SPOILERS FOR ALL 42 SEASONS OF SURVIVOR TO FOLLOW.
Whereas the jungle is actually stuffed with snakes and rats, the creature that appears to be overtaking the sport of Survivor greater than the rest is the bookworm. Or the dork, the geek, the whiz child, the strategist, the superfan, the dweeb, or the nerd, relying in your time period of selection.
Survivor, a recreation as soon as characterised by its social and bodily survival components, has grown more and more extra cerebral with the arrival of hidden immunity idols, idol nullifiers, additional votes, stolen votes, pictures at the hours of darkness, hearth tokens, and naturally, the Tyler Perry Idol. And casting, which as soon as relied closely on lovely, statuesque recruits who had by no means seen the present earlier than, has fortunately scooped up Survivor completists of late, who come to the sport with an enormous trove of historic data they intend to make use of to navigate the twists, the sport, and one another.
Survivor 42, which simply aired its finale, had no fewer that seven “nerds” on its roster of 20. Zach, the neurotic pupil whose hobbies included “social technique video games;” Swathi, the Ivy League pupil whose hero is Elon Musk; Daniel, the regulation clerk who collects pocket constitutions; and Lydia, a comedy author who’s afraid of vacuum cleaners — these had been simply 4 of this season’s ill-fated nerds. With SO MUCH technique concerned, the forged wants to incorporate a hefty measurement of geekdom for the gamers to even wrap their heads round what is occurring (plus, Jeff loves their giddy enthusiasm for even essentially the most trivial of Survivor moments).
And so with Maryanne as our reigning winner and most up-to-date nerd, I believed what higher solution to have a good time this golden age of the Survivor nerd than by rating among the finest to ever play the sport. A couple of floor guidelines:
1. I’m not rating each nerd to play, simply those who’ve left the most important impression.
2. “Nerd” is a little bit of a subjective time period, so I attempted to do my finest to qualify the people I chosen in my “nerd standards,” which incorporates issues like occupation, stage of Survivor data, puzzle-solving abilities, hobbies, social awkwardness, and apparel. I additionally tried to pick individuals who had been forged as “nerds” by the present and who weren’t simply good folks. Cirie, for instance, is an extremely good participant, however she was positively not forged as “the nerd” of her season, however relatively as “the mother,” or as Jeff usually says, “the girl who bought up off the sofa to play the sport.” The nerd archetype usually nudges up in opposition to the mother, the enterprise skilled, or the outdated particular person, however I attempted to stay with castaways squarely within the nerd camp.
3. Lastly, this rating is predicated on total efficiency within the recreation, nerdiness on the present, and normal iconic-ness. In different phrases, that is HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE.
Let’s dive in (off an old-timey pirate ship after throwing a bunch of bananas and dwell chickens off earlier than us).