Never in the history of Big Brother have I been so torn in how I feel about a House Guest. Ian is an enigma. When I try to pinpoint my feelings on this little lad I run into a Gordian Knot of affections ranging from adoration and empathy to disrespect and revulsion. I root for him, I boo at him, I find myself with face in hands despairing and cringing at a boy who is foolishly completing his folly.
This last week has been the capstone of these feelings. Ian can win this game! His only obstacle to victory is in Dan who, for reasons illogical, is controlling his every move. To quickly recap this week, Ian left his HOH reign taking out Frank in the first half of a Double Eviction. Dan won HOH and nominated Ian and maneuvered to take him out of the game. Ian wins POV and saved himself with Joe as the liability, then won HOH again! This is where my angst begins.
Ian could guarantee his win of Big Brother 14 if he makes it to the final two by sending Dan’s head on a silver platter to the Jury House. Ashley, Britney, Frank and Joe would without a doubt reward this move with a $500,000 prize. Ian could have been one of the most celebrated victors in Big Brother history. Instead he puts up Jenn and Shane with visions of Renegades dancing in his head. After Shane wins the POV he misses another colossal opportunity to get Dan out by telling Shane that he was Dan’s target for the week and completing Dan’s demise. But what does he do? He puts his trust in Dan AGAIN and puts up Danielle with Jenn as his target. Womp Womp Womp. I can’t comprehend this, my mind reels at the opportunities this kid has passed up. Instead of being added to the list of Big Brother Greats, his legacy may be of one the schmuck who was steamrollered by a vet and his own recklessness.
Ian, you’re one of the most lovable players who have stepped into the Big Brother House. Out of a handful of lovely ladies and hunky dudes, you’re easily the most adorable. Your quirky and humble persona has endeared yourself to America; you could be a legend in this game. Perhaps it’s your inexperience of youth or lack of social skills which is leading you to blunder so extravagantly. Maybe your insecurity is leading you to settle for 3rd of 4th place. I can’t understand why you would take someone further that can easily beat you. I’m still holding out a little hope that a light will shine on you but I’m really net expecting you to make it past next week. Your absence will be sorely missed.
I can’t put myself in Ian’s shoes. I don’t know the motives behind these moves. I do know he is letting down a million fans (myself included) who are rooting for him. I’m quite positive he will win America’s Player and the $25,000 it brings and I’m positive this won’t be the last we see of him on Big Brother. Maybe that’s enough for him, I don’t know. I’m only left feeling the void of a lost opportunity and a happy conclusion that will never be. I can only conclude that if Ian loses Big Brother 14, it’s a loss for us all.
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