"Big Brother" comes to an end as "Survivor" begins one of its most anticipated seasons yet.
I am sad to see "Big Brother" end, even though the 17th season of the long-running reality show was its longest to date. This season had its share of twists, but it was so much more. Those who are ultimate fans know what I mean.
Winner Steve Moses was billed as the ultimate fan cast member. He often played in the manner he saw work for others in prior seasons, yet he was himself most of the time. That is probably why he stayed off the radar for so long.
He often shared his closeness to his mother with fellow housemates. Some may have seen him as a mama's boy, but he never let it bother him. In fact, during several key moments, he went off alone to talk to the camera, asking for guidance. From whom? His mom!
No one could have predicted he would make the final two. But when he had to make crucial decisions that were best for his game-play, he acted on it. Then, he felt the need to explain his reasoning.
Vanessa was probably the season's biggest game-player. Her bullying, followed by gigantic crocodile tears, worked for some, but not for me. Her ruthless ways were beyond the norm, but deep down, players like Steve and Johnny Mack knew that to win the game, you have to cut the head off the dragon, so to speak. Ultimately, Steve got that chance, and he did it. Getting Vanessa out left Steve and Liz (one of the twin twist) at the end for the jury to vote.
Mathematically, you could figure out that Steve was going to take home the $500,000 grand prize.
"Big Brother" has played an important role in casting housemates with different backgrounds, opinions and lifestyles for years. This year was no different, when Audrey, the show's first transgender houseguest walked through the door. Audrey's game-play was far too heavy the first day, making her a target right off the bat. At first, houseguests were afraid to vote her out because they didn't want the transgender community to come after them. But then most realized it is a game.
Audrey's participation opened the eyes of many "BB" viewers into the what it means to be transgender. I applaud her for that.
"Survivor: Cambodia -- Second Chance" brings back several contestants from the show's 30-season run who never won. I'm excited to see how this plays out, because the dynamics of the show have shifted from survival mode of the first few seasons to alliances and strategy right off the boat. I love seeing Kelly Wigglesworth from Season 1 and Jeff Varner (Season 2) back on the show They are going to have the time of their lives learning to play for survival mode while jumping in with strategy right from the start.
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