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Australian Survivor (2002)
Not as bad as many claimed. riveting the last few episodes
I always fondly remember the first season of Australian Survivor as the most riveting I've ever seen in the final few episodes, surpassing the American version by a long shot.
Before the merge it was rather boring, I must admit, and I can understand why so many rubbished the show and didn't hold out till the end but...
...after the merge, the fun really began. All along the players had been officially saying that it was going to be different from the overseas version, no backstabbing, no secret alliances. While this was being said, one player had formed a secret alliance with 3 others, which included the eventual winner; none of the others had a clue. When once of them found out, he was made out to be a liar and was voted off accordingly. I found myself riveted with every scene like no other season as the truth inevitably emerged. Then the instigator of the secret alliance got back stabbed and locked out of the final two. This resulted in an emotional breakdown. The remaining players wanted to quit but were bound by contract.
The series is up on YouTube and it is worth watching after the merge; take my word for it - you won't regret it, It is not a waste of time.
As regards the recent reboot, it is much closer to the American version, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The biggest change is that it is 55 days with 24 players, rather than standard 39 and 16. The show is still in its early episodes as I write this so I have no further comment at this stage.