Monday, December 15, 2008

Thirty-Nine, Eighteen, One -- You Know The Math

Tonight marked the end of maybe the best season of Dexter, certainly the best acted. The night also began with a great Steelers-Ravens game that came down to the wire, but I don't have much to say about that other than the Steelers flat out won. But, my favorite show had its season finale, so I have to focus on that:

  • Another season of Survivor (the seventeenth!) is in the books and the winner ended up not being a big surprise, though how Bob got there was. After Susie won the immunity challenge, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Bob would be gone and Matty or Sugar would win the million. Instead, Sugar went (stayed?) a little nuts and Matty never had a chance in the tiebreaking fire challenge. Once they got to the final tribal it was a lock that Bob would win, but somehow Susie tallied three votes. I guess that Matty, Kenny, and Crystal were just that bitter about Sugar that they lumped her and Bob together. Sugar did play a good game, though she got lucky in the beginning with Ace setting her on her path. In the end, Bob's a deserving winner and not at all the worst champion ever, though it may have been one of the lamest final tribal councils.
  • If you watched the reunion show... First of all, how can you not watch the reunion show? It provides great closure to the season and it always leaves me with a nice warm feeling about the whole thing. Anyways, if you watched the show, you just have to love Randy. It was obvious that he was putting on an act and isn't such a bad guy after all. He kept trying to look mean and not smile, but he kept failing.
  • Did anyone else notice how many of this season's contestants had Jewish last names? I caught at least Dan, Marcus, Charlie, and Corinne. I don't know that they're all Jewish, but it stood out.
  • And of course I can't let it pass without pointing out the real star of the show. It's impossible to imagine Survivor being as good without Jeff Probst as the host. I talked about how much I enjoy the reunion shows, but die-hard fans will remember how miserable they used to be when it was Bryant Gumbel or, yuck, Rosie O'Donnell. I know that stories pop up now and again about Probst wanting to do other things, but after being recognized for his work with an Emmy last year, I'm hoping he sticks around for a long time.

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