2020/05/22 · 2:11 pm
Winners at War? More like Whiners at War. Or Winners at Warm Fuzzy Feelings. Or Winners on the Survivor Celebrity Cruise. [takes a bow]
These are all alternate subtitles for this past “greatest of all-time” season of Survivor (these are also names I flirted with for the headline of this post, and I just couldn’t bear to part with them. So, bonus titles! You’re welcome).
Without doing the arithmetic, I’ve probably posted more about Survivor than any other subject on this blog (are we still saying “blog?” Pop culture review? Internet phenomenon? Literary TikTok?). Certainly I’ve written more words about it than any other show, if the memory of my epic poem-length recaps serves correctly. So there ever was a time to dip my toes back into that clear blue Fijian water, it certainly seems like that time is now. With Season 40 just barely in our rear view, here are my thoughts:
I hated it.
Okay, that is not entirely true or accurate. But it was a letdown, peaking mid-season with the back-to-back-to-back eliminations of Boston Rob, Parvati and Sandra, and then not quite reaching that gear again. All things considered it will probably end up near the bottom of my top 10, or maybe even in the top 15 (I need to do a proper ranking, but perhaps that’s a post for another day). However, this season – as has been the trend in recent Survivor times – succeeded in spite of itself. And I shall endeavor to tell you why (buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy, scattered ride).
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Filed under Century 21 Reality, LOST, Tribal Council
Tagged as CBS, Heroes Vs. Villains, Jeff Probst, Parvati, Sophie, Survivor, Tom Westman, Tony Vlachos, Winners at War
2020/01/02 · 12:59 am
Hello old friends! It’s the first day of the 2020s, so this feels like the appropriate time to look back on the last decade (and post our first article in about half a decade). As Jumped The Snark was alive (or in a deep sleep) for the entirety of the 2010s, it will likely stand as the iconic decade for this blog, and it was a ten-year period rich with memorable TV shows, movies, performances and viral videos. Instead of breaking it down by genre or format (mostly as a TS (a time-saver)), I’m just going to present my “ten best” (whatever that means) things from the teens. And away we go:
Honorable Mention: BoJack Horseman, Mad Max: Fury Road, La La Land, Master of None, Crashing, Billy Joel at MSG, 2013-2014 NY Rangers, Frasier on Netflix, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Darth Vader hoverboard, Barry*, several seasons of Survivor, Adele Dazeem
10. Watchmen (2019) – Damon Lindelof’s dense and ambitious “remix” of the graphic novel came in just under the wire (not the HBO show). It felt like the culmination of Lindelof’s TV journey, mixing the mystery box elements and non-linear storytelling of Lost with the philosophical reckoning and real-life relevance of The Leftovers, creating something entirely new and incredibly assured. It was as if the were making Lost but knew all the answers, and more than that, knew how to slowly but successfully reveal them. It’s not an easy show to watch – it demands full attention (and a rewatch) – but it’s so rewarding. A swing that big shouldn’t be a home run, but Watchmen knocks it out of the proverbial park. Is this recency bias you ask (I ask)? Would the show be on my list if it came out a year earlier? I don’t know, but I hope so.
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2013/05/16 · 7:46 pm
We very clearly remember the moment that we fell for The Office, the NBC stalwart that closes up shop at Dunder Mifflin tonight after nine mostly great seasons. It was the fall of 2005, when The Office was starting to find its legs after a rocky and uneven six episode first season, and we in our first autumn post-college, back at our parents’, and for the first time since we were four-years-old not attending school. We were at our best friend and future roommate’s house, hanging out, maybe barbecuing, maybe drinking a few beers, maybe watching the first season of Lost on DVD, which dominated much of our time (and thoughts) during that period. We knew about the The Office, another blatant attempt to import a UK hit stateside, but missed its brief run earlier that year, as was the case with the aforementioned Lost, as the only shows we watched religiously during our final year of college (and last few months before true adulthood) were The Simpsons and Survivor. We did, however, recall reading that it was an imperfect translation of the original, and the Steve Carell-led vehicle – who was then best known as the other Steve from The Daily Show – was not likely to resurrect NBC Thursday night Must See TV, let alone make it past Season 2. So with the middling reviews in mind, and the fact that we were unfamiliar with the original Ricky Gervais version, we didn’t go out of our way to watch the show. But that night changed everything.
More: But that was just the beginning…
Filed under Across the pond, Back to the Past, Brilliance, Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam, Freak Out Control, Good Humor, Is That Still On?, LOST, Must Flee TV, Must See TV
Tagged as 30 Rock, booze cruise, Casino NIght, Chili's, community, Creed, David Brent, Dunder Mifflin, gif, How I Met Your Mother, Jam, Jim, Kelly, LOST, Michael Scott, NBC, Pam, Parks and Recreation, Prison Break, Ricky Gervais, Saved by the Bell, Steve Carell, Survivor, The Daily Show, The Dundies, The Office, The Simpsons, Zack
2011/05/17 · 7:25 pm
Our Redemption Island journey came to an end Sunday night, and while the home stretch of the season had been rather uneventful and predictable, if economical, we still had the chance for fireworks in the last two hours. Would Rob complete what was unquestionably one of – if not the – definitive Survivor performances, winning it all in his fourth attempt? Or, perhaps, would Matt fulfill his destiny and return from Redemption Island to become the Sole Survivor (if that was God’s will)? Or would Mike, the lone remaining member of Zapatera, the double threat of soldier and Jesus lover, reenter the game and lockup votes from his former teammates? Or would Grant, the remarkable physical specimen, go undefeated down the stretch, the jury rewarding his unparalleled athletic prowess with a million dollars. Or, finally, would Andrea prove victorious in the final Redemption Island duel and surprise us all by going all the way to the end? Well, there’s no way that could happen, right?
Wrong! But could anyone possibly stand in the way of Boston Rob???
Filed under Analysis, Be careful what you wish for, Century 21 Reality, God Laughs, LOST, Masochism, Tribal Council, You Decide
Tagged as Always Be Controlling, American Gladiators, Andrea, Ashley, Boston Rob, David, Former Federal Agent Phillip, God, Grant, Great shot kid don't get cocky, I'm a lawyer, In Living Color, Jeff Probst, Jesus, Jim Carrey, John Locke, Labyrinth, Lisa Frank, Matt, Mike, Natalie, Nicaragua, Osama Bin Laden, Pyramid, Ralph, Redemption Island, Russell Hantz, Survivor, Tom Westman, Vera de Milo
2011/02/23 · 12:13 pm
This is it, folks. We estimated it would take us about two days to get to this point. Instead it’s taken 3 weeks. But, nevertheless, we’ve arrived. And the end. Well, the beginning of the end.
6:14pm, Season 5, Disc 1, Episode 1: ” The Fight”
00:10: Well, right out of the gate we have to compliment the DVD menus for this season. MUCH improved.
01:49: My school never had the “pool on the roof” gag. I kind of regret that. Feel like I didn’t have a proper high school experience.
02:32: Fun Fact: Elizabeth Berkley turned 44 during this season.
Read on: More fun facts, THE FIGHT, a big season from Big Pete, the curious case of Tori Scott, drinking, gambling, kissing, Punky Brewster, time travel and graduation day! And MORE!
Filed under Buffy & Hildegarde, Count Bleh, Crucial Taunt, Fashion Show at Lunch, LOST, Mars Investigations, Masochism, Rip-off, Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell Project, Yasmine Bleeth
Tagged as Academic Bowl, Angelina Jolie, Aunt Viv, Benny Hill, Big Pete, Black Swan, Bosom Buddies, Brad Pitt, Bridgette Wilson, California Dreams, Cavariccis, Classic Concentration, College Years, Dana Carvey, Dennis Haskins, Derek Morris, Designing Women, Doogie Howser, DUI, EGOT, Elizabeth Berkley, Eyes Wide Shut, Five Aces, Fresh Prince, Friends Forever, Gary Beach, Gem Diamond, Good Day LA, Graduation, Groucho Marx, Jackson Pollack, Jennifer Aniston, jheri curl, Joanna, John Locke, John Sanderford, Karate Kid III, Kevin Costner, Kids in the Hall, Leanna Creel, LOST, Louise, Major Dad, Mario Lopez, Mark Sanchez, Master off Disguise, Max Nerdstrom, MC Hammer, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ms. Frizzle, Muffin Sangria, MVEMJSUNP, Nerdstrom, Oprah's Legends Ball, Ox, Paula Abdul, Pearl Harbor, Princeton, Punky Brewster, Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell Project, Screech's Spaghetti Sauce, Season 5, SNL, Snow White, soap on a rope, Soleil Moon Frye, Swan Pond, Teen Line, The Max, The New Class, Tom Cruise, Tony Danza, Top Gun, Tori Scott, Vanilla Ice, Veronica Mars, Wear thick socks Gordon, Who's Harry Crumb?, Will Smith, Yale, Your kids are going to love it, Zack Attack
2011/02/01 · 1:30 am
What a treat tonight! Someone out there searched for “benry and fabio,” which means what you were really looking for was this:
But perhaps we were mistaken. Perhaps what you were looking for was a shot of that famous scene from Lost when Benjamin Linus, aka Benry, and his fellow other Fabio turn the donkey wheel and are magically transported to Tunisia. Well, don’t worry, because if that’s the case we got you covered too.
Jumped the Snark, your one stop shop for all things Benrys and Fabios.
2011/01/26 · 1:10 am
We’re going to cheat a little tonight. Our search term for this post is “tom westman heroes,” but, as much as we absolutely adore Lt. Tom Westman, we’ve already welcome him twice to this daily feature. And, more importantly, there’s bigger Survivor matters at hand right now. So we’re going to use that search term as an excuse to bring you this, the first official Boston Rob/Russell promo for Redemption Island:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
“I’m going to need a bigger torch” = AMAZING. Bring it, Probst!
Can. Not. Wait.
(Also, quick thought: Are Russell and Boston Rob really Jacob and the Man in Black? Think about it)
Filed under Freak Out Control, Gratuitous Search Term Bait, Impatience, LOST, Makes You Think, Tribal Council
Tagged as Boston Rob, I'm going to need a bigger torch, Jeff Probst, Redemption Island, Russell Hantz, Survivor, Tom Westman, tom westman heroes
2011/01/05 · 6:14 pm
First, we freely admit that Facebook Questions is an asinine feature of a site that is continuously populating itself with unnecessary clutter. But still, unless your sole purpose is to shame Facebook Questions into submission, don’t ask questions like these. “Why do people watch Lost?” That’s like asking a writer “Where do you get your ideas?” Why do we watch Lost? We just do, OKAY?! And the second question, “How did LOST end?,” c’mon! You have enough motivation to post a question on Facebook about the subject, but not enough to just find the last episode online? Or simply Google the answer? That couldn’t take more than twelve seconds.
What is this world coming to? We guess Armageddon is coming.
Whatever you do, DON’T ANSWER! We’ve gone ahead and given this enough legitimacy as it is.
2010/12/31 · 9:44 pm
Unbelievably, we’re about to enter our third calendar year in existence. It seems like just yesterday we were scrambling to put together our best of the decade lists (which makes sense, because we didn’t actually post one of those until this week). In 2011 we hope to be even more timely, on-point and just plain better. Until then, let’s try to end 2010 on a high note with our not-at-all anticipated Best Shows of the Year:
1. Community: This was an absolute no-brainer. Far and away Community was the most original, ambitious, rewarding, warm, funny, creative, fearless show of 2010. It was just a little over a year ago when the show delivered its holiday episode, “Comparative Religion” (featuring mustachio’d Anthony Michael Hall), and we began to feel then that the show was truly building towards something special. When Community returned in January of this year it began what should be considered one of the greatest runs of any comedy series in television history, playing “can you top that?” with itself from week to week. Solid episodes like “Investigative Journalism” with Jack Black, “Physical Education” with a nearly naked Joel McHale, and the truly superb Goodfellas tribute “Contemporary American Poultry” culminated in the single best episode of 2010 across the board, the paintball-splattered, action movie homage masterpiece “Modern Warfare” (we know that we’ve already proclaimed the greatness of this episode, but it’s worth doing over and over again).
Keep reading: More on why Community is the best show of 2010. And 9 other good ones…
Filed under Best Show You're Not Watching, Brilliance, Dillon Panthers, Greendale Human, Lists, LOST, Matt Christopher Books, Must See TV, Top Scallop, Tribal Council
Tagged as 24/7, All-Stars, Amazing Race, Amy Poehler, Apollo 13, Boardwalk Empire, Boston Rob, Capitals, Children's Hospital, Coach Taylor, community, Dave Allen, Donal Logue, Donald Glover, Friday Night Lights, Glee, Hard Knocks, HBO, Jack Black, Jeff Probst, Jets, Joel McHale, Ken Marino, Kerri Kenney, Lone Star, LOST, Modern Family, Nicaragua, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Penguins, Rashida Jones, Rex Ryan, Ricky Blaise, Rob Corrdry, Rob Huebel, Russell Hantz, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Sopranos, Steve Guttenberg, Survivor, Tami Taylor, Terriers, The Office, The Soup, Tom Lennon, Top Chef, Veronica Mars, Winter Classic
2010/12/30 · 9:16 pm
Note: We began this post the day after Lost’s series finale. Unfortunately, do to a series of fortunate events, we became otherwise occupied, and soon a Lost finale review seemed rather dated. But with the end on the year quickly gaining on us, we thought we’d finally finish that piece, perhaps all the wiser for having an extra half-year to let the series’ end sink in.
For most of Lost’s final season (and for the first five) we’ve offered little, if any, commentary, instead leaving the expert analysis to the experts. In fact, besides a couple of links and a few Jimmy Fallon videos we’ve only really spoken in-depth about the season premiere. However, much in the fashion of Lost, we feel compelled to call back to that post and close the circle.
However, before we delve into the finale, the series, and the nature of season finales, I think it’s necessary that we first outline our particular history with Lost. The show premiered during my senior year in college, the four-year period when I probably should have been OD’ing on television, at least on the Mr. Show DVDs, but instead foolishly focused on my studies, only making time for The Simpsons, Survivor, Friends for some reason at beginning and, thankfully, Arrested Development towards the end (talk about growing up). Lost premiered during the fall of my Senior year, but I was far too wrapped up in my penultimate semester, and getting in as much Mario Tennis as possible, to pay it much mind (plus, it seemed like a risky venture to get involved with such an ambitious show that likely wouldn’t make it past its first season). During winter break of that year, I did record a couple of episodes on VHS (the dark ages!), and found it interesting, intriguing and definitely full of potential. But without the benefit of having seen the pilot, and understanding the context of those episodes, I was, in essence, lost. So it wasn’t until the following summer when, on somewhat of a whim, I just went ahead and purchased season 1 on DVD. And that basically changed my life.
Another 1500 words on our personal relationship with Lost, the nature of series finales and, finally, our thoughts on The End…
Filed under Analysis, Count Bleh, Flashback!, In Memoriam, LOST
Tagged as Across the Sea, Arrested Development, Carlton Cuse, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Damon Lindelof, Friends, Jack Shephard, Jacob, John Locke, Juliet, Larry David, LOST, Man in Black, Mario Tennis, Mash, Mr. Show, Newhart, Sayid, Saywer, Seinfeld, series finale, Shannon, Simpsons, Sopranos, St. Elsewhere, Survivor, The End, wax wings