See, my fear is that they would have edited her into a nonentity.
In this game of "if's".... if Colton had made F3 and Kim still played the game she actually played, no way IMO they edit her into a non-entity. She was the most popular. Most trusted. Most wanted to be on a desert island with. She won a whole slew of immunity challenges. After merge, everyone turned to her for their decisions, for who to boot. She was obviously the strategist/mastermind who was running the game.
To make F3 with Colton still around, she's have had to do at least some of that. Survivor would have edited it out? How? And Colton, to make F3, would have had to keep performing his black magic. That would have set the theme of the season: good (Kim ) vs evil (Colton). Survivor would have eaten it up. I bet the fans would have too. It would have turned a lackadaisical season, that I understand ended up with poor ratings, into an outstanding one.
The knock against Kim is that, great as she played, her opposition sucked. Once Colton was gone, I agree with that completely. A F3 with the two of them suggests to me one of the most entertaining seasons I could imagine.
Absolutely. And the funny thing, I still say Kim was underedited.
The entire second half of that season showed Kim completely, totally running Survivor with an iron grip. They could have renamed it "The Kim Show." There was very little drama or tension or uncertainty, except what TPTB tried to synthetically manufacture during previews.
I mean compare her game in one try to Boston Rob's RI game in four. It was just as dominant with a fraction of the screentime.
Not quite. Rob dominated RI from day one. Kim dominated from, say, day 18?
I don't believe minutes on screen is the right way to measure this anyway. The question is, did what we see fairly reflect what took place? I know I came out of Kim's season thinking she ran the game like few ever have. I came out of Rob's winning season thinking the same.
There are some differences between the two seasons. One is Rob himself. One of the most famous players in history. Back again, in a potentially disastrous setup for him, as one of two returning players, likely be targeted from the moment he set foot on the beach. But unlike Russell, he not only survived the early days. He became king of his camp. Dictator might be a better word. It was just unbelievable to me how everyone on his tribe did everything he said.
i.e. Rob was the story that season. His name, his history, his control of the game from the very start. Kim was an unknown, who rose to glory about half way through.
Probst was trying to make Rob's RI game as the greatest performance in Survivor history. Kim's? "Well, there were a lot of bad players." And no, I'm not buying that as a reason to downgrade Kim's game. Phillip, Matt, and Natalie were just as bad as anyone on One World.
After watching RI, I did not think Rob's performance was the greatest in Survivor history. I thought he exerted more control over his tribe than any I'd ever seen. But there was a catch. He was a fantastic returning player, going up against newbies who were as bad as the ones Kim faced. The season made this obvious.
I really hope Kim comes back for an all-star season with no new players.
I never never understood Sophie in interviews such as she did with Rob C. Is she just not a nice person and doesn't care that people know or think it?
Lots of players from her season said she was arrogant and self-entitled. The behavior we saw from her onscreen suggested the same thing. So did the little I heard from her after the season ended. Again, I suspect this is one (of several) reasons we didn't see more of her during the season.