Survivor recap: Drawing a Line in the Sand

The fight for Monica’s vote rages on. And the debate rages on as I rank Blood vs. Water against all the other Survivor seasons.
Ep. 13 | Aired Dec 11, 2013

TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE Monica had to weigh whether what Ciera was telling her was fact or fiction


21. Survivor: Africa (Winner: Ethan Zohn)
Some great challenges. Not that much else was great.

22. Survivor: Guatemala (Winner: Danni Boatwright)
One of the more unlikable casts so far. (Remember Judd? Jamie? Stephenie's evil twin?) Rafe was good for a few laughs, though. Especially on rope obstacles.

23. Survivor: Vanuatu (Winner: Chris Daugherty)
I don't blame producers: The battle of the sexes worked well the first time around.

24. Survivor: One World (Winner: Kim Spradlin)
Look, I have total respect for Kim’s game. Like Tom in Palau and Rob in Redemption Island, she excelled strategically, socially, and physically. Unfortunately, that is really the only good thing I can say about this season. And that’s too bad, because I do think the “One World” concept was a solid one. But, man, what a thoroughly uninspiring cast. Colton was more a horrible human being than a classic villain, and the rest of the players were mostly either completely forgettable or people you wish you could forget. I worry I am being generous by putting it even this high, but out of respect for Kim, it will go here for now.

25. Survivor: Thailand (Winner: Brian Heidik)
The fake merge and brutal last challenge — where the final three had to hold coins between their fingers in a crazy painful pose — keep this dud out of the bottom spot. Barely.

26. Survivor: Fiji (Winner: Earl Cole)
With the exception of Yau-Man and Earl, a true bummer of a cast, and the ''Haves Vs. Have-Nots'' twist was one of the worst creative decisions in Survivor history. Speaking of awful creative decisions…

27. Survivor: Nicaragua (Winner: Jud "Fabio" Birza)
It’s at the bottom for a few reasons. 1) Splitting the tribes up by age and the Medallion of Power were both enormous flops. 2.) Like One World, Thailand and Fiji, just too many unlikable players. 3) Two people quitting with only 11 days left. 4) No big memorable moments. Even Thailand had the fake merge and Fiji had the big Yau-Man/Dreamz free car deal gone bad, but what was Nicaragua's signature moment? Unfortunately, it was people quitting, and that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Okay, so there are your rankings. Feel free to debate and discuss in the message boards. But also make sure to peruse our other goodies. What other goodies, you ask? Well, we have our weekly Q&A with hostmaster general Jeff Probst, as well as an exclusive deleted scene and pre-game interviews with Hayden/Kat and Tina/Katie in the video player below. And check back Thursday afternoon for our InsideTV Podcast with Katie. Of course, you can have all the Survivor scoop sent right to you by following me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

But now it’s your turn. Where would you rank Blood vs. Water? And who do you think should win and will win the million dollar prize on Sunday. Hit the message boards to let us know, and I’ll be back Sunday night with your supersized scoop of the crispy!

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