When Julie Chen said "Expect the Unexpected," did she mean fans should expect a disastrous season?
Seventeen years in, Big Brother is bound to have its fair share of good and bad seasons. With the finale just a couple of weeks away, BB 19 can definitely be classified as a bad season.
It would be irresponsible to call it the worst season, not when there is Big Brother 15 's racism to contend with, but BB19 is pretty darn close. At the very least, the players in Big Brother 15 actually tried to play and win the game.
So what has made this season a colossal flop? Oh, let us count the ways. Check out our reasons below, then hit the comments and let us know what you think!
It's not the first time BB has thrown a former contestant into the house with a bunch of newbies, but by God, it needs to be the last. Paul was a "fan favorite" from BB18 who was ironically robbed of a win by that season's BB veteran, Nicole. This season, however, the bearded "snake" has become increasingly more obnoxious, vicious, rude, and intolerable. He was instantly afforded an advantage that had him safe for WEEKS.
He fostered a cult-like environment that had him Jim Jones-ing his way through the season with a legion of players who are at his beck and call. All of which has made for a frustrating and boring season. He has also taken to sending players after outcasts in the house to antagonize them with personal attacks. He bought into his own hype, and it has made him unbearable to watch. Not to mention, he has singlehandedly ruined the word "friendship."
Showmances are an acquired taste; some people don't mind them and others loathe them. It IS possible to have a decent showmance in the Big Brother house as evidenced by Jeff/Jordan and Rachel/Brendon. But in the end, this is Big Brother, not the Bachelor. There are too many people who forget that. Jody, Marlena, and Maven latched on to each other early on and were distracted from the game.
The primary risk of being in a showmance is being the number one target, right? Wrong. The majority of the showmances made it through most of the season, which is absurd. If players refused to target the BB vet, why not go after the couples of the house?
Jody at least committed to playing the game, and Marlena eventually started playing, too. Matt and Raven, however, coasted through the season like lovers on vacation, then inexplicably got furious when others had the audacity to put them up against each other. This isn't summer camp, this is Big Brother. Hook up or not, but play the damn game!
We have the temptation to thank for Paul's return, that alone should convince you that it was a disaster. What would the season have been like without that twist? Who knows? The temptation doled out measly perks that were poorly used (Halting Hex, anyone?) and ridiculous punishments that were far from entertaining. What made it so unbearable was knowing that the show had to actually use it to tempt/ bribe the majority of the cast into actually playing the game.
Bullying and Isolation Tactics
In all 17 years, no season had an entire house relying solely on unprompted, unnecessary bullying and isolation as a game tactic. It's absurd that it passes as strategic gameplay when, in reality, it's the equivalent of school yard bullying amongst adults. While Paul has been one of the greatest perpetrators and instigators, nearly the entire cast has resorted to this tactic since the season's inception.
Everything from threats of physical violence, ridiculing and berating someone based on their personal appearance, rape jokes, and taunting have taken place. A Marine's service was called into question, someone had a concoction reminiscent of pepper spray thrown in their face, and folks were goaded until things nearly got physical.
Never before has the person likely to go home on the block ridiculed, isolated, and ostracized by the entire house. As part of being in a confined space for so long, respect and decency, in that regard, were never overstepped until now. It's needlessly cruel just for the sake of it and a dumb strategic move when done to future jury members.
All BB fans can agree that Raven is the worst. It's not just the fact that she prances around with quirky buns and fake accents, or that her makeup skills rival a mortician's. It's also because she might be a compulsive liar and her list of ailments grow by the second. Raven has also made a mockery of those suffering from gastroparesis by being the spokesperson that no one asked for. She's an attention seeking hypochondriac, too.
To get an idea of Life according to Raven; she's in Mensa and her GPA was dance (yes, you read that right), she died twice and is currently dying, and she trained for the Olympics. She was almost kidnapped by a serial killer, her mother was struck by lightning, she has an inverted spine, and there are a dozen ways her pacemaker can kill her.
This Queen of one-upping has more ailments than BB wins, mostly because she'd rather beg and guilt trip people into letting her win instead of doing it, herself. She contributes nothing to her alliance and expects to coast through to the end. You can add entitled to the list, too. That's... so Raven
Backdooring as the Only Strategy
BB5 legend Nakomis came up with the backdoor strategy and it was pure genius. It's one of the best moves and a BB staple, but it's SUPPOSED to be used sparingly and strategically. It's not meant to be the only way to evict someone. If the target is someone incapable of winning the veto, then why the hell do you need to backdoor them?
Apparently, no one in this house got the message that they could just nominate their targets, win the veto, and get them out without backdooring them. What has been the primary motivation for backdooring this season, you ask? To avoid dealing with the target reacting poorly and breaking up the harmony of the house. Newsflash there is no way of playing this game without stepping on toes or pissing someone off. Grow a pair, make a move, and deal with the repercussions.