Striking It Rich a Second Time
Burnett reveals they thought Rich would be the first person voted off the island. ["Me too!" -- Wing Chun] Probst gives us a news flash and says that Rich won the game by being manipulative.
Burnett says that the challenges were created by a very talented "challenges team." Oh yeah, do they put that in their job descriptions? Probst is shown at a white board which has very complicated schematics for a challenge. Yeah, right, like they involved any planning at all.
Probst says that the yacht night was a great moment of Survivor. Burnett explains that eight family members were held at the airport with tickets and the moment the challenge was decided, someone would get on a plane and get to the yacht. Then the contestants were told that the yacht was being delayed, it was not a lie. Oh, and the woman who massaged Sean, was not a real masseuse. It was just a ruse until Sean's dad made it up. ["Also in the book." -- Wing Chun] Again: bastards.
Burnett says they made a mistake following the yacht reward with the bottle of beer -- that the prizes needed to get bigger and bigger. Burnett says they had a brainstorm to give the person a night with Jeff with the beer in a bar. That was a brilliant idea for a reward? Maybe these producers aren't as smart as we thought. Jeff reveals that the island bar was actually the production mess hall. ["Blah book blah blah." -- Wing Chun]
Jeff acknowledges that the tribal councils were over-the-top and melodramatic, but the fact that they were the most mocked parts of the show proves they worked. Sure, Probst, whatever you say. Probst says that after the show was over, all of them said they had a great time and would want to do it again.
Jeff talks about the last episode, and how it was the climax of the experience. I get uncomfortable hearing Jeff say "climax." Jeff also talks about the after-party. He says that Kelly and Sue had a gulf between them. He says that Rudy had the funniest stories and was practically a comedian when it was over.
Burnett says that the reason Survivor did so well with the public was because it was new and original, with interesting characters in an environment we could all understand. "It's fascinating," he says. Yeah, fascinating with big dollar signs all over it.
That's it. The video's over, my hands need a massage, and Sue has completely ruined the DVD format for me. That's okay. I've got a whole season of Survivor 2 to watch, and I won't even have to worry about writing about it.