Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Big Brother 16: Thoughts So Far

Hey everyone! You may or may not know that I'm addicted to Big Brother. I follow the show very closely, watch the live feeds occasionally, and am constantly up-to-date with spoilers. I thought it would be fun to track how my thoughts on each person evolves as the season goes on!

For non-Big Brother watchers, the show is difficult to understand. The situations change as the wind blows and allegiances flip flop often. For those who manage to stay updated, it's an absolute blast. It's only been on for two weeks so far, meaning you have 7 episodes to catch up on if you so please :)

So here we go. BTW, THIS IS SPOILER-FREE! (Except for at the end when I mention who has been evicted so far)

I'll start with Zach since he's a big fan favorite this season. I think people must love his personality, because he is playing a sloppy game. He calls out the houseguests when they suck, and he makes himself stick out like a sore thumb. He's constantly backpeddling and regretting his actions. Hopefully he can get it together because he seems pretty cool.

Brittany is one of my favorites this season. Unfortunately, she plays a similar game to Zach. She keeps it real with everyone and calls out the people who do her wrong. What I like about her is that she seems to be in-tune with what's going on and she's feisty. She refuses to let anyone step all over her. If she gets HoH one of these days, she is going to be a force. The above gif is her blowing Devin a kiss after he nominated her. Iconic.

Frankie was an absolute favorite of mine at the beginning of the season. He seemed to have his finger on the pulse of the house. He was socializing left and right, and everyone seemed to like him, but as the days went by we began to see what a control freak he is. As soon as someone throws a wrench in his game, it's like he loses the ability to cope. Hopefully he can calm down a little because I actually like him a lot.

Unfortunately, if you don't watch the live feeds you do not know Caleb Reynolds. CBS is giving him a spectacularly kind TV edit, when in reality he is a huge a creep. He has a crazy obsession with Amber and she continues to reject him, but he does not give up. He's being portrayed as a wounded puppy, when he should be getting the GinaMarie edit. He needs to be booted out soon because he's actually very scary.

Cody also seems to be a fan-favorite this season, but having seen him on the feeds I find it difficult to like him. He's playing a decent game but his personality sucks, in my opinion. You can tell he's been handed everything on a silver platter his whole life. He flirts with every girl in the house and then slanders them behind their backs, he's incredibly materialistic, and he even boasted to Zach about driving drunk. He's like, the broiest of bros and it sucks.

DONNYYYYY. I love this man so much it brings a tear to my eye. He is a precious gem, the kindest, sweetest player to ever be on Big Brother. For some reason the houseguests have it out for him, but he continues to be a competition beast! It's fantastic. He also has the best one liners, some of them being "I didn't vote out my buddy, so you shouldn't have to vote out your buddy... but is your buddy really your buddy?" and (about Caleb) "I would like to buy him for what he's worth, and sell him for what he thinks he's worth." GE-NIUS. Love this guy. Can't say it enough.

Amber is one of the houseguests I have mixed feelings on. On one hand, she's a huge pushover and makes moves to please the houseguests as opposed to doing what's most beneficial to her game. On the other hand, some of the girls are targeting her out of jealousy, and that makes me root for her. What I hope for Amber: that she gets a backbone and starts playing more selfishly, that she tells Caleb to back off once and for all, and that her demise is not at the hand of Nicole/Christine/Victoria. Above is her singlehandly evicting Julie Chen, host of Big Brother, in what is one of the best bloopers of all time.

I think Hayden is pretty cool. For the most part, I like the way he's playing the game. He comes out to compete, he gets involved with game talk, and he's selective about which alliances he joins. What I don't like about Hayden is that he partakes in Amber bashing with Nicole and Christine, and that he seems to want Donny out, which is not cool in my book.

For me, Nicole is one of the most frustrating players in this game. She's constantly flip flopping between wanting to make big moves, but not wanting to be on anyone's radar. She picks a stance and then regrets it almost immediately. Her indecisiveness is almost painful to watch. She walks on eggshells in the house, is uber sensitive, refuses to talk game with certain people, and gossips incessantly with Christine. Nope. Not a fan.

I want to like Christine. I really do, but she makes it so difficult. I guess we'll start positive here: I think Christine is in the best position right now. She's on good terms with everyone. All the girls like her and all the guys want to be aligned with her. My issue is her constant crap-talking! She literally cannot. stop. bashing people. She's said she was bullied all her life so this attitude might be remnants of that, but it's really becoming unbearable.

Devin is absolutely terrible at Big Brother. His ego is the size of Mars, he talks down to the women of the house, and he speaks over everyone. The hole he dug for himself is so deep he cannot even try to climb out of it at this point. Devin is also probably the least self-aware person in the history of the show. He can't seem to accept any criticism, and I don't see him staying much longer. Note that there are no gifs of this guy because no one likes him...

Derrick is one of my favorite players to watch. He has clearly emerged as one of the most dominant and manipulative players in the game, but none of the others seem to have caught on to that. He's really great with his words and I love listening to him strategize because he has good insights. Some people don't like that he throws his allies under the bus, but that's how the game works, friends.

Victoria is vain and catty, but she's incredibly insecure and I find that endearing. I don't love watching her on the feeds because she's very dull and predictable. Her gameplay is practically non-existent, but it's still early in the game and she has the potential to get better. What I don't think she realizes is that she is an easy target in the house because no one will feel bad about getting rid of her. I hope she sticks around for a little while because I think she has potential.

I am absolutely indifferent towards Jocasta. I'm not convinced she even really wants to be in the house. She will float until the others pick her off eventually and I am so unimpressed with her.

Evicted: Joey and Paola. I thought both of these girls were relatively entertaining, but they were easy targets. The twist this season favors the strong players and those who do not perform are in danger, and that is exactly what happened to them both. That is also the fate I foresee for Victoria and Jocasta, and perhaps even Donny (although undeservingly).

Let me know in the comments if you're up-to-date on the season, and whether or not you agree with me!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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