By John Powell – GlobalTV.com
A solitary island has made all the difference this year. Extinction Island has given some Survivors hope and given some a direct pain in the neck as their targets are not guaranteed to be out of the game.
As they always do, the Survivors adjusted their strategy giving us some unforgettable moments. It is that time of the season when we reward those accomplishments and chastise those who failed to impress for one reason or another, with a wink and a nod, of course.
We present our Survivor: Edge of Extinction Awards. Pass the envelopes, please.
The Greg Buis Gameplay Award
Awarded to the Survivor with the most outrageous, inexplicable gameplay of the season.
Winner: Wendy Diaz
Every season of Survivor needs a Wendy. She may not have played the strongest game but she did play one of the strangest in Survivor history. Giving credit where credit is due, she did have massive ovaries on that island and she was so entertaining.
The Osten Taylor Endurance Award
Winners: Keith Sowell, Wendy Diaz
They had the chance to continue on but instead they packed up their things, threw in the towel.
The Foot in Mouth Awards Award
Winner: Reem Daly
Speaking your mind all the time will occasionally lead to this condition.
The Phillip Sheppard Award
Awarded to the worst dressed Survivor.
Winner: Ron Clark
Who wears a dress shirt and tie to the Fijian jungle? Who does that?
The Marissa Cooper Award
Named after The OC’s most infamous departure, this award is given to the Survivor who we wished would have stuck around a little bit longer.
Winners: Wendy Diaz and Julia Carter
More of Wendy’s chaotic gameplay would have given the season an extra jolt or two and Julia was a very clever player who make one fatal mistake.
The Richard Hatch Award
Given to the contestant who has masterfully schemed and outwitted their fellow players.
Of anyone this season Rick and David outwitted the other players more than anyone else.
The Susan Richards Award
Named after the member of Marvel’s Fantastic Four and her superhuman ability to turn invisible.
Winner: Julia Carter
Besides a couple of episodes where she helped to blindside Eric and she was given the boot we really didn’t learn much at all about Julia. That’s a shame because she appeared to have real potential as a player and personality.
The Space Ghost Award
Named after Hanna-Barbera’s intergalactic superhero who could use his Inviso-Belt to turn, well, invisible.
We found these two to be totally interchangeable as well as forgettable. Who is who? We might never know.
The Russell Hantz Award
Awarded to the Survivor with the worst social game.
Winner: Reem Daly
Her poor social game is one of the major reasons she has a permanent residence, spent almost the entire season on Extinction Island.
The Erik Reichenbach Award
Recognizing the most foolish strategic move of the season.
Winner: Kelley Wentworth, Rick Devens
Veteran player Kelley goes home with a Hidden Immunity Idol in her pocket and Rick Devens returns to the game only to turn away David and his other allies.
Best Twist of the Season
Winners: Four Returning Players and Advantage Menu
I know. You thought we would name Extinction Island here, however, I am not a fan of evicted players getting the opportunity to return to the game. When you are out, you should stay out. The four returning players did add another element to this season’s gameplay. Being able to choose your own advantage with the Advantage Menu was a clever concept.
Terms of Endearment Award
Awarded to the most heart-breaking moment of the season.
Winners: The Family Visit, Survivor letters
There really haven’t been too many of those this season so we will go with the family visit and the survivors reading their letters as the moments that had us thinking about grabbing a tissue or two.
If At First You Don’t Succeed Award
Awarded to the Survivor who deserve to play again.
Winners: Wendy Diaz, Julia Carter, Aurora McCreary and Rick Devens.
Wendy, Devens for entertainment value alone. Julia and Aurora for their gameplay potential.
Watch the Survivor: Edge of Extinction finale on Wednesday, May 15th on Global.