The Ultimate Survivor Bracket: Age of the Returnee Division – Round Three

In case you’ve missed it, we’ve been pitting Survivors head-to-head in match-ups to determine the Ultimate Survivor. How will we decide the winner? The same way Survivor does it: with a vote. This is our Tribal Council, and you’ve all made the jury. It is… time to vote.

Polls close on Sunday, April 5.

Graphics by @sylvisual (click for larger version)
Graphics by @sylvisual (click for larger version)

You know, the name of this group was kinda cute when we thought of it, even fairly representative of an era that included Fans vs Favorites and Heroes vs Villains. But now that its final four is composed of three people who have never come back? We feel a little silly. Any thoughts on a better name? How about “Parvati’s Division”? That’ll probably hold up, right?

Let’s get to the round three match-ups:

1. Parvati Shallow vs 5. Todd Herzog


Is Parvati as good as we think she is? She was an also-ran her first time out, then won her second time out thanks to a strong alliance and a terrible final two performance by Amanda. Todd was able to do that- down to the terrible final tribal performance by Amanda- on his first try. So maybe this should be “Todd’s Division”? Well, okay, there were all of Parvati’s great moves and great television on Heroes vs Villains too, but who’s to say what Todd could’ve done if they had cast him instead of, say, Randy? What’s that? Get crushed by Russell and Parvati or be voted out first you say? Harsh.

3. Yul Kwon vs 7. Earl Cole


For some reason, the show seems to want us to forget about these guys. For Yul, you could say that it’s because they’re embarrassed from the fall out of the Cook Islands controversy, but that hasn’t stopped them from bringing back Parvati, Ozzy, Penner, and Candace three times each. I’m guessing they’d be up for a Yul return if he were, but just because he’s got other things going on in his life, post-Survivor, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t celebrate one of their best ever winners. For Earl, it’s because people hate all non-Yau-Man aspects of Fiji. That much is clear. But since the show has a grand total of two male minority winners, you’d think they’d work a bit more to keep them top of mind. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s only happened in the two seasons where minorities were on an even playing field.

Earl is the lowest seed in the sweet sixteen, having survived a late push by Russell supporters (Editor’s note: Great job attempting to stuff the ballot box, Hantz supporters and/or Hantz- you almost did it). Yul has won fairly handily so far. Let’s see what happens when we put their similar resumes up against one another.

Don’t forget to vote in the other divisions:

Old School
Second Generation
New School

One of the best thing’s Andy has done for this site was keep Micronesia out of the top five of our official ranking of all seasons. You can tell him why he’s wrong about that on his Twitter @andy_sayers, but he probably won’t listen.