After missing last week (I was still mourning Benji being voted out of the game… gone too soon), I am back to give my thoughts on the final 6 of this season of Australian Survivor, after another enjoyable week. I’ll admit, this is by far the most difficult time I’ve had ranking everybody. No one in my opinion had a particularly outstanding week, and while there seems to be a clear majority, I really have no idea how this game is going to end… which is great for the season, not so great for me. That said, this game is shaping up to have a really intriguing end, so let’s see who I believe are in the box seat, and those who need to find a way to shake up this game, or risk being the next voted out.
If you checked out my last blog post, you know that I am currently conducting an auto-ethnographic project on ‘puroresu’, otherwise known as professional wrestling in Japan. In that last post, I discussed the rise of professional wrestling in Japan, with a focus on the company ‘New Japan Pro Wrestling’. Since that post, I have completed more research, and live-tweeted another match, but more importantly, have begun to understand how my topic in reference to my own cultural framework, and the background of knowledge, or personal framework, that already exists.
The merge was exactly what this season needed. After what I thought wasn’t the most exciting pre-merge, many have really begun to step up their game, and as a result, it has led to two great episodes this week. With only 9 people left in the game, and even with a Champion alliance led by Mat still very much in control, who knows how this season will play out from here. That said, lets see who, at this point, is the one to beat, and who is only just hanging on.
Last week, I had Robbie dead last on the rankings, which proved to be correct (win for me!), but also had Sam in 4th spot, and mentioned how he would be the least likely of the trio of Mat, Steve and Sam to go… which was clearly incorrect. Let’s hope I do a little better this week.
For this project, I plan to delve into the world of professional wrestling in Japan.
When I was younger, I was very much a fan of the WWE, the most prominent and notable wrestling promotion, possibly in the world. It currently airs in more than 150 different countries, broadcasting to over 36 million viewers. While I still, to this day, tune in sporadically, especially if my younger brother happens to be watching it while I have nothing on, I’ve only ever experienced professional wrestling through the WWE, and as such, this project will be an entirely new experience, as previous to this blog post, I had very little knowledge of this field site.
I’ve been very up and down on this season, and it’s the reason why I’ve haven’t covered any element of this season so far. After last season, which was continuously entertaining, I feel there really hasn’t been a great number of standout episodes. On the flip side though, there’s not been a moment where I’ve been ready to give up on the season. The cast, as a whole, has been fun to watch, if not just a little frustrating. However, hopefully, now that we’ve hit the merge, we will really begin to see the remain 11 up their games in a fight to win the half a million dollars, and after seeing the previous episode, I’ve got the sense that the gameplay will really begin to pick up. Continue reading
Original Airdate – October 20, 2005
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.
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.
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.
My mother is Maltese, my father is Scottish. While they were both born here, most, if not all of their family were born and raised outside of Australia. My mother was raised in a house with 7 siblings, and two parents who cared very deeply about their Maltese traditions… and yet, I feel more Australian then I probably have the right to. The only roots I have with the Maltese side of my family is sharing the same skin tone. The language, the traditions, they both aspects of my own roots that I have have next to no experience in.