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My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My Personal Rankings of the cast of Big Brother All-Stars 2

My fandom of Big Brother has come in ebbs and flows in the last two decades. I vividly remember watching season 3 on the little TV in my bedroom at the tender age of 10. I continued to watch for years, but gave up in […]

Why I’m Excited for Matt James to be The Bachelor

Why I’m Excited for Matt James to be The Bachelor

The Bachelor has named their new lead, even though Clare Crawley‘s season of The Bachelorette hasn’t even been filmed yet. In an unprecedented move, ABC has announced that a Black man, Matt James, will be their new Bachelor. He may seem familiar, even if he […]

Eulogizing Survivor: Winners at War

Eulogizing Survivor: Winners at War

Here we are, the morning after another season finale of Survivor. In many ways, it’s hard to believe this season even happened. This show has been on for 20 years, an accomplishment in itself. We got 20 winners to come and play again for the long-fabled all winners season. It also gave us an ending that felt very satisfying in a way not all of the all-stars seasons do.

Congrats to Tony Vlachos, the second ever two-time winner of Survivor. He’s the guy no one thought could do it. He was too dangerous, too shifty. Everyone knows his game, and no one could trust him. I was on a pre-season podcast talking about Tony. We all thought it would be fun if Tony could make it far, but we just didn’t see a path for him.

Tony was able to adapt his game for season 40. It was impressive to watch him build alliances with people he wasn’t able to get on the same page with before. He laid low when he needed to, and then ramped up his game when necessary. He made solid alliances with the right people, and trusted his gut along the way. It was really fun to watch Tony play again, and win.

I was really excited to see Michele play again. It was very satisfying to see her make it to the end. She was constantly on the bottom, and rarely on the right side of the vote. While she was my rooting interest going into the finale, I can understand why she didn’t end up with any votes to win.

One of Michele’s story lines throughout the season was fighting the notion that she didn’t deserve to win the first time. I think she proved that her social game is unmatched. There was a reason she made it to the end. She never gave up.

She was not alone in thinking that she didn’t deserve to win her first time around. No, we heard that from quite a few of the women on the season. It broke my heart that so many of these women had been told so many times that they didn’t deserve it, that they believed it. I’m firmly in the camp of ‘if you got the most votes at the end, you deserved it’.

There was an interesting discussion on last night’s episode about the gender bias in Survivor, and in life. It’s very obvious to see that often times women are held to a different standard while playing Survivor. I mean, let’s all take a moment to remember how Dawn was treated in the final tribal of Fans vs Favs 2. I was genuinely shocked to hear Jeff acknowledge that he himself has played a part in this over the last 20 years. It kind of never felt like Jeff was listening when the collective talked about it.

We still have a long way to go in Survivor and life when it comes to gender AND racial biases. Just acknowledging that it’s there isn’t enough at this point. Saying sorry isn’t enough. There needs to be some actual shifts in our outlook on these issues.

Natalie man. Wow, what a gal. I was so devastated to see her voted off first. I’m so glad she just kept fighting and fighting to make it to the end. Sure, it’s hard to justify someone never making it through a vote without immunity winning the season, but I would have done it had Natalie won!

I loved that this final three really exemplified the 3 aspects of Survivor – the strategic game, the social game, and the physical game. In the last few years, people have really put a lot of weight on playing a great strategic game, which I totally understand. I just prefer a great social game!

Did Edge of Extinction work well in this season?

I had gone into the season not being super excited for this twist to come back. Last time it was in play, it lead to a winner being crowned that no one really expected, and worse, no one could really understand the path because we didn’t see him at all.

I did like it here. It gave us the opportunity to hang out with some of our favourites for a lot longer than we would have otherwise. I can’t imagine having to lose Ethan early and then not being able to see him again.

I was fine with the ginormous jury!! It was really cool for all of these winners, who have made a huge impact on the game throughout two decades, to have an impact on this season.

I do believe that Edge of Extinction was a way to be rewarded for going out early. It means people could form bonds without the pressure of the game.

I hope that we don’t see Edge of Extinction again, even though I was happy for both Tyson and Natalie to get another chance to play the game.

Oh yeah, and Sandra didn’t quit. Being able to leave Edge after being voted out was a function of the game that everyone had available to them. Sandra knows her strengths, and challenges aren’t included. I don’t blame her for a second.

Was this a good season?

Yeah, I think so. Was it my favourite of all time? No, certainly not. But I do think this was a pretty entertaining season. It was crushing to see all of our old school favourites that we’ve been dying to see for years go out so early.

Yes, I was heartbroken seeing my favourite player, Kim, get voted out for the first time. I loved what Kim said last night, which is that she gets to go home feeling free in her imperfection in playing the game.

I hope that all of the players on this season were able to return home with a sense of peace about what happened on the island. It’s been so wonderful seeing how all of these people have grown so much over the years.

I can’t wait for another 20 years of Survivor!

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Shows

My Favourite ‘Comfort’ Shows

We are living in a weird, uncertain time that leaves us grasping for any sense of joy and normalcy. One way to do that, in my humble opinion, is to sit down with a few of your favourite comfort shows (also go for a walk […]

Ranking the Seasons of Top Chef

Ranking the Seasons of Top Chef

With a new season of Top Chef around the corner – an All-Star season at that – it seemed like the perfect time to do my personal rankings of Top Chef. I am not a Day 1 Top Chef fan. Hell, I’m not even a […]

What I’ve been watching lately – March 12

What I’ve been watching lately – March 12

Reality of Love

I got asked to be a guest on the Hallmarkies podcast to talk about the movie ‘Reality of Love’ which was originally released as ‘I Want to Marry Ryan Banks’ in 2004.

I don’t watch many made for tv movies. Hell, I barely watch movies in general. But I was excited to watch this one. It follows a very Bachelor-esque concept with a guy whose best friend is a movie star, Ryan Banks, in the end stages of his acting career who pitches a tv show about finding a wife for him.

I had a great time watching this movie. I thought it was a lot of fun. While the ending was a little predictable, I was genuinely surprised by a couple little twists at the end.

Check out the podcast here:

You’ve Got Mail

I tricked Ethan into watching a romcom a couple weeks ago. He asked if I wanted to watch a movie, much to his surprise I said yes. But only if we watched one of my favourite movies, ‘You’ve Got Mail’. Anyway, I hadn’t seen it in years but I still love it! Obviously, the technology is so incredibly outdated but that’s what makes it fun!

Love is Blind

Damn, watching Love is Blind was a wild and fun ride. I watched the whole season in a matter of days and I loved it. I thought it was an incredible, unique, and compelling concept.

For more of my thoughts about Love is Blind, check out this blog post.

The Bachelor

This season of The Bachelor sure was a doozy. For many reasons. It was a weird combination of incredibly boring but annoying and ended it an insane and dumb way. I will write a dedicated post about the season soon, and until then check out our finale podcast with Survivor’s Gabby Pascuzzi.

Vanderpump Rules

Why am I rewatching Vanderpump Rules? I don’t know. It’s great background noise. There are a lot of things I had forgot that happened, and that I can’t believe that is happening now based on past episodes. It doesn’t get old.

What I’ve been watching this week

What I’ve been watching this week

Nailed It After watching all of the holiday episodes of Nailed It, I couldn’t stop and am now devouring the regular episodes of the show. It makes me laugh so hard. I love that no one takes it too seriously, which is absolutely the case […]

What I’ve been watching this week – December 17

What I’ve been watching this week – December 17

We are in the throes of December, which means a very holiday/wintery version of What I’ve been watching this week!! Elf Elf is my all-time favourite movie. Sorry! That’s just the way it is!! In my heyday I would watch it 3 or 4 times […]

What I’ve been watching this week – December 10th

What I’ve been watching this week – December 10th

America’s Next Top Model

Sorry, I am in a full-blown ANTM spiral. I’d like to thank the YouTube channel Top Model Channel for this. This week they posted the marathons of Cycles 15 and 16.

I had seen cycle 15 before, but I think maybe only once as it was airing. There were a few people I remembered, but a majority of the cast felt new to me. It really felt like Ann was pegged to win from the beginning. She had the ‘best photo’ 5 weeks in a row. I wouldn’t necessarily agree with all of those best photos. I felt like Chelsey was an overall stronger model than Ann. She’s definitely not the worst winner in the franchise. It was a fun watch, but not one of my top seasons.

Cycle 16 was completely new to me. I knew who won, and I knew there was some drama with Alexandria, but that was about it. I really liked this season. I thought it was a really strong cast. I thought Brittani as the winner was a good choice, her photos were very strong all along the way.

This is definitely when the show started spiraling into madness. It’s always shown hints of craziness, but boy they made some ~choices~ here. They start the season off with telling the final 14 that they are the ones that are cut. Everyone cries. The other girls are ecstatic. Tyra tells them that JK they actually made it! I actually like seeing the casting process, and felt we were kind of robbed of it. Also, I read that the other girls that ‘made it’ were NOT actors, and presumably had their dreams crushed moments after their excitement. That’s pretty trash!! Also, inexplicably they cut both finalists’ hair right before the last panel? For what reason?????????????????????????????????

Anyway, I had a pretty good time watching these two seasons that weren’t in my heavy rotation. Cycle 6 remains the best season.

What I’ve been watching this week – December 3

What I’ve been watching this week – December 3

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK I finally got around to watching the finale of Drag Race UK. I thought it was a great finale, and I thought the winner was very deserving of the title. I thought both queens in the final two could have easily […]