Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden

Say Goodbye to Gabon, Part 2

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

January 9, 2009

Hail to the king, baby.

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What's really amazing here is that the hands down best player of the season did not get ANY votes. You have to wonder how things would have been different if Sugar would have dumped Bob and gone along with Matty. As it is, she really did a real life version of the "queen's sacrifice". By sacrificing her chance at winning this game, she took out the black king and queen in Ken and Susie, allowing the white king, Bob, to go forth and win the game. Matty was simply the dumb pawn that almost lucked into making it across the board to get promoted. Who knows how things would have turned out for Sugar had she not sacrificed herself like that? As it is, she'll have to settle for being the star of the season. I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of Jessica "Sugar" Kiper.


And with that, the 17th season of Survivor has come to a close. And as I mentioned at the beginning of this recap, my tenure as Survivor recapper has also come to a close. I'd like to thank David and Kim for giving me the outlet all these years here at BOP and I'd like to thank the folks who have read these silly little articles for all these years as well. By the way, if anyone cares at all, you can still find Jeff Probst's blog over at and if you feel like it, link this recap and/or some of the others and tell them to put me on this show. After watching every frame of every season of this show and after breaking them down in crazy detail for 11 of those 17 seasons, I feel pretty confident I could go out there and have a pretty damn good showing on this show. Anyway, I'm sure BOP will continue to recap Survivor, so please come back in February for the 18th installment of the granddaddy of reality shows. Again, thanks for reading and take care!

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