Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette: Sarah Lacina

Time for the next edition of Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette, where the authors of this site are randomly assigned contestants from the upcoming season of Survivor: Game Changers and must give an honest assessment of what to expect from them. Next up: Sarah Lacina.

Editor’s note: Since six entries didn’t feel like enough for this series, we invited some more regular contributors to the site and put them through the randomizer. Black Dynamite drew a loaded chamber.

When I was asked to take part in Survivor Analyst Russian Roulette, I was full of excitement. I could have a platform to praise and boost up entertaining personalities and innovators of the game. Even better, I could completely attack and destroy the major douchebags *cough Troy cough* and subpar players of the game (Editor’s note: *cough Troy cough*). The possibilities were endless!

I was then informed that I have received Sarah Lacina and drew a blank (Editor’s note: Not a blank. A live round). In Cagayan, she never popped on camera but received enough time on screen that I felt that I couldn’t just wildly speculate and make up shit like I could with Fan Favorite Sierra Dawn Thomas. At first, I thought Sarah held the distinction of being the bland person in Cagayan not named Jefra. Then I began to think about Sarah for this piece and strangely became more enamored of her. I think buried deep- ridiculously deep- we have the prospect of an intriguing character that has a chance to be prominently visible in a season of big names and Hali.

Sarah immediately hit the beach in Cagayan and had the label of “leader” foisted upon her, one of Survivor’s more annoying gimmicks. With Sarah though, the distinction felt natural and she seemed to embrace the role. Sarah is a good person to have in camp to make sure the tasks of building shelter, gathering supplies and other mundane camp stuff get done so there is more time for spy shacks, climbing things and talking about basketball careers. This is an often overlooked aspect, but it is valuable and can help keep players around. Sarah was really the prototypical “Brawn” player with her strong camp work and solid to great performances in challenges. With Sarah on your side, the physical portions of Survivor are a little bit easier for the tribe.

Sarah’s most memorable moment on Cagayan was her quickly figuring out her Brawn tribemate, Tony, was a fellow police officer. While Tony was less than forthcoming about his cop status, Sarah was confident and persistent that Tony was actually who she thought he was. This came off as an impressive case of superb observational skills that Sarah seemed to be equipped with. Her strength and intuition made Sarah feel like a contender to make it far, and a player not to be messed with. But sometimes one impressive feat is not a harbinger of things to come.

Word.

Decision-maker is a role that Sarah experienced, or thought she did, often in Cagayan. A swap put her in a position of being the lone Brawn member in a tribe surrounded by Brains and Beauty. This is the story of my high school life, only without the brawny part. She navigated that situation well enough, but always had aspirations of getting back together with her Brawn family. Then came “Top Five, Baby” and the first occurrence of Utterly Confused Sarah Face.

Word?

Her wonderful facial expressions is one compliment I can actually give her throughout the entire game. Sarah realized that the road to riches did not involve sticking together with Tony (if only Woo knew this) and that swearing on a badge or supposed dead family member are just words and hold no actual weight/value in Survivor. Sarah needed to find a new path, preferably one not filled with chaos.

The merge saw Sarah placed in a familiar position in Survivor, the swing vote. The swing vote is difficult role to do well. You could come across as the betrayer in people’s minds, or you could become too big of a threat as you are now are perceived to be an impact player. Sometimes the swing voter gets power hungry and flaunts the position to the point where others get annoyed and just decide to cut their losses immediately and get rid of the swing voter. What does Sarah do in this position? She gives a confessional where she refers to herself as “the President.” This will end well for her.

…and I’m about to get impeached.

Her game starts going to hell after a conversation in which Kass- not really known for subtlety or leaving things unsaid- reveals that she is suspicious of Sarah. This rubs Sarah the wrong way. But Sarah is smart enough to not side with the people who have a top five that doesn’t involve her, so she plans to stay on Kass’ side. Sarah also stubbornly demands they target LJ or Tony, as those two are threats and Jefra is not. She eventually agrees to the Jefra plan, but it’s too late- Kass has switched sides. And not only does she clip Sarah, but she does the swing vote better than her in an all-time great tribal council that saw both of Sarah’s targets play idols for each other.

Sarah’s time in Cagayan showed that she had tools that could work for her in the game. She has the strength, she can be observant, and she is open to making the right strategic decision. She needs to improve on the social aspects of the game. Being able to handle all the egos and chaos around her is vital for her to have a long journey.

Best-case scenario

Sarah finds a way to plant in the background and remains valuable in the team phase, as the bigger names all target each other quickly and she floats along to the merge. Once there, her strength and analytical skills shine. Add in an improved social game, and Sarah becomes the Game Changers version of Kelley Wentworth. Maybe she even pulls out the surprise win.

Worst-case scenario

She clashes with a tribemate that has the numbers, and suddenly her challenge skills are actually threatening, leading to an early boot. Or perhaps she is betrayed by someone who swore on a coconut or something that they would stick together, and she gets booted early. Or perhaps she is the easy swap boot for people that don’t really have a read on what she can offer. I don’t know what it says about me that the worst case scenarios are so much more fun to speculate about. (Editor’s note: The assignment was worst case scenario. Singular.)

Most likely scenario

I think Sarah can improve from Cagayan and will make it further this time around. She’ll stick around for a while due to her physical value and find the right alliance to play with. Eventually, people will have an “Oh shit, Sarah is playing hard” epiphany and she will be voted out post-merge.

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Blurry Denzel (the artist formerly known as Black Dynamite) came back to Survivor after a 13 year hiatus since the first season and instantly fell in love. Now he spends a near obsessive amount of time talking Survivor, occasionally with rankings.
Favorite Seasons: Heroes vs Villains, Palau, Philippines, Cagayan, Pearl Islands
Favorite Players: Cirie Fields, Parvati Shallow, Stephen Fishbach, Natalie Anderson, Earl Cole, Jerri Manthey
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  • gouis

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • gouis

      PS Not you but Sarah

      • purplerockandy

        How I told Black Dynamite who he drew: http://replygif.net/i/835.gif

        • gouis

          Why not the gif?

          • purplerockandy

            Because the world was making attaching the gif more difficult than I anticipated. Fixed.

          • gouis

            Now we messed it up. But the double head-shot is appropriate.

          • purplerockandy

            I honestly think that Sarah and Caleb were the two worst draws in this thing. There may be other players more detestable, but they’d also give you more to write about.

          • gouis

            If a BB fan got Caleb they could do good recon to tell us more about him. With Sarah it’s just like………?

            Also Sarah is only like 3 years older than Andrea.

          • Ms. Sweaterfan

            On InsideSurvivor they have all the players’ ages listed out next to their thumbnails (http://insidesurvivor.com/cast/season-34-cast/ ) and it was eye opening to see it all at a glance that way. I was amazed by how close in age most of the cast is. A very large portion of the cast is between about 26 and 32 (feels larger than normal but I don’t really keep track of those kind of stats). I actually looked up a few people on SurvivorWiki because I didn’t believe the ages listed (who knew JT is only 31?!?!?)

          • gouis

            Good point on JT. That country living sure is hard on the skin.

          • purplerockandy

            Yeah, for anyone worried that Troy gets kept for challenge strength/meat shielding: he’s the oldest motherfucker out there.

          • gouis

            “This is my island! Because I got in and bought property when it was affordable and one could still afford to pay for college with a summer job! Lazy millennials”

          • the sky is falling

            Survivor: Game Changers vs. Millennials vs. Gen X vs. Blood vs. Water vs. Second Chances vs. Heroes vs. Villians

          • Yeah, this is one of the younger all returnee seasons. I think All Stars was a fairly even split of old vs. young and HvV & Cambodia leaned heavier on older contestants.

          • Alycia Swift

            JT does look older but he was a bit burly at the beginning of Tocantins as well. He lost a lot of weight on the Island.

        • gouis
          • I don’t get this reaction. Sure, Sarah is not the most exciting, but we can at least point some good and bad things about her game unlike a lot of the remaining contenders in our Survivor Roulette.

          • Alycia Swift

            She qualifies as a game changer more than SDT or HF or Caleb or a few others.

            Her game change – turning from playing a fairly good game to a bad one. Kidding.

            Her problem was thinking she had too much power and not making Kass comfortable.

          • I think the “not making Kass comfortable” is not solely her problem. Tasha did a bad job about that, but as we see in Cambodia, Tasha does a bad job of dropping the allies that she doesn’t really need anymore.

          • Alycia Swift

            I agree, but Sarah thought she had all the power. I overall thought Tasha did a bad job both seasons and plenty of things. I only voted for her to get in because the alternatives were worse.

          • Diego Armando

            For me, it was just that I had nothing. I am not particularly excited about her, I don’t think she is a bad or blank player.

        • Alycia Swift

          This is me every day at work.

          What is this from?

          • HBO CEO of Tits

            Scott Pilgrim vs. the world.

          • Alycia Swift

            Thank you. I saw that movie but do not remember this.

      • Black Dynamite

        Yeah, wasn’t crazy about the draw I got but ended up having more fun than I expected writing it.

        • gouis

          You did the best with what you got!

          Speaking of your namesake, have you seen Dolemite? We watched it the other month. Kind of ridiculous/bad but I see why it’s a cult classic.

          • Black Dynamite

            It’s been awhile since I saw that movie. It was one summer during high school when I went on a run of blaxploitation films. Dolemite was not one of the films I liked.

          • gouis

            Yeah I think people like it because it’s like ‘The Room’ of blaxploitation films.

  • Love the avatar, BD!

    • Purplerockmatt

      best Author Box yet

    • Purple Rock Emma

      Makes me want to rewatch the movie that is his namesake.

      • Makes me want to watch the movie that is his namesake for the first time.

        • Alycia Swift

          We should all do a watch of it on an off-season.

        • Purple Rock Emma

          Your watch list must be endless.

          • Oh yeah. I still have to watch Breaking Bad, which is even sadder because I own all of the seasons. I could easily watch it, but I don’t.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            I almost want you to watch Better Call Saul first. Almost.

          • Alycia Swift

            I have most of the second season on my tivo still waiting for me.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            It’s so, so good, unbelievably so. A Breaking Bad prequel about Saul Goodman seemed like a such a no-win proposition, like the Star Wars prequels or Tony playing Survivor a second time.

            I actually wonder if watching BCS first would work, or if you miss too much not knowing that certain things are foreshadowing and providing origin stories for what comes later.

          • Alycia Swift

            I own so much I have not watched yet so don’t worry. Someone gave me the first season of Survivor and its the only one I have not watched. I wanted to watch Black Sails and ASh v. the Evil Dead and the last Muppet Movie – they are still sitting there wrapped up. I

        • Diego Armando

          I haven’t seen it either, but I’ve only heard good things.

        • gouis

          It’s incredible.

    • Black Dynamite

      Thanks, that was my favorite part of the whole assignment.

      • I had a lot of fun with my bio and favorite players.

        • Black Dynamite

          I had fun with that as well, though I did resist the urge to leave a special message in the Favorite Seasons section.

          • I am shocked that you didn’t.

          • Black Dynamite

            I thought it would be a little excessive.

          • Maybe. I will watch it eventually.

          • Black Dynamite

            I have faith in you. I do worry sometimes that it’s been so built up that actually watching the season will be disappointing.

          • Thanks! I am looking forward to it.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            That’s a real thing. I remember feeling underwhelmed immediately after watching Palau, Cook Islands, and HvV, but pleasantly surprised by unhyped middling seasons like Vanuatu and Guatemala.

  • the sky is falling

    Where is the post about TONY? Dam you roulette. Going to go mope in my spy-shack.

    • Purplerockmatt

      it’s Russian Roulette, if the wheel doesn’t spin up Tony we can’t talk about Tony. But there are still a few in the chamber…

      • Alkanarra

        But there are still so many people I want to rag on!

        If, uh, you need volunteers as tribute, I’d take the risk of a Debbie Warner draw if there’s a chance of tossing a billion Bald Eagle and pickup truck images at a Hali Ford entry.

        • gouis

          TBH Debbie is more interesting than half the cast

          • Alkanarra

            How dare you? You’re an enemy of America if you don’t like Hali Ford.

          • gouis

            She’s fine.

          • Alkanarra

            That’s exactly the sort of fiery, passion-fueled defiance I expect out of you, gouis. Well played.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Both the Debby entry and the Hali entry practically write themselves. It’s Culpepper or FFSDT I would be terrified of drawing

          • purplerockandy

            Well, of Merica, at least.

          • gouis

            I’m OK with that.

          • Alycia Swift

            You are also weird and annoying and what was the third one?

        • Alycia Swift

          I also was not asked but would do one of the one time players if you need a volunteer.

      • the sky is falling

        stupid wheel. 🙂

        • Don’t worry, I have it on good authority that there will be coverage of Tony.

  • the sky is falling

    Way to plant, Ann!

    • Assistant Dragon Slayer

      When I clicked on the link I half-expected the entirety of the post to be “Her?”

      • the sky is falling

        missed opportunity.

        “Is she funny or something?”

  • Good work, BD. I do think she is somewhat like Amanda Kimmel 2.0 in that Sarah is average in her physical, social, and strategic games (I stole the “Amanda being from average in everything” from Survivor Historians). But, what may help her is that she is good with puzzles, but many people forget that.

    Another under-reported story is that Sarah can be a bit naive at times. She buys what Tony is telling her about what Lindsey and Cliff “said” about her, hook, liner, and sinker. But, once she realizes that Tony is no good for her…it’s too late.She is like a fly who got stuck on a spiderweb, except if that spiderweb is made purely of chaos.

    • gouis

      Wowwwwwwww. I know it’s been a while but Amanda Kimmel is a goddess compared to Sarah. I wish she was coming back so I could bulldoze my way into writing about how underrated Amanda is.

      • Maybe I am underrating Amanda…I haven’t seen Micronesia.

        • gouis

          ?!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

          You said she was like Amanda 2.0 which is the season you haven’t seen. For shame!

          • Is it ready a 2.0 if Amanda didn’t really until she got on the island that she didn’t win?

        • Kemper Boyd

          Everytime you admit something like this I take you less seriously.

          • Oh no…

          • Kemper Boyd

            Dude, you need to catch up on Cook Islands and Micronesia sharpish.

          • gouis

            Wait so @disqus_GpYJ355BVM:disqus is going into this season not having seen Cook Islands or Micronesia? You must have a weird opinion of Ozzy

          • Talk to @Purple Tally.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            Wait, isn’t Ozzy your Survivor crush?

            OZZY IS YOUR SURVIVOR CRUSH BASED ONLY ON SOUTH PACIFIC??

            I’m like, legitimately worried about you.

          • Ozzy is a Survivor crush for me, but not the Survivor crush for me (that’s Colby in AO). Secondly, I have seen the finale of Cook Islands, where I fell in love with his physical appearance. I have said before that I like him with short or medium length hair. His SoPa appearance is just ridiculous .

          • Purple Rock Emma

            He has short hair irl now, and words cannot express how sad I am that he didn’t cut it before Game Changers.

          • She dug his flirty, sexy belittling of Cochran.

          • Alycia Swift

            I am now grossed out.

          • Kemper Boyd

            No blaming her, she’s caught up.

          • No, we are supposed to watch it together. 🙁

      • Alkanarra

        Amanda is great. Her innate boringness has significantly hindered her legacy, but she could have won either of her seasons and still resulted in a satisfying ending. People just don’t like respecting her ’cause they assume she’s too pretty to be smart.

      • Kemper Boyd

        Amanda got the FTC in back to back season. She’s very good. She sucks at FTC. Had she taken Cirie to FTC there is a good chance she’s the Micronesia winner.

        • purplerockandy

          This is the opinion of a crazy person. If your meaning is that she could’ve beaten Cirie one on one. (If it had been a final three with Cirie, then I can see the argument for Amanda).

          • Kemper Boyd

            I’ve counted through the votes before and I’m basing it on Cirie being average at FTC.
            Amanda get: erik, ozzy and James as before. She probably also gets Parvarti.
            So either it’s a tie or Parv brings Nat and Alexis with her.
            Come at me bro.

          • Purplerockmatt

            so she betrays parv and parv votes for her? Nat and Alexis flip to her despite Cirie being with them and trying to vote out Amanda? You don’t even consider Erik’s obvious bond with Cirie?

          • Kemper Boyd

            Erik’s closest bond is with Amanda who had more to do with ousting him then Cirie. I still think it’s a better shot than Parvarti with that jury make up the way it is.

          • purplerockandy

            Parv doesn’t vote for the person who JUST voted her out. That rarely ever happens when there’s a legitimate choice to make.

            Also, I don’t see how you discount the effect of a vote the immediately follows a talking contest between Cirie and Amanda. That’s not an immaterial thing.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Amanda got 3 votes after Amanda spoke, Parvarti loves Amanda like way more than Amanda likes Parvarti. Now Cirie could be real good at FTC it’s likely. I’m just saying it’s not a hands down thing.

          • purplerockandy

            Low key: Parvati also sucked at Final Tribal.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Low key awful this is true. Her HvV Ftc was medium

          • purplerockandy

            Agreed. The dragon as her pet line was fire tho.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Only worked on one player. Needed to convince one hero.

      • giorgos

        I put her in a similar spot to Russell. Definately and deservedly big stars of the game but they are terrible at the most important part. Actually winning.

        • Maritimer

          But bad at in in different ways. Amanda could have won each FTC going in, but lost it at FTC, whereas Russell lost well before FTC

    • Purplerockmatt

      Amanda is not average in everything that is a huge, huge insult to Amanda. Amanda is actually a really great Survivor player who happens to be the worst at FTC.

      • gouis

        I mean I guess she doesn’t excel at one thing compared to everything else. To make a baseball analogy she’s like Mookie Betts. Hits for average, hits for power, plays defense, can steal bases, etc.

        • purplerockandy

          Mookie Betts is awesome. Can’t believe I won’t be keeping him on my fantasy team.

          • gouis

            Then keep him?

          • purplerockandy

            I also have Jose Altuve.

          • gouis

            You’re in a 1 keeper league?

          • purplerockandy

            Yeah.

          • gouis

            Fucking weird leage

          • purplerockandy

            We don’t believe in hoarding wealth here.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            I kept Kyle Schwarber on my DL for the entire season last year. He better pay off this year.

            Hey, just a thought–maybe you don’t want to dilute the PRP brand, but would we have 12 people interested in forming a league?

          • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

            I’d be onboard.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Wow, six managers based on a half-baked trial balloon in probably a less-viewed GC preview (c’mon Gouis and Andy, you know you want to). I’ll bring it up in the comments to the next few posts and see if we can get to 12.

            I’m the commissioner of a long-running league on Yahoo and it wouldn’t be a huge burden to set up a new league, although if someone else wants to run with it or wants nothing to do with Yahoo that’s fine with me.

            @gouis:disqus @Alkanarra:disqus @purplerockandy:disqus @disqus_3Sm0bOf1sj:disqus @SpicyMayoJaySimpson:disqus

          • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

            As someone who recently transferred basically all of my Yahoo-related accounts over to gmail, I say that Yahoo is pretty much only good for fantasy hosting. If the league (gets formed and) is on Yahoo, I could commission if you don’t want to run two leagues and if no one else wants to do it.

          • Purple Rock Emma

            On the one hand, I’m offended that I was ignored when it’s well-known that I’m a baseball fan, so I’m going to have to assume you’re sexist.

            On the other hand, I’m not into fantasy sports at all so carry on. 😉

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            I’m not sexist! If a little lady wants to try to play fantasy baseball I’m all for it. I think it would be cute.

          • Alycia Swift

            Dan is that you?

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            What? “Cute” is a compliment. Smile!

          • purplerockandy

            Fuck it, I’d do it.

          • Black Dynamite

            I’m in if we can get enough people.

          • purplerockandy

            I’m mulling this over. I can just imagine the time I’d waste analyzing two fantasy baseball teams… not pretty.

          • Alkanarra

            If you need to fit in 12 then I’d be game, but other folks can be a priority. I’ve got my main keeper league to keep me happy.

          • gouis

            I would have like 2 years ago but I’ve fallen out of following baseball. There’s just too much of it.

            But a PRP fantasy football league next year? IN

        • Who is Mookie Betts?

      • So, I guess I should have went with my original comment of “beta Amanda Kimmel”

      • Assistant Dragon Slayer

        Yeah, Amanda really doesn’t get her due (especially by the Historians) because the last impression she makes is so terrible. FWIW Rob and Josh’s take in TEOS is the same as yours.

        • sharculese

          Like many of his bits, Mario Lanza is too proud of his Amandas dead eyed stare joke not to let it subsume his analysis of her.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            All of the Historians have a weird take on Amanda. Jay also doesn’t think much of her, although he’s more measured than Mario, and when Paul sticks up for her it’s more crush-based than anything else.

  • Ms. Sweaterfan

    Great write up! I really want to like and root for Sarah because she’s from right near my hometown, but she’s kind of a non-entity in terms of the Game Changers pool at large (somehow even moreso than FFSDT and Hali). I think she is somewhat at risk of being targeted by an irrational Tony early on, but I also think that Black Dynamite’s best case scenario has some legs. Who – besides possibly Tony – will be gunning for her? She’s physically strong, good around camp and can spin herself as a good ally (or at the very least a solid vote) throughout the premerge.
    I also read her CBS bio (they’re all available via inside survivor) and I thought it was a good mix of insight and self deprecating humor that showed she wasn’t taking things too seriously.
    As an aside – does anyone know when they do the bios? Is it right before they start playing? Because Zeke’s suuuucked and made me even more pessimistic about his chances.

    • I believe Corinne mentioned that they will allow you to edit if you would like which is how Shirin got in the RHAP shout out of “Muffin” from the coverage of SJDS. Zeke’s definitely reads like he wrote it before the game because he did say for a long time that getting rid of Chris was the wrong move, but recently he said that his fatal move was turning so quick on Hannah. The one bio that reads like it was recently edited is Michaela’s.

      • Ms. Sweaterfan

        Interesting! I can’t find the CBS bios anymore (seriously, where did they go?!) but I do remember thinking that Michaela’s was extremely insightful and well written, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she had gone back to revise after more time to reflect on the experience.

        • Inside Survivor has the complete bio while the CBS ones were excerpts.

  • Kemper Boyd

    Brah, I’m going to read this on the train but dude your PRP Avatar is cool as.

    • purplerockandy

      He kind’ve shamed the rest of our basic-ass avatars.

      • How dare you call my Generic Vanilla-Ass White Male avatar basic!

      • Kemper Boyd

        But that’s what I look like! It’s not my fault my face is basic.

        • purplerockandy

          We are who we are. But when BD submitted his, we were all “the game dun changed”.

          • Assistant Dragon Slayer

            Wait, contributors make their own avatars? I assumed someone on staff (Mark?) made them. What software/website do you use? Asking for a friend.

      • Agreed…at least I got my Hogwarts outfit.

      • Diego Armando

        All I have is stubble.

      • sharculese

        I cant help that I already look awesome irl.

    • Alycia Swift

      I love that avatar.

    • purplerockandy

      Gotta wait on Black Dynamite’s ranking of PRP Avatars.

  • Mike Hirsch

    Excellent write-up! You actually managed to make me interested in Sarah this season. Not excited, so much, but interested. Like, she’ll probably try to get Tony out and face my wrath for that, but she could then make some interesting moves. To sum up: interesting.

    • SpicyMayoJaySimpson

      I don’t think she’ll actively be gunning for Tony and recruiting people for that cause, but she’ll be helping anyone else who does. I doubt anyone wants to be the face of the Never Vlachos movement.

      • Mike Hirsch

        That’s a good point. No one would want to be identified as leading that charge. Although Tony will probably just assume everyone is gunning for him anyway.

        • Alycia Swift

          But everyone will want to claim it at the end.

  • Alycia Swift

    I vaguely remember that Sarah was the winner choice for some podcasters and commenters (including me) early on before the season started. I wasn’t on this site so I have no idea what the PRP community felt but many on the RHAP site liked her before the season.

    • Hornacek

      I believe she was Rob’s winner-pick before the season started.

      Also Rob and Aras said during the first episode recap that Tony had 0% chance of winning.

      • Alycia Swift

        I was not sure if she was Rob’s and I’m too lazy to go back and listen. I’m glad you remembered.

      • What kind of idiot would think that about Tony?

        • Hornacek

          They would have to have one hell of a podcast to offset such crazy theories.

        • the sky is falling

          Tony is the king of Survivor.

          Actual pre-show quote by Tony re: previous outing:
          “I would put the moon to sleep, and wake up the sun. That’s what I would do. ”

          This is the boring Sarah post, so I will hold my other amazing Tony-facts until later. All I can say now is, its gonna be epic.

    • Purplerockmatt

      we liked her here preseason too

    • purplerockandy

      She was my winner pick preseason.

      • Mine was J’Tia…

    • Diego Armando

      I picked her for my pick 4 on their recommendation.

  • Diego Armando

    You looked like everything I imagined.

  • Diego Armando

    Honestly, Sarah was the player I dreaded getting for the same reason you did. I have no idea how she will fair, so I will guess post-Merge boot.

  • sharculese

    Roommate is doing his daily lunchtime routine of prepping for when he goes on The Price is Right. Just saw the Game Changers commercial for the first time, which makes it seem real.

    For those who havent seen it, the featured players ars sandra, Cirie, Malcolm, Ozzy, and Tony.

    • gouis

      Basically my fantasy team!

    • Also known as the exact players they should feature.

      • sharculese

        Just saw it again and either they added Tai and Michaela or I didnt notice them before.

  • Roswulf

    Cagayan was the first season of Survivor I watched since Borneo (as I’ve recounted before, I was drawn in by the AV Club community, and the chance to see David Sampson be humiliated).

    And as a new viewer, I was all in on Sarah. She was my completely uninformed winner’s pick and the jewel of my “why the hell not?” fantasy team, and also I planned on rooting for. Smart, tough, surrounded by bozos both loud (Tony!) and quiet (Woo!)

    Obviously I’m now in a very different place. Going into Gamechangers, she’s probably the figure I care least about, and that includes people I loathe (Debbie, JT), people I’ve never seen (Culpepper, Andrea), and FFSDT (FFSDT). Obviously a lot of that is her thud of a game in Cagayan. But it also shows how what I look for in a Survivor has changed since I was the filthiest casual of casuals.