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There is a section of the vast Survivor fandom that feels strongly about how twisty the show has become in recent years. They say it makes the game needlessly complicated and features too many “gimmicks.” But it isn’t just fans saying that. Two-time Survivor castaway Spencer Bledsoe is firmly in the “let’s get back to basics” camp. In fact, he has a really interesting idea for how the show can be “radically re-invented.”
Spencer Bledsoe Says Let’s Have No Voting For the First Few Weeks
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bledsoe says he thinks the show should take a beat and slow things down, including putting off the first vote for at least a week.
“Survivor needs to be radically re-invented,” said Bledsoe. “It can be so much more than the hodge-podge of advantages that it devolved into during seasons 34-39… To overcome this long dark age, though, it’s going to take a lot: I’m talking about taking all advantages out, taking all manufactured drama and twist-y-ness out, and refocusing on characters, personalities, and journeys. I’m talking about a season where there is no voting for the first few weeks, or where tribes have to actually create their own structures and/or mechanisms for voting, elect leaders and form worlds.”
He added that if he ever played the game again, he would “blaze the trails for a new non-strategic paradigm” on the show.
“The show started as a social experiment dropping strangers from different walks of life on an island and forcing them to create a new world together. How amazing is that?” he said, adding, “The chaotic sea of fifty thousand different advantages and people whispering s*** you can’t even hear at Tribal has been fun, I guess, but come on. Let’s not worry about what silly twist will retain one hundred thousand more viewers for S41, and remember why this show captured the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers in the first place.”
He Also Said He Has Had Some Regrets About Being on the Show
Bledsoe said that returning to the real world after filming the show was incredibly difficult and that she regrets appearing on the show.
“I felt the same thing that almost everyone feels [when they return]: confidence issues, strange neuroses around food, and fear of rain. It is also shocking to reencounter American culture: consumerism, mirrors (I mean literal mirrors this time) and our obsession with our own appearances, ”said Bledsoe.
He continued: “There have been countless times when thoughts of regret have come and gone. The survivor produced neuroses, fears, parasites, stretch marks, and sadness. Being popular on a TV show at 21 made my ego go haywire. Seeing me on the show got me addicted to the smartphone-induced floods of dopamine from strangers on the internet who I like (or who like their idea of me). There is also no doubt that I did myself serious psychological harm in Cambodia by living and breathing mistrust and manipulation for 39 days.
“However, Survivor was also my first step towards reassessing life and ultimately towards happiness, a real happiness that I doubt I would have known otherwise. Survivor fundamentally altered the trajectory of my life, and I wouldn’t have the perspective I have today without it, so I can never truly regret it. It changed my course so dramatically that it doesn’t even make sense for me to talk about a version of myself that never appeared on the show. ”
If you’re curious what he meant by that, Bledsoe also said that ever since he went on the show, he has devoted himself to studying mental health. He now has a podcast called “Redemptive Disorder” that aims to immerse himself in “real stories of mental disorders to overcome stigma, redeem perceptions and start a conversation.” He has also engaged in meditation and is striving to continue learning about himself.