updated 02/12/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/13/2013 AT 10:15 AM ET
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.
“Survivor’s not meant to be a comedy routine.”
– Cochran, Survivor: South Pacific
Here’s a riddle for you: What do a zombie, a flip-flopper and two train wrecks have in common?
They’re all part of a new cast of “favorites” on Survivor: Caramoan (Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on CBS), the new season that matches 10 new competitors against some of the worst players in the show’s history. Game on?
Survivor may be the only competitive event on earth where being awful makes you an all-star. Brandon Hantz and Erik Reichenbach share the distinction of literally making the worst moves ever when they both sacrificed individual immunity right at the endgame, and were immediately blindsided.
John Cochran ruined his own game – as well as his entire tribe’s – with a horrendous flip. Francesca Hogi was first off. Corinne Kaplan would have lost a jury vote to Phillip Sheppard. Brenda Lowe’s alliance betrayed her. Andrea Boehlke shambled along as part of Boston Rob’s zombie army. Even Dawn Meehan – a paragon of normalcy in the lunatic asylum of the Favorites tribe – had an early-season breakdown.