July 31st, 2015, 10:30 pm
SFC14 has reached it’s conclusion. I have to say that I am happy with the results, and that I have seemingly broke the even season curse that’s plagued me for some time. With this season, I wanted to avoid the issues I’d have in the even seasons and do a sort of back to the basics season with minor game breaking and exceeding negativity. I was going for a more straightforward season with the Deserted being the biggest twist of the season.
To continue on the Deserted, it had been an idea in my head for a while now and I’m glad it worked out the way it did, but also glad that it ended at the merge since it had no purpose in the individual game. I’m glad that I was able to explore some of the twists that could come from it, so I’m happy with how the story played out.
The Winner: Liz
It took me a while to nail down a winner this season because there were a lot of good options. Originally I did consider using Thorne and her twin sister for Liz and Jojo’s role, but after going over Thorne’s app and trying to see how I’d play the season out. Had I had Thorne and her twin play the same as Liz and Jojo, the switches would have been much more convoluted with the different hairstyles, and Thorne would not open up like Liz would, so in the end I had to do some rearranging and find a way to keep Thorne in character in the season.
As a character herself, Liz was a fresh twist on the “Learning the Game as it goes on” Archetype, given that she came from an era before Survivor, I wanted to play around with someone playing the game with the Season 1 mindset, and while Liz never became a master strategist by any means, she was able to eventually grasp some of the nuances of the game.
The Runner Up: Jojo
When I was designing the sister dynamic, I knew I didn’t want the Good Twin/Bad Twin dynamic that we see a lot. I wanted each sister to have their own story where they could easily see the other as the villain, and depending on who you were you could either see things from Liz’s perspective, or Jojo’s. So while Liz was paranoid Jojo was confident, while Jojo was immature, Liz was mature and so on.
But to make Jojo the one that fell in the end to Liz, a trait that I needed to hammer home all season was her being lazy and mildly mean spirited, and while these weren’t really plotpoints at any time in the story until the Final Tribal Council, the signs were there and so when her issues were brought up in the finale they were valid. Not to say that Jojo is the bad twin at all, but in Survivor being paranoid and doing too much usually gets you more respect than someone who does too little, and that’s what it came down to in the Final Tribal Council.
I covered a bit of the story earlier on, but for the most part, outside of the Deserted and the Couples, I really did go for a more straightforward season, since doing a twist like Enter or Bonnie 2.0 could have made things go very south. There’s probably stuff I’m forgetting, so again if you have questions. Bring them up.
As I mentioned earlier, I am in a bit of a rut right now and not really able to focus on Survivor stuff, and if I rushed towards a decision I don’t think it would be my best, so I’m going to wait until I have an idea I’m confident in.