On Tuesday, December 11, CBS will be releasing Cook Islands and Fiji on DVD so Survivor fans will be able to relive their favorite moments from these two seasons all over again.
Cook Islands was the thirteenth season of the CBS hit. It aired from September to December in 2006. This was the only season in which the tribes were divided based on ethnicity. The four tribes were separated into Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, and Asian members. There was controversy surrounding the season due to the tribes being separated. CBS lost endorsements from previous supporters because people viewed CBS as being racist and saw the season as a publicity stunt in order to boost slumping ratings. In reality, the decision to divide the tribes was because Survivor had long been viewed as not being ethnically diverse enough.
This season does feature a “villain,” Parvati Shallow. It features a “heroine,” Candice Woodcock. It also features two “fan-favorites,” Jonathan Penner and Ozzy Lusth. Parvati and Ozzy have gone on to become two of the most celebrated players to ever step foot on a Survivor island, as both have been inducted into the illustrious Survivor Hall of Fame. In my honest opinion, Parvati is one of the best to ever play this game, which is why she is one of my absolute favorites.
Fiji is the fourteenth season of the hit television show and aired from February to May in 2007. Survivor host, Jeff Probst, has gone on record to say that this season is one of his least favorites. This was the only season to ever feature an odd number of players. This occurred because one castaway suffered from panic attacks and irritable bowel syndrome the night before filming, and CBS executives did not have enough time to find a replacement.
The season is one of the least popular among fans, and the winner is one of the most forgettable. However, there is an exchange between Dreamz and future Micronesia contestant, Yau Man, that is billed as “one of the most controversial moves in Survivor history.” I will not spoil it for you if you have not watched the season before.
Although these two seasons were not as enjoyable to watch as some past or future seasons, they did present us with many memorable characters. I know that I would not mind seeing these box sets in my over-sized stocking stuffer this holiday season. You can find them on Amazon.com for $22.99 plus shipping and handling.
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