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RNO Roundtable: Who Should Win ‘Big Brother 4’?Page 3
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And as far as the much-ballyhooed X Factor - while it made for some occasional unlikely alliances, overall I much preferred watching a group of complete strangers develop bonds organically before our eyes, so it didn’t really work for me.
So basically, I feel like this season got half of a winning formula right, but the other half failed abysmally - so while it wasn’t horrible overall, I do think that it was the worst out of the three seasons (I don’t count the first season because the premise got so radically changed that it’s like comparing apples and oranges).
So who do I want to see win? Well, if there were a checkbox for “none of the above,” “do-over,” or “eject,” that’s what I and from what I can tell most of America would choose, for the reasons I’ve described above.
Basically, this is my philosophy on gameplay and strategy in these types of games. I realize that in order to make an omelet, you must break a few eggs. I realize that it’s pretty much impossible to make it to the end without someone feeling slighted or betrayed along the way. I don’t have a problem with that at all.
However, just because you make bold gameplay moves that could alienate people, that doesn’t give you a free pass to be a completely ugly and loathsome individual while doing so. It is possible to still come across as a basically decent and likable person who’s just doing what they have to do to win. Even Will from the second season falls into that category - yeah, he lied to everybody, but he said he was going to lie to everybody, and was just such a genuinely funny individual that he kept viewers in stitches. That’s a lot different than saying absolutely vicious things about fellow competitors for no valid reason and/or spewing a lot of prejudiced, hateful statements in general. When it comes to things like that, I don’t believe in just shrugging it off by saying, “Yeah, but they played a great game!” Because in no way, shape, or form do things like that have anything to do with the game or strategy. It’s just general ugliness, and I believe very strongly that negative behavior like that should not be rewarded - it’s rewarded enough, unfortunately, in real life.
So basically, we’re looking at a final two comprised of individuals who, among other things, think “gay” is an acceptable negative descriptive adjective, combine ethnic slurring and homophobia in charming descriptive phrases like “Cuban cocksucker,” and refer to blameless 7-year-old children as “little bitch[es].” And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And we’re somehow supposed to be psyched about this or actively root for one of them to win. Joy!
Alison and Jun accomplished the impossible - they made me actively root for Robert. Robert! But at that point, he was spewing the least amount of hateful claptrap out of the three, and at least I knew his redeeming quality off the top of my head - he loved his daughter. I had to dig a little deeper to find Jun’s at this point, but all around, she looks like the lesser of the two evils. She’s the more intelligent of the two. While both fancy themselves complete cards and aren’t, comparatively, she’s the funnier of the two. For most of the game, I had a grudging respect for her - it’s only been recently that her stock has completely plummeted with me based on a lot of negative comments she’s made. At least Jun gave things back to the others - she cooked, cleaned, gave manicures and pedicures, etc. - so at least she was somewhat productive and proactive instead of being a complete slug. I have yet to come up with a single redeeming quality for Alison. OK, I lied - she was the house’s chief exterminator. Whoopee.
I think the jury will see things the same way. Basically, Jun and Alison played the exact same kind of game - floating back and forth between the two factions - but Jun managed to do so without being as obnoxious or ruffling as many feathers. And in the grand scheme of things, if the jury takes a look at two people who strategically are comparatively equal, they’re going to reward the more likable of the two. At this point, that would seem to be Jun.
Paris: At this point of BB4, I'd like to see Alison win. I know I've said some nasty things about her but I have to give her credit. She has played one hell of a game. Not only has she avoided eviction numerous times, she's won a number of competitions, as mentioned by Sting7 already. She hasn't skated through on cooking the way Jun has. As far as personality goes, I think Jun (as nasty as she is as well) has an edge over Alison. But she hasn't played a proactive game the way Alison has.
Hate her or love her, the girl has been the star of the show since the get-go. It's almost as if it was scripted for her. Big Brother 4 has been Alison's game and I think she deseves to win it (at least more than Jun anyway).
Conclusion: So, out of the RealityNewsOnline writers, we have three who vote for Alison and three who vote for Jun. But almost everybody (both here and in every house where somebody watches the show) agrees that if they could pick somebody other than those two, they would!
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