Really glad Tyson won - a deserving winner from the beginning, and a great TC performance. I was struck when he said that he barely slept, thinking about the game and working every angle - A, B and C plans 24/7. The last person who talked like that was Boston Rob when he finally won the game. And while I'm not big on giving players 3 chances to win, I am big on seasons where getting to the end is not a fluke, but rather 39 full days of gameplay.
I don't get the Monica dynamic. Several of them asked her to be more vulnerable - after she was already pouring her heart out. And why is it so important to show vulnerability? What does that have to do with Survivor? Only other comment there was how great Monica looked in the finale
Poor Gervase - he wanted this so bad, and did in fact play a great game, just not great enough. Would have been nice for him to get one vote, but at the same time, I think he got a lot of respect. Didn't like Vytas going after him about old school - Vytas clearly wasn't listening because that was only half of the point Gervase was making, and it was a good one. In the first season, only one person really understood what kind of game it was, and one might have expected Gervase to be a lost puppy 14 years later, but instead he played hard and showed a great understanding of where the game is today (that would be new school, Vytas).
No time for bitter boy Vytas any more, but I thought Aras' question was great, and really brought the whole thing into focus. Tyson must've been cheering inside when both Gervase and Monica especially essentially pleaded his case, and then his own answer was brilliant. Acknowledge Monica's game play for any of the jury who were sympathetic (and I think a lot of them were), but point out something she did that she apparently didn't realize she had done because she didn't talk about it, and therefore make it your strategy instead of hers. Love it.
re 3 vs 2 at final TC - at first I didn't like it, but I do think it works now - never liked the goat tactic, or the tactic of bringing someone everyone hates. Also gave too much power to the person who won final immunity - they got to choose the person to bring, and this way it's still a hard battle to the end.
Onward - BBB - not sure about this one. Brawns and brains seems obvious as two of the attributes that can be very helpful in challenges as well as campwork/social game, but where does beauty fit in? Are they supposed to be the social people or something? Thoughts?