Believe it or not, this was the first Big Brother season I’ve watched from start to finish since All-Stars back in 2006. Generally, I’m happy I “came back” to watch this season, and I learned some things. Some good, some not so good.
Dan Gheesling Saved The Season: I felt that the season had a good opening premise which, much like season nine in the Winter of 2008, was a false front to what actually was going to take place. There were some big game moves to take the former coaches out of the box, but the turning point of the show was the “funeral” of Dan Gheesling in the final eight stage, where it looked like the season ten winner was done for. Couple that with the eviction of Shane Meaney, and this young man was easily the most dynamic player of the show this season. Wasn’t even close. He may have even played better this season than he did in his winning season in 2008. His only flaw if you ask me was his apologies to the jury. I would have owned every move, as if to say I played the game, and I played it well.
Ian Terry Is A Deserving Winner: If Dan was unable to win, Ian would be just as deserving a winner. He grew up big time on this season, turning himself from a boy genius into a skilled young man. He took out giants in the game such as Mike Boogie and Frank Eudy, and “slayed the dragon” in the final two when he defeated Dan with help from one of the more bitter juries since season three. I’d rank Ian fifth amongst the fourteen winners with only Dr. Will Kirby, Dan, Jun Song, and Hayden Moss ranking higher on my list.
Danielle Murphree Was A Waste Of Space: Danielle really didn’t seem to grasp the concept of the show, as do most of the players hand picked by producers to play in the game. I don’t know how she passed the mental screenings the show reportedly does unless someone gave her a pass on that. Whether she tried to or not, she tried to be Dr. Will: the only problem is she never turned off the lies. Lying in Big Brother can be an effective strategy as previously evidenced. But when you also simultaneously try the play the victim, you defeat your own purpose.
Production Loves To Manipulate Their Show: There were tons of questionable acts with the show this season coming from the production end. Let’s establish a few things first: one, it is THEIR show, and I do not dispute that point. And point two, production manipulations are fact, not fiction, as was the case in season eight, for instance. The people behind the scenes that season are still there. Why else would, for example, Willie Hantz be disqualified for something that other houseguests have done in other seasons without penalty? Why would they disqualify Frank Eudy from a Power Of Veto competition one week, and not do it the previous week when he admitted to it? No other possible answer here.
Don’t Expect Change: The show has already been renewed for season fifteen in 2013, so the bottom line here is nothing will change. Expect to see more returning houseguests, for one. That’s what Survivor is doing. If Survivor was an automobile, it’d be a Cadillac. Big Brother would be a small Toyota. The “casting call” commercials at the season’s end may or may not be a false front. It’d make sense to do a second “All-Stars” season next year, and it does seem to be on the drawing board. Ian talked about it on one of the episodes this season, and what is allowed to be talked about usually winds up happening.
More thoughts next week as the off-season rolls into high gear…