Season 4 – Marquesas

Season 4 was probably actually the 10th or so season we watched. We were all amped up to watch Heroes vs Villains and so went back and watched some of the more poorly ranked seasons we had skipped if they had someone that was showing up in that all star season. Good thing we did, because it’s Rob’s origin story.

This is definitely a very early season, I think most highlighted by Gabriel, who is very frustrated that people keep trying to play this weird game on his, “Can we all survive together on this awesome adventure?” personal vacation. Imagine someone in an Among Us lobby getting pissed about all the murdering and meetings when they’re just here to learn about spaceship maintenance.

The winner this season made me really glad and there was some very interesting social commentary with Sean and Vecepia being mostly allied, but trying not to be default grouped together because they were the only black folks. For me the memorable story there was Paschal at tribal badgering them about whether they were in a real alliance while at the same time making it clear that everyone else was in a different alliance. You can’t strand two people outside and then ah-ha! at them when they try to protect each other. Buddy.

Kathy was the other memorable character for me. Hard-working and nice, but not without flaws. I’m glad she comes back on a later season or two.

It’s sort of funny to me that this isn’t a great season, but is required viewing to see where Rob comes from, even though Rob honestly doesn’t do a ton in this season. He comes off as just sort of an arrogant sexist dude-bro, but in a way that sets up all the growth he does over the other seasons he appears on. I feel like he has a Han Solo arc and Marquesas is his Greedo scene, except that after he shoots Greedo he’s arrested and you sort of forget about him for a while.

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