BIG BROTHER OBSERVATIONS FROM DOUGLAS PUCCI, THE ULTIMATE TV FAN
The inevitable came to fruition last night. The coaches officially re-entered the game. For the cynic, such as myself, the show putting the onus on the public as to whether or not to put the coaches back in was an absolute exercise in futility. Last night’s choices for each coach were to either reset the game or have “some” of the previously evicted houseguests return. And only one coach from the four was enough to activate a reset — talk about serving up the game reset on a silver platter! Why should anyone in that house be surprised that Dan and Britney — each with only one team member remaining — decided to forgo being coaches. The current talk in the house of “who pressed reset?” and “why did they?” is asinine, at best.
-Jodi’s first night exit, the empty key holes next to the coaches’ faces on the wall, and the lack of proclaiming an official beginning to the period of comprising the jury all served as an obvious cocktail for last night regarless of a fan vote.
-Unlike my fellow fan brethren on this forum, I liked the coaches’ aspect to the game because they can still be a part of the game while not impeding a Big Brother rookie’s chances to win $500,000. However, like you all, I agree that since the coach label is no more, this was a twist made for the sake of twists and held little-to-no substance.
-So the game’s now under the premise that it starts anew. Coaches are now also vying for the $500,000 grand prize, even though they never once played in a prior HoH or PoV competition this season. I wonder how the evicted Jodi, Kara and Jojo (who all did play in those contests) feel about that.
-Against the odds, Shane has still survived in the house, but in essence, his HOH reign was considered insignificant because neither Frank nor Joe were evicted. (Compare this to Frank’s HOH reign, which involved the exits of two players, even though Willie’s exit was out of Frank’s control.). Even if no reset had taken place, the mere suggestion that evicted houseguests could return meant that either Frank or Joe probably would have came back anyway. And, I guess us viewers have to now ignore this past intriguing week of game talk and strategy.
-The show definitely caters to its favorites in recent years — Jeff and Jordan, Evel Dick, Jessie the bodybuilder, and Rachel Reilly. This year’s new favorite is Frank Eudy. The producers are definitely rooting for Frank to stay in the house as long as they possibly could. Despite a turbulent past week, there was no vote to evict him last night. Also, there was that feature on Frank’s celebrity dad, wrestler Sid Vicious.
-Much kudos to the newbies if they find a way to get rid of all the All-Stars soon. But will it happen? Probably not. The idea of veterans mixed with newbies doesn’t really translate into a fair fight. The newbies currently outnumber the All-Stars 8 to 4, but like last season, the veterans have so weaved their way into the social mix that it would be difficult for even the strong rookie competitors to take them all down. And, like last season, the “weaker” rookie players have looked to the veterans for support. So, the 8 to 4 rookie advantage doesn’t seem all that disadvantageous for the veterans.
-As I previously stated, I liked the idea of coaches. If I were running the show, I would have invited 16 houseguests so there’d be 4 players for every coach, and the theme would be consistent throughout. For a different twist, perhaps beginning in the game’s second week, there could have been a coaching tag team tandem. For example, for one week, Britney would get sequestered and her BB12 archrival Rachel Reilly comes in to take over her team, then the next week, vice versa. (If those twins were able to pull it off in BB5, why not here?) Then, in midsummer, both of the team’s coaches would live in the house but still vying for $100K — have it so only coach wins it, so there’d be strategy to eliminate other coaches. Also, you could have given cash incentives to each coach to trade players to shake things up.
More to come as the season progresses…