TV Club: The big moves keep coming on Survivor

One of the most interesting aspects of Survivor is how the people playing the game become a conscious part of creating and sustaining the season’s overall narrative. Reality shows are by nature stoked and shaped by the producers, who take the footage they’re given and use it to create the story beats that will propel the entire season. Survivor is unique in that it gives its participants an unparalleled look into what those main storylines might be shaping up to be by virtue of the fact that each episode ends with a Tribal Council that discusses everything that’s going on in the game. The things discussed at Tribal then filter into the psyche of the players, subtly (and maybe not-so-subtly) affecting their thought processes and game moves, creating a sort of self-fulfilling cycle of game narratives and strategy.

This is obviously a simplistic view on the craft …

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