Most Underrated Seasons in Survivor History: No. 3 – Vanuatu
Survivor: Vanuatu gave us the second edition of men vs women, which proved to be the theme for the duration of the season. That’s likely what production was hoping for when they initially invented the twist in Amazon just three seasons earlier, but that season’s cast didn’t take to the theme as well as the cast of Vanuatu did.
Some might complain about the gender divide being used again so soon, but the men vs women twist is what made Vanuatu the season it was. What started as a gender battle finished as a gender battle (well, sorta), as despite swapping tribes, the women all reconvened at the merge and one-by-one picked the men off until only Chris was left to fend for himself.
Rather than just sit back and take it, Chris fought back and soon formed an alliance that managed to cut off the head of the alliance’s right-hand woman in Leann, who was shocked to see her name come up enough times to oust her. Ami, the leader of the women’s alliance who probably goes on to win otherwise, went shortly after. From there, Chris continued to exert his dominance, eventually making it to the final tribal council and putting on one of the best final tribal performances we’ve ever seen on the show.
What I will say about Vanuatu is that while the post-merge is incredible, the pre-merge is a bit of a snoozefest. I’ve watched the season probably three or four times since it aired and still can’t tell you the boot order or name all of the pre-merge boots.
The post-merge is definitely where the fun is to be had in Vanuatu and with a cast that gave us Chris, Eliza, and Ami, why doesn’t this season get more love? Also, why wasn’t Chris on Winners at War? He had one of the best victories in Survivor history.
Do yourself a favor and go watch Vanuatu right now.