Hot or Not Manu Tribe News Season 38 Survivor Edge of Extinction

Survivor Edge of Extinction Hot or Not


Gus and Ali, a real-life couple and followers of Survivor, can be individually rating the Survivor gamers into two classes, Scorching or Not. For the preseason, Ali and Gus will probably be rating the contestants based mostly on who they assume has potential longevity within the recreation. These opinions are based mostly solely on first impressions of every contestant based mostly on their bios, interviews, and Josh Wigler’s First One Out.

Go forward, hit us together with your greatest shot. We’re in all probability mistaken anyway (particularly this version), however that’s why it’s enjoyable!



(In line with this season’s Extinction theme, I’ll be matching every castaway to a dinosaur that I really feel greatest represents their character, based mostly on the little or no I’ve been capable of study them.)

Whats up Tony… I imply, Joe… I imply, Russell… Are you able to inform me who this bald man is? The Wardog, whereas hilarious, is giving me some main Philip Shephard vibes on this pre-game, and it places him firmly within the Not class for me. Perhaps I’ve a factor about nicknaming your self or referring to your self within the third individual, however no matter it’s, I’ve alarm bells up about Dan DaSilva. Once I consider The Wardog, I consider a dinosaur that has it’s personal nickname. The Carnotaurus, a horned carnivore that is among the most harmful dinosaurs of all time, is also known as the “the meat-eating bull.” It has two horns on the highest of its head that they use to crash into different Carnotauruses. Just like the Carnotaurus, I’m involved that Dan’s going to attempt to get his means within the recreation by blasting by means of obstacles. Sadly, within the recreation of Survivor, that simply doesn’t work.


(So from what I’ve heard, Ali is matching your complete forged to dinosaurs. Naturally, in response to this I will probably be evaluating the forged to IHOP menu gadgets.)

I feel individuals are sleeping on Dan. He appears to be puffing himself up on objective – although his bio implies that he lacks self-awareness, in his FOO interview he comes throughout as a levelheaded participant who wears the mantle of a Coach or Philip-like specialist. Moreover, he’s a longtime fan – he brings up Yul and Mike’s video games, each gamers who – whereas dominant winners – usually are not the primary individual that the majority gamers would go to for comparisons. If Dan can modulate his OTT aspect (e.g., “I convey a sure intercourse attraction that males my age haven’t had for over a decade…”), I feel Dan will play an excellent recreation. If not, nicely, by no means thoughts.



My dad is a businessman, and one factor that he all the time advised me to do was hedge my bets. Therefore, Reem will get to be in my draft as a result of I really like her, however she additionally scares me, so she will get a Not right here. I feel Reem has a excessive ceiling and a very low flooring. It’d appear to be dishonest, however that’s the gamble. Reem is just like the Ankylosaurus, the club-tailed dinosaur. She stands out from the gang, and I have a tendency to love individuals like that. However she’s absolutely able to turning into an excessive amount of and clubbing individuals over the top together with her uniqueness, and that’s not going to endear her to them. I’m betting on Reem, however I’ve to even be protected and never put all of my eggs within the Reem basket.


When requested which Survivor she is most like, Reem answered, “Rudy Boesch as a result of he simply does NOT care.” Reem, it is best to in all probability care. Rudy misplaced twice! I don’t have the strongest learn on Reem – she appears fairly eccentric and considerably erratic, and I feel she may rub her Manu tribemates the incorrect method. I don’t assume she would be the first one out, however I don’t assume she’ll be within the recreation for too lengthy both. With regards to the Fringe of Extinction, I feel she’ll cling in there for some time – however I’m simply not getting sufficient of an excellent learn on her to provide her a Scorching but.



Just like the well-known flying dinosaur, the Pteranodon, Rick stands out from the gang. And, just like the Pteranodon, Rick is perhaps in hassle when the opposite rivals come to play. Keep in mind that scene from Jurassic Park the place the T-Rex confirmed up and ate a bunch of Pteranodons? Yeah, it might be like that. Rick could possibly be in a number of hassle within the pre-merge, and it’s trying to me like his tribe might be in peril early on. Not a superb signal for poor Rick, as he isn’t probably the most… bodily individual on the tribe. This places him in hassle early and earns him a Not from me. Nevertheless, like with David in Millennials vs. Gen-X, if Rick will get to the merge, there are going to be greater dinos to fry, and Rick can swoop in just like the Pteranodon he’s and sail to the top.


Rick looks like he’s going to be a enjoyable man. From his tremendously memorable Kool-Help man entry onto the scene to his flag swim trunks, he appears arrange for an honest quantity of social success in Survivor. He and I’ve an honest quantity in widespread, too – we’re each eagle scouts, we each like long-ass books (in his case Stephen King’s The Stand, in mine Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time), and we’re each neurotic about coasters. Why do I’ve him as a Not, then? Truthfully, I’m fearful that he’s just a little bit scattered coming into the sport, and I’m simply unsure what to anticipate from his gameplay type. Hopefully I’ll change issues round for Rick within the close to future.



Oh boy… I’m positive she’s a stunning individual, however man, these interviews have been somewhat tough. I really feel like Wendy can be robust to get to know as a result of she talks… rather a lot. Granted, that could be entertaining on an island the place there isn’t lots to do, however typically silence is golden. Prior to now, people who find themselves overly talkative have a tendency to go away early, see: Katrina Radke. I need to give Wendy the good thing about the doubt and say that this was nerves, however her social media presence reads equally. I want Wendy one of the best in her Survivor expertise, however I fear that she’s not lengthy for the sport. And, if by some probability she does make it far, I worry her chatting will finally reveal alliance secrets and techniques. I’m giving Wendy the Parasaurolophus, well-known for standing out with a backward curving crest on its head. This crest served to create a built-in amplifier, giving the Parasaurolophus a popularity because the loudest dinosaur. Sufficient stated.


I’d wish to have it on report that I really like Wendy’s power and optimism, and I feel her enthusiasm for all times (which we might all emulate) is one thing that probably serves her properly in myriad capacities, together with her entrepreneurial ventures and her day-to-day life. That stated, I fear that Wendy may rub her castmates the incorrect means which might end in her being despatched to the Fringe of Extinction earlier than too lengthy. I feel she’ll do properly in that side of the sport – she doesn’t strike me as a quitter – however nonetheless I’ve to mark Wendy as a Not.



I’ve a problem with individuals who say that they’re going to play like Parvati. Ninety-nine % of the time when ladies say they may play like Parvati, they critically don’t perceive the Micronesia champion’s recreation. They assume that she flirted her approach to the top and that as a result of they’re remotely scorching that they’ll have the ability to do the identical factor. The issue is that when individuals say that Parvati was only a flirt, they’re underestimating how troublesome the sport she performed is to tug off. I as soon as acquired into an enormous argument in a bar over whether or not Parvati’s recreation was feminist, so I can actually go on about this. To scale back the three-timer Survivor participant’s recreation right down to mere flirting is disregarding all of her social maneuverings that she did to get to the top and finally win. Natalie, Amanda, Cirie, and Alexis didn’t work with Parvati as a result of she was flirting with them… properly… perhaps Natalie… however I digress. Corinne Kaplan stated on RHAP that Parvati’s weapon isn’t flirting, it’s charisma, and I agree. Anybody can flirt, however you both have charisma, otherwise you don’t. Most individuals shouldn’t have the subtlety to persuade individuals to do what they need merely by being engaging. In listening to Lauren’s First One Out, I didn’t get Parvati degree charisma vibes. Now, that is in fact based mostly on a primary impression, however that’s all I’ve to go on.

As for her dinosaur, I’m going to go together with the Gallimimus. You realize that scene in Jurassic Park the place everyone seems to be in a subject and there’s out of the blue rumbling ft and these unusual wanting dinosaurs come, consuming every little thing of their path earlier than being wrecked by a much bigger predator? Yeah, I feel that’s Lauren. I feel all the things Parvati-esque that she tries goes to be apparent from a mile away, and she or he’s going to get wrecked for it. Who is aware of, casting in all probability made her say that she would play like Parvati. They’ve been recognized to try this. Although, that symbolizes that she in all probability isn’t an enormous fan of the sport, which additionally doesn’t converse properly to her possibilities going ahead. However the Gallimimuses are known as hen mimics on account of their resemblance to modern-day chickens, perhaps Lauren will shock us all and be the subsequent Parvati that was promised.


Lauren strikes me as a critical gamer proper off the bat. A background in collegiate sports activities and roots in each Texas and California aren’t traits to be shrugged off, and talking as somebody who has additionally gone by way of some orthopedic surgical procedures, bouncing again from these takes grit – one thing which Lauren cops to having in spades. I feel she’ll have little to no hassle forming social connections, operating challenges, and toughing via the survival facet of Survivor – and even when she winds up on the Fringe of Extinction, I feel she’ll hunker down and hard by means of all of it the identical. My concern from Lauren based mostly purely on my preliminary learn of her is that she’ll be focused early as a menace – however, then once more, that’s not one thing that’s more likely to occur till at the least the merge.



Traditionally, younger individuals don’t do nicely on Survivor. Up to now, Julia has performed the perfect recreation out of any of the youngsters featured on Survivor. Everybody else fell a bit of flat: Michael Yerger (regardless that he performed an honest premiere recreation), Will Wahl, Jessica Peet, Spencer Duhm, and so forth. Sometimes, the very younger both grow to be a coattail rider of a bigger alliance, or they get ousted early. And I’ve to take a look at this from the jury’s perspective as nicely. David Wright stated on RHAP post-MvGX that, regardless of how properly Will performed, he would by no means have voted to provide an individual that younger one million dollars. It’s an excessive amount of duty. As age discriminatory as this may really feel, I consider most people on the jury will agree with this sentiment. On this recreation, Keith is just like the Compsognathus, the little dinosaur pack that attacked the kid at first of The Misplaced World: Jurassic Park. Even once they have been capable of persuade folks that they have been a predator, they nonetheless weren’t capable of do a lot injury to a toddler. I feel Keith could have an uphill battle making an attempt to persuade anybody to take him significantly on the finish.


Frankly, I might have gone both method with Keith – he looks like a genial fellow, he strikes me as older than his nineteen years, and his robust religion will doubtless give him widespread floor with a number of of his tribemates. Based mostly on prior Survivor seasons, nevertheless, castaways underneath the age of 19 simply don’t win – they don’t make it notably far, they usually are likely to lose the thread of the season once they do. Barring a Michael Yerger-esque domination, I fear that Keith’s youth – mature although he could also be – will work towards him strongly sufficient that I really feel that I’ve to provide him a Not.



Chris is just like the Allosaurus, which is just like the T-Rex, however smaller and extra vicious. Once I first learn Chris’s bio, I assumed, “oh, so Joe-lite.” Think about my shock when, throughout First One Out, Chris instantly acknowledges Josh Wigler, and sings the Wigler Room track! Shortly, I noticed that there are dimensions to Chris that can’t be sussed out via preliminary impressions. I used to be thrilled and am now genuinely pumped to see Chris play. Loads of the individuals enjoying on this season declare to be tremendous followers, however to acknowledge Josh Wigler and be capable of sing one among his signature songs takes Chris to an entire new degree of fandom. So, not solely does Chris have his athletic talents to take him into the merge, he is aware of sufficient concerning the recreation to know that for him to succeed in the top, he must encompass himself with different meat shields. I’m so bought on this man, and I’m livid that he’s not on my draft.


(It breaks my coronary heart that Ihop doesn’t have skillets on their menu.)

Proper off the bat, I’m getting some Ken-ish vibes from Chris. He spends most of his bio speaking about how exhausting of a employee he’s (good), how his motivation is profitable (good), and the way he stays dedicated to his objectives (good). He talks about how he’ll be helpful round camp (good) and the way he’s very outdoorsy (good). He compares himself to Malcolm (good), Rob (good?) Spencer (why not) and Ozzy (okay). I really feel compelled to level out that these are 4 very totally different gamers with 4 very totally different playstyles, and I’m not getting a robust id from Chris’ bio that corresponds on to any of them. I fear that Chris will both overplay in an enormous means very early within the recreation or else simply “helper” his means by means of with out forming both a robust story or resume for himself.



Just like the awe-inspiring Triceratops, Kelley Wentworth is aware of find out how to battle. Kelley’s resilience in her Second Probability recreation shot her to legend standing. And her feisty character reigns supreme in her bio, the place she manages to roast Drew Christy and Andrew Savage within the span of a web page. I’m not going to mislead you; I’m an enormous Kelley fan, so I’ve some inherent bias in my evaluation. Regardless, consider me once I say that I feel that Kelley goes deep on this recreation. She is aware of how you can give the horns, and dig in to outlive. Nobody goes to eliminate Kelley early on, as a result of she goes to be helpful in challenges. Ought to a tragedy occur that sends Kelley to Extinction, she is going to get one with the Triceratops and do what it takes to muscle herself again into the sport. Kelley might have hassle within the late levels, on account of her menace degree, however I feel that she shall be superb till the merge, so she will get a Scorching from me.


If this season isn’t Joe’s to lose, then it’s Wentworth’s to lose. She’s a dominant participant with numerous glamor and panache; she’s robust, she’s sensible, and she or he’s social. I feel she’ll combine nicely with the extra assured newbies on her season, and I doubt whether or not too lots of them (besides perhaps for Dan) will attempt to take her out early. It stays to be seen whether or not she and David will gel or repel – there appears to be some pre-season mistrust between the 2 of them, based mostly on some issues that David’s stated. She’ll have her work minimize out for her as soon as she will get to the merge, however I predict (and desperately hope) that Kelley will present us with one other season of dominant gameplay – and even when she finally ends up on the Fringe of Extinction, I doubt whether or not Kelley can be a lot as discouraged.



That is my solely vet who receives a Not, and it breaks my coronary heart to do it. Whereas the opposite veterans will be capable of take a goal off their again by no less than being satisfactory in challenges, if not god-tier like Joe and Kelley, David doesn’t have that weapon at his disposal. David does have his social recreation going for him, and will he land a decent alliance like in MvGX, he may need a shot at going far. However it should take a number of scheming to get David near the top, and that would put the highlight on him in a nasty means. In addition to, who would let David get anyplace near the top once more? The time to take him out is the early recreation the place he’s already not serving to out sufficient in challenges. Out of all the returnees, David has the very best probability of going house. And will David go to Extinction Island, I fear a few medevac based mostly solely on his physique sort. I hope David proves me incorrect as a result of I really like him. I’m giving David the Mosasaurus, the swimming dinosaur, partially as a result of I feel it’s hilarious to offer somebody who can’t actually swim the water-dwelling dinosaur, but in addition as a result of it’s a metaphor for what he can do within the recreation. If David can play under the floor, he’s a critical menace. The issue is that now all the different gamers are conscious of his presence, and the highlight on him will solely develop as the sport progresses.


I really like David Wright. He’s one in every of my favourite RHAP visitors. Hewas certainly one of my favourite gamers on MvGX, and I’ve been ready for him to return again ever since. However, in my eyes, David shouldn’t be minimize out for a “Captains” season. Wanting again, probably the most profitable captains are dominant survivalists who do nicely in challenges, are strategically dominant (or else discover a tight Four-6 and persist with them), and are capable of combine with most of their tribe early on. David, whereas a massively higher participant now than he was Day 1 of MvGX, has all the time struck me as much more of a rogueish participant, somebody who works from behind and tries to remain out of the highlight. Maybe I’m improper about David’s possibilities on this season, however when all of the playing cards are on the desk, I’m apprehensive that he simply gained’t mesh with this season, this tribe or this theme.


GUS: When did you study a lot about dinosaurs?

ALI: Shout out to my second-grade instructor, Mrs. Van Vlear, and our dinosaur tasks. Additionally, shout out to my mother for studying Jurassic Park when she was pregnant with me.

GUS: I all the time overlook Jurassic Park was a guide.

ALI: When did you study a lot about IHOP?

GUS: I went there once I helped a good friend transfer like two years in the past. It caught with me. Anyway, let’s scrap.

ALI: I’ve missed this. Off season, we solely get to battle about who does the dishes.

GUS: It’s often me.

ALI: Battle over. So boring.


ALI: Full transparency, she is my Reddit winner decide.


ALI: I can’t probably. BUT I’ll say that the rationale I picked her is as a result of it feels to me like this season has disenchanted individuals, simply based mostly on how they’ve been focusing so arduous on the returnees and the relative en-

GUS: They’re selling this one at the least as exhausting as they promoted David vs. Goliath. There was an advert for this season through the SUPER BOWL. And why does a lackluster preseason promotional interval suggest that Lauren will do poorly?

ALI: Wait. I’m utilizing this as a justification for why I picked her as a winner. I feel that manufacturing may be dissatisfied within the consequence simply based mostly on a intestine feeling I had from some Jeff Probst interviews. Who can be disappointing for a season like this? Why, a small, demure woman. Lauren is a small woman. Case closed

GUS: 1) That is some My Immortal degree fanfiction proper right here. 2) Lauren O’Connell was a Division I school athlete. She’s neither petite nor demure.

ALI: Katrina Radke was an Olympian and went first. Which brings me to why I gave Lauren a NOT. Lauren looks like a sweetheart, however I really feel like individuals are going to focus on small ladies and older individuals first, per ordinary. I feel Lauren could also be straightforward pickings up entrance.

GUS: Once more, she isn’t small, and she or he’s not previous.

ALI: Let me see that forged pic.

GUS: Look, she’s not small. She’s taller than David. She’s virtually taller than Wentworth.

ALI: I didn’t imply peak sensible. I meant compared to the beefcakes on the market; she’s small. Skinny. She’s a lady. Individuals goal ladies early.

GUS: You’re spinning uncontrolled.

ALI: She simply appears primary to me. A yoga pants sporting, air pod listening, Starbucks consuming gal. That’s not a nasty factor. I like all of these issues, however there was nothing in her interviews that stated she knew the sport. She talked about Parvati in her bio. Case closed.


ALI: Figgy says hello. Kelley Wentworth model one says hello.

GUS: Kelley Wentworth model one was hamstrung by her very well-meaning father, and you understand it.

ALI: Alexis Maxwell says hello.

GUS: Apart from which, we’ve strayed into the transitive property of Survivor means based mostly on who you already know about, and that’s a reasonably slender interpretation. JC Monduix was a recruit on BB20 and he got here in third. I feel Lauren has what it takes.

ALI: Anna Khait says hello.

GUS: Get off the Wiki. I can see you on the Wiki wanting up “ladies who in contrast themselves to Parvati.”

ALI: Liz Markham says hello.

GUS: You’re sitting proper subsequent to me. Cease it.

ALI: I used to be simply confirming what I already know. Granted, I will provide you with that Michele Fitzgerald stated Parvati on her bio… Her gameplay is strong, and I guess I couldn’t repeat what she did, however I feel out of all the ladies who stated Parvati she was the one one who performed near her degree of social recreation… However most girls don’t come shut.

GUS: We good on Lauren? I imply, in addition to the truth that we’ll be preventing about her for the subsequent two months till she INEVITABLY IS CROWNED WINNER?

ALI: Stephanie Johnson says hello. AND Stephanie Valencia.


ALI: Level taken?

GUS: You’ve obtained a winner and a Wentworth as a part of that pattern set. If we’re going to do the statistics debate, the very fact of the matter is that Parvati was an inspirational participant to MANY Survivor followers, your self included, and lots of people are going to deliver her up as a comparability level. Yeah, positive, it’s a comparatively straightforward reply… nevertheless it’s additionally a standard one, which signifies that it’s not essentially gonna point out by hook or by crook.

ALI: Yup, Lauren will do nice on her second day trip. HOWEVER, for this recreation, one of many cute younger women needed to go pre-merge. They will’t all make the merge. I obtained the least good vibes off Lauren when it comes to secret savvy, so I went together with her. You already know what? Lauren followers can’t get too mad at me for something I say. Like I stated, I made her my winner decide.

GUS: She’s going deep.

ALI: I hope so. She’s my winner decide.

GUS: Anyway. Who subsequent?

ALI: Talking of individuals with information of the sport… Let’s speak Chris. You’re incorrect. So flawed, it’s embarrassing.

GUS: As a result of as prior castaways demonstrated so clearly, information of the sport’s fanbase and tradition interprets seamlessly into impeccable gameplay. Particularly individuals who sing the Wiggle Room theme once they meet Josh Wigler, after which are weirdly obsessive about one joke from one episode of The Evolution of Technique.

ALI: I discovered it charming.

GUS: I doubt whether or not his fellow tribemates will really feel that method.

ALI: He was fangirling over assembly Josh. Wouldn’t all of us? That doesn’t imply he’s going to go to his tribemates and speak about “doing it for Monica.” Lauren O’Connell would ask “who?” and that might be the top of that.

GUS: You’re basing this on actually no knowledge outdoors of the truth that she likes Parvati. One other castaway talked about throughout his interview with Wigler that the forged had simply watched HvV. Parvati was undoubtedly on the mind. In addition to which, I acquired little or no out of Chris outdoors of his excessive Survivor fandom – one thing which I might additionally in all probability overdo enormously.

ALI: All I’ve to go on is first impressions. It introduced up a pink flag for me. And Chris’s interview made me smile. He’s charming. And surfer bros do properly on this recreation.

GUS: Yeah, however they by no means win.

ALI: Fabio says hello.

GUS: Fabio gained Nicaragua. Nicaragua was bizarre.

ALI: Yeah, however they have a tendency to go far as a result of individuals don’t see them as threatening they usually do nicely in challenges. Sebastian, Devon, Jay, Alec, and so on.

GUS: Alright, positive. They do nicely. However they very not often win! I’m not gonna give Keith Nale a Scorching regardless that he’s my all-time favourite castaway (not likely however truly kinda) as a result of he too is simply by no means gonna win.

ALI: If you will get far sufficient, there’s all the time an opportunity. Chris is robust sufficient to make the merge, has a disarming character, and is recreation savvy sufficient to get out of robust conditions. His recreation will get threatened as soon as the merge hits, but when he retains the opposite robust guys round (Joe and Eric), he has a shot. Plus, this twist favors robust dudes, so even when he goes to Extinction, he has a shot of coming again.

GUS: He may. I simply don’t get sufficient from him to really feel protected confidently giving him a Scorching but. That would change; we’re going off of, what, seven minutes complete of interviews?

ALI: Give or take! We could transfer on to WARDOG?!

GUS: Look, I’m not saying that he’s John Hennigan, however he’s undoubtedly not Philip Sheppard. He appears self-aware and extremely educated. I imply, outdoors his bio he does.

ALI: I feel he has Tony ceiling and Tony flooring.

GUS: That’s a metric I can agree with. He might very nicely burn proper out, however I additionally might see him making it VERY far. However, I’m frightened about how nicely he’ll play with Kelley and David. Dude looks like a kind to not need to be seen because the follower.

ALI: I’m additionally questioning when gamers are simply going to start out voting out bald males due to the stigma.

GUS: The wrestle could be very actual. Why do you assume Russell all the time wore that hat?

ALI: Sunburn, I assume. RIP: That hat. However Wardog didn’t deliver a hat. He’s acquired a ridiculous identify. I feel he’s going to have a tough time shaking a Survivor’s innate worry of bald males, so I feel it could possibly be an uphill battle for The Canine. Don’t get me incorrect; I would like him on my display so long as attainable. I simply don’t assume that he’s going to withstand making himself a goal.

GUS: I dunno. I feel he’ll be in it for some time. He looks like such an enormous character that even when he will get voted out and finds his option to the Fringe of Extinction, he isn’t quitting and he’s additionally properly outfitted to make his method again into the sport.

Verify again tomorrow when Ali & Gus will breakdown the Kama tribe in addition to their relationship as they struggle over their respective picks.