Students still love ‘Survivor’ | The college butler
The Survivor Season 42 cast. Photo courtesy of Robert Voets/CBS.
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March 9, 42 season from the reality series “Survivor” premiered on network television and select streaming services. The long-running CBS show brought season 42 to its loyal audience, and each consecutive episode was filled with twists and turns. These action-packed events meet both the demands of the entertainment-seeking masses and the legacy of “Survivor” history. Since first in the seriescountless changes have been made to the show’s original premise.
Modifications of a classic
Related to the pandemic The Pressures heralded a new era for the series in Season 41, but Season 42 continues the trend by building on the novelty of this “Survivor” era and simultaneously adapting to the pressures of a global pandemic.
Audience watching season 41 – which premiered on September 22, 2021 – featured a myriad of developments who both revitalized “Survivor” after a pandemic-induced disruption and adapted to the effects that COVID-19 has left on the world. A shortened runtime, decreased player count, and lack of resources in camp bases all turned the game into a sped up, intensified version of its old self. These changes clashed contradictory public reactionsbut nonetheless created a new gameplay atmosphere within the series.
Emily Leavey, a freshman arts administration major, anticipated that the twists and turns of Season 41 would change the game, but came to enjoy their impacts on the player experience.
“I know during COVID-19 they announced that they would only [about] 29 days, less than the usual 39,” Leavey said. “I really think it sped up the game, and the [lack of] rice and [players] have to win [their] the flint was a lot, so I feel like it really got people to play more rather than just being submissive and sitting around.
Creative media and entertainment expert Sophomore Patrick Dowell credits the new twists that entice viewers to watch while reminiscing on the integral elements of the original structure.
“I’m not a big fan of the changes to the current game format; I think they artificially make the game harder, so I’d like to see those more traditional game structures return,” Dowell said. “When it comes to twists and perks, I’m always a fan of new things being introduced to the game. While I think some of the twists have gone a bit too far, I’m a big fan of seeing new things and see how they affect the game.”
A number of particularly daring players in recent seasons have been students, make recordings standing up to older players. A generational progression from castings filled with first-time contestants to superfans born after the series premiered resulted in both great gameplay and great television based on lessons learned from the previous one.
Improvements on initial impact
So far in Season 42, an accelerated timeline has taken aggressive gameplay to new heights. Heated tribal voting discussions, disbanded alliances, and various backstory twists have all made notable appearances this season, in just four new episodes as of April 5. What remains to be seen are the consequences of this accelerated strategy by the end of the season and its lasting impact on the future of the show.
Jennifer Whitaker, a junior elementary education major, takes note of the changing social aspect of the game.
“I would say that the social [aspect of the game] is probably what I appreciate the most, just because it’s changed so much from the beginning,” Whitaker said. “From people not even knowing what an alliance was in season one to now having living tribals and voting blocks; I just like the progression that [the social aspect of gameplay] had on the show. I think this is also the most complex part.
In addition to new progressions in the evolution of the series, “Survivor” has chosen to face the changing world from which its actors come. Black candidates shared testimonies of their experiences experiencing a time of renewed advocacy for racial justiceLGBTQ+ contestants shared their stories of empowerment in confidence and the cast overall focused on learning about individual struggles outside of the game.
Leavey appreciates how real-world events have been reflected in the cast and events of recent seasons.
“I’m really happy that a woman of color won for the first time in about five years or five seasons [on season 41]”, said Leavey. “And she’s a cool businesswoman, and she does communication[s]that’s what interests me. It’s cool [to show that] you can have these two things; you could be a “Survivor” winner and also have a business.
Nevertheless, the question remains: will we see Bulldogs in Fiji soon ? Leavey considers the possibility.
“I always think, ‘Oh, I can take on this challenge, I’m mentally strong enough to do it,’ and then I see how badly they’re hurting there, and I’m like, ‘Well, maybe not, ‘” Leavey said. “If I auditioned, I would feel like it would be so much fun to be in that environment. Maybe in the future I’ll consider it…I don’t have any physical attributes that would help me, but I feel like I could play a good social and mental game.
Although the feat of beating numerous competitors in a game of strategy and sustenance may apparently bear little correlation with cramming for exams or commiserating with peers out of solidarity on 8 hour lessonstudents have the potential to bring the best of a new generation to the “Survivor” stage.