Big Brother 19 Week 1 Recap

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It’s summer time and that usually means that everyone’s guilty pleasure is back on the air. Big Brother 19 is here and it’s time that we chat about all the shit that has gone down because it was a very eventful kick off to the twistedly twisted summer. Welcome to “The Pop Project: with Steven Kaufman” and my recap of Big Brother, but first:

This season is all about the temptations as they are billing it as a season of “Temptations,” which I’m fine with as along as it’s not stupid. So far is borderline stupid. Like they got rid of “Battle of the Block” and “Roadkill,” thank god, but added the den of temptation which gives a houseguest a temptation that will give them power or reward but will release a curse on the house. It’s an okay twist so far. The first temptation was immunity for three weeks from eviction while it gave a houseguest cursed to be a third nominee. It went to Paul, which I say coming even though it’s stupid to do it week one. Oh, a houseguest can only get one temptation out of the den so once they get it, they aren’t getting another one. Ramses got the curse out of this, which was picked at random by Paul without knowing who was getting it. It turns out that I was a good thing that he got the curse because Cody tried to backdoor him. That failed and ended up blowing up Cody’s game. The best part was that Paul was a part of an alliance that Cody set up. The make matter even worse for Cody, who at this point has pissed off most of his alliance, he nominated another person from his alliance, Christmas. See how good this was?

We have only completed one week in the house and we are already down three houseguests, had half the house nominated, have half the house in a showmance, as well as have fights and a house flip. It’s been a very busy and long week in the house. Here are the houseguest that left:

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Cameron

This poor guy literally got screwed as he was eliminated the first day and was replaced by Paul all because Kevin decided to take the first temptation of $25,000. sigh. He was voted out by the houseguests after Paul gave people immunity and the rest battling it out in an endurance competition. While him, Jillian, and Christmas could decide what decided their fate (either house vote or competition), Christmas and Jillian wanted a house vote and he ended up being the one to get the boot. He was a “superfan” too and man, hopefully, he gets another chance after Megan walked.

Megan

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So Megan was slightly in a conversation involving Jessica, who was just flirting with Cody before there was an actual showmance. Someone told Jessica to go talk to Cody, who was chatting with Alex. She thought that she called Alex a “Panda,” because she was Asian and Big Brother is known for a racist. She told Alex in front of Paul who then told Jessica that Megan was calling her a Racist. Jessica half explains the conversation to Alex and then the two call out Megan in front of everyone. It was because of this, as well as the fact that Cody nominated her because he didn’t like her and Josh literally called her out for being a snake within the first hour of the season, Megan walked away from the game due to her concern for her mental health. It was revealed in interviews she did right after that she suffers from PTSD due to a past experience and even has a service dog for it. While I’m going to not mention my feelings on this, it’s not Big Brother’s fault for not considering this during her casting. We don’t know if they truly knew that she had it that bad or maybe she didn’t disclose it. Either way, it’s only fair to allow Cameron to re-enter the house.

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Jillian

This is where the game gets interesting because she wasn’t supposed to go home. She was nominated by Head of Household Cody as a pawn. She was meant to be safe because Megan was the target. Megan ended up self-evicting and Alex was placed up next to Jilian because that’s what Cody’s alliance of 8 wanted. Alex removed herself from the block with the PoV that’s when it took a turn for Jillian because Cody’s game blew up in his face. Up against Christmas, Jillian thought she wouldn’t be the one to go home but boy did her mouth drop with the blind side on eviction night.

It’s been an extremely busy first week to the point where I have to make another post on my thoughts on the houseguest. If I included them, then it would be way too long. Hopefully, it stays this intense. It’s always better when it’s intense.

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Big Brother Over The Top is the best

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It’s only been a week into the first digital season of Big Brother entitled “Big Brother: Over The Top” and it’s so far the best season they have done in recent memory. But first, let’s go over what exactly is going on in the house and how this season is working.

This season is a raw season and exclusively on CBS’s streaming service “CBS All Access.” It’s all the live feed with everything and you see it all. We saw all the houseguest enter the house (which was a long drawn out process that made me want to stab myself in the eyes with a spoon). Then we get to see all the house finding out stuff from production and it’s like amazing because it’s stuff we don’t normally get to hear. We even get live diary room sessions!

The one downside of it is that it is all feed oriented so if you don’t watch the feed all the time, then you will be slightly more lost and miss things. You can always go back later but then you end up missing something else. They do have daily recaps of the events that happen but those are usually under 10 mins and only cover important events. Overall, it’s rather interesting to have the entire show play out on the feeds but it’s just hard to keep up with it because the feeds are 24/7.

The show also have a different format as there are no nomination ceremony but rather a safety ceremony. Basically, the houseguest were badges around their necks and the HOH selects the people he doesn’t nominate one at a time. Their badges flash green. This happens for two nights, each ceremony lasting only 30 minutes. At the end, only two houseguest not picked will be up for eviction. it’s rather stupid. It was just easier to have a nomination ceremony. The badges around their neck but that’s lame and I miss them having a key.

Speaking of Nomination, one of the really cool twistedly twisted twists is that America gets a lot more to do with the outcome of the game. We get to pick someone to nominate, the have-nots, and who gets a care package. We also have an eviction vote.

The cast also is so different from what we usually get, it’s makes it so good. Different is good because everything is so organic and they don’t seem like they are models. The downside with the cast is that most of them come off as that they have never seen Big Brother played out. Like they just signed up to be famous or on TV.

Overall, if you are not watching this season-you need to be. It’s only about $6 a month and worth it for an exclusive Big Brother season.

Have an opinion on the subject? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Steven Kaufman using #PopProject

Big Brother 18 is here!

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It’s official, the summer of secrets has begun and our lives will be consumed with the game of Big Brother until September. 12 houseguest have entered the house along with 4 returning houseguest and it’s been a hectic first week. This doesn’t contain who is on the block, the new competition, or anything besides the first HOH. That will be in the next recap. Before we get into the drama, let’s meet the houseguest!

Let’s meet the four returning houseguest:

The twist

Besides the returning houseguests, Julie Chen announced that the houseguest will be playing in teams for the first part of the game (let’s be real; this twist will ended around week 3). The teams competed in three competitions; The first comp was to pick which team would be safe for two evictions that was won by Team Unicorn (Victor, James, Natalie,Bronte). The remaining three competed with the losing team would compete against each other to see who would be the first evicted and would pick who would be the first HOH. Big Sister (Da’Vonne,Jozea,Paul, and Zakiyah) and Category 4 (Bridgette, Frank, Michelle, Paulie) became safe in the second comp. Freakazoids (Nicole, Corey, Glenn, and Tiffany) competed and Glenn was sent packing and Nicole becoming the first HOH.

Newbies vs Returners

Led by Paul “the loud mouth,” the some of the newbies are gunning for the heads of James, Nicole, Da’Vonne, and Frank. Apparently they don’t know that this never ends well for them. But this was a first a secret plan but then Jozea and all of them spilled everything to everyone and sung like a canary. Yeah. Paulie, Tiffany, and Corey got on the right idea to work with them.

 

Corey, a goat, and a hashtag

So far, Corey is our first controversy of the season. He told a story about watching one of his fraternity try to light a goat on fire. yes, you have read that right. To top it off, it’s also used gay/homophobic slur on twitter and keeps saying he’s not gay in the house like being gay is a bad thing. He also said he was going to beat the you know what out of Nicole….yeah, the internet is having a field day. They have asked for him to be expelled from the game and other things that more than likely isn’t going to happen.

 

Like I said, this is just a rundown and I’ll get into the rest after the eviction on Thursday.

The Big Brother Dictionary

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So in honor of the release of the Big Brother 18 cast on Monday, I thought I would break down some of the BB terminologies for those of you that don’t know what the hell they are saying. Welcome to The Pop Project: with Steven Kaufman’s “Big Brother Dictionary.”Like a real dictionary, there is no picture so suck it up!

Head of Household

  • The Head of Household is the most power player in the game for a period of a week. During that week, the houseguest that wins the competition will nominate two houseguests for eviction. The Head of Household also competes in the Power of Veto in order to keep the nominations the same. The Head of Household has their own private bedroom and bathroom, a spy tv where the see the live feeds through (minus audio), is not a have-not for the week, and is also safe for a week. When the Battle of the Block twist is in play, there are two Heads of Household. The Head of Household is ineligible to complete for the following weeks Head of Household competition until Top Three. Then there is a three-part Head of Household competition (I’ll explain that later on in the dictionary). The Head of Household doesn’t vote to evict unless there is a tie. Also known as HOH.

Nomination

  • The Head of Household nominates two people for eviction during the Nomination ceremony. The houseguest each have a key to the Big Brother House. The houseguests are considered safe for the time being when their key is pulled or if their key isn’t turned when it’s in the box. If their key isn’t pulled or is in the box, then they are nominated for eviction. There is four nominees when the Battle of the Block twist is in play. Also known as “On The Block.”

Battle of the Block

  • The Battle of the Block twist involves having two Heads of Household and four nominees (each Head of Household nominates two houseguests). In the competition, the nominees compete against each other in order to get off the block and be safe for the remainder of the week. The winning nominees also dethrone the Head of Household that nominated them, also allowing them to get nominated if the remaining Head of Household chooses to put them up if the Power of Veto is used.

 Have-Nots

  • Have-nots are houseguest that is forced to eat Big Brother Slop, live in an uncomfortable bedroom, and take cold showers for a full week. Have-Nots are chosen either by a competition or chosen by the Head of Household.

Power of Veto

  • The Power of Veto competition is a chance where the two nominated to get off the block. Six houseguests play in the competition; The Head of Household, the two nominees, and the other two houseguests is chosen at random until the Top Six. After the Top Six, they play for Power of Veto until the Top Three. The winner of the Power of Veto can use it on themselves if nominated, on another nominee, or not at all. This takes place in the Power of Veto meeting. There has been a player in the game that won the Power of Veto and used it on the other nominee or not at all while “On the Block.” The Power of Veto winner doesn’t choose the replacement nominee if used, the Head of Household does unless it’s a special Power of Veto. Also known as POV.

Backdoor

  • The plan of getting a houseguest out of the house without allowing them to prevent it. Normally, the Head of Household would nominate two “pawns” up on the block and set up a slightly fake plan in order to throw off the true target out. The true backdoor occurs when the target is not picked to play for the Power of Veto. In the Power of Veto meeting, the veto will be used and the true target will go up for eviction. Here is the official first backdoor, it’s iconic:

Eviction

  • The houseguest votes among selected houseguest nominated by the Head of Household. There is usually two houseguest to be nominated but can be three. The houseguest that gets the majority of the votes is evicted from the house and is either sent home or to the jury house depending on when in the season they are evicted.

Double Eviction

  • It’s a night in the season where two houseguests are sent home. After the first eviction, the Head of Household competition, Nomination Ceremony, Power of Veto competition and ceremony, and another eviction occurs before the end of the show.

Instant Eviction

  • Popularized in the Canadian version of “Big Brother,” an Instant Eviction occurs like a Double Eviction but with a twist. The newly crowned HOH makes nominations without the input of any other houseguest. Normally, they are sequestered in the war room, the diary room, HOH room, or a room separate from the house. There’s no Power of Veto competition during an Instant Eviction, but rather just jumps to the eviction vote.

Triple Eviction

  • Popularized in the Canadian version of “Big Brother,” a Triple Eviction occurs like a Double Eviction but turned on its head. The newly crowned HOH makes nominations of three houseguests inside of the normal two. Six houseguests compete in the Power of Veto competition. The HOH though is ineligible to compete in it. After the Power of Veto ceremony, the houseguest vote on which houseguest they would like to save. The two houseguest with the least amount of vote to stay will be the two houseguests evicted from the game.

Diary Room

  • This is a room in the house where each houseguest goes and chats with a producer and to a camera. Usually, in there, they talk a lot of smack on and say what’s on their mind. The houseguest also votes in the diary room, record their goodbye messages for the evicted houseguest, and narrate the game during certain points. The room is the most private room in the house as no one hears what is said in there. Also known as the DR.

Jury

  • During mid-way through the season, evicted Houseguest is sent to a different house where they are secluded until the finale night where they vote for the winner of Big Brother. This is called Jury and is usually made up of seven to nine houseguest. Each of the evicted houseguests brings with them a DVD to share of their eviction with the other houseguest. The DVD features only the Nominations, the POV Ceremony, HOH/POV competitions, and the eviction. The finale member of the jury is usually selected on finale night.

Final Head of Household Competition

  • The final Head of Household competition is the most complex in the game. There is three-part to the final competition. It’s a best of two series style. The winners of the first and second parts compete in the third part in order to become the final Head of Household. The two houseguest that didn’t win is automatically put up for eviction with the Head of Household being the sole vote to evict.

 

Are there any terms we forgot? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Steven_Kaufman