I'm a fan of idols in general. But not when they're over used like in Australian Survivor. If there is an active idol possessed in every episode on every tribe then I am not mad about that. I am just sick of an idol being used in almost every single episode, it takes away from the game IMO. Why bother looking at this as a game and why bother playing when it's all about who can be lucky enough to find idols. I am not anti-idol, I do enjoy them in a healthy dose.I’m a huge fan of idols in contrast. Heck I didn’t really mind the fire tokens they had in “winners at war”. Thank Ganesh or your favorite deity that they didn’t stick with those fire tokens though, lol, it was good for a season or two.
US season is pretty much going all in with advantages or twists. Nut they do so in a way that encourages strategy play and bonding between disparate units of a tribe. It’s guaranteed narrative content.
You can’t film this show nowdays without a decent amount of idols or advantages. there is only so much excitement/entertainment you can extract from people sitting in a shelter all day and going out to swim or get water. Also people tend to do similar things every day, hang out with the same people with the same plans. That’s just not all that fun to watch guys….
Idols or advantages give those guys on the bottom or any level in fact, an opportunity to generate drama. The show will never go back to NO idols or NO advantages or fewer advantages….
And while it’s possible some units cam be led on by producers…. Most of the time it’s not. Most people who are uncomfortable, never go looking for idols or advantages. Those that need them, just happen to do so, why? They need it to stay in the game & obtain a lifeline to change the game!
The fact Sandra didn’t get the idol is % proof that the people who really SHOULD have one don’t get FED one.
I disagree that it can't be filmed without a decent amount of idols/advantages. Australian survivor 2016 had minimal of them and was edited very well. The 2018 season also only featured 6 idols which is a healthy amount and the only advantage I can recall from memory is Shonee's vote steal. The show can easily be made with fewer advantages. I would actually argue the increase of idols and advantages confuses a lot of the casual audience. The camp scenes don't need to just be about survival stuff, fun antics, socialising and strategy can easily be shown instead as it is and be just as fun.
I also disagree that most people don't look for idols. Numerous interviews and podcasts have people asking them "why didn't you look for an idol" and they always respond with I did, you just didn't see it. Everyone would be looking for idols but there is no point airing these pointless idol hunts if the person is in control and doesn't need an idol or also if the person doesn't find one. Idols have 100% been planted for contestants before, S35 HHH had Ben finding a ridiculous amount of idols and production also let him play the idol before the votes were cast which in other instances has been said not have been allowed. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. for all we know there was an idol under Sandra's nose but she didn't find it.