This week's guest correspondent is Raleigh lawyer (and longtime "Survivor" aficionado) Damon Circosta:
Part of the secret of "Survivor's" endurance is that it continues to explore universal human emotions. While top-running crime dramas such as "The Mentalist" and "NCIS" explore the darker side of human psychology, there is only so much emotional range to explore in a cop drama. "Survivor" runs the gamut.
There is hope ... and then it is crushed. There is power ... and then it is usurped. On any given episode, a contestant can go from euphoria to despair at a moment's notice. In order to excel at this game, it pays to not get too invested in it. You need to care, but you cannot care too much. You need to bond with your fellow contestants, but you cannot bond too deep.
In other words, to win at "Survivor" you need to stay on an even keel, and even then you still need a little luck. According to this observer, here are where the 10 folks still in the game stand. (Six on the Murlonio tribe and four on Redemption Island, including the two newest folks sent there this week -- Ralph and Steve.)