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”

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”

All Hail The King

There is a new king in town.

After a run that saw complete domination by a small group of players, it was the undercover cop from Rhode Island who ended up taking the win. Derrick’s game play was one that ended up being respected by the Jury that had been sent there  by his moves, and his 7-2 win over Cody tonight now places him in the pantheon of Big Brother Greats that are debated as to whom is the “Best of All Time.” Continue reading “All Hail The King”

Slaying the Beasts

In the span of around 60 hours, the two strongest competitors in the House were eliminated and the endgame of this season became completely clear. The departures of Frankie and Caleb have set a finale that is almost assured, barring a last-second swerve. After 12 weeks and 13 evictions, we are at the point where everyone has an equal footing and chance to win.

In that same span of time, we saw two completely different approaches to campaigning to stay, and while Caleb’s attempt to stay in the game was understandable – and admirable – Frankie’s attempt sealed the opinion on what type of player and person he was in the House. Continue reading “Slaying the Beasts”

Exuent, Stage Right

The appeal of the unknown has been a part of Big Brother since the introduction of “Pandora’s Box.” Seeing the opportunity that comes with the unknown prize or punishment has been a storyline that has played out over several seasons, and this year was no exception. It was pointed out this season that no previous Houseguest has ever refused the allure of Pandora’s Box, and once again we saw that play out in Frankie’s push to have the rest of the remaining Houseguests join him in pushing the button.

Once again, we saw this come back to haunt the House – and Frankie’s allure to the potential of the button started a week that began with him firmly positioned in the Final Four and ended with him speaking with Julie tonight. Continue reading “Exuent, Stage Right”

The Summer of Our Discontent

For several weeks, fans of Big Brother have become less vocal in their praise of the show and a feeling of unease, malaise and overall discontent has begun to rise. Fans are less vocal on Twitter, save for commenting on fan sites and on Twitter that the show was not living up to standards we held for both contestants and the actual show itself. Even Julie Chen was not immune to criticism, as fans online expressed concern that she did not seem to be performing at her best on the show. That criticism, however, had remained in the realm of fandom for most of the season with little coming from other media or offline.

With two events this week, that changed – and with the TMZ article on Frankie combined with the reaction to Christine in tonight’s Double Eviction we have seen a change in the fandom that has rarely been exposed in seasons past. Continue reading “The Summer of Our Discontent”

Sleeping Through The Night

It is an important rule in Big Brother that the “social game” of a player can often be more important than their competitive play. The ability of a player to weave their way through the House and be seen as an asset and ally to as many people as possible can make or break a game. When a player develops these alliances, they can walk through the game and win the entire thing – Dr. Will Kirby is a testament to this. When someone forgets this and strays from playing a strong social game, they can burn out spectacularly (Witness the spectacular flameout of Shelly’s game in BB13).

In the case of evictee Donny, the lack of a strong social game and weak strategic thinking were glaring weaknesses that could not be overcome by strong competitive play and a good personality. Continue reading “Sleeping Through The Night”

Moments of Weakness

Typically in Big Brother, the show is defined by moments of Houseguests stepping up and becoming the great gamers we knew they could be. Rachel, as an example, won Big Brother 13 by stepping out of Brendon’s shadow and playing her own game. Two years ago, Ian showed the kind of player he was by engineering Mike “Boogie’s” eviction. This season, however, has seen a different focus. Time and time again, we have seen potentially great players fall victim to a moment of weakness in their game that changed the course of the season.

This week’s HoH run by Cody showed one such moment, and although it may prove beneficial in the long run his allowance of that weakness to come through proved to be game-changing once more.

Continue reading “Moments of Weakness”