August 29, 2008 8:26 AM
Josef Adalian: To borrow a song title: Oh, what a night! And I'm not just talking the "Brother." Here on the West Coast, Barack Obama served as the warm-up act for one of the best hours of "Big Brother" drama in recent memory. I know, I know: What sort of moron would even mention Obama and "BB" in the same breath? Only a devoted Obamican and "Big Brother" junkie, I suppose.
In truth, after watching Obama's beyond brilliant, beyond moving call to arms—as most reviews of the speech have characterized it—I really wasn't looking forward to watching "Brother" on the DVR. As much as I love the show, it seemed somehow sacrilegious to watch a mere reality show after a potential president had just given one of the most important speeches of the still-young century.
But, after watching a couple of hours of the talking heads analyze the night on cable news, I pressed play, and soon found myself struggling to catch my breath.
First, there was Ollie's post-veto outburst. I hadn't seen it on "After Dark," but even in its edited form, it was striking to see his sore-loser spirit. I know he must miss April, but how did the nice-guy preacher's son turn into evicted houseguest Jessie's brother from another mother? Sad, sad, sad.Read More »