On Wed, 1 Dec 2021 18:55:32 -0800 (PST), Brian Smith <dcg_...@hotmail.com
>They spent at least 10 minutes of TV time on the black players discussing
>how the culture, etc. defines them. I'm not a fan of these moments b/c they
>often come across as being ridiculous. No Liana, you do not represent an
>entire race or all black women. No Deshawn, fans don't expect black players
>to work together.
>It's an individual game.
Sorry, that is incorrect.
It is possible for solo players to get far and even win, but it is very
difficult. If you try to play one group against the other, eventually you will
be seen as untrustworthy and that puts a target on your back. And even
"challenge monsters" eventually lose, and become prime candidates for
elimination because of the threat they pose.
No, Survivor is a game of alliances, of having the numbers. From the early
seasons we see that having the dominant group systematically vote off the other
players makes for a boring season overall, so the producers introduce all manner
of twists to shake things up. So while the alliances may be shifting and
short-lived, they are still the crux of the game. (I think the term "trust
clusters," from several seasons ago, is an apt description of the situation.)
And how do you form alliances? Through identity and shared experiences. And
how do you do that? By talking about them. So it seems only natural that we
have segments where the Black players talk about the issues they face. If you
listen with an open mind and try to put yourself in their shoes, you might learn
something, as opposed to dismissing them outright.