The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 1

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 1 (season premiere)

It’s been too long since we had a new season of Survivor to discuss, but our long national nightmare is finally over. San Juan del Sur: Blood vs. Water 2, the most unwieldy title in Survivor history, started us off with a few new twists to a still-relatively-new gimmick.

The 90-minute premiere (and our unwillingness to record a pre-season preview) gave us plenty to discuss in this week’s podcast: Why is Survivor fascinated with casting awful people? How did this cast get lost on the way to Amazing Race casting? Did Tyler Perry veto Redemption Island’s return, and if so do we all need to send him a thank you note?

We’ll discuss all of these things (well, at least two of these things) and more on this episode. We also give our first impressions of the cast, induct someone into the Zero Percent Club, and introduce the Quitter Power Rankings.

As always, we welcome your feedback either here or on one of the many other avenues you can reach us (especially Twitter: @purplerockpod or Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail). Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes

Ranking the Survivor seasons: Every guest’s season rankings

Did you listen to our summer series of podcasts discussing every Survivor season and think, “This guest is insane, Season X shouldn’t be ranked anywhere near that high/low!” Judging from the email and comments we’ve received, you did.

Now that we’ve finally talked to each of our guests, you can see the rankings they provided to us before our series began. If you’re intrigued by someone’s list and want to hear that guest’s podcast, click on his/her name to go to that episode.

Do you like one person’s list more than the others? Is there one guest that did a terrible job at ranking seasons? If so, let us know either in the comments below, on Twitter (@PurpleRockPod), or on gmail (purplerockpodcast).¬†As always, thanks for listening!

Note: The rankings are listed as they were provided to us. We specifically asked guests to rank their top 15 and their worst season(s). When you see blank spaces in the list below, it’s either because that guest hasn’t seen any additional seasons, or because he/she didn’t care enough to rank those seasons. So for example, Adam gave us his top 17, but also wanted to make sure that it was clear that Thailand was the worst Survivor season of all time.

Rank Emma Matt Adam Billy
1 Heroes vs. Villains Micronesia Heroes vs. Villains Cook Islands
2 Micronesia Heroes vs. Villains Borneo Palau
3 Cook Islands Palau Pearl Islands Heroes vs. Villains
4 China Philippines Palau Cagayan
5 Philippines Pearl Islands All-Stars Tocantins
6 Pearl Islands Borneo Australia Blood vs. Water
7 Amazon Cagayan Micronesia Fiji
8 Tocantins Cook Islands Amazon Panama
9 Borneo Tocantins Vanuatu China
10 Palau Amazon Guatemala Micronesia
11 Cagayan China Caramoan Australia
12 Blood vs. Water Blood vs. Water Cagayan Pearl Islands
13 Marquesas Caramoan Panama Vanuatu
14 Australia Australia Marquesas Guatemala
15 Africa Samoa Redemption Island Amazon
16 All-stars Blood vs. Water Samoa
17 Panama South Pacific Marquesas
18 Vanuatu Thailand
19 One World Africa
20 South Pacific Gabon
21 Africa Nicaragua
22 Redemption Island
23
24 Fiji Philippines
25 Thailand Samoa
26 Gabon Africa
27 South Pacific Nicaragua
28 Nicaragua Thailand
Rank Will Chelsey Craig Michelle
1 Heroes vs. Villains Heroes vs. Villains Micronesia Tocantins
2 Cagayan Micronesia Samoa Micronesia
3 Tocantins Blood vs. Water Australia Philippines
4 Pearl Islands Borneo Caramoan Cook Islands
5 Borneo Caramoan Heroes vs. Villains Caramoan
6 Philippines Philippines Cagayan Blood vs. Water
7 Micronesia Pearl Islands Pearl Islands Cagayan
8 Amazon Cook Islands One World One World
9 Samoa All-Stars Borneo Heroes vs. Villains
10 China Cagayan Vanuatu Redemption Island
11 Cook Islands Samoa Blood vs. Water Gabon
12 Blood vs. Water One World Cook Islands South Pacific
13 Palau Australia Philippines Samoa
14 All-Stars South Pacific South Pacific Nicaragua
15 Panama Redemption Island China
16 Caramoan
17 Guatemala
18 Vanuatu
19 Australia
20 Africa
21 Gabon
22 Thailand
23 Redemption Island
24 South Pacific
25 Fiji
26 One World Nicaragua
27 Marquesas
28 Fiji

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 8 (Micronesia, Palau, Pearl Islands, Africa)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 8

In this episode, we finally reach the finish line of discussing every single Survivor season to date, giving us all the information we’ll need to create our own definitive ranking of every season in Survivor history.

Fortunately, we’ve saved some of the best seasons for last, as this episode includes discussion of Micronesia (a.k.a. Fans vs. Favorites), Palau (a.k.a. Ulong vs. Competence), Pearl Islands (a.k.a. Great cast vs. Terrible twist), and Africa (a.k.a. People vs. Starving). Our guest Matt tells us why Andy’s opinion about Micronesia is wrong, why Tom Westman was the greatest Survivor player up to that point, and the exact moment when Rupert became America’s Survivor sweetheart.

We also hit the beep button a surprising number of times, although it was necessary to honor Eliza’s greatest moment from Micronesia. This may also be the first episode we’ve ever used the term “handjob”. We’re really raising the level of Survivor discourse here at the Purple Rock Survivor Podcast.

We welcome discussion of previous seasons, and if you think we’ve treated a season unfairly, please send us your feedback:
Twitter: @purplerockpod
Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail
Email: purplerockpodcast at gmail

Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes. You should leave us a stellar review there so we can brag to our family about how well-liked our podcast is.

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 7 (Borneo, All-Stars, Guatemala, Thailand)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 7

Reminder: We’ll be doing a series of these for the next few weeks, with a different guest each episode recommending or bashing certain seasons for us in order to influence our rankings. At the end, we’ll post everyone’s rankings and give our own rankings so you can tell us how wrong we are.

It’s a whole lot of early-period Survivor on this episode, where we cover four of Survivor’s first eleven seasons: Borneo, Thailand, All-Stars, and Guatemala. Is it even fair to rank Borneo? Why is Guatemala the forgotten season? And what exactly is a fish monger? Our guest Adam examines these questions and more with us on this episode, wherein we also learn that Adam is both a lover of the classic Survivor seasons and a hopeless romantic.

And because they are sensitive and progressive modern men, John and Andy somehow avoid talking about exactly how attractive Danni Boatwright is. That probably deserves some sort of medal.

We welcome discussion of previous seasons, and if you think we’ve treated a previous season unfairly, please send us your feedback:
Twitter: @purplerockpod
Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail
Email: purplerockpodcast at gmail

Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes. You should leave us a stellar review there so we can brag to our family about how well-liked our podcast is.

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 6 (Cook Islands, Fiji, Panama, Gabon)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 6

Reminder: We’ll be doing a series of these for the next few weeks, with a different guest each episode recommending or bashing certain seasons for us in order to influence our rankings. At the end, we’ll post everyone’s rankings and give our own rankings so you can tell us how wrong we are.

The real Andy returns this week, and it’s just in time to discuss one of the most spectacular and fascinating failures Survivor has ever had: Fiji. Though it’s generally one of the least-liked Survivor seasons, Andy and John are particularly fascinated about the ways in which it failed.

In this episode, we discuss four seasons ranging from fantastic to a complete turd in the punch bowl: Cook Islands, Fiji, Panama, and Gabon. Our guest Billy provides a double dose of Candian-ness to this episode and admits that he may have rigged his list, causing us to reconsider whether his rankings can truly be trusted.

We welcome discussion of previous seasons, and if you think we’ve treated a previous season unfairly, please send us your feedback:
Twitter: @purplerockpod
Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail
Email: purplerockpodcast at gmail

Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes. You should leave us a stellar review there so we can brag to our family about how well-liked our podcast is.

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 5 (Tocantins, One World, South Pacific)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 5

Reminder: We’ll be doing a series of these for the next few weeks, with a different guest each episode recommending or bashing certain seasons for us in order to influence our rankings. At the end, we’ll post everyone’s rankings and give our own rankings so you can tell us how wrong we are.

We lost Andy’s audio for this podcast, which results in an incredibly short episode (just under 30 minutes) and an episode that’s got a lot of John talking (which I apologize for profusely). The audio was pieced together from what remained of the other two guests, so apologies again for the occasionally disjointed editing.

In this episode, we discuss three seasons: Tocantins, One World, and South Pacific. Our guest Michelle comes from the land of kanagroos, boomerangs, and Paul Hogan. In a lovely Australian accent, Michelle tells us why Tocantins is her favorite Survivor season, makes a tepid defense of One World, and shrugs at the existence of South Pacific.

We welcome discussion of previous seasons, and if you think we’ve treated a previous season unfairly, please send us your feedback:
Twitter: @purplerockpod
Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail
Email: purplerockpodcast at gmail

Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes. You should leave us a stellar review there so we can brag to our family about how well-liked our podcast is.

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 4 (Samoa, Australia, Vanuatu, Marquesas)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: Ranking the Survivor seasons, episode 4

Reminder: We’ll be doing a series of these for the next few weeks, with a different guest each episode recommending or bashing certain seasons for us in order to influence our rankings. At the end, we’ll post everyone’s rankings and give our own rankings so you can tell us how wrong we are.

In this Canadian-heavy episode, we discuss four seasons: Samoa, Australia, Vanuatu, and Marquesas. Our guest this week is Craig, whose rankings on these seasons were wildly different than most of the other people we polled. Craig makes a strong case for one of the more divisive seasons that makes us consider whether our view of Survivor Samoa is clouded by later revelations about how awful Russell Hantz is. Craig also gives us a passionate defense of Vanuatu, which we quickly crap all over. And, of course, we discuss Survivor’s first ever Playboy covergirl.

We welcome discussion of previous seasons, and if you think we’ve treated a previous season unfairly, please send us your feedback:
Twitter: @purplerockpod
Skype: JRPurpleRock, where you can leave us a voicemail
Email: purplerockpodcast at gmail

Thanks for listening!

Note: You can find our iTunes subscription link here: Purple Rock Survivor podcast on iTunes. You should leave us a stellar review there so we can brag to our family about how well-liked our podcast is.