Survivor – A San Juan Del Sur Post-Mortem

This season had its ups and downs, that’s for sure. A slow start, the loss of a number of ‘could be great’ characters, and some really pitiful game play had fans and former players alike heading to social media to air their complaints. But really, it wasn’t that bad. Sure, it’s not a top-5, or a top-10 season, but it definitely had its merits, and it fell victim to following a run of a few really great seasons.

SJDS finished with what was probably the most satisfying possible outcome with former Amazing Racer, Natalie Anderson, taking home the title of ‘Sole Survivor’ and the large cheque that comes with it. The season had a neat, book-end feeling to it with Natalie’s sister, Nadiya being the first boot in this Blood Vs. Water edition of the show.

The game play might not have been stellar, often bordering on idiotic, but it always kept the audience guessing. There were many tribal councils where we were just as blind-sided as the players in the game. The quality of some of the moves are debatable, but you couldn’t help but stare at your television, jaw dropped, when Natalie saved Jaclyn just one tribal council after orchestrating the oust of her loved one, Jon.

The loved one dynamic of  Blood Vs Water is always interesting to see, and that definitely rung true during this season. We even got to see two pairs make it intact to the final 6.

San Juan Del Sur will surely fade out of people’s memory as time goes by, neither good enough or bad enough to be memorable, but I definitely think the season deserves a lot more credit than it’s getting. Anyway, on to season 30!!!


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