Big Brother 19: Where Are The Underdogs? [Op-Ed]

Big Brother 19 has proven to be a difficult season for bloggers to cover because almost nothing about this season is typical.

For example, where are the underdogs?

This season we launched the Underdog Report because there’s always an underdog in Big Brother, right? Well, we thought so. But we only got through three Underdog Reports this season before they kind of fell apart. And I’m trying to piece together why.

Basically as soon as someone emerges as un underdog, they’re gone the next week. No one seems to have the fight in them this season or they just don’t care or are too outnumbered. It’s so weird.

Jessica was our Underdog of The Week in Week 5, and she was probably the best representation we’ve had this season. And even that wasn’t the best example because she made that terrible move when she was HOH, won the veto, had a special power and still failed to get her target out. But she at least fought and stuck around for a bit. But we aren’t seeing that happening any more.

When Mark and Elena became targets, Mark was able to earn safety and win a veto (that lead to Elena’s eviction), but Mark is missing a lot of qualities that make up a true underdog. He is a huge flip-flopper, and he’s just been another one of Paul’s followers, even giving Paul safety as late as this week! That’s insanity. Being a target and lasting an extra week is not enough to call someone an underdog, especially if  they’re making stupid moves all over the place.

So are there any underdogs left this season? Right now, not really. Kevin is kind of the underdog at the moment because they’re starting to shun him on the Live Feeds and he’s one of Paul’s decided upcoming targets, but Kevin hasn’t fought to be in the game at all yet. That might be because he thinks he doesn’t have to. Maybe if he learns that he’s a target that will change.

Jason was earlier an underdog but then became a part of the majority. Now, however, Jason is again on the outs, as he is Paul’s designated target after Mark. But Jason has proven time and time again that he’s just playing Alex’s game who is just playing Paul’s game.

So why aren’t there underdogs? Is it because this cast is just really bad at the game or is it because Paul decides the next targets two weeks out and there’s no time for anyone to squirm? That’s what’s been happening lately. As soon as Cody and Jessica were pinned down, Paul started focusing on Mark and Elena. And as soon as Jessica and Cody were gone, and Mark and Elena were pinned down, Paul started focusing on Kevin and Jason. So if the trend continues, no one will have any time to fight for their lives in the game.

The underdog may be something we never see again this season.

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