I'm torn, because I've always been a Dan fan, but I have mixed feelings about his game this season. To me there is such a thing as overplaying this game, and creating twists for the sake of TV more than the sake of getting ahead in the game. In his season, Dan played a few steps ahead of everyone else, but his win was also the result of a few lucky breaks that he was able to capitalize on. This time, once the reset happened, Dan simply created the universe within the house and controlled everyone in it.
This has been entertaining and awesome, but up to a point. The funeral was genius, and great TV. how he engineered Britney and then Frank's eviction was awesome too, although in executing it. he wasn't quite the cute/charming Dan we've come to know. And by the time he got rid of Shane, he had become kind of a weasel. An awesome, powerful weasel, but a weasel nonetheless.
In BB10, the jury knew they had to give him the money because he managed to bamboozle them all without ever being a jerk to any one of them. This time it's different. He weaseled several people on the jury, and now Dani feels weaseled too (even if Dan is still able to mist her). I wouldn't blame them for voting personal this time, especially since he's already won once.
My other concern is for future seasons. Will every jamoke who comes into the house think that he/she has to play Dan's game from the start, and start lying to everyone about everything? If nobody decides to trust anyone they play with ever again, the show could become a confusing mess, where we can't even tell who the real alliances are from hour to hour. Also, this show is already too much like Survivior; Dan's game just makes it even more so. This year's Dan was a lot like Russel Hantz, only with charm and a boyish grin. And that gives me the willies (pun intended).
I'm loving Dan's game! Color me misted, but I don't put him in the same category as certain others who have lied and back-stabbed to get to the end. I think Dan genuinely likes most of the people he's playing with, and if he doesn't, you sure can't tell by his actions towards them. That's why his mist works so well. I think he's a genuinely nice guy. Dan has not once in this game made a move that was personal. He's not mean, or catty...he doesn't start arguments or talk crap about people. Yes, he's lied, but he's playing a game! And I'm sorry, but his strategy was brilliant. Those in the house who know anything about the game, know he was fiercly loyal to Memphis until the end. The way he used that and came in this time with the exact opposite strategy... :bowdown Most repeat players who return to their shows use the exact same strategy (Boogie..3 times now!) Some may decide to "try something different," but there's no where near the calculation Dan used. I have nothing but respect for the man and his game. He clearly takes his personal life seriously and has done nothing to embarrass himself in front of Chelsea, his students, the kids he coaches, or his co-workers. Not many BB contestants can say that :lol Honestly, I'd love to see him and Danielle as F2. Not because I love her, but because I think it would be pretty darned amazing for Dan and his mentee to make it to the end.
I also agree that these people let Dan manipulate them. Over and over and over again. Which, again, is why I voted "hate it". He's making people out to be idiots because, well, they ARE idiots. I think I'm just confused as to how we are even at this point with all that he's done. I dont hate Dan at all. In fact, I now consider him to be the best BB player ever. He isnt my personal favorite, but I think he's the best to ever play this game.
Dan didn't ruin the game of BB.....if anything....he made it better.
There's no way he would have gotten this far in the game playing a meek -- "Hey everybody, I'm cute and funny - let's start a showmance and take me the end" game like Jeff and others have done.