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Big Brother 11: The inevitable clips episode

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Sep 14th 2009 6:45AM
Kevin is in the final three on Big Brother 11
(S11E29) The Big Brother 11 finale will be a two-hour extravaganza on Tuesday evening. It's going to be similar to the Survivor finales with all of the houseguests, a big reunion, and love and joy abounding. Well, Chima should be missing. I'm not so sure on the love and joy either. Perhaps it will be fisticuffs and brouhahas. Hey, if Natalie wins it all, I can see the audience going into uproar mode. It will be live and should be interesting. But we had to get through the latest episode first.

The Sunday episode was touted as "hilarious, unseen before clips." Uh-huh. Most of what hadn't been seen before were the forced intros for the clips. If you noticed, the three finalists were still wearing the same clothes they were wearing on the last live eviction show. Big Brother cut the feeds for a couple of hours that night and obviously coached the hamsters on what to say to segue into the clips they wanted to show.

Most of the clips may have been slightly hilarious when we first saw them. This time around, not so much. Perhaps a chortle, a snicker, but few outright guffaws. We saw Natalie freak out over a dragonfly, Jordan chest-bump Russell, and some of the brouhahas that made the season what it was. For me, the trip down memory lane was only a so-so filler spot while awaiting the finale.

I think the most intriguing bit was the fact they ran a commercial for hamster applicants for Big Brother 12. It got me thinking about what I want to see next year and problems I've had with this season. I don't want anything along the lines of high school cliques, nor anything which would make the cast be within a narrow age range or give a group of hamsters a head start in the game.

Just by using the high school cliques twist this season, they cut the diversity of the cast. By inserting a previous player in the game and handing him HOH on a silver platter, the game didn't start off on any sort of natural selection basis. I don't want that. Of course, I've been irked by most of the seasonal twists over the years.

I prefer a wide range of ages, races, cultures, religions, and more. I don't want to see previous houseguests enter the house as new hamsters. I didn't like Jessie in his season and still don't like him now. But it's not just Jessie -- I don't want to see anyone we've seen before back in the house. No one. I also don't want them to have previous or odd connections to each other. Stop it. Give me a diverse cast of strangers in the house. That's all I ask.

How about you? If you were to come up with a seasonal twist, what would it be? Or, would you prefer strangers?

Big Brother' Photos

    Big Brother 8 contestants Amanda Marchant, Samantha Marchant arrive for the Lipsy party held at the Crystal clubon October 28, 2008 in London, England.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Libra, a 32-year-old human resources representative from Spring, Texas, was the fifth Houseguest evicted from the house by a unanimous vote of 6 to 0. She will be the first Houseguest to be sequestered in the jury house until the final episode on Tuesday, September 16th. Airs Thursday, August 14, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Libra, a 32-year-old human resources representative from Spring, Texas, was the fifth Houseguest evicted from the house by a unanimous vote of 6 to 0. She will be the first Houseguest to be sequestered in the jury house until the final episode on Tuesday, September 16th. Airs Thursday, August 14, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Brian Hart, the first Houseguest evicted from the House, returned to host the "Luxury Competition" pitting current Houseguests against Houseguests from each of the past nine seasons. Airs Sunday, August 10, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Brian Hart, the first Houseguest evicted from the House, returned to host the "Luxury Competition" pitting acurrent Houseguests against Houseguests from each of the past nine seasons. Airs Sunday, August 10, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Brian Hart (center, pink ruffled shirt), the first Houseguest evicted from the House, returned to host the "Luxury Competition" pitting current Houseguests against Houseguests from each of the past nine seasons. From left: Jun (Season 4), Bunky (Season 2), Jace (Season 5), Amy (Season 3), Mike Boogie (Season 7), Junelle (Season 6), Brian, Matt (Season 9), Chicken George (Season 1) and Jen (Season 8). Airs Sunday, August 10, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Brian Hart (center, pink ruffled shirt), the first Houseguest evicted from the House, returned to host the "Luxury Competition" pitting current Houseguests against Houseguests from each of the past nine seasons. From left: Jace (Season 5), Amy (Season 3), Jen (Season 8), Chicken George (Season 1), Brian, Junelle (Season 6), Jun (Season 4), Mike Boogie (Season 7), and seated, Matt (Season 9) with Bunky (Season 2). Airs Sunday, August 10, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 When America's Player Dan cast his vote which broke the evenly divided household, Jessie, a 22-year-old professional body builder from Rudd, Iowa, was evicted from the house by a vote of 4 to 3. Airs Thursday, August 7, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Houseguests prepare for the "In the Garden of Veto, Baby!" Power of Veto Competition during last nightÕs. Airs Wednesday, July 29, 2008.

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    BIG BROTHER 10 Houseguests prepare for the "In the Garden of Veto, Baby!" Power of Veto Competition during last nightÕs. Pictured here: Memphis. Airs Wednesday, July 29, 2008.

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Nun

You complained about handing the first HOH to a former houseguest. I think it was a good idea because normally the first HOH is quickly targeted and eliminated. By using Jessie, it gave the new houseguests a better chance at survival.

September 15 2009 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ðan

I'd like to see a group of houseguests where each one is related to a former houseguest from a previous season I also loved how they picked the first HoH in season 10 where right off the bat each houseguest voted on who would be the first HoH without talking or knowing each other and no alliances formed that was a cool twist I thought.

September 15 2009 at 5:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MCW

"How about you? If you were to come up with a seasonal twist, what would it be? Or, would you prefer strangers?"

My twist would be to throw the house into disarray once a week, much like they did with two of the HOH's "Pandora's Box" rooms. I say, give the choice to each HOH, all season long, of whether to open Pandora's Box or not... and make it cause even bigger conflict (That affects votes, challenges, etc.). Because I think whether or not Big Brother's producers will admit it - they love it when the housemates go insane. Makes for good ratings.

September 14 2009 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

All I ask is no more Jessies and no more Natalies of any kind.

September 14 2009 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PC

Give me a cast with my brother and myself in the BB house surrounded by a clan of strangers and all will be overwhelmed by entertainment and tallness. Seriously. I need a break from Graduate School and I think he needs a break from surfing.

September 14 2009 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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