See that guy over there to the right? Yeah, that's Matt. Remember who the HOH is? It's Hayden - that hunky hunk of a man I seriously drooled over pre-season. They're two of the four members of The Brigade. Lane, the mini chunkster from Texas, makes up the third member and Enzo, the overly paranoid Jersey boy, rounds out the group.
This all-male self-named alliance seems to have things all figured out for the next few weeks. The original plan was to get rid of Brendon but since Brendon won the POV, they had to come up with a new one. Originally, they were just going to work on getting rid of Rachel (the other nominee) by putting Kathy up as a pawn. Hayden though wasn't really comfortable with the plan and has decided to backdoor somebody instead.
Enter Annie. The overly matted makeup one has been getting around the house and people have taken notice - especially The Brigade. They're not comfortable watching her buzzing around the house and getting up in everybody's business. They have every right to be worried too. Annie's playing the game hard and obvious. If I had to pick who I would compare her to from other seasons I'd say she was a cross between Brian (remember him?) and Ronnie. Yes, that Ronnie.
Brendon, Rachel, Britney, and Monet all know about the plan are onboard with it. Remember that this week it takes six votes to evict somebody (or five votes and Hayden's tiebreaker vote). Rachel has promised Hayden safety until Week 7 if she stays this week. So that combined with the uneasiness many feel towards Annie (some thinks she's the saboteur as well) makes it seem likely that Annie will be put up in Brendon's place (he won POV remember) and voted out on Thursday's live show. But remember, things could change at the drop of a dime.
Britney told Annie about the plan late last night and Annie got upset about it. Annie blamed her tears on half of her family not signing waivers so that she could discuss them on the feeds but it was really the shock of finding out she's being targeted so early on in the game. She also blamed her tears on PMS but whatever.
In other news, Andrew is becoming more human. He actually had a decent talk with Hayden up in the HOH room yesterday but Hayden was only pretending to listen. However, Hayden did tell Andrew how upset Angie was at the head in the crotch under the blanket incident and how she's been running all over the house talking about it ever since. Hayden told Andrew that he should apologize to her and try to clear the air. Andrew did later apologize to Annie and she accepted his apology. I wasn't feelin' it though. Especially when she later ran around to everybody exaggerating the whole apology as a confrontation instead.
Andrew also opened up about his Judaism practices and the Sabbath in the cabana room to a crowd of about six. There were a lot of good questions from people about what he can and can't do. Annie (yes, her again) and Enzo were pretty antagonistic about their questions though. Andrew could have become very defensive about it but was very cool-headed and good-natured towards them.
And now for some miscellany. Rachel talked about her first kiss with Brendon to Matt and Britney. Matt created the term 'Brenchel' for them (gag me already!). Monet and Britney are becoming quite the catty queens with Kathy as their sickly sidekick. Perk up Kathy, you're sooo freaking boring! Enzo is going to give himself a heart attack (and others) with his constant pacing and paranoia. Hayden, Lane, and Annie had some new clothes delivered to them by Big Brother as some of the stuff they'd brought with them were not acceptable for the camera (blacks, whites, patterns, stripes, logos, etc). Hayden told Kristen about the backdoor Annie plan (even though he told his fellow Brigade members he wouldn't) super late last night. But that's because Hayden has a bit of a crush on Kristen. hehe
Well the hamsters are getting up and beginning to move about for the day so it's time for me to go for now. What do you think about The Brigade and their plan to backdoor Annie? Have your opinions changed on any of the hamsters between yesterday morning and now? Let us know in the comments!
I LOVE this part of the Big Brother season so much! Getting to know the little hamsters and comparing them to our initial impressions pre-season. Figuring out who's aligned with who and who wants who out. Learning about their little quirks and everything else that makes them so unique.
So it's at this moment in time that I find myself sitting here with one of my headphone earbuds in listening to the oh so glorious music of FOTH (while they have the POV competition) and trying to figure out the last 16 hours or so. The premiere show itself was good last night. I had a great time chatting it up with everybody in the SH chat room waiting for the live feeds to begin. And then the feeds began.
What a downright mess that was! To be so happy and mad all at the same time was pretty damned sucktastic. If you follow me on Twitter then you know how pissed off I was. The audio on my live feeds worked when I could finally load up one of the streams but forget about the video. I felt like I was back on a dial-up internet connection! Real Networks did some tweaking to things late late last night and it does seem to have helped some for me but come on already. Give me my RealPlayer back!!!
As far as the hamsters go, we've got a pretty lively bunch so far. Not as lively as BB9 thank goodness but a good group nonetheless. There's already a showmance going on between Brendon and Rachel (that happened within 24 hours of entering the house!). Rachel was in such a giving mood last night that she even provided Brendon a little comfort down below with her hand. Speaking of Brendon and Rachel, they're are the first two to be nominated this season. I'm still not sure exactly why Hayden nominated them but their romance/sexmance seems to be part of the reason.
Andrew seems to be the outcast so far this season for a combination of reasons. He doesn't seem to have much skill in the female department and has been accidentally on purpose (haha!) been making weird comments to the girls. It didn't help his cause either when somehow his head found itself under Annie's blanket and on her crotch right before the live feeds and Big Brother After Dark began. Thanks a lot Andrew for making us listen to that wannabe mime (she really pancakes the foundation on) bitch for the first hour non-stop. But hey, at least she didn't bitch all night like I did! Zing!
The others also seem to know almost nothing about Andrew's religion so what do the hamsters do when they're ignorant about something? They make snide comments behind the person's back instead of asking questions and learning something face-to-face. If you're a politically correct singsong Sally out there, their behavior might offend you. Me? I'm watching for entertainment so I could give two hoots if they learn anything about his Judaism. Bring the perverted outcast Jew on!
Thankfully, the house isn't split up into two huge alliances battling it out mafia-style already like the past couple of seasons. There seems to three or four small alliances with some double agent action mixed in. Annie is the biggest shit-stirrer in the house so far. She's constantly flitting around telling people who said what (sometimes correctly and sometimes purposefully incorrectly) and has her nose so far up Hayden's ass she can probably smell the food he's chewing.
Kristen and Ragan seem to have a little friendship going on. Andrew wants Enzo's friendship but Enzo ain't havin' any of that bizness. Monet and Annie are definitely working against each other. Rachel and Monet definitely don't like each other. Rachel's constant nervous laugh gets on almost everybody's nerves. Kathy has taken on the role of a busted up den mother (have you seen those bruises on her arms?). Lane likes to hit on the ladies. Enzo and Britney might be battling it out to become the clown of the house this season.
And the saboteur? Who knows. The house doesn't really seem to be that interested right now in who the saboteur is. Most think it's Andrew (I highly doubt it) and seem to be gunning for him next week. He might want to think about winning that whole HOH thing. I would definitely find it hilarious if he did become the next HOH because I'd like to see them all kiss up to his outcast ass.
So what are your thoughts on things so far? Let us know in the comments!
Good morning Big Brother fans, the rush of getting to see the new house guests has worn off a bit and reality is setting in.
This post is NOT about the house guests however - this one will be about the interface. I could write a novel but I will try to keep it short.
Let me preface this 'rant' by saying I pay for several subscriptions myself and I am keeping them all - and I will watch the entire run of Big Brother on the live feeds. That said - I also feel entitled to complain about them when I feel I am not getting as good of a product as I expected.
Dear Real, what the heck man? We want out OLD interface back! I am not sure why the change to a web based, flash interface but there is that saying that, "if it ain't broke...." Did I miss a lawsuit that made you drop the old interface? Cause unless you had to legally change it - this new one is not an improvement.
The FLASH interface.... looked good on paper - in practice not so much. I don't give a damn about all the 'chat' features - they looked fun but I also want to be able to just WATCH the feeds - I want a pop-out viewer that will let me keep them in ANY size I like in one corner of my computer window so I can get some WORK done. I want to be able to PIN then on top of my other items on my desktop so they don't get buried!
Where the hell is FLASHBACK? The best thing to happen to the live feeds in a long time was Flashback - I used that feature EVERY DAY when I would see I missed something that happened overnight or when I was away. There were web pages devoted to telling you where to go to catch events. I guess this feature will be back but it should have been here on day one - not day 7 or whatever. (NOTE: An hour after I posted this the link appeared - no - not because I wrote this - they have been working on it - here is the link to the Flashback Feature - http://superpass.real.com/big-brother/bb12-flashback)
Pause and rewind? Will those features ever return? I am guessing no - which makes me mad. If I miss something I want to be able to go back a bit like I have been able to for several seasons.
I am skipping over the chat issues that I have read are being worked on as I do not use the chat feature.
As a 'power' user there are a few things I would LOVE to see added but they were never a feature before so I am guessing they won't be added, specifically the option to make screen captures.
I know Real is working very hard to address a lot of these issues but that isn't making my life very easy as someone who works really hard to keep a lot of fans up to date on the live feeds and what they might have missed.
I'd love to see the old interface come back, I know it isn't going to happen, but this new one should have been as good or better, not a step back.
Again, I am not telling folks to not get the live feeds, I think it is still one of the best bangs for the buck out there at less than $1 a day to see 4 cameras on 24x7 and know so much more than those that only watch the TV show, but PLEASE Real, get things working right asap.
- We want real FULL SCREEN
- We want the ability to re-size the video to any size.
- We want the ability to POP OUT the video or "Pin" it to the top of our desktop.
- We want Pause and Rewind options
- We want Falshback. (http://superpass.real.com/big-brother/bb12-flashback)
Those are all things we had and we want them back!