Thursday, August 17, 2006

Big Brother 7 Summary and Update

Okay, NPR Junkie had some questions about BB7, so these questions are prompting me to do some explaining. I apologize in advance for this looooong blog entry.

The current version of BB7 is like Survivor in that the players are voted off regularly until a winner is named. It differs in that they decide their own fate, and can win "power" over the other players by winning a variety of games. Weekly, there is a Head of Household competition, where one player earns the sole power to nominate two players for eviction that week. There is also a Power of Veto competition, which provides the winner a chance to "veto" one of the Head of Household's nominations. Other games include food and luxury competitions - all with the goal of stirring things up in the house, but they exist for drama alone (much like Survivor's competitions where players can win a car or a bath).

The cool concept behind Big Brother is that players are completely cut off from the outside world. For as long as a player is in the house, and still in the game, they have no access to TVs, radios, phones, or visitors. Think MTV's Real World but more more drastic. On top of this, the house they are living with is covered in cameras. There aren't camera crews following the players around. Instead, there are cameras in the walls behind glass and trained on every single area in the house. There isn't one place in the house that is safe from a camera (not even the toilet - although they don't show viewers that footage).

Additionally, the beauty of the game beyond all of these elements is that it is LIVE. Big Brother is playing out as we speak in a "house" on a soundstage in California. The show airs three times a week because all of the drama is occurring in real time; there's no over-editing by producers to create an instant "made for DVD" season. Every eviction is voted on by the houseguests and done LIVE as we watch it.

At the end of the game, the three final houseguests compete in a series of competitions over several days to determine the final two. At that point, all of the houseguests return to vote for and crown the winner of Big Brother. The prize is a cool half million.

I hope that sums it up. For the full Wikipedia version, click here.

That said, George amazingly won Head of Household today after Marcellas was voted out. He is by far the most unlikely winner. The twist this week is that he immediately had to make his nominations for evictions after his win, putting him on the spot. He nominated James and Erika.

Here are the stats for the Fantasy BB7 game that Richie and I are playing:

Charissa's Team
Janelle, Danielle, Howie, Erika
Voted out: Kaysar

Richie's Team
Will, Mike Boogie, James, George - HOH
Voted out: Diane, Marcellas

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