Big Brother 22 is midway to its October 28 finale. With that in thoughts, Heavy reached out to a few of the foremost Big Brother writers to learn the way they really feel concerning the season up to now.
Part I of the interview went up on Tuesday, September 15 — you’ll be able to learn concerning the consultants’ degree of pleasure and disappointment within the season to this point right here. Today they’re weighing in on in the event that they assume the season can flip round and what they need CBS had finished in a different way this season.
The writers we interviewed through e-mail embody Andy Dehnart from Reality Blurred, Branden from Big Brother Network, Brian and Patrick from Reality BBQ, Dingo from Hamsterwatch, Jerrica from Big Brother Access, and Mike from Big Brother Gossip.
Answers frivolously edited for size. Also of word: These had been written previous to the occasions that aired on Tuesday, September 15.
Can the Season Be Saved?
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If you assume the season has been a disappointment to this point, do you assume it could possibly flip round??
Andy: Possibly, however the again half of Big Brother tends to get more and more boring as a home with fewer and fewer individuals leaves much less alternative for something to occur. Since it’s been fairly boring to this point, I’m not hopeful.
Branden: I don’t assume the season may be rotated at this level. That huge alliance has steamrolled and can proceed to take action. Modern Big Brother is huge on the entire herd/mob mentality gameplay. We get a bunch of people that all gang up on one or two individuals week after week. And even earlier than the present goal is out the door, the mob already has the subsequent goal(s) lined up, and so the gaslighting and shunning begins. It’s simply not enjoyable to observe when the season performs out like this. … We would possibly get one or two weeks the place we luck right into a Da’Vonne or Ian HOH, however I don’t assume there’s any method it could possibly actually be rotated. The most we are able to hope for now’s a second half with a bit drama when that alliance is pressured to activate one another.
Brian & Patrick: Can it flip round and are available again to be a stellar high 5 season? Unlikely at this level, you would wish to have a completely good season down the stretch with bloodshed, technique, betrayal, battle, and blindsides to get anyplace near that.
Does this imply that it’s doomed to be as unhealthy and boring because it has been for the rest of the season? Absolutely not. If that giant alliance breaks aside and bitterness develops then some leisure can nonetheless be had. The boat has sailed on this being an awesome season however that doesn’t imply we are able to’t a minimum of get some leisure from it nonetheless. Nothing is over till it’s over, we caught by BB19 and we’ll stick by this.
Dingo: Never say by no means, however I feel the one factor to stay up for now’s the inevitable crumbling of the alliances which were in energy for all six weeks to this point (as of this writing). Who will activate whom and the way messy will it get when it occurs? That ought to carry some popcorn-worthy moments within the weeks forward.
Jerrica: That’s a troublesome one. I feel the harm is already finished. The winner has already been chosen, we’re ready for the inevitable. However, if by some means the underdogs pull off a miracle and go on a profitable streak, then the season may turn into extra unpredictable and restore some pleasure into the sport. But, hate to be a Debbie Downer, however I don’t see that realistically taking place, however I’d love if it did.
Mike: I do imagine whoever makes it to the top will battle it out and it is going to be thrilling to observe, nevertheless, attending to that time could drive away a number of the viewers.
What Could CBS Have Done Differently?
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What do you would like manufacturing had finished in a different way within the first few weeks of the season?
Andy: Replace themselves? I notice the producers are creating the show CBS needs, however Big Brother desperately wants reinvention, although its constant scores doubtless means they’ll by no means contact it. I
assume the show wants to regulate its format to one thing that makes it more durable for large alliances to type and offers much less energy to
people (which might imply eliminating or altering the top of family).
Branden: I want manufacturing had truly saved the evictees in the home the primary few weeks. They may have even performed off the entire quarantine factor. And then they may have had a easy Battle Back competitors just like the Kaitlyn puzzle fiasco from BB20. I feel it might have been good to see the legendary gamers stick round the home a bit longer. But as for a approach to not let that pre-game alliance steamroll the sport … that’s tough. I feel some sort of America’s vote would have helped with that or a twist that pairs up individuals with unlikely allies or groups. It would have been a lot extra fascinating to observe the season play out organically. I by no means in my darkest nightmares imagined I’d see any model of Daniele Donato strike up a remaining 2 cope with Cody Calafiore. I imply, what planet is that this? I’ll without end be baffled most by Dani’s selections this season.
Brian & Patrick: The all-stars appear to be falling into the identical energy construction we’ve seen the previous couple of years. A number of extra dynamic gamers would have spiced up the season extra – although that isn’t to say manufacturing didn’t strive. Rachel Reilly would have helped spice the season up however was unavailable resulting from being pregnant and a number of other gamers who could have added some spice to the season had been merely unavailable.
Production may additionally attempt to look in direction of altering or altering some sport mechanics that will dilute the ability of huge alliances or a minimum of discourage them with some form of danger or temptation. The security suite was a good suggestion … They ought to have additionally put in multiple duo – when Kaycee/Josh dropped out, they misplaced two duos instantly (Tyler/Kaycee, Christmas/Josh). This left Janelle and Kaysar with an enormous goal on their backs as the one duo within the sport. Backup plans ought to have been in place or they shouldn’t have relied on two individuals they knew had been suspect to being taken out resulting from pregame actions.
Dingo: First I need to say it was a deal with to have a reside move-in and feeds from the primary evening, as a substitute of ready the same old week or extra earlier than we are able to watch, so I’m grateful for that. But a number of early comps in a row this time had been favored to males, and we all know many from this solid arrange offers and alliances lengthy earlier than they moved in, together with varied private vendettas coming in with a few of them. I feel that was a deadly mixture that’s helped to get us the place we are actually. Efforts had been made to get the varied outliers to group up and tackle the ability alliances however they didn’t go for it, so right here we’re. Could manufacturing have nudged these outliers in Diary Room to consider it extra significantly? Probably so. Maybe they tried and failed. I’m certain the producers didn’t need three former viewer favourite winners to be the primary three evicted, however they had been. Chances are many of those vets acknowledge Diary Room questions or “ideas” for what they’re, they usually go forward and do what they need anyway.
Jerrica: I feel manufacturing ought to have simply held off on doing this season. Waited till the pandemic ended after which tried for an all-star season. I feel a lot of the issue lies with the solid, however I do know it was exhausting getting 16 individuals to agree with all the pieces happening, in order that’s why I feel it ought to have simply been delayed.
Mike: I feel their first mistake was the preliminary HoH competitors. The undeniable fact that solely two girls moved previous the primary half (when 4 ought to have) and the second half was designed for a really agile individual made me really feel like they hadn’t thought issues out very properly. Rushing to have nominations made inside the first couple of days additionally pressured alliances to be made shortly.
Big Brother 22 airs on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS, although this week the Wednesday episode is airing on Tuesday, September 15 due to the ACM Awards.