Congratulations, we made it!!!
The finale almost (well not really but as much as possible) made up for a lackluster season with a nice bang up conclusion. Working within the confines of recent inane rule changes and the new “edge of extinction” island, it was about as good a finale as was possible. Devins had the game all but locked up, especially after finding yet another hidden immunity idol (producer’s favorite anyone?), winning immunity AND fooling the others with not one but two fake idols. Everything was pretty much wrapped up except for one little problem.
Chris, who was probably my early favorite, comes back and pulls off a crazy crazy steal. I don’t know how he managed to persuade both Devins, but especially the other chick, to help him get to the final 4. I must have missed a key conversation or something??? Either way, he crawls his way into the final 4, wins the challenge and then in a bold but calculated move, gives it up to make fire against Devins - given this recent rule change the only way to knock him out properly. Fantastic for TV, even though in hindsight it seems almost obvious given his confidence at making fire.
This sets up a unique final 3. A pure goat, a semi-goat who never received a single vote, and a player who barely played the “real” Survivor game but won his way back in. So exactly what Jimmy proposed happens. And Wardog of all people makes the key point, “it’s not the game rules on trial” - though perhaps it should be. Even though Chris made some bold moves and critical wins, the fact is he didn’t have to play the true Survivor game for around 90% of the time. All the backstabs, the hidden idols, the politics, he was shielded from. But by grace of winning a single challenge, he’s allowed back in and then with a few clever moves he steals the whole game. As much as I agreed he should win given the context of this inane ruleset, I also don’t blame the other kid for appearing sour, or Devens for sounding somewhat bitter.
This season was pretty much a slow train wreck in the making. Without the producers intervening and some luck, it could have been even worse, so they were lucky to pull a decent finale with some genuine surprises out of their asses.