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The Viewer's Voice: The Irony of Danielleby Joshua Ryan -- 09/17/2002
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Call it ironic. Call it luck. Call it a coincidence. Last week I was all excited for the big BB3 two-hour extravaganza. I was ready for some vetoing, voting, and peanut-butter and jelly-ing houseguests - and boy did I get it. For all those people who scoff at reality TV and say, "Oh boy those shows are so FAKE, they're not real at all!," obviously they have only seen Manhunt. There are just too many moments in reality TV history that have been flubbed and messed up, and I'll tell you that Hollywood writers would NOT have scribed them. I intend to dedicate a whole article each week on them. This will be for those moments that make you want to get up and turn off your TV (or kick it) because something went totally opposite of the way you wanted it to go.
For example, before Thursday's episode I was Danielle's biggest fan. I loved the way she was playing the game, she was so strong and she had it down. I liked how Jason was so sincere and looked up to Danielle. But after seeing two hours of trash talking Marcellas and making deals left and right and Jason's smug face popping those cow intestines and what-not into his mouth, I lost so much respect for them game-wise.
Danielle is asking a lot from her fellow gameplayers. She figures that she's going to be in the finals with Jason and all of her fellow players are going to magically see that she was lying for the good of the game and vote for her to win the half million. Well, hate to break it to ya, babe, but you must be kidding! This group is so immature I highly doubt they're going to "forgive and forget." Why? Because unlike Will from last year, who admitted lying all along, she's seriously leading people on. Marcellas really trusted her, as did Gerry and Amy and Lisa and… She really said some nasty things that didn't need to be said. I don't mind her voting out her friends, but some of the side comments she made were just unnecessary. For all her big "eyes open, mouths shut" deal she really doesn't mind talking her mouth off in the Diary Room. Doesn't she know that the evicted players are going to SEE all of this? I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind giving the money to Jason over her just because he seems less innocent (though I highly doubt he is). She could have won in a landslide had she just kept those nasty comments to herself. They weren't necessary. Remember, Nicole called Will the Devil, just as Danielle did to Roddy. Nicole sat in the same spot on the couch Danielle sat on during the same point in the game when both were grilled by Julie Chen if they wanted to win the HoH. She's in the same spot as Nicole was, and she might end up the same way, too. You never know, she and Jason could have fun in the hot tub, too…
But anyway, why is this all ironic? Because I really wanted Amy or Lisa to win the HoH. I wanted them to put up Jason and Danielle. Remember last year during the HoH competition at this point, when Will took Nicole's covers and she was pulling them back and took her hand off the key, thereby eliminating her from contention and ending the Nicole/Hardy power duo? But this year, the last power duo is safe.
I was upset, angry. To me it wasn't fair that two once-humble players had turned so smug and cocky and still have it made. It was a kick-worthy moment for my TV.
But then, to cool off, I decided to watch another episode of Survivor 3, which I've been doing every night for some time. What episode do you think it is? It's the one where Kelly got kicked off and Samburu lost all its chances to win, as did my Kelly. The Boran Boys Club walked their way to victory. Maybe it's just my love for Kellys (but that's a whole other article), but I couldn't hack it. Three hours of unjust moments that aren't supposed to happen in reality TV. The underdogs are supposed to win, the game is supposed to take some twists. But, sadly that doesn't always happen. Just ask Amy or Lisa (who'll be gone next week), and Kelly.
There are so many more moments in reality TV history like that, but each week I'll end the article with a happier moment. This week's:
Two words: Kelly Clarkson. This girl was the most consistent of all the singers, chose the best songs, and was the typical girl-next-door who sang her heart out. Thank goodness she won American Idol.
I'll also include one viewer each week who has a particular moment in reality TV history that makes them want to turn off the TV. So send in your suggestions to me -- you can click here to e-mail them in.
Joshua Ryan is a student and reality TV junkie, and can be reached by clicking here.
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