CC's Big Brother 23 Premiere Reaction
Season 23 of Big Brother premiered last night and it was such a breath of fresh air. I must say, even as a Big Brother super fan since the beginning, I always and am super excited for the start of a new season, even after normally being angry and upset with the show at the end of the previous season. But they always seem to pull me back in. And what normally always happens is the premiere rarely lives up to my hype for it, for a multitude of reasons. But this time, I feel really good about this season after the premiere. And the number one reason for my optimism is the significant changes production made in an attempt to make the show better. Starting with the cast they selected for this season. Just take a look at this diversity! And not just racial variety, but the diversity of different kinds of people from different backgrounds, ages, body types, orientation and cultures.
The premiere began similar to what we saw last season on All Stars, where four men and four women alternated entering the house. We got pretty good intro packages on each player, which always goes a long way in shaping who we as fans decide we will root for in the early stages of the season, at least until we can see more and decide with more information to go on. Being as there is normally only one or two minorities in the house, I have generally always been in a position where I'm rooting for the underdog on these shows. But this season, the cast is so well balanced and the characters are well developed, so I don't have a rooting interest right off the bat, which is very refreshing. But again, that's first impressions. I'm sure I'll have a favorite by the weekend.
What I liked
- I like the way the four competitions decided the four captains, because it ideally spilt up four strong players. By splitting up four stringer players, it forced the teams to be balanced.
- Which lead to the slot machine choice, where the captains got to choose between two houseguests for who would join their team. Of course this was rigged by the producers, but I loved it because it forced the captains to balance their teams with a variety of different people and show their cards by making a choice.
- The competition was fair and gender neutral, which gave everyone a chance to win.
- I like that they made it clear that they will only be in teams for four weeks. I like team twist generally.
- The look and feel of the show just felt new!
What I did not like
- I liked a lot about the premiere, but there were a few nitpicks I had including the time waster of asking Frenchie to risk he and his teams safety for a chance at two weeks safety. Come on people. Nobody with a brain would have ever agreed to this and this felt like a complete waste of time.
- While I love getting the live move in and feeds on the first night, this HOH took FOREVER, and I do think we missed out on learning more about the people and seeing them interact more.
Overall I really enjoyed this premiere and it got me excited to stay up all night and watch the live feeds. For my coverage of what's going on daily inside the house, check out the front page this weekend for the of my ongoing coverage article. Remember, my coverage does contain spoilers that reveal information that hasn't aired on the TV show yet, so please be aware of that. This season should be a lot of fun!