so well said .. good point to bring up about Jeff's opening comment too!
I said something similar the day after show -- about evil alliances going down in response to the editor's dilemma proposition. I made it at Sucks, will just copy it over. First two posts are before the "fallen hero" post:
After last night, I really think Brenda should say goodbye to any hope for Fan Fave. She has the villain edit. Sash will probably inherit it. The Chill Alliance + Jane are the bad guys this season, per the editing, and anyone who gets past them will get a nice underdog edit I think. Editors included lots of shots of Brenda with not nice expressions and words, and didn't show any Brenda charm to balance it out. With Parvati, they always showed her charm as part of the package. Also it is never good to be called a black widow, cobra, black mamba if you're hoping for America's Sweetheart.
I know she is missyae's favorite, but fan favorite she will not be. I expect her downfall to be welcomed, like when Laura went out, or John in Marquesas, Le Ann in Vanuatu, Jerri in the Outback.
That's what the editing went for in a big way last night. I know it is just the character she plays on TV, but that's what fans base their votes on.
On the plus side for Brenda, when SEG goes looking for a villainess to bring back, Brenda will have a very good shot."
(missyae responds about editors' dilemma)
I see what you're saying missyae, but I don't think editing is in such a bind. There have been a few alliances that were in power and went down like dominoes, and instead of making heroes and villains of them they paint them all villains.
Rotu 4, Ami's girls, Casaya, to some extent Raro in the Cooks, the Onion alliance (even tho Marcus and Charlie were likable), Timbira, Galu ...
Galu stabbed Erik and he still ended up looking like a douche for holding onto it. John turned on Laura and then karma bit him in the butt next time but without the edit in any way redeeming Laura.
They just edit the arrogant alliance going down one by one as a great thing for the underdogs, and if they stab themselves out of the game or quit -- mo bettah for the underdogs.
Brenda blindsided the girl with one leg who was trying to be loyal to Brenda and was not yet any threat, instead of taking out the would-be rival puppet-master with an HII. That's both villain and edited to look like strategic error and lack of empathy for KB. Brenda is the Scorpio black widow, so I think she would do better to embrace her inner BW than to try to become the heroine -- lost cause.
Brenda's weakness on camera -- despite being cute, hot, smart, she fails to show empathy or humility--like Laura. As a strategist, she was shown to have a decent Plan A but was weak on Plan B. When she called Marty out, that came off as unattractive in tone even if people enjoyed seeing Marty put on the spot. Marty came out of it looking good, wrongfully accused.
This is the reaction I see from people. But hey, she is still a big character who will stand out in the season as long as she can own being ruthless and admit to being too cocky.
(response to comment her calling out Marty was to worry him and make him play idol)
Yes, I think most fans recognized the strategic purpose, but it was the manner that was off-putting. No more image of her as nice or diplomatic. How would Tina have done it? Or Cirie? Or Natalie? Let Marty be the one to make an outburst.
Even simpler, instead of telling a lie about Marty, who has been playing straight up and his denial is plausible, start talking about why Marty is a threat - don't need a lie to do that and make him worried.
I think she should have kept a calm demeanor and not done the "come on Marty" bit which took off the mask and gloves in a way no one will forget.
(someone asked what I get from all this -- Anti deleted that post I guess)
I get that Brenda's too much like Laura -- she is too confident in her own group and draws sharp lines in the sand showing who she doesn't include in her group. She thinks she can do that because of numbers, but a comeuppance wicked this way comes.