Blindsided and Backdoored

The Backdoor eviction is a tradition that dates back to Big Brother 5, when Jennifer “Nakomis” Dedmon came up with what was then terms the “Five Finger Plan” to eliminate Scott, an ally of her nemesis Jase. It has become rarer since due to changes in Veto Competitor picking, but when performed legitimately it is one of the more exciting moves in Big Brother. Often times, the evicted person had some idea of their particular weakness in the game but felt they were safe, only to fall due to betrayal of some sort.

In the case of Chris AKA Swaggy C, the blindside came from his own misreading of a game he had shown love towards but for which he had ignored or misread every basic tenet of successful game play.

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Out Of The Gates

Big Brother’s first weeks can be a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to repercussions that reverberate through the game. Some seasons (Big Brother 5, as an example) have minimal repercussions that can be seen as game-changing. The eviction of Mike “The Don” did little to make major changes to the rest of the season. Other seasons have had major events occur in Week 1 that define the rest of the game – witness Paul’s return in Big Brother 19 as an example.

Big Brother 20, for its status as a rare modern “all newbie” cast, has had no less than three major events that should lead to lasting effects through the game.

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Big Brother 20 Preview: Everything Old Is New Again

For 18 years and 19 (More like 21, but who’s counting) seasons, we have been addicted to Big Brother. CBS’ stalwart summer show has continued on and outlasted the imitators and pale attempts to latch onto the reality tv wave of the early 2000s, and has maintained a spot as a ratings power during the summer. With no end in sight and the series still performing strong, we anticipate as return of the show.

It couldn’t have come soon enough.

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Flipping The Script: Closing Time, 2017 Edition

 

In retrospect, perhaps it should have been expected – a young upstart, brash but dedicated, upends the established and expected champion to take the crown. We’ve seen it countless times in movies, sports and entertainment that at this point it has become cliché. This time, though, it wasn’t supposed to happen. The cards had been played to perfection if you asked the people holding the hands. There was no way the young upstart would win.

And yet, nearly a month after the finale of Big Brother 19 we can look back and say that Josh’s defeat of Paul in the finale was not only one of the great endings to this show but was also one that we should have seen coming for weeks. Continue reading “Flipping The Script: Closing Time, 2017 Edition”

There Are No Winners

For several years now, I have written an analytical review article discussing the week that was in Big Brother. This season has found difficulty in analyzing a season with such poor game play, and when looking for points to analyze in terms of positive game play I have found myself lacking in inspiration. This is not the entire house, mind you – one player has mastered the game to the point that he is most likely to win unless something massive changes in the game. Paul’s game play has been exemplary in terms of controlling the game, charismatic leadership of his alliance and chess moves designed to weaken and eliminate his opponents.

It is an impressive effort that has been put forward – but one that removes the ability to see the best moves of anyone else playing the game. Continue reading “There Are No Winners”

The Power of Cluelessness – A Story In Three Parts

For as long as the show has aired, Big Brother fans have thrived on the trope of “the clueless Houseguest.” Some of our favorite moments of the show have been the Houseguest caught unawares, not realizing what was going on until the moment was too late. In the last three weeks of Big Brother 19, the season has had example after example of clueless play and strategy based upon a lack of information.

It’s fun enough when it results in an eviction; it’s even better when it defines an HoH week. Continue reading “The Power of Cluelessness – A Story In Three Parts”

You Better Not Miss

There is an old adage, made popular by Omar Little in the HBO show “The Wire” that goes “You come at the King, you better not miss.” This, simply put, means that if you are going to make a big move you need to make sure that it will be successful as much as you possibly can. The entire run of this current season of Big Brother can be summarized by that quote, when one examines the play so far. Twice, two different people have targeted major players. In one instance, the target was removed.

The failure of the other, however, set the stage for the early part of the season and doomed Cody to an early exit. Continue reading “You Better Not Miss”

Summer’s First Fall

Every season of Big brother, there is that inevitable first blindside of the season. Someone is nominated that doesn’t expect to go home, and their departure turns into a storyline that ends up with ramifications for the remainder of the season. Going into tonight’s vote, those of us on the outside knew Christmas would be safe with at least 7 votes to keep her in the House.

No one, however, told this to Cody, Jessica or Jillian. Continue reading “Summer’s First Fall”

Not Quite Lather, Rinse and Repeat – Big Brother 19 Season Opening

For several years now, fans have looked forward to this time of year as the  beginning of our summer pastime – the new Big Brother feeds and season premiere. We pay our subscriptions, get our systems ready and await the new season with gusto. Often, there is a flurry of information that we need to catch up on to understand the dynamics of the house once the feeds begin.

Rarely, however, has that been as important as this season’s beginnings. Continue reading “Not Quite Lather, Rinse and Repeat – Big Brother 19 Season Opening”

Closing Time, 2016 Edition

Summer 2016 has come to a close, and with it the eighteenth season Big Brother ends with the closest vote in many seasons and a historic winner in Nicole, a returning player who beat a strong new player in Paul and became the first woman to beat a man in the final vote. It saw a new America’s Favorite Player in Victor, a man whose own season was historic for his multiple returns to the house in one season. It saw the It saw the promotion of the first all-online season of Big Brother, to premiere in less than a week.

With all of this came the end of one of the least popular seasons in Big Brother, and the hope that future seasons learn from the mistakes of Summer 2016.

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