Genie's Take on Big Brother 12
Hello BB Lovers!
While we're waiting for the live feeds to return, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on this season. What a roller coaster ride it has been! Lines were drawn in the sand with the House Guests and with the fans. There was no common ground as to who to root for. Some jumped on the Brigade bandwagon; others were throwing boulders at it. Some liked Rachel, Brendon and Andrew; others detested them. Some were Britney and Ragan fans; others had no use for their meanness.
It got heated inside the house and torpid outside. Of course it did! We're BB fans. We're passionate about this show!
And these House Guests! Phew!
They made us laugh with their antics, angry with their prejudices, frustrated with the lack of their endurance performance, shocked at some of the things they said and touched with their unique connections. We bristled when our favorites were attacked, cheered when they were victorious, sad when they were hurt, disappointed when they were evicted.
This season has had an odd dynamic, very different from all the others. The house chose it's targets early, and struck out at them in unison, sometimes viciously and on a personal level. They were so focused on these targets that they failed to see the larger picture, the group manipulating things behind the scenes, voting as a block, influencing others. And one by one they were blindly evicted by the "Bragade".
No one else followed through in setting up an other alliance, though attempts were made. They skirted the idea like it was a Satanic cult. They formed 'pairs'. They called each other friends. They had showmances.
What is up with that?
"Is this summer camp?" I yelled at my monitor! "Bust a move! Do something to stir things up! Yeah. Yeah. Rachel this and Brendon that. Who cares? Play the game! Make a bold move. You're not there to make lifelong friends. You're there to play the game. Do the unexpected. Don't band together into a mob of maliciousness."
Alas, it was not meant to be.
So yeah, the Brigade is a bunch of self-described dodos, but these dodos have made it to the end. Getting together, and creating the smoke screen of side alliances was very smart. But they were also very lucky. Lucky that the others lost sight of what they were there for - to win 500 thousand dollars.
Incensed by their blind hatred of Brendon and Rachel, the other house guests kept their sights on them even long after they were evicted. They thought nothing of three guys hanging together almost all the time. They weren't an alliance... No! Not them! They just worked out together, played pool together, hung out together, voted together. Not an alliance though...
This was the BB Country Club and admission was given only to those who were deemed "worthy" by Britney, Ragan, Lane, Hayden and Enzo. The others just wouldn't do. They drank too much even though they didn't "spotlight" animals or hold down women. They used too many spices in their food. They practiced a weird religion and their jokes were strange. They had odd toes and funny extensions. Their implants weren't as pretty. Their pants were too high. They tried too hard to be on TV even though they were on TV...
Annie overplayed her Sabotages. Monet overshot her mouth. Andrew botched his speeches. Kristen chose the wrong alliance. Rachel was Public Enemy #1 and still is. Kathy was collateral damage of a lame Diamond Veto replacement. Matt overplayed his alliances. Brendon was too uncool for their tastes. Ragan's meltdowns and endless commentary were tiresome. Britney didn't win when she had to, or Lane would have jumped ship faster than his shower escapades.
That leaves Hayden with 3 HoHs and 1 PoV under his belt; Lane with one HoH; and Enzo with one PoV. They took the steps they had to when they had to and they got where they are now. Like it or not, they made it to the end. And whoever is there at the end, "deserves" to win. Not because they will be saving orphans. Not because sunshine melts the snow wherever they step. Not because they are "good people" - this isn't Mother Teresa's House. But because whatever "strategy" they used, and whatever dumb luck they had, got them there.
So like it or not. This is Big Brother. And we have to learn to expect the unexpected. Blocked feeds and all! :)