Why I’m Obsessed with Survivor … Again

Has quarantine forced you to regress back to a hobby, musical artist, or TV show you were obsessed with in middle school? Well, you certainly aren’t alone. I have too. There were the two months of summer break where I only listened to One Direction, the back-to-back-to-back Pride and Prejudice viewings, and a revisiting of Criminal Minds where it was confirmed that I love Spencer Reid just as much as I did in seventh grade. 

Photo by Edwin Hooper from Unsplash Recently, I can’t stop watching Survivor. Over winter break, I watched season after season of contestants fight to be the sole survivor through grueling physical challenges, wild tribal councils, and the purely human struggle of learning who you can, and who you certainly canNOT, trust. 

A little eerie how these things sort of perfectly apply to all of our current situations, right? I’ve been forced to make alliances with people who wear their masks versus those who don’t, deal with (much less extreme) bouts of isolation, and maneuver through the general state of panic the castaways suffer through. I, of course, have to admit none of these are on the same level as the show’s contestants, but Survivor has connected with me in a new way during the pandemic.

Survivor offers an unabashed message of hope and strength. Through the harsh conditions of brutal weather, sore bodies, and devastating blindsides, there remains room for friendship, romance, and self-discovery. 

While there are some unruly contestants who respond with anger upon being voted out, most leave with a sense of pride despite their disappointment. They proved to themselves for (if they're lucky) 39 grueling days that they could do what they put their mind to no matter how immense the obstacles proved to be. 

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And that’s just what we’ve all been doing this last year. So going into 2021, if you need something to entertain you and remind you of your own strength, Survivor is exactly the right show for that. 

Seasons of Survivor are available on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime! I recommend seasons 13, 16, 20, 28, and 31, although you may want to get to know some of the OG players before you get into the newer material. 

 

So, CBS, now that I’ve proven I can outwit, outplay, and outlast … maybe I should be considered for season 41?

 

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