Survivor Worlds Apart - Season Preview
White Collar Tribe Preview
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
February 23, 2015
2) My second favorite White Collar is Survivor Professor Max Dawson. Known very well within the Survivor community, Max is the first one of "us" to break the barrier and get cast on the show. Currently, he's a media consultant in LA, but he spent several years as a professor at Northwestern University. One of his most popular classes was all about Survivor and how the show helped change the landscape of television. He is well versed in all things Survivor. He knows a lot of the players and they know him. Prior to starting the game, he was recognized by at least one other person on the cast. How this will affect him, I'm uncertain. But I like to think that if I ever got on this show, I'd have a cake walk to the finale...so I'm gonna suggest Max will do pretty well. I wonder, though, if he'll be able to keep his concentration or if he'll completely geek out every time Probst uses one of his many patented lines, starting with, "Come on in, guys!" One of the things motivating Max is that he knows there are plenty of jealous Survivor nerds out there hoping for him to fail. (It's a good bet they're all posting on Survivor Sucks right now, too.) I'm just excited to know that I've reviewed two people so far and both of them are top tier Survivor fans. That might be more than were in the entire cast of San Juan Del Sur. The concern with Max is that he does know the game so well and he's studied the ins and outs of strategy for a long time. Unless I can get this guy to align with me, he might be an early target. I'm betting that he'll find a way around that and make a deep run into the game. Definitely datable.
3) I'm on the fence with my third pick in this tribe, Carolyn Rivera. But given the others, I think I'm safe putting her here. Carolyn is a 52-year-old police investigator from New York. And everything about her screams New York. She has the potential to be a fan favorite if she can last long enough to do it. She seems brash and funny and at least a little bossy. She's a mother and a cop - would you expect anything else? She cites Sandra and Philippines winner Denise Stapley among the players she's most like. I worry that she could turn out to be more like Muffin from last season (or Missy, whatever you choose to call her). If she tries to be a mama bear to this tribe, she'll be done before her dress gets dirty. If she tries to be one of them, digs in and busts her ass, like you know she can...she has some potential. She claims to have the athletic game for this and from everything I've seen she is in fantastic shape. That being said, Survivor challenges are a young player's game and at 52, even as fit as she is, she might just find herself outmatched. She's is most concerned about the cold and keeping her opinions in. Her hope is to keep everything in until her next confessional. If she can do that, she'll be all right. My thought is, she won't be able to do that and she'll end up alienating her tribe early on. She has a chance to make the merge, but I'm going to say she'll fall just shy and be un-datable.