With the general consensus being that Survivor Cambodia was a massive hit, could we be headed for another period of over-saturation of seasons featuring returning players? In today's feature article American Ozlet Anthony Rossi takes a look at how the season just past could influence Survivor's future. Read on to find out the fate of returning players.
Survivor: Second Chance has revolutionized the Survivor world with the invention of the fan vote. With millions of votes cast, this is an understatement, but it was a huge success. By putting the fans in a position of power it changes the nature of how returning players will be handled in the future. Who will get the opportunity to play again for their second time? Or third time? Or more?
The Possible Seasons
After the release of the second chance ballot, many fans were already speculating how this format could be implemented for another season. Fans were picking people they felt deserved to play for another time and compiling various lists. Due to the overwhelming success of the first vote there is a very strong chance that this tool will be used again. What does this mean for future seasons? This opens the door to testing out many season ideas that involve returning players. The fan vote gave people the chance for people to become interested in the show once again. One idea that could be hypothesized is that the huge success that surrounds the season comes down to the fact that is features returning players. Is it possible to have this love for a season that features solely new players? I hope so, because as much I want to see some players play again (Twila, Earl, etc.), I don’t want the returning players to dominate theses seasons.
The Domination of Returning Players
Even though the most recent seasons have been generally void of returning players, there is a concern that returning players will dominate the Survivor scene. The seasons that feature both new and returning players, the new players are often overshadowed and receive very little screen time. Has the recent success of the second chance reinvigorated the love for returning player seasons? Is there a chance (pun not intended) that a few seasons down the line will feature players competing again? This has already been made clear, but season 32 will feature new players only, but I have some strange feeling that this will not last for long. Once upon a time, with the exception of One World, there were 5 seasons back to back that featured returning players. This was way too heavy on returning players and that spell has been broken for now, but I fear that returning players will play a big role in the seasons to come. I am not claiming to be against returning player seasons, but I would rather see new players, or at the very least good returning players. I didn’t need to see Woo play again (No offense to Woo, I just wasn’t a big fan.)
Is a New Style in Order?
Obviously, the new invention of the fan vote was a big shock to the Survivor community and fans across the globe. Did this new device create the new style of bringing players back onto the show? Will and can these tools choose who gets cast for a season of Survivor? Will the production staff continually give the fans the power in deciding? I highly doubt that this will be present in any future season. I genuinely feel that the way that the fan vote was handled bridges the gap between the fans and the production staff. The staff gets to select the players that they want, but at the end of the day the votes are the deciding factor. With the exception of allowing the fans to select the players from a massive list containing every player, there is no better way to handle something like this. That being said, I don’t think this method will hold up and something will take its place or nothing new will happen.
The format of Survivor has stayed generally true from the Borneo and that is what drives this intense show. No matter how many players are on one season, the amount of twists, or how many players return; the show will continue to stay strong, as long as the ratings remain. As a major fan of this show, I would be displeased to see returning players dominate these seasons, but if that is what it takes for the show continues, and then so be it. I am more concerned with the fate of the show rather than the way it is handled. At this stage of the Survivor legacy, the show cannot simply survive without adapting its format, twists, and casting choices. Now that Cambodia has settled down, the idea of having returning players’ return is fresh on everybody’s mind. Can the show continue without having players return and return, or are we simply at the stage where that is no longer possible?
What does the future hold in store for returning players? Are we on a path to seeing more returning player seasons once again? Is this something you want? Leave a comment to let us know your thoughts!
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