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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”