Hey, it’s Cho! It’s already time for Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction! I can’t believe this is already my third season recapping Survivor for the lovely folks here at TamaraTattles! Time has flown, and I’ve been busy making lots of fun videos on my youtube channel. Speaking of videos, the CBS bios are literal trash this year. I think they’ve decided to move most of their pre-season content to video in the form of press interviews, so this post took much longer than I wanted it to. Thank you to ET Canada for doing the work for me! Do check their channel out. Anyway, let’s get to the assessment!
Current residence: Bell, California
Occupation: Swap Meet Vendor
Wendy was definitely cast purely for her personality. She is super cute, bubbly and plans on playing dumb in the beginning. She has trouble containing her body language which I TOTALLY relate to. Comment below if you know what a “swap meet vendor” is. I think her chances of winning are slim to none but the chance of me liking her character on the show is pretty much 100%.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I like her and I need her to last a long time because I have four cute photos of her.
Dan “The Wardog” DaSilva
Current residence: LA
Occupation: Law Student/Former Military
He says that he brings sex appeal that most men his age haven’t had for over a decade or never had at all. I think he’s a 6/10 at best judging by his CBS photo. He’s definitely no Michael. Outside of his overconfidence in the looks department, he’s planning to work hard at diminishing the inherent target he might have on his back coming into the game. Going by the nickname “Wardog” won’t help.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I found “scaling his photos” pleasurable; however, based on Cho’s intel, he sounds like a dick.
Current residence: Seattle
Occupation: Marketing Manager
Returning from seasons 29 San Juan del Sur where she played with her dad and 31 Second Chance where she really played a super strong game, I think Kelley will come in with many super fans being extremely starstruck by her. Her threat level in comparison to the other returning players will be much smaller, but she’s arguably the scrappiest and most dangerous. She is pretty hilarious to boot as she describes coming back to Survivor like coming back to an ex-boyfriend. I look forward to watching her play a 3rd time, and if any returning player can win, he’s her.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I seem to remember her as a brunette and looking completely different but my memory doesn’t really work. Jeff Probst picked her to win. He was right last season. I presume these picks are done right before they start the game and not after the game has been filmed. He is generally wrong but got Wendall right last season.
Current residence: Greenville, South Carolina
Occupation: District Sales Manager
He’s so goofy and I love him already! The excitement he has for the game is infectious. He’s definitely the token hot guy that happens to also be a super fan and somewhat easy to relate to. Total package really. He’ll be a threat to others, but I see him making it to the merge.
Tamara’s Thoughts: This is he only photo I have of him right now and it is one of my favorites. He’s not shown much in the opening. Does that mean something either good or bad? Who knows. These or the sorts of things I used to ponder back when I spent 24 hours a day thinking about and working on a Survivor site. Chris is on the good list of names for guys. Probable showmance with Lauren.
Current residence: Sherman Oaks, California
Occupation: Television Writer
Our second returning castaway is David from season 33 Millennials vs GenX, and he is SO charming! He’s a bit worried about coming back out and leaving family & friends behind. Especially because he now has a girlfriend! No one saw that coming! He’s planning on creating a fake advantage that could have disastrous consequences. He’s going to have fun and be super strategic. If people remember who he is, then he should be a major threat, but if he slips through, I think he has a good shot at getting far once again.
Tamara’s Thoughts: He is only vaguely familiar. When was he voted out on his first season? The four returning players will be added to the teams by Jeff Probst. After the tribes are determined, One guy and one girl will join the two teams. So Manu will know that Kelly and David are vets.
Current residence: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Pre-Med Duke University
He’s not like many of our other younger contestants, because he’s planning on actually revealing his young age and using it as an advantage in the hopes that people will underestimate him. He’s not afraid to embody what a young player looks like with his energy and ability to go out on a limb and try new things. I like his energy, but I’m afraid of him potentially overplaying and being exposed for being a big player!
Tamara’s Thoughts: This kid needs the women to feel maternal toward him. I am not sure that will happen. I haven’t seen any of the video interviews, so I am not sure what to think. Okay,he’s sort of a spastic gay kid. He’ll have trouble making allies with the alpha males but David might pair up with him. I remember David now. Girlfriend?
Current residence: Ashburn, Virginia
Occupation: Sales Rep at Oracle
Funny story, but I almost became a sales rep at Oracle. There’s a really dramatic reason why I ended up not working for them, one reason that I won’t be putting in print! Reem is a bad liar and has a reckless mouth. She will rub people the wrong way. Also, she will get annoyed by the snakelike behavior of other players. For example, she joined a gym in preparation for Survivor and then got kicked out, because she argued with her trainer. She’s kind of a wreck, and I love her. She’ll be out in less than a week.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I have three photos of her, two opening sequences, one of first episode. I won’t have time to use all three. First boot.
Current residence: Macon, Georgia
Occupation: Morning News Anchor
I think it’s so funny that he’s a morning news anchor. Could you imagine watching YOUR morning news anchor on Survivor? I still remember my favorite news anchor, Chrys Peterson, from Toledo Ohio. She looks like the type of woman who wants to speak to your manager, but I promise she’s awesome! Anyway, Rick won’t last long at all. Despite him being hilarious to talk to, I don’t think he has enough redeeming qualities to overcome his inherent physical weaknesses.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I’ll be pulling for homeboy to make some smart alliances and fly under the radar. First jury boot.
Current residence: Waco, Texas
Occupation: Student at Baylor University
I’m always happy to see contestants that are genuinely excited and can barely contain themselves. She seems to understand how to work on a team and the varying roles people must take within them. I think people will underestimate her. They key for her success will be ensuring that she doesn’t fall into the follower role for too long. She’s here for the long-haul if she can adapt and fly under the radar.
Tamara’s Thoughts: Probable Showmance with Chris. This will make Chris a target and leave her floating alone unless she makes some ties with the females. It she can ally herself with Wendy and Kelley early on those three will go far with or without a vitamin D injection
Current residence: New York City
Occupation: Etsy Shop owner
She’s applied to be on the show for 17 years, so she’s definitely a super fan! I think she’ll have a big challenge with the physical part of the game. She also has no strategy whatsoever. She seems awfully boring. I wonder what she sells. Expect her to either coast throughout the game or be voted out early for being a weak link.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I’ve only seen photos but she seems cool and fit to me. I see her winning immunity in a balance challenge.
Current residence: Erin, Tennessee
Occupation: YMCA Program Director
Okay, Gavin is definitely a cutie patootie! He’s a southern gent and plans on being a strategic threat unlike some of the other past southern contestants. He got married two days before leaving for Survivor. They moved the date earlier so that he could go onto the show. Survivor is basically his solo honeymoon. I think he has a lot of potential to go far.
Tamara’s Thoughts: Oh, look. Another stereotypical hillbilly from Tennessee, I can hardly wait to hear about his dying Papaw and how he grew up living with his seven siblings in a one bedroom shack with no running water until Ma and Paw died and they all went to different foster homes.
Current residence: Orlando Florida
Occupation: Divorce Lawyer
I already question her decision to go onto Survivor, Because, that time could have been spent trying to saddle up with Wendy Williams. Aurora admits to having a loud mouth and getting into arguments out of nowhere but always takes accountability for being wrong. She says she divorces people every day. So, she knows how to work typical Survivor relationships. She will be the villain of the season, and y’all know I love Angelina a good Survivor villain!
Tamara’s Thoughts; I would probably get along well with Aurora. Most of the time I randomly meet someone I like they turn out to be an attorney. I like trial attorneys who go after each other in trial and then when the case is over the go out for cocktails. Most trial lawyer are very slow to get their feelings hurt so that works well for me. Aubrey is her best choice of ally. She’s smart and a vet. This could be a final four or an early boot depending on where and how she fits in.
Current residence: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Teacher At Ron Clark Academy
He seems like a very wholesome person, but he admits to not knowing how to turn down his aggressiveness when it comes to everything he does in life. I love his slight accent. My gut doesn’t bode well for him as he might have trouble with the physical part of the game and he may put people off with his hustler type mentality when it comes to getting what he wants. He is afraid of being labeled a villain and it impacting his school life.
Tamara’s Thoughts: Holy shit! One of our countries most brilliant educators. He will slay this game and this white boy has the moves, baby. He’s wicked smart, good with difficult people (middle schoolers) on tops of what’s cool in pop culture and can relate to everyone. He’s my pick to win. He has certainly won at the game of life. GO HOMEBOY GO! I hope I like him in the game.
Current residence: Bronx, New York
Victoria and her red hair seems super cool! She’s laid back and really easy to relate to. She takes her points from “Chaos Kass”, an epic survivor villain, who recommends people read how to Win Friends & Influence People. The only problem with subscribing to that thought is that Kass didn’t win friends. She just influenced people. I actually think Victoria can do both, because she’s really studied the game from the perspective of different players that were successful.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I LOVE HER! Look at that photo! She’s my spirit animal. So,I will be rooting for her all the way.
Current residence: Livermore California
I love a juicy firefighter! He seems a bit shy and under the radar. This could be good for his game as he’ll blend in better than most alpha males typically do. He reminds me of gentle giant John of Slamtown from last season except infinitely less interesting. I don’t have high hopes for his strategic thinking, but I think his strength will carry him into at least a switch or merge situation.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I love me a firefighter. I am going to have to get to know him before making much of a call. I think we have time. It’s usually old women and obnoxious children who are the first few boots.
Current residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Marketing Director
Hailing from previous seasons 32 Kaoh Rong and 34 Gamechangers, we can expect a lot of fire from her! She’s actually hailed as one of the most robbed 2nd placers of all time. So, the pressure is on for her to do well. This is a double edged sword as people will definitely view her as a threat to be taken out earlier. Especially if there are better puzzle players on her team. Regardless, she’s going to be an amazing player to watch for the third time.
Tamara’s Thoughts: I like Aubry. I’m not sure we needed to see her three times. I hope the newbies all band together and get the vets out first. Except for Joe.
Current residence: Ogden, Utah
Occupation: Multimedia Artist
I have no idea where Ogden Utah is, but it makes perfect sense for Survivor’s modern dream boat guy. He DOES have a girlfriend coming into this season, so calm down ladies. There’s 0 shot at him winning game, but I could watch him play as many times as possible, because he is actually fascinating as a character. He comes from season 30 Worlds Apart and 31 Second Chance. On his third chance, I think he’ll do well, but as it stands, he has the biggest threat level right out of the gate.
Tamara’s Thoughts: Please be dumb enough to keep this guy all season. I love him. Plus, I have tons of photos of him ready to go!
Current residence: Bethesda, Maryland
Occupation: Medical Assistant
She comes off as really grateful and motivated. Her story is really heartfelt as she’s inspired by her father dying from heart disease. She describes this journey as the pre-journey to her real journey in life! She seems like a really genuine person that will be really easy to connect with. While she’s prepared for the mental and emotional aspects of the game, she hasn’t really prepared for the physical part, which is her only limitation.
Tamara’s Thoughts: She has to go. I don’t want anyone staying who is playing for their dead relatives. The RHOA comments are open season right now because it is cancer central in there. This is not what I signed up for, bye.
That’s it for the cast assessment! Please please PLEASE let me know your thoughts down below. Who are you most excited to see play? Do you remember any of the 4 returning Survivors, and what are your thoughts on them? As always, don’t forget to follow me on my social media platforms to stay in touch with me throughout the entire week: Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch!
Survivor 38: Edge of Extinction Premieres Wednesday, February 20th at 8pm on CBS—WATCH WITH US!