Stephen Fishbach and Richard Hatch
11/26/2010 AT 10:30 AM EST
During Wednesday's Survivor
recap show, we learned that NaOnka
has a heart, that Kelly Purple
has a voice, that Sash
has a final-two deal with every lady in New York, and that Fabio
has surpassed Boo
as the most injury-prone Survivor ever. But because no strategy played out, there will be no Fishies.
Instead, I'm going to present my five nominees for Fancast's upcoming Survivor Hall of Fame
I'm ambivalent about these Hall of Fame shenanigans. For one thing, an enormous amount of luck goes into Survivor
. Sometimes an amazing player will simply be at the mercy of events [Guatemala
's Brian Corridan
comes to mind].
For another, lots of players only come into their own on a second go-around, after having watched their mistakes play out on television. Nobody would remember Parvati
if she hadn't been given a second shot on Micronesia: Fans vs. Favorites
Most importantly, I
probably won't be included in this round of inductees, so how can I support that? Fancast should be releasing a list of best Survivor: Tocantins
runner-ups. I think I'd have a decent shot.
With that in mind, I've decided to make my list based not on a player's "skill," but instead on their lasting impact on the franchise. Below are my nominees:
: The original winner is the only non-debatable entry. While Greg Buis
was capering about with his coconut phone, and Sean Kenniff
practiced his A-B-Cs, Hatch invented the alliance, threw challenges, and ultimately won
. Hatch is almost as responsible for inventing Survivor
as is Mark Burnett
'Boston Rob' Mariano
: Jeff Probst has said
: "If I had to put money down on one player every single time, it would be Boston Rob." With a 0-3 record, that is one of the statistically worst bets he could make [the others being Cirie, James, Rupert, Stephenie, Amanda, Jerri
]. But there's no question that Boston Rob's no-holds-barred attitude during All-Stars
changed the game. Rob tossed out the bonds of friendship and questions of who "deserved" to be in the game in his drive to win.
: Is Russell the greatest player not to win, or is he the perfect jury goat? On whichever side you come down, Survivor: Nicaragua
is a testament to Russell's lasting impact – and it's not for his strategic savvy. As I wrote before
has become so self-aware that nothing
is out of bounds. Destroy clothes, steal food, act as reprehensible as you can – it's the surest way to get to the end. Like Boston Rob before him, Russell's made Survivor
a more aggressive game. And for the viewers at home, that's a good thing.
: "I think one of the most important skills, especially out here, is just listening. Taking it all in. Not saying much. Even when you're hungry as heck, hot as heck, emotions are high, you've gotta remember to keep that character cool." So saith Brian Heidik, aka Mr. Freeze, possibly the coolest cat in Survivor
history. Gamer masterminds from Cirie to Fairplay
have known that the best thing you can do is shut up and let people talk. Heidik was one of the first to understand that you don't have to be the one driving to actually be in control.
: It's hard to argue with results. Probst really should be putting his money on Sassy Sandra, the game's only double winner. Take a memo, Russell: all the big moves and high drama don't matter if you can't win a jury vote.
TELL US: Who do you think should be in the Hall of Fame?