The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Cambodia preview

Survivor is almost back! And this time we get to do a cast preview about some players that we’re already familiar with. Will that help us with our predictions at all? No.

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Cambodia preview

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Time to get ready for the most anticipated season of Survivor of all-time! (Is that true? I feel like it’s true. It’s at least the most anticipated season ever filmed in Cambodia). In this episode, Andy and John discuss their overall anticipation for this season, what we think about new twists added to the game, and discuss each and every one of the twenty former castaways voted back by Survivor. Yes, John managed to talk about 19 people that weren’t Shirin.

Note: in the podcast, we discuss things that have been revealed by the show about the upcoming season through official channels. We have spoiler warnings for this content if you’re concerned about these things. We have no advance knowledge of things not revealed by the show itself.

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  • notrobcesternino

    Worlds Apart is a really good season

    • purplerockpodcast

      I like you.

      • notrobcesternino

        Shirin’s a big reason why its good

        • purplerockpodcast

          Now I like you more.

  • sharculese

    I’m 40 minute in and I had to pause to laugh when Andy described his dad’s ‘blogging’ because that’s also what my mom thinks blogging is and I absolutely cannot get her to understand that she’s using it wrong.

  • sharculese

    Second time I’m pausing: Ugggh I do not want more of Kass vs. Spencer and I kind of hope one of them gets voted out pre-merge, don’t care which one, just to not have to hear about it. I’ve heard enough about it since then that it’s gotten to a point where it’s not fun, either both of you play your own game or one of you don’t make the merge.

    • gouis

      Hopefully it’s Spencer. He will be INSUFFERABLE if he’s in a position of power, and I fear that the producers will still give him the golden child edit.

      • Kemper Boyd

        I really didn’t like Spencer either. He got this amazing edit when he did nothing more than Tasha. Now I know part of my liking of Tasha as a character is she managed to be portrayed as an alpha which is something women especially women of colour do not get on Survivor. BUT I like Tasha more than Spencer.

        • purplerockpodcast

          I liked Tasha from what we saw in Cagayan, but I haven’t liked what I’ve seen from Tasha since then. It would be amazing if she could take an alpha role in the tribe she’s in, though (but I wouldn’t count on the show portraying her as the leader even if she was).

          • gouis

            This is a personal thing, but apparently she was overtly religious to the point of proselytizing on S28, and they just didn’t show it. I am way out on Tasha.

          • Kemper Boyd

            Way to ruin her for me… Honestly if I’d seen that then I’d not have liked her. I just quite liked having a big, brash personality who was a woman for once. One who got deep in the game at least. Probably more about the character traits being allowed to exist than her herself.

          • Kemper Boyd

            I haven’t seen much of her since so my view is entirely based on Cagayan. The funny thing is the more I read from Kass between the seasons the more I like her outside the Khaos Kass fun she brings.

    • Kemper Boyd

      I’d rather see Tasha and Kass stick around and HATE each other than deal with Spencer.

  • Purplerockmatt

    So this is the quality Savage has to demonstrate to actually do well in this game: adaptability. We know Savage can form strong bonds with his tribe and be a leader, yadda, yadda. But can Savage, when swapped, get out of that mindset enough to form bonds with new people, or he is always in the mindset of us v them as he was in Pearl Islands.

    • gouis

      Also: less bullying.

      • Sad Lil

        He said he would let me know :’-(

    • gouis

      Also, if he ousts Stephen as a first boot as some kind of Skinny Ryan proxy I will never forgive Andrew Savage and will forever have contempt for him in my heart.

      • Purplerockmatt

        and vice versa if Stephen ousts Savage as a first boot I will never forgive Stephen and will forever have contempt for him in my heart. (in truth i hope john’s secret alliance theory between them is true. they would be good for each other)

      • purplerockpodcast

        According to Rob Cesternino, Savage dislikes Stephen because he read on the Survivor Wiki that Stephen is a schemer and not trustworthy. I’d bet money that isn’t true, but I want to believe it’s true.

        • Purplerockmatt

          I like the idea that Savage prepared like a lazy high school kid who read the cliff notes for his book report

          • andythesaint

            I love the idea that the editorializing of some unseen contributor to a Wiki could possible effect the outcome of future seasons of Survivor.

    • Kemper Boyd

      “We know Savage can form strong bonds with his tribe and be a leader”… if those people agree with him and listen to him.
      I feel you and I will fight over Savage because he’s one of my least favourite Survivors who got decent screentime.

      • Purplerockmatt

        i mean it’s fine if you don’t like him, but honestly that criticism, applies to every survivor ever. its basically saying survivors get along with those they get along with and don’t like those they don’t like! which… well yeah duh, they are people. But hey people like all different types of survivors, but let’s at least just be honest that you don’t like him because you never liked his attitude (i think you said elsewhere you found him condescending, which if he rubs you that way, that is fair), rather than because he voted out people who he (and the rest of his tribe) didn’t get along with which is what happens on the pre-merge of every single season

        • Kemper Boyd

          That’s not what I meant at all. The criticism of Savage is for me is his inability to work with the others not in his little group. He absolutely should have been able to make a play on someone else as the other side were not united. Hopefully for my game enjoyment he’s realised what went wrong last time.

          • Purplerockmatt

            so that is actually the exact criticism of him i made! he got into a very us v them mentality in Pearl Islands and while i think that was critical in rallying to tie the numbers at the merge it made his thinking very rigid where he could only go to the one player on the other side that wasn’t going to flip (rupert when he probably should have been targeting Burton).

            That is why the swap episode will be key for him, because he needs to show that he can work with more than just whatever alliance his tribe falls into at first. But the thing about Savage is that I think he can construct an initial alliance on either tribe (that is why i say charming and likeable), but whether he can adapt that alliance as swaps and merges happen (in other words be open to bringing in new people) is where he might have trouble.

            In Pearl Islands his thinking was very rigid, but I still enjoyed watching him help rally his tribe into tieing up that numbers game at the merge (and without the outcasts i think that the last morgan boot comes over to Savage at the merge). Also I never liked Lil, so… that definitely plays a part into my Savage fandom

          • andythesaint

            In his interview with you, he did say that the plan was to flip Shawn. So it was possible. Until he was voted out post-Outcasts. (If this is actually true and not after-the-fact rationalizations).

          • Kemper Boyd

            OK, I fully agree with you there. I think Savage’s big problem is that because of how successful he is in real life he doesn’t often have to deal with people who disagree with him, so he might well struggle to roll with the punches.

      • Sad Lil

        Yeah! Savage is a meany!

        PS Thanks for the shoutout guys! Except Matt because he thinks Savage is better than Lil.

      • purplerockpodcast

        Can you two do me a favor and keep arguing about Savage? I just want to see more Sad Lil appearances in the comments.

        • Kemper Boyd

          I really do love Sad Lil on here.

  • tocantins

    As a game theorist, I should point out that you are not using the term “zero sum game” correctly there. (And it really bothers me.)

    • purplerockpodcast

      As much as I would like to make fun of Andy for screwing that up, we were both fairly exhausted on the day we recorded this. But as a generally pedantic person, I understand your frustration.

      • andythesaint

        I don’t even remember saying it. When did I say it?

        • purplerockpodcast

          When you were talking about iTunes and explicit ratings.

          • andythesaint

            I did? Well, clearly that is not what I meant.

            “All or nothing” is what I meant. Huh. Guess that’s what I get for going so long on the ratings.

  • Roswulf

    When Woo wins, I will expect an apology to all us fans of genial, clueless, misguidedly ‘noble’ bad-at-Surivor blandness.*

    *Woo will not win this season.

    • andythesaint

      Were you the one who made a deal to be on the podcast if Woo won in Cagayan that we agreed to easily because we knew he wouldn’t? Because I’m willing to make that deal again.

      • Roswulf

        Yes, but I want to emphasize that I’m not the guy who thought Woo was actually going to win. He was delusional.

        And I’m always willing to enter a bet where I have no chance of winning and nothing on the line!

  • notrobcesternino

    Danielle was a deserving person to be on heroes vs villains

  • notrobcesternino

    Danielle was deserving of her shot in heroes vs villains

  • tocantins

    I’ve been reading the pre-game interviews, and they are even better than I expected. Varner’s interview is great, but Kass’ is also perfect! If she were to win this season, it would automatically rank as my favorite ever. I laughed out loud at her description of Kimmy (and it was also funny how she chose who to align as a measure of how annoying and stupid people were–contrast this with Savage). Varner’s description of her as a perfect liar was very interesting too. (Btw, I hope he goes far as well, he would also make a great winner.)

    • purplerockpodcast

      I loved that both Kass and Varner complained about having to pick 8 people to align with, but for entirely different reasons.

  • purplerockpodcast

    I can’t believe I didn’t make this point in the podcast, but one of the reasons I think Kelley will do so well is precisely the reason that she’s won so many fans on social media: she’s very good at making people feel important, but not in a blatant or transparent way.

    In a game filled with people that have big egos and something to prove, that’s a very useful skill.