TV Club: Survivor: “Crazy Is As Crazy Does”

You can’t be excited if you’re a Survivor producer and this is the story that the game gives you for an episode. After two initial weeks of great game drama and intriguing personality moments, this week’s episode is pretty much dead on arrival, forced to play out inevitabilities and scramble to fill the rest of the hour. When the most interesting thing in the first half hour is a woman describing a howler monkey mating session, you know you’re in trouble.

The inevitability playing out here is Nina’s eventual eviction from the game, which is a story that was set up last week and meets its end here. Nina has a lot of things working against her in the game—her deafness and her age being the biggest impediments—but it really feels as if the biggest obstacle was the tribe she was put on …

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