Okay, since that's out and done with we can talk without spoiler boxes! I kind of like this cast but if anything it reinforces the idea that it's hard for a female in Survivor to really make an impact as all but one I listed as "Meh" below. They'll be entertaining I think, but only one of them really seem to be a player.
I also like that they're a bunch of players who were mostly known for their mistakes than for being power players who got a bum rap so they have a lot to make up for.
My predictions for the Favorites:
Brandon Hantz - No chance at all. Even if he learned not to view everything as Black or White I don't think he can handle his instability.
Phillip Shephard - No chance at all. Same with Brandon, too unstable. Anyone who aligns with either of these two guys will be seen as an opportunist who needs to be removed.
Malcolm - No chance at all. I think he could be the perfect Survivor player, but judging from his despondent, pissed off attitude at the finale I'm guessing he doesn't win this one either.
John Cochran - This guy is a player. He might not have done a great job of it last go round, but I feel like he knows the game very well and has already made the mistake of turning on his alliance and paying for it. He will be a power player this season.
Erik Reichenback - He's someone who should have learned, majorly, from his first go-round. But I think he'll still be too naive to do what needs to be done. He'll be used, abused, and discarded. Again.
Brenda Lowe - I think she will be the other power player among the favorites. She proved that she had game in Nicaragua but then made the fatal mistake of becoming overly arrogant and stopped playing, which resulted almost immediately in her ousting. I think she will learn from her mistake and make some big moves.
Dawn Meehan - Meh. She just seems more concerned with the experience then actually playing the game. She'll be a coattail rider and if she aligns with the right side she'll make it far but I don't think she has a chance of winning.
Andrea Boehlke - Meh. She might have some game, but she was in a season dominated by Boston Rob and was completely ineffective in doing anything. But she is a cute blonde in a bikini.
Corinne Kaplan - Meh. She'll be entertaining because she has no verbal filter but I don't think she'll manage to align with anyone and gets voted out early.
Francesca Hogi - Meh. She was the first person voted out so she's as much of an unknown as any returning player ever. I don't know if she'll be able to do much in the game, but I do recall her having very entertaining confessionals for that episode. And she did clash with Phillip, so that should be interesting.
Edited by awesome possum, 11 January 2013 - 01:47 PM.