So as we look back at Survivor: David vs. Goliath, where does it stand in our list of season rankings? In this article, we’re going to do our best to discuss that!
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Let’s start by reminding you that we’ve got a full Survivor retrospective piece where we reflect and discuss past seasons of the show as we often do. It’s become a semi-annual tradition, and come tomorrow we’ll be back to also discuss the winners.
In figuring out where Survivor: David vs. Goliath stood among the past 37 seasons, there were a number of things to weigh.
1. The positives – The post-merge game for the first several weeks was phenomenal, and even before that there were some interesting vote-outs with Natalia, Natalie, and Lyrsa among them. The vote-outs of John and Dan were incredible memorable and beyond that, there were also some interesting movies with Gabby and Christian. In general, this was also a really likable cast with a number of interesting people and very few true villains. There also wasn’t a lot of ugliness or headlines for the wrong reasons, which we also appreciate. Nick is a fairly solid winner, as well, who did a lot of interesting stuff in the game.
2. The negatives – It wasn’t the most fascinating finale, largely because once Nick made the final four it was hard to envision a scenario where he didn’t win. Some of the more entertaining personalities left a little bit earlier than we would have liked, and while we do appreciate the entertainment value of Dan’s exit, we also do feel like the fact that he was blindsided in a way that he couldn’t predict or expect leaves a bad taste in our mouth.
Our final verdict
Survivor: David vs. Goliath is #15 on our list, right above a season in Heroes vs. Villains that many people love even more than we do. This was a really fun batch of Survivor episodes anchored by good casting. There weren’t any terrible episodes throughout, and the only thing holding it back is that the finale may have actually been the weakest episode after the merge — it was predictable, but that’s the course of the game sometimes. There are a few boots in here worth watching and while we don’t think there are a ton of returning-playing candidates, there are at least a few people we’d be happy to see back on the show someday.
What is your take on Survivor: David vs. Goliath as a whole? Be sure to share right now in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)