Myles McNutt
mylesmcnutt
Contributor, A.V. Club, and Assistant Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University.
2/15/20
12:55 AM
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They’ve seen the in-game fire token menu (where they can pool resources to buy luxury items or challenge bonuses), but there is no indication they know what the Edge Menu has to offer.

2/13/20
2:56 AM
4

Read the part where it says “tell your friends” and then, like, tell your friends.

2/13/20
2:55 AM
5

Did...did you see his performance in this episode? It was not what I would call “shrewd gameplay.” (I am mostly allowing my rage at the way they rigged the game to avoid him being voted out affect my overall impression of a perfectly average Survivor player, I’ll admit, but he was a mess here).

2/13/20
1:16 AM
3

Sandra has been EXTREMELY adamant that she didn’t know, including in pre-game interviews before she would know it was a thing to play up. I don’t doubt she’s playing it up with her tribemates, but I do think it comes from a place of annoyance that he duped her. Read more

2/13/20
1:14 AM
1

It’ll be interesting to see if the “we need strength to win challenges” logic plays in when each tribe has such a clear idea of certain people who need to go home. Given the likelihood of a tribe swap, and the unlikelihood that “tribal alliances” will do much to override other perceived connections, I guess I’m not Read more

2/13/20
12:13 AM
7

Long-term, presuming Sandra has one, sure: not a great choice. But in the short term, her immediate goal is to make sure it goes to someone who thinks they need it and will be willing to give up a fire token (without a full understanding of how they could work in the future) to do so, and it would be logical from afar Read more

12/24/19
8:48 AM
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There’s a warning at the beginning of the review that these are for people who have read the books, but I’ll admit that is closer to an explicit spoiler than usual, so I get where you’re coming from. However, it’s literally the first thing that happens in the second book, and so for the sake of a book reader Read more

12/24/19
8:43 AM
5

I think, ultimately, the best way to eyeball this story is to watch the show: it has a greater potential to be a richer text, and I think it has enough subtle shifts in characterization with key characters that it will still be preferable to frankensteining the movie together and missing parts of the season that did Read more

12/24/19
8:41 AM
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There’s such a strong austerity vibe to the narrative choices, as though someone very strongly determined that there can be no scene that costs money which doesn’t have an explicit plot function. That meant, ultimately, no scenes between daemons and humans that wasn’t in some way either a key piece of exposition or a Read more

12/24/19
8:39 AM
10

I understand where you’re coming from, but to be honest I think I went into Will’s story moving forward completely open to it: if you go back to the review of the second episode, I was thinking about the consequences of shifting focus to Boreal (and, inevitably, introducing Will) but I also saw the potential in the Read more

12/23/19
11:50 PM
6

I think weaving things forward is not a bad strategy, but I would argue that in the case of Lee/Serafina it crossed a line into “roadmapping” the meaning of the story, and telling us things instead of letting them unfold. Read more

12/23/19
5:44 PM
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Yeah, this is totally fair, that’s my bad for leaving her out. For me, I’m not sure there’s a clear gameplay reason for her to get another shot, but I’d never deny her one.

12/23/19
10:05 AM
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Yeah, I was more pointing out that this particular vapid rich white girl liking Lizzo felt like an indictment, but I am both aware of the general backlash to Lizzo and have been reminded of the fact that the whiteness of her audience is a point of articulation in this instance.

12/23/19
10:03 AM
3

There is close to zero chance what Kev and Vee did ever comes up again with any consequence.