‘Survivor’: UCF grad in next cast

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Survivor Worlds Apart’ recap: King Mike reigns in epic finale.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new “Survivor” winner was crowned Wednesday evening and audiences learned the 20 fan favorites they picked on line who will compete next season.

As one of the best seasons in its golden franchise, Wednesday night’s three-hour finale and reunion show not only proved that the granddaddy of reality TV isn’t going anywhere any time soon (thanks to spiked ratings and insatiable social media buzz) but, most importantly, that it’s more relevant than ever. (Take that, American Idol!) Bullying.After 39 days, three hidden immunity idols, a double vote advantage, and 18 million references to Rodney’s birthday, a winner was finally crowned on Survivor: Worlds Apart tonight, and that winner was…Mike Holloway.Mike Holloway outwitted, outplayed and outlasted the rest of the competitors and took home the $1 million check, and the title of Sole Survivor, on Wednesday night. The 38-year-old oil driller from Texas continued his epic challenge run by taking first place in all three challenges this evening, including the decisive one that put him into the finals.

But he didn’t make it easy on himself, voting to keep Carolyn and force a fire-making tiebreaker between her and Rodney, which she won after breaking two different flints. Although he wasn’t in the core alliance throughout the final few weeks of the competition, Holloway won over the jury after an intense round of questioning.

After Hollyway, was chosen in a live finale, Jeff Probst (host and producer) went through the audience of assembled “Second Chance” candidates giving the 32 hopefuls a literal thumbs up or down to play in Season 31, “Survivor: Cambodia.” The ten women chosen to compete in Cambodia are: Kelly Wiglesworth (Season 1, “Survivor: Borneo”); Kimmi Kappenberg (Season 2, “Survivor: The Australian Outback”); Peih-Gee Law (Season 15, “Survivor: China”); Monica Padilla (Season 19, “Survivor: Samoa”); Abi-Maria Gomes (Season 25, “Survivor: Philippines”); Ciera Eastin (Season 27, “Survivor: Blood vs. Rodney Lavoie Jr. lost his chance at the million bucks after Holloway forced a tie between him and “Mama C” in tribal council (They had to face-off in a fire-building challenge). “Mama C” won after an hour-long battle. Water”); Woo Hwang (Season 28, “Survivor: Cagayan”); Spencer Bledsoe (Season 28, “Survivor: Cagayan”); Keith Nale (Season 29, “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”); Jeremy Collins (Season 29, “Survivor: San Juan del Sur”); Joe Anglim (Season 30, “Survivor: Worlds Apart.”) The winners were whisked off in a bus, bags packed, presumably to start filming in Cambodia. During the reunion show, Jeff Probst shared the cast of Season 31, “Survivor: Second Chance,” which features contestants selected by a public vote from a producer-picked pool of former players, all of whom have only played once before and not won. Yes, fan favourite, King Mike Holloway, miraculously made it all the way to the end — despite being the show’s number-one target and biggest threat almost from day one.

He also won a huge advantage for the next blindfolded immunity challenge in that he got to spend 30 minutes beforehand testing out the course with his mom. Contestants include Season 1’s Kelly Wiglesworth, as well as Ciera Eastin, Vytas Baskauskas, “Woo” Hwang, Stephen Fishbach, Terry Deitz, Kass McQuillen and Season 30’s Shirin Oskooi and Joe Anglim. He is also in a very elite group of guys with 5 Individual Immunity wins and he did it under the banner of Blue Collar which makes it all that much patriotic! Next up was a final grueling immunity competition in which the final four had to climb a giant staircase and traverse a multilevel obstacle course while collecting keys and puzzle bags that would be used to construct a lighthouse.

Mike won that too, which set the stage for the firebreaking tiebreaker which might still be going on if Jeff Probst didn’t keep giving the contestants new flint. He makes moves, he’ll switch things up, he works hard around camp, he give 1000% in challenges (his reference not mine) and ultimately I think he is a gracious guy. But ever the good son, Mike didn’t let on once that he was disappointed in his mother, but she knew she failed her son during his deepest time of need. After Carolyn defeated Rodney, we were treated to a final Tribal Council that featured words from the jury that were angry (Dan to Mike: “There’s no necklace to save your ass tonight.”), daring (Jenn to Jury: “Half of you are the most bitter people I’ve ever met in my life…. Prove that you’re a fan.”), and humorous (Shirin: “Will is the dead fish we dragged in with our nets.”) In the end, the vote went to Mike, who won five individual immunities and overcame his blunder at the food auction thanks to his dominance in challenges and well-timed use of a hidden immunity idol.

Whatever. “To be in the final three, it’s like being able to breath for the first time in a long time,” echoed Mike. “It doesn’t mean there’s isn’t another battle, but I’m going to revel in it. As for matches, yes we were prepared for that and we were getting close to doing that, but fortunately both of them got fire within about 30 seconds of each other and it made for a dramatic finish.

But Probst saved the best for last: During the best reunion show Survivor has ever aired, our fearless host took Will and Dan to task for their sexism and bullying. Favourite Line: “Mike knows if you want a million dollars you don’t bring someone named Mama because everyone loves Mamas,” cracked Will in his most astute statement in the game. Dan is not the first person to complain about getting a “bad edit” but when Dan started giving specific examples of how we targeted him by completely re editing moments it caught my eye. One specific example that came up in many interviews was when he called Rodney’s mother a “whore.” He said there were 30 minutes of “yo mama” jokes that had preceded his and we just pulled his and made him look like “a jerk” So, I pulled the raw footage and just started watching, and as you saw during the show there wasn’t a single joke about anything nor a single comment about anything related to moms.

From a balance point of view, we had a much higher percentage of recent seasons so you have to expect more of them to make it, but I was very happy to see three people from Borneo and Australia, our first two seasons, make it in.

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