Revisiting the Dark Ages of Survivor (Seasons 21-26)

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Now, let’s look at each season and why they fit into the Dark Ages theme. Nicaragua, you’re up.

The first of this group was Survivor: Nicaragua, which was the 21st season and aired in the fall of 2010. Nicaragua had the challenge of following Heroes vs Villains, so it probably wasn’t going to be a good season no matter what.

Nicaragua‘s legacy is that two contestants quit on Day 28 and got to participate on the jury where they actually did indeed decide the winner, as Fabio Birza won with the help of their two votes.

Somehow, Redemption Island was even worse than Nicaragua.

It was hard to imagine a worse season than Nicaragua, but Redemption Island gave us just that. Redemption Island (the twist) was created simply to give Rob and Russell a chance to stay in the game should their tribes vote them off early.

Fortunately it backfired for Russell, who was the third one voted out and lost the dual that followed. The rest of the season was the Boston Rob show, who was playing with followers and practically handed him the game.

South Pacific is largely forgettable due to the bad cast and the post-merge Pagonging.

Having back-to-back seasons that consisted of Pagongings did not make for good television and South Pacific was even tougher to watch at times due to all of the religion discussion and praying.

South Pacific gave nearly all of the air time to Coach, Ozzy, Cochran, and Brandon and when Sophie did pull off the win, many were hard on her for it because they didn’t see how smart she actually was.

This season also gave us way too much Russell content despite him not even being on the show.