Big Brother 4

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Everybody thinks they want fame. But once they have it-- I mean, really have it-- many celebrities wish they could get rid of it and get their lives back. Once you're famous, everything you do goes under a microscope. You can't dash out to the corner store for Pepto Bismol without worrying about getting recognized and seeing "Celebrity Addicted to Antacids" in the tabloids the next day.

So the idea of being on mike and surrounded by cameras for 24 hours, 7 days a week for an entire summer is insane. We all have perfectly innocent yet distasteful habits we'd rather not get publicized nationwide-- biting your nails, picking your nose, scratching your butt. Morning hair. Whatever. And yet thousands of people applied to be locked into the Big Brother house, where their every word and move is captured on videotape.

Big Brother is a guilty pleasure. I watch out of professional interest-- I like to see what challenges the producers throw at the contestants, and consider how I'd make them better or do them differently. But I also watch because the house is a tinderbox, and it's fun to watch it go up in flames.

Horrible, I know. But there it is. This season the producers have stacked the deck rather unfairly. First, they brought 8 of the houseguests into the house an hour early, had them compete in a food challenge (each week guests must earn their food, or else it's nothing but PB&J all week), and let them bond with each other a bit. THEN they told them the secret about their 5 remaining housemates, who arrived shortly thereafter-- they were all ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends of some of the first 8. And right away, before they know whose exes were coming, they panicked and did the logical thing-- made a pact to get rid of those 5 exes first.

The "X factor", as the producers are calling it, will certainly shake up the game from the get-go and yield more soap opera. But it pollutes the game concept, which I find more than a little frustrating. Not all of the exes parted on poor terms. Former partners who can strike a deal with each other are at a great advantage over everyone else. Worse, by giving the first 8 a chance to bond and form a pact, the producers put the 5 exes at a significant initial disadvantage (assuming the pact is kept). That kind of handicapping is grossly unnecessary in a game like this, and I hope it doesn't prove to be decisive.

Either way, I'll be watching and reporting as the season progresses. Watch along with me and join in the commentary. See how fun it is to poke wanna-be celebrities with a sharp stick.

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re: Favorites:

Looks like another batch of Monopoly & Risk players.

On the other hand, I thought it was kinda cool that Fear Factory was first on one of the lists of favorite bands.

- d

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