Pressure Is A Privilege

Between surviving eviction, being nominated, then winning the POV, Godfrey had quite a week.

Between surviving eviction, being nominated, then winning the POV, Godfrey had quite a week.

Unexpectedly, it was Jordan Parhar who went home this week, losing a close 5-4 verdict to Godfrey Mangwiza as the house did a flip to teach HOH Zach Oleynik that he was not master of his domain.  Fate then went Zach’s direction as pal Pilar Nemer won the next HOH, putting Godfrey and the returning Sindy Nguyen up.  Godfrey then won Power of Veto, assuring that Sindy will be up against someone else facing eviction on Wednesday, most likely Brittnee Blair if current speculation is to be believed, or barring any last minute changes.

Things did get interesting this week, but Pilar’s HOH run is just another cruel twist of fate for the show in which a rapidly developing plot got grounded into a slow crawl. Godfrey had an outstanding run this week staying in the game, but it’s pretty clear he’s just a running man (think of the old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie) at this point.  Without more allies, the house will evict him once he can’t win one of those two competitions that is keeping him whole right now.  Sindy appears to be in the same boat, although she has a bit more influence in the house, with Zach probably in a bit of a spot himself, but with time to recover.

In a week and a half, a double eviction will be held in which there will be there nominees and two evictees from those three, something that has never happened before in North American Big Brother to my knowledge.  The mechanics of such a procedure need more details, though.  Will there be one vote to evict the top two vote-getters, or will there two votes to eliminate one houseguest in each round?  (In other words, a vote amongst three, then a vote amongst the surviving two?)  That’s a detail that has strategic importance and should be told to us sometime before it happens.

As we learned a couple of weeks ago with that veto foul-up, details ARE important.  Not knowing details only leads to confusion.  Surely, our friends in Canada can’t mess up things that badly twice in the same season, right?

More next week, talk to you then.

Not Feeling The Love

Sarah Hanlon and Sindy Nguyen exchange smooches early in the BBCAN3 season.

Sarah Hanlon and Sindy Nguyen exchange smooches early in the BBCAN3 season.

You know it is a bad season when a houseguest mentions how bad a certain twist sucks, as Sarah Hanlon did this previous week.  More on that in a bit.

The past week saw Winnipeg’s Johnny Colatruglio go marching home and Sindy Nguyen re-enter the house after a 16 day respite, keeping the current field at 12.  Zach Oleynik is the current HOH and POV holder, and has put Godfrey Mangwiza and Jordan Parhar on the block.  Zach appeared to have other plans in mind, namely to use his nominees as a ruse to backdoor Bobby, but this plan might be getting scrapped in favor of targeting Jordan.

As Hamsterwatch so eloquently mentioned, it was another week where the show seems to want to follow in BB US’s footsteps.  By that, I mean that this is a show that wants ratings and wants warm bodies watching their feeds and shows, but also treats their hardcore viewers with a surprising amount of scorn.  This works here in the US because CBS always has the show on during the summertime, with the exception of that disastrous ninth season back in 2008 that aired in the late winter and early spring due to a writer’s strike.  A show airing in the summer has low expectations and ratings obstacles to overcome.

Telling the houseguests that viewers helped a series of skits earn them a reward, and then cutting those same viewers out of the feeds is not (dare I say) the best way to build rapport for your audience.  Yet, Big Brother Canada wants to go down that very same road of dysfunction BB US has been known for, and stays on the air for.  Probably doesn’t hurt that the CEO’s wife of CBS hosts the show either.

Global TV: good luck with that plan.  You’ll need such luck in the long term.

The only saving grace for the show so far has been Sarah and a few other players who actually try and play the game while the others lounge around.  I was hoping (as many did) that this would be a good season.  It has been anything but so far, and I think those who closely follow the show know it.

More next week, hopefully in a less critical tone if the circumstances allow.

The Great Canadian Veto Kerfuffel

Since we last talked two weeks ago (because a guy has to take the time to celebrate Easter), Sindy, Naeha, and Graig has said their goodbyes, albeit possibly temporarily.  Bruno Ielo currently reigns supreme as not only HOH but the veto holder as well, consolidating his power in a week where twists will once again play a big role in who goes away (or home) this week. 

A trademark of Canada’s Big Brother, or so it has been the past three years, is the menagerie of twists thrown at the combatants, which usually have a logical structure to them.  This recent twist revolving around a variation of how the veto will be used this week made very little sense, as Twitter user DVEm1 points out eloquently.


Did you get all that?

I’m not the biggest fan of twists though I understand the logic of not letting everything get too mundane.  The problem is that a twist with options that are not carefully worded just confuses the heck out of us smart people.  Now, no matter how the decision goes, there will be controversy and suggestions that producers wanted a certain outcome, no matter how truthful or not the allegations are.  All because the producers mangled the syntax of a pivotal twist.  

Another byproduct of the twistapalooza that’s been going on is that it’s caused the more interesting characters of the season to be the first out the door, which is a recipe for disaster.  That’s exactly what happened in the first US Big Brother back in 2000, and even here in the Canadian version of 2015 only one of them can return.  If previous seasons have been any indication, the returnee usually does not last long, save James in BB9 or Gary in BBCAN1. Usually, the returnee has a big bulls-eye or his or her back from the get go. 

I’m hoping whoever returns breathes some life back into the game, or that what appears to be a veto twist that appears to be a lame duck at this point provides a little intrigue.  It will have to get interesting soon, or BB fans across the world will likely find other things to occupy their time until BB17 starts in June.