First Impressions

At 10pm Thursday night BB time, they gathered in the living to greet us...
At 10pm Thursday night BB time, they gathered in the living to greet us…

They are in the house. We’ve seen them on TV, and now they’re on the live feeds for us to see for a small pittance.  I’ve spent most of the past couple of days watching, wanting to get a gauge on how they’re interacting in the house. I thought this week I could go through what I’ve learned from each of them. Some of the information is going to contain SPOILERS as to the events as presented on the TV show, so be forewarned. Let’s get this started…

Amber Bozotra strikes me as not just a pretty face, but a pretty serious gamer. Her game will probably be bolstered by shunning the advances of Caleb Reynolds if she so decides to do that.

Brittany Martinez has the “mother hen” role on lock in the house. She and Victoria Rafaeli were nominated by Frankie Grande in their eviction ceremony, but won the “Battle Of The Block” to get a pass to next week. (Apparently, winning BOTB is like winning the veto in that it keeps you safe from being placed on the block again.) She got into an argument Saturday night with Devin Shepherd that seemed to weaken Devin in the house to many.

Caleb, the current HOH “di tutti capi” (Italian for “boss of bosses”), seems a personable guy, but the pre-show talk of his personal issues (as evidenced in his Instagram posts) seems spot on. However, to this point, he’s not creating controversy and bad press, so there’s that. His obsession with Amber is a significant story-line in the early part of this game that is beyond creepy. Let’s just hope something stupid doesn’t happen.

Christine Brecht is someone I’m pulling for. I enjoy watching the superfans interact with the house with the “uber models” they always put in the house to bring in the ratings. Brecht seems to have a great understanding of the game and life in general. Will she mature in front of our eyes like Ian Terry did two seasons ago?

Cody Calafiore has been the quiet one so far, but seems to have a good set of morals. He quietly took fellow houseguests to task for using the word “retard” Friday night/Saturday morning. Seems a straight up guy, just which there was more of him to see as he moves through the house.

Derrick Levasseur I think of as the house profiler. He’s not telling anyone he’s a policeman by trade, and seems to be fitting in. Can he keep the house on surveillance for 90 days? Might be tricky. Does seem to have a bit of game, though.

Devin seems to be fighting OCD issues in the house, and that, along with being a prima donna, is not earning him any points. Baseball players (as Devin was in the St. Louis Cardinals organization) seem to fight OCD problems more than most because of the routines and superstitions they keep. Generally, athletes don’t tend to do well in this game (although hockey player Jon Pardy did win BB Canada this year) because they have to think not for themselves, but in terms of what goes best for a group. Also worth watching is Devin’s mean streak, which he seems to have problems controlling at times. Read between the lines of all of that.

Donny Thompson has already established himself as a fan favorite. He won the first POV season and will rescue himself off of the block, leaving someone else to go home first. He’s the houseguest that seems to keep everyone else grounded, and is doing a good job at it. His southern expressions and sayings will keep the TV audience in stitches during the CBS shows.

Frankie has the house wrapped around his finger presently. He’s just got good general leadership skills, and everyone in there at present seems to like him. I don’t see his game ending well, though. I think others will be frothing at the mouth to find an excuse to get rid of him and some point, leading to a Judd-like mourning when he does go.

Hayden Voss (not to be confused with Hayden Moss, the BB12 winner) has surprised me. Thought his game would be weaker, but he just loves to play the streaker. Definitely one of the more unique characters in the house up to now, so I hope he stays around and makes an impact.

I had Jocosta Odom pegged as an early casualty in the game, as her upbringing and life as a minister struck me as someone who would have problems bonding with the rest of the house. I have no such concerns now, but I would like to see her interact more and use her humor, which she does has.

Joey Van Pelt is the first member of the forced upon “Team America” alliance. (More on that next week…I think the Team America twist is a terrible idea!) Surprised the live feeders Saturday night by attempting to shake the game up. Seems likely to go up in Donny’s place once the POV meeting take place, and I look for her to do some serious campaigning to keep from being BB16’s “Gigli” on Thursday night.

Nicole Franziel was one of the three “picks to click” I had prior to the launch of the season. But she reminds me a lot of Frankie, someone who’s going to get plucked down the road because of her naivete.  Maybe she’ll surprise me, or catch a lucky break game-wise or gets into a good alliance.

I don’t find Paola Shea as irritating as some of the other tweeters and social media-ites.  She’s on the block at the present time, and might wind up the first out of the house, joining us on the sidelines. She’ll have to win friends and influence people to stay in another week, but at this point her departure on Thursday seems likely.

Victoria I can see emerging as a house villain down the road. Not saying a lot now (outside of an incident where she lost a great deal of her hair a couple of years ago), but I think as the season progresses, she’s going to find her voice and make some serious moves.

As for Zach Rance, this dude has some serious game potential. He acts like he hates the other contenders from time to time, plus he doesn’t mind throwing in a little commentary, which was a Mike “Boogie” Malin trait during BB14. Dr. Will Kirby spoke on his Twitter feed about “tutoring” a couple of the houseguests on this season, so perhaps this is one of his students? He wound up Joey like a Rolex watch successfully, launching her into a tirade against Devin and Caleb Saturday night, as she campaigned not to be placed on the block in the coming veto meeting.

More for you next week. I only do these blog commentaries once a week this season. Keeps me grounded when I get excited, but it also keeps me grounded when I get pissed off. Trust me, it’s a good thing. If you need more immediate commentary, be sure and visit my Twitter feed.


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