Usually by now I have a clear favorite or two in the “Big Brother” house, but Season 12 has me scratching my head. I’m not particularly fond of any of the houseguests, and my opinions of them so far haven’t been swayed much as the show hit the halfway mark this week.

Usually by now I have a clear favorite or two in the “Big Brother” house, but Season 12 has me scratching my head. I’m not particularly fond of any of the houseguests, and my opinions of them so far haven’t been swayed much as the show hit the halfway mark this week.

A little more than a month ago we saw 13 houseguests move in, including one whose main intent wasn’t to win the game anyway. That person was said to the “saboteur,” and they’d be wreaking havoc on the other houseguests.

The “saboteur” was designed to be this season’s twist, but the twist was sort of ruined the first week when Annie was the first evicted houseguest. Annie was the saboteur, and her premise was to last five weeks in the house causing havoc and dismay and not be found out. Unbeknownst to the house, they voted the saboteur out the first week.

“Big Brother” informed the house of their vote and that Annie was the saboteur, which quickly stopped the finger-pointing and speculation. Now, did we actually think “Big Brother” would stop the twist so soon? I think not. They let America choose another saboteur.

Since Annie’s eviction, we’ve also seen Monet, Andrew, Kristen and Rachel meet their waterloo. Rachel, however, became the first member of the “Big Brother” jury house.

Alliances, lies, schemes, friendships and targets are often key elements in the “Big Brother” house, and Season 12 is no exception to the norm. Matt, Enzo, Hayden and Lane quickly formed the Brigade alliance, while Brendon and Rachel quickly became the show’s first showmance. 

The Brigade alliance has been worthless, if you ask me. You have four somewhat athletic dudes who can’t seem to win anything; however, Rachel and Brendon rocked at first.

Rachel was a major competitor, but her mouth would often get the best of her. I secretly rooted for her and Brendon, though, as the other houseguests simply ganged up on them due to their bubbling romance. Rachel’s emotions got in the way of her game and ultimately proved her demise.  Her eviction came as no surprise to me, despite Brendon’s deliberate attempts to put the target on himself that week as the two were on the block together.

So Rachel … apparently something could come between “you and your man.”

I’m still a devoted fan of the show, but this season just wasn’t standing up to past seasons as far as excitement and gameplay goes. That is, until Matt opened up Pandora’s Box in the Head of Household bedroom. 

Matt, not only got a diamond Power of Veto, he unleashed America’s choice to be the next saboteur. That would be Ragan. 

Ragan has done a pretty good job of stirring up the houseguests without drawing any such attention to himself, which could get him a nice $20 grand if he lasts two weeks without getting out.

Brendon vowed he’d get revenge for Rachel’s eviction. Would somebody please tell him this is not “The Bachelorette” or some newfangled reality show to find your mate. Newsflash, Brendon: You’re not Jeff and Jordan!

Brendon did, however, win HOH and pretty much got back at those for voting her out. He also opened Pandora’s Box, too, which proved to be the absolute best part of Season 12 yet. Rachel re-entered the house, spilling several secrets and exposing alliances from things she could only know from having been outside the house. Too bad her return was for only 24 hours. It was hilarious to see the houseguests faces when they saw her back in the house!

David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at farrboy@hotmail.com.