Striking It Rich a Second Time
The final votes are shown, including the explanations from each person voting. The winner is announced. Rich hugs Kelly. The music comes back on. People clap. Just like the original show, it's still a bit of a shock Kelly didn't win, but that's the way it goes. Kelly's final words seem pretty despondent. She says that Susan is extremely immature. Kelly says that she stopped trusting Sue early on and started lying to Sue when she figured that out. She uses the word "bullshit" again and I cheer. She says everything that Sue said in her speech was exactly the way Susan acted. Kelly smiles when she says it's funny how bitter Sue was. She says her brain is fried and she'd never want to play another game like this again.
Rich's final closing words, the same one shown after the show, is shown again. His flight, his butt-ugly new car, and his cheesy voice-over. I am so exhausted right now. Seriously. Just. Wrap. It. Up.
The show is followed by the same preview for Survivor 2 we saw during the reunion special. Y'all make sure to read Joanna's recaps, okay?
The main portion of the DVD ends with glimpses of the Survivor wrap party mixed with the closing credits. Each person is introduced by Mark Burnett and given some applause. "Thank you so much for playing the game," says Burnett -- now a rich man, indeed. Some last comments are made, including Rudy's saying that he loves gay people now as long as they don't touch him. Greg says goofy stuff about how he loves the island and all of the island is reality. And thus ends the main portion. Wow, how underwhelming.
Which leaves us with one final bit: "Survivor: Inside the Phenomenon," the documentary. If you've read the book, there aren't too many surprises, but in the interest of brevity (yeah, 9,000 words later), here's a quick summary: Burnett explains how the show got started from the format for the show to how the island was chosen during a two-year search. He says they wanted to find an island that was dangerous, but not too dangerous. He reveals that his production company contributed financially to a future resort on the island.
Jeff Probst talks about how he first heard about the hosting gig on the radio. He seems awfully cheesy, even when he's not hosting, but his enthusiasm for the job does come through.
Burnett says they looked at about two hundred possible casting choices. Burnett and Probst go back and forth about how they met and how the host was chosen. Burnett says they needed someone who was tough and who had passion for the project. But they chose Probst anyway. ["I still think they had a little thing going. Burnett's just a bit too effusive about Probst's...er...talents." -- Wing Chun]