5 Things We Want To See In Survivor’s All Winners Season

What can make the all winners season even better?

As filming for Survivor’s fortieth season comes to a close, it’s got me thinking about what I’d like to see on this highly anticipated champions edition. I don’t mean results or gameplay-wise (obviously I’m rooting for Sandra to snatch that third crown); I’m talking about twists and challenges and format changes. Things that I think will add to the colossal nature of this monumental season.

Below are my five hopes for Season 40.

1. An Epic Marooning


No more jumping from a ship into the ocean. It’s played out. This is a winners season damn it! The intro needs the extravagance of a Royal Wedding. Sandra should be carried to the beach on a chariot-type thing (in the immortal words of Cirie Fields). Parvati needs to be flanked by a marching band. Maybe Rob and Amber can do a tandem skydive while Tyson appears on the horizon on the back of a white stallion? Whatever the production crew decides, it needs to feel worthy of the biggest season of all time. Remember, Heroes vs. Villains had the legendary arrival in the military choppers, and Second Chance had the reflective walk through the ruins of the magnificent Angkor Wat. Season 40 needs something equally as memorable.

2. Hand on a Hard Idol


Sure, balancing balls is fun, but I want to see a return of the classic Hand on a Hard Idol for the final immunity challenge. Not only does it pay homage to the very first Survivor season, but it’s a true test of determination. These people are playing to become the champion of champions; the final challenge should be about who wants it the most, not just who can get a thing into a thing. And for anyone who might think this challenge is tedious, you only need to look at Australian Survivor 2016 for how dramatic it can be.

3. The Auction


It’s about time the Survivor Auction made a comeback and what better season to reintroduce it than Season 40? The auction has provided some classic moments over the years. Who can forget Erik licking chocolate cake off Cirie’s fingers? Or Sugar depriving Randy of cookies? Or Penner consistently winning items much to the disgust of his tribemates? Again, Australian Survivor has recently proven how entertaining the Auction can be. And if production is worried about people just saving money to bid on an Advantage, simple, announce up top that there is no Advantage on offer. Jeff Probst might think it isn’t interesting watching people eat food, but he just subjected us to Edge of Extinction, so I don’t think he’s one to judge on what’s interesting TV or not.

4. A Final Two


In a similar vein to Hand on a Hard Idol, if this season is about finding the best of the best, then let’s decide that in a Final 2. Ideally, this would mean getting rid of the fire-making twist, but if they must insist on keeping it, then let’s have the two losers of the Final 3 immunity challenge face-off in fire. I just think having a Final 2 raises the stakes and will make everyone play harder to get there.

5. Jury Speeches


I was a fan of the new jury format at first, at least, in theory. The open forum discussion was meant to create a more back-and-forth dialogue between the finalists and the jurors. But it’s zapped the drama out of the proceedings. It doesn’t help that the definitions of “outwit, outplay and outlast” are still pretty flimsy. And what tends to happen is the same handful of jurors end up hijacking the conversation. I kind of miss the melodramatic speeches; even if none have ever matched Sue Hawk’s original “snakes and rats” diatribe. Let’s bring the old format back for Season 40. There are fifteen people on this cast who have never been jury members before. You’re telling me you don’t want to see what kind of speech Sandra or Boston Rob could cook up? Or what kind of antics Tony would pull out of his bag of tricks? There’s got to be at least one iconic speech amongst this group.

Let us know what you’d like to see on Season 40 in the comments below!

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Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

11 responses to “5 Things We Want To See In Survivor’s All Winners Season”

  1. I would like this season to be decided by the classic combination of relational savvy, challenge ability, endurance and flexibility in shifting alliances. I would NOT like this season to be a game of “Hide n Seek.” One or two idols in the game that can be earned, perhaps. But none of this nonsense of the game being ultimately decided by who happens upon 4-5 idols — please!

  2. Five people were in the jury, no six – Amber(s2), Parvati (s13), Sarah (s28), Jeremy (s29) and Tyson (s18). Or am i wrong?

    I hope the series won’t be affected by the benefits.
    Otherwise, of course, I hope this season will be legendary and it will be remembered for a long time. 🙂

  3. When you mentioned the glorious HvV season, another thing instantly comes to my mind… We desperately need the epic ancient voices intro! Like… come on, this season deserves that beautiful full theme!!

  4. I agree with literally everything – sadly I’m more than sure that for instance the final tribal format will stay the same clumsy OOO.
    I would add: harder-to-find idols, no idols without clues.
    I just rewatched Micronesia where Amanda had to find those 4 or 5 clues in the water at Exile, that gave her coordinations where to dig – she ended up making a massive hole across the whole beach….
    …only to find a clue saying that the idol is HIDDEN UNDER THE TRIBE FLAG.
    huge effort, epic TV.

  5. love this list, but my number one thing would be limit the idols and advantages, like a lot. i would say literally no advantages and a few idols for the whole season. i want to see the best winners go at it and out compete the others, not out luck them.

    • The second one was only out of revenge against Russell. Sandra had no bussiness being in the final, let alone win.

  6. IDK why people dislike the firemaking challenge and new jury format. It makes things more interesting.

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