Did everyone watch the first episode of Big Brother 17? What did everyone think? I just finished watching it and I’m just going to share a few of my immediate reactions.
First off, Chenbot is back! Yes, I know that Julie has her fans and I will even admit that her stiff delivery has become one of the show’s trademarks. We (or maybe I should say, I) complain about her but it just wouldn’t be Big Brother without Julie.
Secondly, as always happens at the start of Big Brother, we were promised a summer full of twists. I have to admit that there’s a part of me that always cringes a little bit when Julie promises twists and tells us the expect the unexpected. To me, the best twist would be a season that’s just about gameplay and human interaction. To me, the constant twists tend to get in the way of actually getting to know the houseguests and they also leave the show open to charges of being rigged. So, I definitely would like to see a summer with no twists.
However, that won’t be this summer! Julie told us that there would be three twists and here they are:
Twist number one was described as being a “fan favorite.” That’s right — Battle of the Block is back! Was Battle of the Block ever a fan favorite? If I remember last year correctly, I thought it was an interesting idea that didn’t really pan out the way it was supposed to. (Add to that, Battle of the Block seemed to be mostly be something that was invented to keep Frankie from getting evicted.)
(Speaking of which, was anyone else scared that Frankie Grande was suddenly going to show up during tonight’s show?)
The second twist: BB Takeover. And I’m still not really sure how BB Takeover works but apparently, every week, a new twist will be introduced. Will each twist only last a week? I’m not sure. But it wouldn’t surprise me if this means that we’ll have all-stars popping up out of nowhere and maybe some coaches will drop by or maybe a random eviction. Who knows? BB Takeover sounds like it could be fun. I just hope that they’re really twists and not just someone having to wear a unitard.
The third twist (which the HGs do not know about): One of the HGs has an identical twin who will be randomly taking his or her place and if the twins survive for five weeks then the twist will be revealed and the twin will be allowed to compete along with his or her sibling…
WAIT A MINUTE!
They did this before! I can’t remember which season but they definitely did this twist before and it seemed really silly then and I get the feeling it’s going to seem really silly now…
Also, we met 8 of the houseguests. (The other 8 will move in tomorrow). Here are a few of my first impressions:
Audrey Middleton is the first transgender houseguest in the history of Big Brother. She was quick to form an all girl’s alliance with Da’Vonne and Shelli. Personally, I think she was a little bit too quick to do so. Personality-wise, she reminded me a little bit too much of Amanda from Big Brother 15 and that’s never a good thing.
Austin Matleson is the pro wrestler. I think it was very smart of him to admit to being a pro wrestler, instead of trying to convince everyone that he was actually a teacher or a groundskeeper. I actually like Austin. He looks scary but he seems to be smart.
Clay Honeycutt is a student at Texas A&M. As y’all know, I live in Texas and it’s taking all of my self-control not to make an Aggie joke. As for Clay, he’s hot, he’s athletic, and he’s from my home state! So, I like him.
Da’vonne Rogers is a professional poker dealer. She formed an early alliance with Audrey and volunteered to sit out of the HoH competition, which probably means she’ll get a special reward of some sort. Judging from how tonight’s show was edited, Da’vonne is being set up to be a power player. She seems like she could go far but I think her alliance is doomed. Her strong personality is going to clash with Audrey’s strong personality.
Jace is the cute long-haired skater from California. Every season has a cute skater from California and Jace is this season’s.
James Huling is funny and I like him. He seems like he could become another Judd. He won the first head of household competition so we’ll get to see how good of a player he is over the next few days.
Meg Maley is a waitress from New York. Her voice is going to drive me crazy. Hopefully, she’ll be voted out soon.
Shelli is an interior designer from Louisiana. The show is obviously setting her up to be cougar and for Clay to be her prey. Shelli formed an early alliance with Audrey and Da’Vonne. I’m not sure if Shelli actually sought out the alliance or if she just happened to be in the room at the time the alliance was made.
I always think it’s a mistake to form an alliance on the very first day. As well, there’s a general rule to reality TV: all-girl alliances work on Survivor but they always fall apart on Big Brother. On Survivor, everyone’s too busy trying to survive to get catty. On Big Brother, on the other hand, there’s really nothing else to do but get catty.
The other 8 houseguests will move in tomorrow!
So, what did everyone think? As I said, I’m not excited about the nonstop twist idea but I do think that this season does have a promising group of houseguests.
We’ll see what happens!