Probst! Please rein in your Tribal Council.
My one big frustration with Survivor...
Any good Survivor fan knows this has been going on for ages.
But it’s now a weekly ritual, and the host is doing nothing to take control of it.
I’m talking about Tribal Councils when contestants, for some inexplicable reason are allowed to whisper, plot and effectively hijack the show.
Viewers are privy only to the odd hushed message as somebody flips before the elimination vote.
I’m sorry. I thought that’s what the entire post-Challenge scramble was for.
And I thought Reality TV was about the viewer being part of the conversations.
Part of the joy of Survivor is watching someone’s plan play out during the Tribal Council chat with Jeff Probst, and the viewer having extra information that a poor player may not be across.
But what’s the point? It all gets thrown out after Probst has probed everybody and then lets them run amok.
I keep yelling to my TV. “Sit the hell down, people. Time’s up. We’re going to the vote!”
To me it reeks of a host losing control of his show and just negates everything that has gone before it.
Am I alone in this frustration or do fans love seeing them panic?