you could also use a hidden immunity idol to neutralize another one? Then the producers put two idols in play so that idol holders must always be worried about the possibility of being neutralized. Then again, if in this scenario two idol holders teamed up, would they be unstoppable?

  4. I like your suggestion of being able to play the hidden immunity idol after the vote is read. (Also, I’d like to see more Jeff Probst.)

    One thing Survivor does right, that many of the reality shows don’t, is their reunion show immediately following the announcement of the winner. Take The Amazing Race, for example. The winning team crosses the finish line, the host announces they’ve won, the other teams cheer, and then it’s over. After we invest so much, that’s it? Makes me feel like a cheap date.

    • Midwest Mike // October 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm //

      I do really like the reunion show for Survivor at the end of the season. They really do a good job with it and they do a great job addressing the most burning questions the fans have. Remember when Bryant Gumbel was the host of the reunion?

      • Yes! Remember that Rosie O’Donnell hosted the Survivor Marquesas Reunion show? Thank God Jeff took the reunion reins after that season.

        • Midwest Mike // October 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm //

          It’s much better with Jeff hosting. He has put up with the contestants through the whole run of the show. I love that by the time the reunion comes around that he is usually tired of putting up with their crap.

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