The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 9- “Getting to crunch time”

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 9

Look at that episode title. How was that not a product integration thing where the reward challenge winners got Nestle Crunch bars? Sorry, this season has so frequently been about food that I reflexively start thinking about food whenever I think of it.

But hey, this week was an interesting episode! Things happened! But was the thing that happened- Jeremy getting booted- a good thing? Was it good for Jon and Jaclyn? Missy and Baylor? Reed? Ok, it was definitely good for Reed. But what happens next? Are Jon and Jaclyn going to coast to the finale, or are there still some obstacles in their path?

Jeremy’s exit also leads us into a discussion of winner’s edits: what they are, how to know one when you see one, and whether anyone will actually get one this season. We also bring the Zero Percent Club to an end, but only after John remembers to induct Alec.

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

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

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 8- “Wrinkle in the Plan”

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 8

Due to a tragic #TACOOVERLOAD, John was unable to make the podcast this week, so we turned to our Survivor Chick Stuff correspondent Emma to give Andy someone to pretend to listen to while he waits his turn to talk. Andy explains to Emma what guys are like when ladies are not present, we wonder if the winner of this season has now become obvious, and a listener poses the craziest question: is Jaclyn getting a winner’s edit?

All that, plus lots of fart talk. Tell your five-year-olds. This friggin’ season, man.

Andy and Emma discuss the fall of Josh and whether or not he was a good Survivor player or merely a fan creation.

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

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

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 7- “Million Dollar Decision”

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 7

An episode of planning, strategy talk, and two power players going head to head results in a big fat nothing. Lucky us, we get to talk about it and this dismal season. Plus, for the third season in a row, we ask “was this the worst quit ever?” All that, plus #trailmixscandal excitement! Ugh.

Now that we’ve had enough data, it’s time to decide: is the Blood vs Water concept (in non-returnee seasons) a failure? Does Survivor not work in pairs?

And since this episode is no fun to talk about, we decide to discuss something that is: fan-casting an All First-Boot Season. You know, in case you wanted to see a cast worse than the one we got.

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

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

Casting an All First Boot Season of Survivor

For reasons that escape us, one of the most enduring ideas among Survivor fans is to have an All First Boot season. Bleeding heart fans feel pity for those poor unfortunate souls who were eliminated just as their Survivor adventures start, and think they should get another shot.

John and I don’t agree with that. We think it’s a terrible idea for a very simple reason: a lot of people who were eliminated first suck. Collecting them into a single season seems to be a recipe for disaster. To prove it, we cast an all first boot season so you all could see how terrible it would be, so we never have to discuss it again.

To listen to us discuss this list, skip to the 51 minute mark of this podcast: http://purplerockpodcast.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/the-purple-rock-survivor-podcast-san-juan-del-sur-episode-7-million-dollar-decision/
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The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 6- “Make Some Magic Happen”

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 6

Despite the promise of potential excitement in last week’s previews, this episode of Survivor limps into the merge with a fairly predictable thud. But there was at least one notable element: Dale actually executed the plan we proposed last week! And did it work flawlessly, like we said it would? Of course it did, because we are never wrong.

Once again, we “play the rice card” by talking about whether the payment Jeff demanded was reasonable. Did Jeff lose this negotiation? Should future Survivor players abandon the concept of rationing? And hey, did you guys notice how frequently and casually Survivor was showing affection between gay guys? We discuss all of these things, and also go into a brief discussion on the best player in this episode and the best player of the season. Andy makes a bold (read: wrong) case for the season’s best player.

The Zero Percent Club doesn’t get the busload of new members that it got last week, but there’s only so much room left in the land of Zero Percent. And Quit Club seems to be down to one option, which is definitely the player we’ve been suggesting all along (note: do not go back and try to verify this). For the first time this season, John’s prediction on who was going home turned out to be correct. Will that streak hold next week? And in this relatively short episode, does Robot Andy have time to get a few words in? You bet he does.

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

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

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 5- “Blood is blood”

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 5

Well that was disappointing on a lot of levels. In this podcast, we mourn the loss of Kelley- a player both of us liked and thought would do well- and discuss how she got screwed in the swap (phrasing). We also lay out some plans for how Dale can still overcome some long odds and succeed in the game without her. We’re probably reaching a bit on this, mostly because we were Kelley and Dale fans. Seriously, Dale, I hope you came up with the plan I propose for you. It would be incredibly successful and great TV at the same time.

Of course, this episode can’t be discussed without talking about the rice situation, or “playing the rice card” if you will. Was the blue tribe actually crazy to eat all of their rice so soon, or were they crazy like a fox? And what punishment could Survivor levy on their tribe to keep this from happening again?

The Zero Percent Club gets a heaping helping of new members this week, and Quit Club seems to be down to a small handful of choices with one clear leader. Andy’s 3-0 hot streak with predictions finally ended last week, but he attempts to start a new streak with our picks for next week’s castoff.

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

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

The Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur, episode 4- “We’re a Hot Mess” (a.k.a. the Drewchebag episode)

Purple Rock Survivor podcast: San Juan del Sur- episode 4

Hey, remember last week when we took wild guesses as to what was going on at the blue tribe? Let’s dive into how those predictions look now. But first, let’s talk about one of the greatest douchebags Survivor has ever known: Drew.

The Drewchebag’s episode is so spectacularly dumpster fire-esque that it prompts the question: Is he the biggest douchebag we’ve seen on this show? Of course, Andy and John rattle off a list of contenders. We also invite you to share your suggestions, because we’ve already thought of some we missed since the point when we recorded.

We dive into Jeremy’s gameplay, and ask the same question about him that we asked about Josh last week: Is Jeremy Collins any good at Survivor? Really, is anyone on this season good at Survivor?

Of course, we also induct someone into the Zero Percent Club, discuss the Quitter Pick of the Week, and make predictions for next week. Will Andy continue his 3-0 hot streak with the predictions?

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

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