A lot of people in the comments section on this site and elsewhere on the Internet have been totally ragging on season thirteen of Big Brother, and while it’s hardly as good as some of the past iterations, I don’t think it’s at the bottom of the pile as some people suggest. Just think back one year ago when we were faced with the dullest season since the first. 2010’s competition saw a group of players so unwilling to scheme or think critically that an alliance of buffoons managed to bamboozle the entire house and take home the victory. There were no power shifts last year. There was no high drama. It was all Brigade, all the time.
For what it’s worth, this season has seen a decent roller coaster of power and emotion. Granted, some of that may have been caused by producer interference, but it has nonetheless been entertaining watching the Newbies and the Vets duel it out all summer. Still not convinced? Just look at the drama that’s unfolded…We started with the Vets firmly in power. With their backs up against the wall, the Newbies splintered (thanks in part to a pretty nifty twist that had couples both tied to and pitted against each other). Just when it looked like it would be smooth sailing for the returning players, greed and hubris got the best of Daniele, whose scheming against her own alliance, forced her into the arms of the Newbies and caused massive infighting for the next several weeks. During that time, the Veterans gained and lost allies. Their one-time lapdog Porsche felt alienated and joined the ranks of Kalia and Daniele. Shelly, meanwhile, became an ardent ally of Jeff and Jordan… until, of course, she wasn’t. In the end, it seemed as though the once-fractured Newbies had somehow persevered over the seemingly unstoppable Veterans… until a conveniently timed Pandora’s Box saved Rachel and Jordan from an uncertain fate. Now we’re left with two Vets and three newbies with at least one of the latter going home. We could not have a more appropriate numbers game for a season that has seen the house so divided in so many weird ways.
And yet people are still annoyed with this season. I suppose I can understand the frustration. There hasn’t been a great hero, nor has there been a great villain. Jeff and Jordan are always lovable, but they veered into sanctimonious territory on more than one occasion this season. Daniele and Kalia, meanwhile, made for solid underdogs, but their personalities don’t allow us to embrace them with open arms. Then we have Rachel and Brendon, two villains if there ever were any, but quite frankly, given some of the lazy gameplay by Adam and the like, it’s hard to be totally against Rachel. This wishy-washy perception of the players unfortunately mitigates our emotional investment in the game. After all, the best seasons are when we LOVE some people and HATE others (Janelle and Kaysar vs. The Friendship always comes to mind).
Additionally, while there has been a large amount of scheming, there haven’t been too many fireworks. There was the dustup between Shelly and Jordan, and we’ve seen Jeff raise his voice a number of times, but even Rachel hasn’t been the heinous wreck that we thought we’d be. We certainly could have done with fewer Lawons and Adams and more hotheads (think Russell the Love Muscle).
That being said, while this season may lack the high drama, it is by no means a dud. We should be thankful for all the strategic scheming and shifting, especially in the wake of last year’s sleepy season. Plus, last time I checked, no other season featured The Chenbot wearing A CAPE. ’nuff said.
Don’t hate; celebrate!
What do you think?