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Boom Boom, Pao

At the beginning of the season, two things were made pretty clear. The first was that there was a major alliance, one that was already influencing the direction of the game and was intent on eliminating the so-called “weaker” players in the House. Led by Devin and Caleb, this Alliance – known as the Bomb Squad – was planning a systematic elimination of those outside of it by nominating weaker players and pitting them against much stronger players in the Battle of the Block competition. The second was that the alliance even had an “inside player” in the form of Paola, who was willing to throw competitions in the name of safety. This strategy worked… for about 1 1/2 HoH cycles.

By the end of Devin’s HoH reign the script had changed, the Bomb Squad had essentially exploded and Paola was out of the House – and in tracing back the root cause, the reasons were timeless in the annals of failed BB alliances.

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Worst to First

In the annals of Big Brother history, there have been players whose names evoke immediate reaction. Their gameplay was so legendary, so remarkable that fans across the land remember their names to this day… as the worst players to ever be in the House. From Mike “The Godfather” of BB5 to Brian in BB10 and Keith (and by extension, the entirety of “The Regulators) in BB13, these players played or overplayed so poorly that their fellow Houseguests were given essentially a free week to slide through.

After this week, a new name has been added to this pantheon of horrible gameplay – Joey.

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New Kids, On The Block

Every year since around 2003, we have seen a rather formulaic approach to Big Brother. Other than “twists” meant more to change the interpersonal dynamics, the show’s formula has been the same – Head of Household gets crowned, two Houseguests are nominated, Veto comp gets played, someone gets saved or nominations are kept the same and a player goes home on Thursday. This formula has held well, and served to make Big Brother a consistent summer ratings success.

After the two-night premiere of Big Brother 16, that has changed – and though the extent to which the game has changed is unclear as of this writing, the fact that there are fundamental changes to Big Brother’s gameplay and strategic avenues is undeniable.