Jade: Well, since you asked...Originally Posted by jadewarlock;3775866;
It's my thinking that Richard Hatch most definitely deserved the win, especially over Kelly. Here's why:
In the first season, the contestants were really under the assumption that the game was about simply surviving the elements... that's where their heads were. And while that's definitely part of the game, Hatch was the first person to clue into the social portion of the game... for all intents and purposes, he invented the concept of an alliance in Survivor. And let's be honest: the alliance immediately became (and still is) the main pillar of the game. For that alone, he deserved the million bucks.
I gotta add that he's one of two Survivor players I've actually met (before the whole tax incident thing); and while he's definitely a little full of himself, he's also very charming and very congenial. He's not nearly the self-absorbed d-bag that the media (and the edit of Survivor 1) crack him up to be.
All this being said, there were two people in Season One that I felt "deserved" the prize just as much. Rudy was one; his tenacity really won me over. I still think he is one of the best "older" players the game has seen.
The other was Gretchen Cordy. I still believe that she embodied what the "pure" part of the game is all about: being physically capable, understanding group dynamics (short of recognizing the need for an alliance) and generally being an awesome camper. She was so capable that it made her an early target, which really made me sad. She deserved to go WAY farther in the game. Of course, her departure from the game was the first truly shocking moment in the history of the show, and the first true blind-side. (You could say Dirk was, but I still think he should have seen it coming.)
In light of the whole Russell debacle, I'd love to start a thread recapping all 19 previous winners and whether people feel they were "deserved" or not. Whaddya think?
Glad to hear that. I wholly agree: Russell's command of English is horrible. And I hope most people from Texas are like Colby period; I've always felt he was pretty much a class act.Originally Posted by jadewarlock;3775866;