A third of the way in to this year's series, it's getting good. After Big Brother's quadruple eviction and cast revamp, I felt doubtful. Perhaps it was a fluke, but now the entire dynamics have changed, the show is slowly becoming more fascinating each day as new relationships, romances and rivalries begin to blossom and unravel.
Whilst Marc remains the central character of the house, he sets the entire mood of the show. Regardless of the ongoing drama and notable personality clashes that exist interenally, most subsequent of Mark, the overall tone of the show is nearly spot on.
At this point, the new housemates are the primary characters. Jade, who posed as the Machiavellian antagonist in week two has withered into near insignificance, alongside Nick who was not only a primary character but the favourite to win until last week.
Chloe presence was a non-event until the new housemates entered. Subsequently, she has now been provided with a storyline due to Simon's ill treatment of her and Marc's constant doses of banter that seemingly end up being interpreted the wrong way. Fortunately for Chloe she's taken the new role of alpha-female amongst the originals and has gained more popularity as the show progress. I already foresaw Chloe making the final by week two and I now believe she'll coast her way there continually accumulating more popularity every week.
One of my favourite storylines is the unusual and enigmatic relationship between Marc and Sam. Whether or not they have true feelings for each other is questionable, however from a psychological perspective I enjoy it because it paints both of them quite differently from the personas they initially went in to portray; Sam as an earthy, mature woman and Marc as a player - absent of a heart and human emotion. I feel the relationship does more justice for Marc's character, showing a softer and nurturing side to him, whereas Sam will be viewed in a less credible light as a result of gender stereotyping.
Although somewhat indifferent, I took a liking to Sam until light had been made of the negative opinions that the other housemates had of her. In the beginning, Sam came off whiter than white, until she was nominated for being two-faced, inconsiderate and an alleged 'fame-whore'. Suddenly, Sam's credibility not only went downhill in my mind but in a lot of the viewers minds as well. Many housemates have a bad week in Big Brother, however it seems that Sam's innate character is not liked by her housemates and that she will continue being nominated until the public begin to see it too and evict her.
On topic of the public firing line, I tend to leave the best until last (or at least the housemate who I can spew the most venom on) - this week being 'Pie Face'. Upon the launch of Big Brother I couldn't comprehend what Jack had done to gain such an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience. Aside from the fact that his quirk and less fortunate looks portrayed him as the non-cookie-cutter Big Brother archetype, there was nothing intrinsic in his character that made me feel an incredible sense of warmth towards him. I have no doubt that Jack is a rigtheous person with human decency, however a Big Brother winner I don't believe he is.
Every year Big Brother has its people's champ launch night, this year it was Pie Face. Jack has fallen from grace since having what I believe will scar him as the most regretful decission of his life thrown at him; a £27,000 car or a place in the Big Brother house. As the novelty of being in Big Brother wears off, the cracks in the house begin to show and the worst of every human is brought out, Jack is being crushed by the tormenting, self-destructing machine of Big Brother. Sadly I do not believe Jack has the strength of character to bounce back and neither the charisma to fight it.
Being told before the experience has even sunk in that you are the viewers favourite can only have negative ramifications in Big Brother. Knowing that he could have walked out with a life changing sum of money and ditched an experience that will simply do nothing for him, aside from generate abuse all over his Twitter page; the frustration within Jack can no longer be concealed. For the last week we have watched him spit his dummy out and moan like a ill-mannered toddler at every given moment in a hideous and revolting way. Now that the facade has worn off, Jack's juvenile mentality has revealed him to be quite unpleasant on the inside.
Making no secret of his disdain towards the vulgar and caustic Simon (who is a far worse human being than Jack could ever be), it still does him no favours. In any Big Brother, pitting oneself against the most hated housemate usually works wonders; however Jack has now dragged himself down with Simon to the firing line. The most unfortunate variable between the two of them is that Simon will last for entertainment value whilst Jack will most probably end up evicted before the half way mark of the series. His housemate presence will be forgotten promptly and he will live to regret not exiting the house on day 4 with the £27,000 the producers handed him.
Watching a housemate lose their head and self-destruct may not be joyful for any humanitarian viewers, however this is Big Brother and these committed viewers are rarely kind or compassionate. Speaking for most of them now, I simply cannot wait for Pie Face to be evicted.