With the season of Survivor: Second Chance almost upon us and all about redemption, learning from your first time, and trying to win again, this week Melbourne Ozlet Alex Morella looks back at previous castaways who got a second chance, only to prove disappointing in their ‘second chance, whether through their own actions or circumstances beyond their control. Only players coming back for their second turn on the Survivor merry go round are listed, reserving other lists for those who may have improved their game or proved disappointing on third or even fourth attempts.
10. Richard Hatch – All-Stars
Being the first winner, and the original strategist, pretty much screws up any alliance you aim to make in a season where the winners are sitting ducks waiting to be voted out. This was Hatch in All-Stars, or as it should be known as: Revenge of the Shitkickers. Seriously, it was just a season of sore losers taking out winners, and Hatch was one of these! While he did last a bit longer than some of the others, he was still the first member of Mogo Mogo to be voted out of the game! There was time for some controversy, but ultimately he was a victim of a season of unfair vengeance (If you haven’t got the idea, I really didn’t like All-Stars).
9. Russell Swan – Philippines
After being medically evacuated from the game, it’s fair to say you can feel like your Survivor journey was not properly finished, so for Russell Swan to get a second chance was the chance for Redemption and to show he could’ve won Samoa (unlikely but you never know!). To then be on a tribe that managed to lose its first 4 immunity challenges, and as a result, be voted out 4th, was not on the plans. There was no denying the dedication, but sadly for Russ, it didn’t go the way he had pictured it!
8. Tina Wesson – All-Stars
Looking at Tina’s second game, All-Stars, she was another victim of the shitkickers! It was always going to be tough for her (and Ethan, and Hatch, and Jenna), as it was made clear in the first 10 minutes that the strategy was to get rid of the winners. That’s not real survivor, that’s just shit players looking for revenge! As a result, this was a real disappointment for Tina, but we did get to see her again in Blood vs. Water, and we were not disappointed with what we saw there!
7. Brandon Hantz – Caramoan
An interesting player to return anyway, Brandon wanted to prove he was a strong player of sound mind and good faith. Unfortunately he failed to really demonstrate any of that, and instead was an erratic player, of an erratic mind, and erratic faith really. His meltdown after also tipping out his tribe’s rice was the sad reality that he was not going to use his second chance effectively, and ultimately, he was just as crazy as we thought he was in South Pacific.
6. Aras Baskauskas – Blood vs. Water
A former winner, there were really high hopes for Aras to tear up Blood vs. Water, especially with his very competitive brother Vytas! We saw the golden boy for the first 10 days or so as well, but what we also saw was a lack of awareness for what was going on around him, blinded by the presence of his brother to the situation that had emerged around him! It was disappointing to see a former winner seem to not even be aware of a situation, but I mean, that’s Survivor for you!
5. Tyson Apostol – Heroes vs. Villains
Tyson won Blood vs. Water, but before that of course he was on Heroes vs. Villains. He promised so much on the season, with a strong alliance and a determination to prove he was more than just a quick-witted jerk that we saw on Tocantins. Unfortunately, his own over-thinking and analysing cost him as he took out himself basically giving us the impression of a very daft player! Luckily he, like Tina, redeemed himself in Blood vs. Water to show us what a capable player he can be!
4. Colton Cumbie – Blood vs. Water
A potential super villain who sadly never was able to cope with the demands of the game! Colton, after being medically evacuated from One World, was a surprise selection for Blood vs. Water, but lasted only 7 days before deciding to leave the game! It was a frustrating scenario to see for many, but it was more than just that. The inability for Colton to just hold on before making moves and being loud and miserable was just too much to deal with! It was disappointing to see him fail to really understand the concepts of patience, and ultimately not properly utilise his second chance.
3. Francesca Hogi – Caramoan
When you’re voted out first, and you miraculously get a second chance, you’d expect to learn from it! Well, unfortunately Francesca had not, and tried to do the exact same thing she did in Redemption Island! Again, the situation was difficult with Phillip, but there’s no denying, if you are voted out first, come back again, and are voted out first again, it’s not quite the second chance you were after!
2. Rob Cesternino – All-Stars
One of the best strategists ever was in a delicate situation from the start on All-Stars. I believe All-Stars was a terrible season for several reasons, mainly because it was ‘Revenge of the Shitkickers’, and Rob was clearly a victim of this! Most of his tribe had little reason to be invited back, it was lucky really they did this after 7 seasons, and as the only one who had really shown strategic prowess in his season, he was on a hiding to nothing! Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen to his RHAP buddy Stephen Fishbach!
1. Johnny Fairplay – Micronesia
From the greatest survivor super villain in the first 15 seasons, to a soft mess that sadly could not cope with being away! Jonny Fairplay was the person everyone was the most excited to see in Survivor Micronesia, and even through the first episode, it looked like he was going to play a major part in the season! We were disappointed to see then that his head wasn’t in the game, and he asked to be voted out (HE DIDN’T QUIT!).
What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!
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