The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Worlds Apart episode 11

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Worlds Apart episode 10 (Podcast episode 10, Survivor episode 11- they had one week with two episodes)

In this episode we’re down to a final 8 and that means Dan’s Apology School is back in session! And as a proud graduate of Dan’s Apology School, let me apologize for my relentless Shirin bandwagoning this season with all the sincerity of a true Dan apology (read: none).

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Points of interest this week:

So how many votes does Mike get when he wins this game? All of them? Or does someone else get a pity vote?

The bland, vanilla, Wonderbread lump that is Tyler.

How much do the editors hate Dan? Even Jeff Probst won’t let Dan get away with his BS.

And naturally, we devote time to discussing the monkey sex-recounting, bare-assed dishwashing, eff-you-Will hand-raising Queen Shirin.

Listener mail: What would happen if Dan wasn’t an idiot? Did Tyler do the right thing? Is there ageism against female returnees? How will John spend his Wednesday evenings now?

Of course, we always welcome your comments. You can leave a comment here, tweet us @purplerockpod, or email us at purplerockpodcast on gmail. Thanks for listening!

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  • Rob

    I just checked the video. Tyler and Will are sort of sitting next to each other. Sierra is in between them, but they’re also staggered so that Tyler and Will are a little behind her.

  • Rob

    I just checked the video. Tyler and Will are sort of sitting next to each other. Sierra is in between them, but they’re also staggered so that Tyler and Will are a little behind her.

  • Thanks for answering my question, guys. Great show as always.

    Thoughts:

    1.) The big thing about Tyler for me this was wasn’t that we got confirmation that people think he’s running things, but that he got a confession where he talked about the game, and he got to talk at tribal. Up until now I’ve been willing to buy the idea that Tyler gets no screen time because he gives production nothing, but this seems to contradict that.

    2.) According to his CBS bio, Mike also had a really rough childhood and grew up without a father. Mike did not feel the need to bring this up a tribal because, spoiler alert, Mike is a decent human being.

    3.) I have a theory about the Rodney quit-threat that I hope is true. We know he’s having a bad time and doesn’t get to go on rewards (and Rodney never goes on reward is my favorite mini-narrative this season), but it would not shock me at all that the real motivator for wanting out is finding out that people think Tyler is in charge, not him. I cannot imagine a worse thing that could happen, from Rodney’s perspective.

    4.) SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION – I agree with you guys that it’s probably Tyler. In addition to already being a target, he’s going to be the easiest one to get Dan on board voting for. But broader picture, if we’re getting the announcement next week, it has to be one of Tyler, Rodney, or Mike, doesn’t it? We have one more dude slot to fill on the board and there’s no way they’re bringing back Dan or Will. I’m actually more bullish on Tyler’s prospects for a return than you guys are because, as inexplicable as it is, there are Tyler fans.

    • Rob

      An Tweet from Mike to his mom: “Mom THANK you for standing against the abuse! Getting me and my brother out! Your the strongest woman! Thank God. You’re amazing.” Their backgrounds seem similar and I’m sure the shared experience is something that strengthens their bond.

      • Shirin mentioned in one of her exit interviews that that was indeed the case.

      • Someone (I forget who it was) clarified that the woman he was thanking isn’t his biological mom. I’m assuming that’s the pastor’s wife, because he refers to his pastor as “dad”. It seems pretty likely that after being molested, Mike told his pastor and/or the pastor’s wife, and one/both of them actually did the right thing and intervened.

    • Rob

      Also, Tyler fans are even more mystifying than Spencer fans. I’d vote for Spencer over Tyler, but in reality, I wouldn’t vote for either because I think they’re both waaaaaay to popular. I want to see old school guys like Jeff Varner, Shane Powers, and Savage come back, not those wankers. I also think it’s a travesty that John Carroll isn’t on the list. I’d even prefer to have a couple more crazy wild cards like Judd and Dreamz than a lot of the more recent bland wankers on the list.

      • Well, as a Spencer fan, I can tell you that I thought he was charmingly snarky.

        But Shane Powers is also my first vote, and Jeff Varner is pretty high on my list.

      • I’ve liked everything Spencer has done since Cagayan a lot more than I liked Spencer on Cagayan. But I’m also mildly surprised someone like John Carroll wasn’t on the list. I say mildly because I expected the list to have a heavy recency bias, which it does.

    • 1. That was a point I intended to make: when Tyler does get a chance to speak (either in the odd aired confessional or those in the bonus scenes), he’s not bad. Spencer-esque, I’d say. That they’ve chosen to air so few of these speaks volumes to me about his eventual placement.

      2. I wonder if it will come up at some point to finish his winner’s edit no that it wouldn’t be intruding on Shirin’s treatment (the way Dan wanted to).

      3. I’m guessing Rodney just throws a hissy fit, but nothing comes of it (other than perhaps more fractions).

      4. SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION TO YOUR SPECULATION – Wouldn’t be surprised if the show includes the eventual winner in the voting list to throw us off the scent. Then they eliminate that person from contention even if they got lots of votes. 5 people from this season is quite a lot.

      • Yeah, I don’t think Rodney actually quits, thus calling it the ‘quit-threat.’ Jeff Probst’s greatest period season period ever period doesn’t include a quit at final 7. I was just offering a possible explanation for why he takes this minute to entertain taking his ball and going home.

        SPOILER RELATED RESPONSE TO YOUR SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION – That’s an interesting theory and I can see it, but as to your last point, as much as we dislike this season there are as many people who disagree, and given that BvW and Cagayan each have five potentials on the list it doesn’t surprise me this season does too.

      • Oh and as to something you did bring up on the podcast, when the idea of the coconut chop as immunity challenge came up on RHAP I audibly scoffed, because you’re right, there’s no way next week’s immunity challenge is one Mike categorically can’t win.

        I kind of hope it’s the reward challenge, though, because the combination of the six having to assuage Dan’s paranoia and Rodney’s sulking about never having been on reward is a surefire motivator for interesting conflicts.

      • Oh, one of those pecking order reward challenges would be great. Failing that, the always enjoyable “Which person is…” question/answer challenge would be useful as well. Particularly because at the very least Rodney won’t try to throw that challenge, since he desperately wants a reward.

  • Thanks for answering my question, guys. Great show as always.

    Thoughts:

    1.) The big thing about Tyler for me this was wasn’t that we got confirmation that people think he’s running things, but that he got a confession where he talked about the game, and he got to talk at tribal. Up until now I’ve been willing to buy the idea that Tyler gets no screen time because he gives production nothing, but this seems to contradict that.

    2.) According to his CBS bio, Mike also had a really rough childhood and grew up without a father. Mike did not feel the need to bring this up a tribal because, spoiler alert, Mike is a decent human being.

    3.) I have a theory about the Rodney quit-threat that I hope is true. We know he’s having a bad time and doesn’t get to go on rewards (and Rodney never goes on reward is my favorite mini-narrative this season), but it would not shock me at all that the real motivator for wanting out is finding out that people think Tyler is in charge, not him. I cannot imagine a worse thing that could happen, from Rodney’s perspective.

    4.) SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION – I agree with you guys that it’s probably Tyler. In addition to already being a target, he’s going to be the easiest one to get Dan on board voting for. But broader picture, if we’re getting the announcement next week, it has to be one of Tyler, Rodney, or Mike, doesn’t it? We have one more dude slot to fill on the board and there’s no way they’re bringing back Dan or Will. I’m actually more bullish on Tyler’s prospects for a return than you guys are because, as inexplicable as it is, there are Tyler fans.

    • Rob

      An Tweet from Mike to his mom: “Mom THANK you for standing against the abuse! Getting me and my brother out! Your the strongest woman! Thank God. You’re amazing.” Their backgrounds seem similar and I’m sure the shared experience is something that strengthens their bond.

      • Shirin mentioned in one of her exit interviews that that was indeed the case.

      • Someone (I forget who it was) clarified that the woman he was thanking isn’t his biological mom. I’m assuming that’s the pastor’s wife, because he refers to his pastor as “dad”. It seems pretty likely that after being molested, Mike told his pastor and/or the pastor’s wife, and one/both of them actually did the right thing and intervened.

    • Rob

      Also, Tyler fans are even more mystifying than Spencer fans. I’d vote for Spencer over Tyler, but in reality, I wouldn’t vote for either because I think they’re both waaaaaay to popular. I want to see old school guys like Jeff Varner, Shane Powers, and Savage come back, not those wankers. I also think it’s a travesty that John Carroll isn’t on the list. I’d even prefer to have a couple more crazy wild cards like Judd and Dreamz than a lot of the more recent bland wankers on the list.

      • Well, as a Spencer fan, I can tell you that I thought he was charmingly snarky.

        But Shane Powers is also my first vote, and Jeff Varner is pretty high on my list.

      • I’ve liked everything Spencer has done since Cagayan a lot more than I liked Spencer on Cagayan. But I’m also mildly surprised someone like John Carroll wasn’t on the list. I say mildly because I expected the list to have a heavy recency bias, which it does.

    • 1. That was a point I intended to make: when Tyler does get a chance to speak (either in the odd aired confessional or those in the bonus scenes), he’s not bad. Spencer-esque, I’d say. That they’ve chosen to air so few of these speaks volumes to me about his eventual placement.

      2. I wonder if it will come up at some point to finish his winner’s edit no that it wouldn’t be intruding on Shirin’s treatment (the way Dan wanted to).

      3. I’m guessing Rodney just throws a hissy fit, but nothing comes of it (other than perhaps more fractions).

      4. SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION TO YOUR SPECULATION – Wouldn’t be surprised if the show includes the eventual winner in the voting list to throw us off the scent. Then they eliminate that person from contention even if they got lots of votes. 5 people from this season is quite a lot.

      • Yeah, I don’t think Rodney actually quits, thus calling it the ‘quit-threat.’ Jeff Probst’s greatest period season period ever period doesn’t include a quit at final 7. I was just offering a possible explanation for why he takes this minute to entertain taking his ball and going home.

        SPOILER RELATED RESPONSE TO YOUR SPOILER RELATED SPECULATION – That’s an interesting theory and I can see it, but as to your last point, as much as we dislike this season there are as many people who disagree, and given that BvW and Cagayan each have five potentials on the list it doesn’t surprise me this season does too.

      • Oh and as to something you did bring up on the podcast, when the idea of the coconut chop as immunity challenge came up on RHAP I audibly scoffed, because you’re right, there’s no way next week’s immunity challenge is one Mike categorically can’t win.

        I kind of hope it’s the reward challenge, though, because the combination of the six having to assuage Dan’s paranoia and Rodney’s sulking about never having been on reward is a surefire motivator for interesting conflicts.

      • Oh, one of those pecking order reward challenges would be great. Failing that, the always enjoyable “Which person is…” question/answer challenge would be useful as well. Particularly because at the very least Rodney won’t try to throw that challenge, since he desperately wants a reward.

  • I wish they would allow a player to split a hidden immunity idol in half so that you can use it for 2 people and have half the votes cast against them not count. It would throw a big twist and drama into the game and not allow a power alliance to not have 100% control in the game. So, if the minority has 3 members and the majority has 6 and they split their votes 3-3, only a 1.5 votes would count. A player could go home by half a vote

  • I wish they would allow a player to split a hidden immunity idol in half so that you can use it for 2 people and have half the votes cast against them not count. It would throw a big twist and drama into the game and not allow a power alliance to not have 100% control in the game. So, if the minority has 3 members and the majority has 6 and they split their votes 3-3, only a 1.5 votes would count. A player could go home by half a vote

  • gouis

    Your Dan conversation was gold. Andy’s rant was particularly good. “I have the best underwear!”

  • gouis

    Your Dan conversation was gold. Andy’s rant was particularly good. “I have the best underwear!”

  • Scarlett3639

    I just listened to Dan’s video about the reward. I see what you mean about having to listen to him. It almost sounded scripted. It’s like he spent the entire reward rehearsing that in his head. When he said “I don’t care about things, I care about people.” I almost gagged.

    • I think it broke me. I can’t see myself writing another bonus scenes post now.

      That, and they’re less useful as the season wears on. The characters who matter are being serviced by the show itself.

      • Scarlett3639

        I did find it interesting that Beige McBlandson was the only person on the reward who didn’t get to talk about it. Apparently even liquored up on Pina Coladas he can’t manage to say anything interesting.

  • Scarlett3639

    I just listened to Dan’s video about the reward. I see what you mean about having to listen to him. It almost sounded scripted. It’s like he spent the entire reward rehearsing that in his head. When he said “I don’t care about things, I care about people.” I almost gagged.

    • I think it broke me. I can’t see myself writing another bonus scenes post now.

      That, and they’re less useful as the season wears on. The characters who matter are being serviced by the show itself.

      • Scarlett3639

        I did find it interesting that Beige McBlandson was the only person on the reward who didn’t get to talk about it. Apparently even liquored up on Pina Coladas he can’t manage to say anything interesting.