Australian Survivor has smashed the Aussie Survivor curse, delivering a solid local version of Survivor that matches the high standard set by the American show.
But there’s one problem. They keep using the word “merge” incorrectly.
On last night’s episode, the three tribes became two. Host Jonathan LaPaglia repeatedly referred to this as a merge.
But it’s not a merge. It’s a tribe dissolve. At worst, it’s a tribe swap. A tribe shuffle. A tribe switch. Any of those terms would have been more appropriate than merge.
The merge occurs midway through a season of Survivor when the two tribes become one, and signals the end of the tribal competition and the beginning of the individual game. Individual immunity is what the contestants covet as they attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast.
And if you think I’m just an obsessive Survivor fan complaining about nothing, I’ll have you know that the Survivor community is right behind me.
So if they’re calling this tribe dissolve the merge, what are they going to call the actual merge? Merge Number Two? The Real Merge?
Australian Survivor airs 7.30pm Sunday, Monday and Tuesday on Ten.
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