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Let's welcome back Brandi and Sgt Bradley Stagg, and their loved ones Doris and Lake!
Bradley: Well, it's good to see him using his real name now, but as for him playing more dirty, I'm not sure. Since his wife's playing, she may end up being his moral compass during it all. But we'll see I guess.
Doris: Insert above here. But she'll probably be a nice contestant. She was pretty likable during her small comic bit in SFC15, so I'm reasonably excited to see her compete.
Brandi: Called it. Please be an early boot. I'd honestly take Sylvia or Dustin over her if it meant I didn't have suffer her bullcrap a second time. Maybe she'll be better, but I highly doubt it.
Lake: Probably going to be boring. No other comments.
@ChronoAlone: Since SFC15 was so recent I wanted to be light on the returning players there. So Brandi worked well as the sole player coming back from 15. While the others could work in later seasons with better interpersonal dynamics.
@SWSU-Master: Fair enough.
Interesting that Brandi is coming back so soon. Nice pick from a crazy season like SFC15. I don't see her lasting long, but without Shaega maybe we'll get the real deal behind Brandi.
Lake might be a little bland, but hopefully he provides content for an older contestant.
As for Bradley and Doris, liking their dynamic, and Bradley is the first so far to look drastically different from their last season. Ditching his military gear might be handy.
While so far I think Doris, Bowser Jr. and Sarah will outlast their loved ones, I do not think Brandi will go before Lake. Lake appears to be pre merge material.
EDIT: Also, Jeff got something wrong. Doris wasn't the first. Wasn't Phoenix Wright considered a loved one before appearing on SFC12?
@TJBambi93: Ah leave it to Jeff to forget seasons that are older than 3 years old
Am I ever gonna work up the energy to log in again? Probably not.
Sgt. Stagg: AKA Bradley. Not surprised bu his return at all, I kinda liked him in SFC14 but it seems he's gonna be acting all weird without his suit. Meh. I think he'll be in to the endgame.
Doris: Well Stagg is fucked, can't defy the wife! Anyway, I don't remember anything about her at all but should be interesting seeing her and Stagg together.
Brandi: Bleh. Better than Bonnie. Maybe she'll be better when not possessed by Pinky-I mean-Paranoia. Won't make it nearly as far.
Lake: GAMEBOT ALERT GAMEBOT ALERT thought this guy was Frank from the preview TBH, he looks blander than stale bread. Probably early merge.
This cast AIN'T looking good so far, but I still think this season has a chance to be great.
@Blastoise_FTW: I can say, some of the characters will surprise you. Plus there are still 12 unrevealed
@SWSU-Master: technically four pairs remain, since we know Damon and Tialayla are back, lmao. Not saying they're bad, though.
bradley: i wasn't too inspired by him on sfc14, but i guess now he'll be a bit more exciting this season?
doris: if her and bradley get to play on the same team OR make the merge together, i can imagine that they would make for a pretty tough alpha couple. just a feeling here. not sure what else to say.
brandi: heck yeah! for the most part, i remember enjoying brandi last season, so this is a good returning pick. she wants to play with a more level head? unfortunately, she might end up sharing a tribe with bowser or bonnie.
lake: i wonder how much brandi takes from her father? he does kinda look like the type to rigorously cross-examine someone.
@Congo: Or Lake Stares someone down until they confess.
Bradley "I'm still calling him" Stagg: I'm not sure how I feel about Stagg this season. I'm happy he's back, but at the same time, I don't know what else he has to offer this season. His main storyline was getting over his prejudice of humans, so where can we go from there? Hopefully he and his wife have a good long-lasting storyline.
Doris: Ah yes, I remember this family visit. So adorable! I do get the feeling that we might be having another Laura Boneham moment, in the sense that the cast will see Stagg as the only valuable person in the pair, which would be awful. I would really like to see these two go pretty far together.
Brandi: Oh look. It's my waifu. Awesome. Yes, Miami Vice was basically my sworn enemy last season. But let's be honest, that may or may not have had everything to do with Shaega, so though I despise her, I don't know how bad she really is. Now, she set the bar pretty damn low last season, so the only thing she *can* do this time around is not be *as* awful. There's no chance she's that crazy in real life. ...Right?
Lake: I don't know whether Brandi gets her stupid from her father or just by living in Florida. Obviously, I hope it's the latter, because having two Brandis around would probably kill me. I do actually have some expectations for this guy, but hoo boy, I really hope he's good at what he does.
@GaryHawkinsLandscaper: I would like to say, I do not endorse his view on Florida
Bradley: Yay! Bradley is back! He is one of my favourites from his season! Though I could see him as more as an anti-hero here.
Doris: I don't know. I am not getting anything except that she is going to be Bradley's Morality Pet or maybe even Morality Chain.
Brandi: Her AND Bonnie? Hoo boy... Soulful and CRAZY are going to have a field day here. In all honestly, I am hoping to see how she does WITHOUT the influence of Paranoia...
Lake: Hopefully, he will keep Brandi's impulse and self-righteousness in check.
@Tinyhammer: Brandi has quite a few haters, but she's not going to back down :D
Lots of Antagonist figures so far
So far 5 out of the 8 revealed are seemingly antagonistic figures going into this season. Hopefully not all of them go too far, and that the next four are more heroic or neutral. (Preferably neutral players, cuz they're me faves :D)
Bradley - AYYY! Guess who's back, back again? Stagg is back, tell a friend! My favorite from SFC14 is back sooner than I expected and I'm really glad (being a furry myself I latched onto him pretty early with his 'furry alliance' plan.) However, the identity change...I'm not sure if it'll help or hinder him. I'm hoping he goes deep again but he could go out pre-merge if he is seen as a threat or his new gameplay style doesn't quite work out. And if the latter happens, then...
Doris - I'm pretty sure she'll pick up on Stagg's shortcomings if he is voted out pre-merge. She seems nice, but I'm going to bet she'll be more deceptive--or at least strategic--than she seems. If she isn't more strategic than she seems out the gate then I think she'll start adapting while on the island. So, I'm gonna guess she goes deep.
Brandi - Oh, uh, hey...so happy to see you again. </sarcasm> I mean I'm pretty sure she's not gonna last. She's most likely here to either introduce Lake into the scene or to make sure that SFC15 is represented in this season somehow. I doubt that her tactics from last season will work against the returning players of this season. Besides, every season needs pre-merge fodder! So I'm guessing she's out early, one of the first few boots.
Lake - There are two main types of leadership that you can categorize all leaders under: Those who lead by getting their followers to respect them, and those who lead by getting their followers to fear them. Lake seems to be the latter of the two just from Spongebob's analysis, as well as from Brandi's high-strung emotional behavior from last season. It'll be interesting to see how he impacts things. I'm thinking he's a mid-merge boot who gets booted out due to being feared so much.
Current Overall Predictions:
Bonnie - Early Merge
Sarah - Late Pre-Merge
Bowser - Early Boot
Bowser Jr. - Goes Deep (?)
Bradley - Mid Pre-Merge (rip if I'm right)
Doris - End Gamer
Brandi - REALLY Early Boot
Lake - Mid-Merge
@Niftyness: Another thing with Brad's identity change is it might be easier for others to relate with him
@SWSU-Master: With every pro comes its con. He'll be able to relate to humans easier, especially after his journey in SFC14, but this might also make it more difficult for him to 'play dirty' the way he supposedly plans to.
So did Bradley Stagg CHANGE his series or something, because last we saw him, he was in "Deer Avenger", not John Hunter's series, "Deer Hunter". Did you mean to put down "Deer Avenger" for both Bradley and Doris?
@Guest: You gotta take those Hunters down from the inside.
Woot, Cast release no. 2~
Bradley: Glad to see him back. Not holding my breath on him playing the season TOO dirty however. If he stays long I'll probably be rooting for him to go all the way.
Doris: It's somewhat difficult to separate the personalities of the previous players from their loved ones. One way or another I can't see these two betraying each other. On that note, the only way Bradley is going to play dirty is if Doris is the cause. Either because she needs dirty playing to be saved, or because she's the one who pushes him (I doubt that latter, but it's feasible).
Brandi: Huh. Brandi. Honestly wasn't expecting her. I do think I'm going to be one of the few happy to see her however. She was a character I was rooting for early on last season, and I think I'd have liked much better if she didn't look like she was going to stab my favorite contestant last season in the back every single episode (Marie). Oh, and if she wasn't possessed as well. Without those two factors I think I'll like her quite a lot again~
Lake: So....not Vinnie. Other side of the law actually. I was sure this was Vinnie form the preview... Anyways, he sounds interesting. Like a more hardened (and slightly less gullible/prone to mistakes) Brandi. Unlike Bradley and Doris, this is a pair I can see cutting the other off if it seems necessary. At the very least I don't think Brandi will like him telling her what to do for an extended period of time. I am very interested to see their interactions, as well as how Lake interacts with the rest of the cast...
@anime9001: Yeah, I was chuckling when everyone assumed Lake was Vinnie. Vinnie is not the only bald guy in the world lol
If you dont mind me asking, what peice of media is Stagg from? Seems to have slipped my mind.
@Riskfan: Deer Hunter/Avenger
Stagg and Doris--- power couple in the making that will just make the merge then get voted out back-to-back.
Brandi-- since like most people on back-to-back Survivor seasons the others don't have much to go on her she'll last longer than last time.
Lake-- will try to be a Nicer version of Russell Hantz... and fail at it.
@qazox: Since there was such a delay between 15 and 16 the others had time to see her season.
The train continues~
Stagg: He's buff, he's tough, he... just seems really stale to me. Or at least, I don't recall a lot about him. Probably the latter.
Doris: The doe-eyed dear of Stagg. She might be an easy target for the less scrupulous castaways (which there seems to be plenty of). Still, being married to a military man makes mighty matrons. ...Okay, that was a bit of a stretch.
Brandi: Having her actions influenced by spooky spirits before makes this an iffy call. I could see some kinda Redemption thing this time around. Especially with her dad around.
Lake: He looks like a total hard-ass. I hate him already. Maaaaan, I hope the other castaways are more upbeat than this.
@RedBeryl: The B group was the real negative group. However the Positive ones are coming. Next Cast Release actually.
Time for another round of evaluations!
Stagg: I'm actually quite happy to see him back. He wasn't exactly a heroic character, but he was canny and quite useful. I could see him thriving in the midgame, probably a Jury member at the least.
Doris: I honestly think that everyone's going to underestimate her because she's a doe, only to be surprised when she reveals her strength of character.
Brandi: She'd better be an early boot or get a hell of a redemption arc. Either way, I'm very much unhappy to see her back on here.
Lake: Interesting! Perhaps a more mature, more intimidating and less hypocritical version of Brandi? I can see him being an interesting leader figure on the tribe. Probably means he'll be taken out pre-merge since he'll have drawn too much attention to himself, but I'm entirely sure he'll outlast his daughter.
@Sonofhades: So basically no hopes for Brandi XD
Oops I am not fond of either of these returnees tbh, but we'll see what they bring. Obvious brandi vs bowser coming I think
@Sweetcupcakes: Or they could end up aligning~
@Sweetcupcakes: Actually I see Brandi v Bonnie much more likely. Think about it. She spent the entirety of last season claiming someone ELSE was Bonnie 2.0. Now she gets to see what the real Bonnie is like.
I'm fully expecting her to be confronted about giving Bonnie a chance due to her "therapy" and that Bonnie is a changed person and Brandi is going to be extremely skeptical, and will have to see if she learned from last season, and not make the wrong move with Bonnie in her tribe.
Bradley: I hope he didn't change too much cause I liked the Sgt.Stagg I've seen in the original season a lot. He can be an early jury member unless he fights so dirty the others get rid of him before that possibility.
Doris: She will be one of the most likeable characters this season and show a solid performance. This will help her place better than Bradley this season.
Brandi:... Brandi disappointed me last season with her accusations. Unless her dad's a good influence this time she won't last very long.
Lake: The others should be careful. He seems like a good strategist to me but even if he's not Vinnie he will most likely polarize, too. Unless he leaves before the merge, he will make it very far.
@SkySurfer: "Unless he leaves before the merge, he will make it very far. "
I mean.... that's true for most people
So the Idols will be hidden the same ways as powerups and 1ups? Neat. I could imagine we'll see some hidden blocks revealed!
@Timeheart: Yeah, have some fun ideas in
@SWSU-Master: Just gotta be careful if you give someone a concussion in there then. Like someone walks up to an invisible block, and Smack!
Woah two more awesome returnees!
Bradley: Oh I am so PUMPED for Stagg's return! He is definitely one of my favorite recent players and I am psyched to see how his game will change this time. (Early jury)
Doris: She seems kind of boring, but I hope she does well for Stagg's sake. Not really much of an opinion on her quite yet. (Late pre merge)
Brandi: Oh this should be interesting. Without Paranoia fucking with her I'll be very intrigued to see how she'll play. I don't think she'll be humble or anything, but I'm guessing her game will vastly improve from last season. (Late pre-merge to early jury)
Lake: Oh I hope he does well, he seems like a cool Vinnie-like character. Don't see him meshing well with others though, think he might end up playing a similar game to his daughter's first run (Mid pre-merge)
@dat4yc: The only thing certain for Brandi, is she is VERY aware of how she was portrayed
"Hair got scared and ran away"
Good one Spongebob xD
@Erokuso: Great way to describe baldness
Okay, so I really don't know how the tribes are gonna be split up.
Originally, I thought Blood pairs against Water pairs, but looking back at the preview... Bowser Jr. was at the yellow bag, and Damon's partner had yellow text. Yet Bowser's on the other tribe during the Donkey Kong challenge. But in the Donkey Kong challenge it looks like Riley and Tialayla are on the same tribe.
So from the looks of things, it appears like some couples may start on the same tribe, but other couples will not.
@Guest: Vidcap Analysis is a tricky business
@SWSU-Master: Unless the preview panels are all fake!
I have basically 1 question for you SWSU, or anyone willing to answer here. What are the chances that see either a Brother/Sister or Mother/Son duo playing here, since we/ve NEVER seen either of these pairs play together on ANY survivor season? & since much of the 4 here were analyzed pretty well by others here, I'll try to be quick.
Bradley "Stagg" is someone I figure is going to be either late pre-merge or early merge material, as he's trying to play Very differently this time.
Doris the Wife we saw earlier in S14 as a guest, I think is someone we can agree w/ that has a LOT of potential to be a SLOD contender from Mid-Late merge.
Brandi had a TON of bad rap by even myself throughout last season, but bc most of it was under the influence Shaega/Paranoia/even Xeradonus (indirectly), I'm honestly REALLY wanting to see what she can be like for REAL w/out being possessed. as such, she might only be up to late pre-merge, but at least she'll be REAL here.
Lewis "Lake" the Father I honestly can say is someone that may try WAY too hard to be not only the leader, but also dictate the Strategy going on around him,& given his old age it's not likely gonna help him much. So he's got a LOT going against him, & that could make him from Early-Mid Pre-merge, since he's such a Hard-ass apparently.
Overall, from this group, the best hopes are in Doris -> Bradley -> Brandi -> Lake in order of potential to do well/win now.