Random Recap Flashback: Survivor Guatemala – Episode 6 – Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble

Original Airdate – October 20, 2005

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Welcome to the newest instalment into my series of ‘Random Reality Recaps’. With the use of a random number generator, I will begin to rewatch past episodes of the show ‘Survivor’. These recaps, I hope to place a focus on each of the individuals left in the game during the episode, and highlight what they achieved and got up to throughout the 40 minutes. Of course, at times, there will be some who just don’t show up at all.

For this first post, the episode randomly chosen is the 6th episode of the 11th Season, ‘Big Ball, Big Mouth, Big Trouble‘. Originally airing in 2005, It’s actually been quite some time since I have gone back and rewatched Survivor Guatemala. It’s one of those seasons I have a lot of appreciation for. I absolutely adore the setting, amongst the Mayan ruins, and for the most part, the cast is very enjoyable. So, with that in mind, let’s begin the recap.

Spoilers. Obviously.

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Australian Media Content Critical Reflection

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In more recent times, there seems to be a narrative forming online in regard to Australian media content, especially directed at Australian film. That is, that these films will, more often than not, will be seen as unpopular. That they will struggle to achieve any sort of success at the box office, and that as a whole, be ultimately be viewed as a failure. This certainly hasn’t always been the perception, as one only has to look towards the 10BA era of Australian films to see the many popular and internationally successful films produced, which not only included The Man from Snowy River (1982) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) but also the foreign studio-financed blockbusters Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Crocodile Dundee (1986). However, when comparing this period of Australian content to today’s, there is no denying there has been a dramatic change.  To put it simply, in recent years, it seems that Australian films have struggled to capture the public’s attention. While problems such as, “low production and marketing budgets, distribution bottlenecks, and the poor investment decisions of monopsonistic screen funding agencies (Burns and Eltham, 2010)” are very possible causes of this, funding continues to be a major concern. It’s clear that changes have to be made, in order for Australian media content to be protected.

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Akira & Autoethnography

 

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This week was one of my first real experience with any sort of Japanese anime. Besides screening the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime film last semester, the only other experience I had with any form of Japanese anime was the years I spent watching the Pokémon anime. That said, it did take me far too long to realise that the anime I had spent years watching growing up, was in fact created in Japan, and that the version I was watching had to be dubbed in English. Clearly, I wasn’t the most cultured child.

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