Survivor Game Changers: The GOAT vs the goats

Caution spoilers ahead:

 

 

We started the episode with a tribe swap and a switch from two tribes to three. I enjoy tribe swaps because it shakes up the game. People in trouble get new hope and people in power positions have to start over. I do feel sorry for the third tribe that has to go to a brand new camp and start from scratch. The bad thing about this switch was that it created clear majorities and easy votes unless someone decides to make a big move. Last night was nit the night for big moves in tribal council. Caleb being voted out was obvious and lacked any suspense at all. Luckily, the other tribes gave us some entertaining TV.

At the luxury beach we start with JT sailing his new tribemates out to snorkel and fish and then leaving them there while he makes up an excuse to go back and look for an idol. It was a smart move at the start, but he stayed gone too long and they all knew what he was doing.  This puts an even bigger target on his back until the self proclaimed GOAT of Survivor met the goats of Survivor. Apparently, there are a lot of goats living around this cam ad Sandra wants to eat them. They seemed to have no trouble catching some goats, but they are a mother and baby goat. The rest of the tribe have hearts and feel bad about eating a baby or leaving a baby motherless by eating the mom. Sandra does not care. She will eat them all. There is debate and they decide to free the goats and eat the chickens now that chicken king Tai is no longer there. The chickens are the big losers of the tribe swap. It’s probably good that Tai isn’t there. Sandra might opt to eat him if he tried to protect the chickens. I think this goat drama might lead to Sandra’s demise.

Over on the other beach, it’s clear that Troyzan will be the first to go, so he goes off to look for an idol. He finds a clue and discovers that it will be hidden at the immunity challenge. I love this. It makes for good TV watching someone try to grab the idol in front of everyone. He is successful so their first tribal council could be very interesting. Not much else about this tribe is that interesting at the moment.

They tried to make the vote on the losing tribe suspenseful, but it wasn’t. It was pretty clear it would be Caleb. What I found odd was that Caleb and Hali didn’t seem to be doing much to try to stay. They didn’t show any scrambling, looking for idols or anything. Maybe there was some of that, but it was boring. It just seemed odd. I’m not that sad about Caleb going. I liked him, but not nearly as much as I do the others in the game.

Next week: The revenge of the goats,

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Survivor Game Changers Thoughts

Survivor used to be the only show I insisted on watching live. My daughter would get popcorn and we would watch the show together. I would live tweet the show and read tweets to her as the show was happening. This all changed at the end of last season when I changed jobs and had to start working on Wednesday nights. Now we watch delayed when I get home from work. Since I can no longer tweet the show, I thought I would try a weekly blog post the day after. I didn’t take any notes this time because I didn’t decide this until this morning, but after this week I will try to take notes and maybe include some of the things I might have tweeted had I been watching live.

I would start this first post by saying that I realize that armchair quarterbacking the game is a lot easier than playing the game and I’m sure I would make plenty of mistakes in the heat of the moment if actually there. Now, on to the show:

I used to complain about returning contestant seasons and longed for new faces. We have had a few seasons of new faces recently so I was ready for some familiar faces, especially since many are favorites of mine. It does change the dynamic of the first episode for me as a viewer. If it is all new faces, I spend the hour trying to decide who I might like and who I might root against. This can change as the season progresses, but it is all about getting to know the players. This time I know the players so I have some favorites going in and can focus more on the game play. I have to say that the game play surprised me from the start when Jeff said there was a tool kit in the water and only one tribe went for it. I don’t get Malcolm saying that there was no point because Ozzy went for it. Are you already conceding that he is a stronger player? Shouldn’t you want to prove otherwise, especially with a major reward at stake? I think they just made a mistake and tried to cover it up with that statement.

I’m not surprised that Ciera went first last night. She’s not someone you look as being vital to winning challenges and she was the first to start openly talking strategy. I like her and would be more disappointed if there weren’t so many other favorites still in the game. I was surprised by the second boot. Your team is losing challenges and you vote off a strong challenge player and keep a weaker player who has already won twice? I know some strategy is to keep her assuming no one will award her a third win, but everyone loves her. I would not want to sit next to her in front of the jury. Now you have made your team weaker and kept a bigger threat than Tony in the game. I don’t get it. I also don’t get having Varner out in the water and Micheala on shore and then not even letting her help at the end. I know they don’t know much about her, but I see no reason to keep her on the sidelines. I don’t have much of a feel of the other tribe yet, so I have no comments on that end.

Favorite scene:

Tai and JT and the chickens. I side with JT on that one. You aren’t there to marry the chickens. You are there to win the game.

Rooting for – Malcolm, Ozzy, Michaela

Rooting against – Sandra, Cirie, Tai

The Ozzy and Cirie thing because I like Ozzy and it seems like it will be one or the other gone first.

A Couple of Old(and Odd) Thoughts

I put these two in a draft last weekend and expected to add more as the week went on. This week has not been one that was conducive to jotting the odd thoughts in a draft, so nothing else was added. So, I decided to just go ahead and post these. I’m sure everyone es very excited about this.

 

Odd TV Promos – I have seen the commercials for both the Pitch and Lethal Weapon TV shows recently. While I think both shows look decent, there is something really odd at the end of the promos. When listing the cast, Pitch says “Introducing Kylie Bunbury” and Lethal Weapon says “introducing Clayne Crawford.” Bunbury was in the Freeform show Twisted and in CBS’ Under the Dome. Crawford has TV credits dating back to 1997 and recently did 22 episodes of Recitfy. He also has a ton of movie credits. These two are not newcomers to the acting scene. Who exactly are the introducing them to?

Olympic Trials – The recent Olympic trials reminded me why I love track and field so much. In track and field, the winner is the person who runs the fastest, jumps the highest, etc. There is no question about who will move on the represent the country in the Olympics. Did you run faster? Jump higher? If you are top three you are in. Gymnastics is a different story. The judging is not as clear cut and only the top scorer is guaranteed a spot on the team. This means that Gabby Douglas who placed 7th and Madison Kocian who placed 8th are on the team while the ones who placed 4-6 are alternates. I get the reasoning. Douglas and Kocian are in because of expertise on the uneven bars and will only compete in that event. It just sucks for the people who did all they could, placed in the top five, but are still left off the team.

Tater Takes On Guilty Pleasures, Reviews and Anything Else That Pops Into His Weird Mind

Guilty Pleasures: I don’t believe in guilty pleasures.I read, watch and listen to plenty of things people will make fun of. I recently had that happen with my love of the Hamilton soundtrack and musicals in general. Around this same time someone mentioned something being their “guilty pleasure.” I don’t understand the concept of a guilty pleasure. If you enjoy something why would it make you feel guilty. Unless, of course, that “pleasure” is illegal or immoral. If this is the case then, yes, you should feel guilty. I freely admit to things that others would call a guilty pleasure with no shame at all. I love musicals. I watch Grey’s Anatomy. I watched Gilmore Girls regularly when it was on TV. I read sparkly pink YA book meant for teenage girls. I got addicted to the Game Show Network while at my mom’s house and wish I was home in the afternoon to watch Chain Reaction. I watched the soap opera Santa Barbara from the first to the last episode. I’m currently watching Live with Kelly and think Fred Savage should become the permanent co-host. I’m addicted to Facebook and spend a lot of time on social media. Does any of this make me guilty or ashamed? Nope. Why would I be ashamed to send time watching or reading things that make me happy? I don’t feel the need to pretend to be something I’m not. I don’t care if book, movies or music(80’s and pop punk) get good reviews. I only care about how they make me feel.

Reviews: I recently read a review of a comedy movie. Inside the review, the reviewer says you will laugh hard several times. The reviewer then goes on to give the movie a bad overall review. So, a comedy film is funny but is considered a failure? If I go to a comedy, I am going because I want to laugh. If I laugh a lot and hard isn’t that a success? Does it matter if the overall story is great? Are people really going to Neighbors 2 because they wanted a deep, meaningful story? Do reviewers even understand why people go to the movies?  There are some movies in every genre that are dependent on a strong story, excellent acting, score, etc in order to achieve what they are attempting. Some movies, like Neighbors 2, are just meant to make you laugh. Did it make you laugh? Mission accomplished. Stop reading so deeply into things that aren’t meant to be deep. Same goes for TV shows. Also, once you no longer like the medium you should probably stop reviewing it.

Performing the Beatles, Prince, Queen, etc : I was already tired of hearing people opine that people should never attempt to cover the Beatles and was reaching that point with people saying the same about Queen. Now, I’ve already had someone on the Today Show(who makes sure to mention regularly that Prince was a friend) say the same thing in response to the Madonna and Stevie Wonder performance last night. There are a lot of bad cover out there. I agree on that point. My feelings, though, are if you are doing a tribute or making the song your own, then cover away. Most will never be as good as the original, but no one is un-coverable.

Rain: Hot take: I’m tired of it. Please stop.

Tater Takes on the Fall TV Schedule

The four broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules. I will go night by night and discuss the offerings and tell you what I will watch. This is only for the big 4 (ABC,CBS,FOX,NBC and CW) any cable shows will be highlighted in my much anticipated(by no one) fall “What’s on TV Tonight” series.

Sunday:

ABC: Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies, Quantico

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, Elementary

FOX: The Simpsons, Son of Zorn, Family Guy, Last Man on Earth

NBC: Sunday Night Football

Nothing great here. We do like Madam Secretary, but that’s about it. Luckily, Walking Dead will start in October and Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead in spring. Otherwise, football is the only real choice for the night.I used to watch Elementary, but got bored with it pretty quick.

Monday:

ABC:  Dancing with the Has-Beens, Conviction

CBS: Big Bang, Kevin Can Wait, 2 Broke Girls, Odd Couple, Scorpion(Big Bang to Thursdays after football. Kevin moves to 8 Man with a Plan premieres at 8:30)

FOX: Gotham, Lucifer

NBC: The Voice, Timeless

CW: Supergirl, Jane the Virgin

A little better than Sunday night. We like Supergirl and hopefully the move to CW will help it. We love Lucifer a lot more than expected. It’s a fun show. Conviction has Hayley Atwell, so I will definitely watch it. I will admit that I like Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, so since there are no DVR conflict issues I will give Kevin and Man with a Plan a try. I’ve always had a soft spot for sitcoms.

Tuesday:

ABC: The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh off the Boat, Real O’Neals, SHIELD

CBS: NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans

FOX: Brooklyn 99, New Girl, Scream Queens

NBC: The Voice, This is Us, Chicago Fire

CW: Flash, No Tomorrow

Really good comedy night. The Middle, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals and Brooklyn 99 are all very good. I also love the Flash. It’s the best superhero show on TV right now. My wife watches the NCIS’s o that take TV/DVR space and makes me watch The Middle on demand. New shows don’t interest me at all. Do we really want a Michael Weatherly headlining show based on Dt Phil? I think not.

Wednesday:

ABC: The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, Black-ish, Designated Survivor

CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Code Black

FOX: Lethal Weapon, Empire

NBC: Blindspot, Law and Order SVU, Chicago PD

CW: Arrow, Frequency

I still love Survivor and it is the only show I insist on watching live(I live tweet it). Modern Family is still consistently good. I’ve heard good things about the other comedies, but have never actually watched them. Not sure about Speechless. I think Code Black might be the best medical show since ER. Arrow is another very good superhero show. DC does TV well. I liked the Lethal Weapon and Frequency movies enough to watch at least one episode of the series. Also, Damon Wayans as Murtagh could be really good.

Thursday:

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Notorious, How to Get Away With Murder

CBS: Football and then Big Bang, The Great Indoors, Mom, Life in Pieces, Pure Genius

FOX: Rosewood, Bones

NBC: football and then Superstore, The Good Place, Chicago Med, The Blacklist

CW: Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural

I still love Grey’s so I will be watching it. I’ve stuck with Bones all these years, so I will watch the final season. We love Superstore and I’m very happy it was renewed. Legends of Tomorrow season 1 was a mess and I still haven’t watched a lot of it, but I read about the ending and I am hopeful about season 2. We still watch Blacklist, but I’m getting a little bored with it. I might try The Good Place because I like Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.

Friday:

ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20

CBS: Macgyver, Hawaii 50, Blue Bloods

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist

NBC: Caught on Camera, Grimm, Dateline

CW: Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Because I am old and boring I am home to watch TV on Friday nights. I’m sad that Amazing Race is only  midseason show this year. I still like watching it. We do like Last Man Standing and Grimm. My wife watched 5-0 and I watch Blue Bloods. My daughter watched Vampire Diaries. I will probably give the new Macgyver a shot, but I am not hopeful.

Saturday:

Football and a collection of “encore” showings. Nothing to see here.

Overall, it is not an exciting schedule. None of the new shows sound like must sees. Good shows like Agent Carter, Galavant and Limitless are gone. Amazing Race, The 100 and iZombie are held until midseason. I’m hoping I will be pleasantly surprised by some new stuff or that the new midseason shows will be good. I will have review of new shows with the “What’s on TV” series in the fall.

 

TV Tonight, October 1, 2015

The Ravens play tonight, so really, the rest of the TV schedule only matters for DVR purposes. There are several premieres tonight.

ABC: Shondaland night with Grey’s, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder

CBS: Raven vs Steelers. A must win game for Baltimore

FOX: season premieres of Bones and Sleepy Hollow

NBC: Heroes Reborn, season premiere of Blacklist, The Player

CW: repeats

Cable: IFC has new shows premiering:  Benders, a sitcom about hockey and Gigi Does It, a sitcom with David Krumholtz playing a 76 year old widow who inherits millions.

I will obviously be watching football. I will be recording Grey’s, Bones and Blacklist.

TV Tonight, September 30, 2015

Tonight there are a couple of returning shows and a series premiere. 

ABC: comedy lineup of The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Blackish followed by Nashville

CBS: Survivor, season premiere of Criminal Minds, series premiere of Code Black

FOX: Rosewood and Empire

NBC: Mysteries of Laura, Law and Order SVU, season premiere of Chicago PD

CW: night 2 of the iHeartradio Music Festival

Cable: ABC has new episodes of Young and Hungry and Kevin at Work

I will try Code Black even though it has received mediocre reviews because one day I’m hoping to find a medical show as good as ER. It probably will never happen, but I still have hope. Otherwise, it’s Survivor night for me. My favorite tv night of the week.

I watched Grandfathered and The Grinder last night. I really like both of them and will continue watching them. I think The Grinder has the most potential to be very good while Grandfathered could go either way. I’ve also seen Trevor Noah’s first Daily Show. I think he’s going to be good as the host.