Previously on... SFC! Season 13 Episode 8 IntroPreviously on... SFC! Season 13 Episode 8 Intro by BigUno
Previously on… SFC!
In the early days, Purada was split between the strong personalities…
(Tapioca) Oy! What ye blokes be doin over here all by ya lonesome?
(Damon) Are you ready to make today "your" day?!
(Tapioca) Like totally, go like f*** off and stuff.
(Iyzebel) I plan to grab this game by the balls and shove it down its throat.
(Tapioca) He's only trying his hardest, and personally I quite think he's doing a splendid job.
...and those who quietly plotted in the background.
(Annabelle) Right now I'm staying low, just not trying to ruffle any feathers.
(Alleio) What a nice surprise to wake up to, isn't it Jim?
(Jim) Yeah (chuckles) It really is.
(Alleio) I told you I'm looking out for you. I meant that.
Even with two new members in Orwell and G'rilara, the tribe managed to hold together…
(Iyzebel) Come on Orwell! Let's go gve them some privacy…
(Annabelle-conf) Orwell is my ticket out of Crazytown.
My long writeup for Violet got deleted so I'm going to keep this short. Violet was an arrogant douche who contributed nothing to the season except for a gag-inducing relationship with Bitsy. He sucks.
You know, I was seriously considering putting Bitsy higher, just because she had a storyarc and development. Then I realized that doesn't matter when you're a character as awful as AS Bitsy.
First of all, remember how people complained how easy Barney's win was and called Melanie Boston Melanie? Try Boston Bitsy. EVERYTHING throughout the game went Bitsy's way. Every vote was an excuse to show what a great player Bitsy was, she was given allies on a silver platter, and all her enemies left early, leaving Bitsy to dominate the game. Bitsy was supposed to be "hero turned villain" but a good villain has someone pointing them out, standing up to them. Bitsy never had an one telling her what she was doing wasn't okay, there was no one for her to fight with. It was a fucking coronation edit, except she cried a lot.
Speaking of her crying, let me debunk a myth here. Bitsy's story arc was not dynamic or interesting at all. She backstabs someone, she's the mastermind, she feels guilty about it and cries, and then she backstabs someone else anyway; rinse and repeat as many times as possible. that was pretty much all of it. It was beyond annoying, and she's a terrible winner and a terrible character.
Okay, Lucky should not have been on allstars. I don't care if Minerva bent the rules to get her out, she was a boring character who was only as popular as she was because she was in Akuma's comics. I think that's my main issue with SFC6: the season played it way too safe. I get that SFC12 took a lot of unneeded risks and alienated people, but the opposite isn't good either. SFC6 was super beige and just tried to appease the popularity poll voters and the masses who were angry by Marius's win, and the result was a season that took no risks and played it safe while trying to appeal to everyone. Lucky did nothing but follow Bitsy around enabling her only to be stunned when she was backstabbed like Bitsy did to everyone else. She had no real personality and was just a bore.
Similar to Lucky, why the hell did he get to be on allstars? He literally cannot talk and was a fourth boot. Popper is not an all-star, and he didn’t do anything the second time around either.
He’s just...a waste.
I find it funny that people call people like Kathy and Phil strategybots, and right here we have Norman. Norman is such a stratbot this season it’s almost absurd. I don’t remember anything he did except for bland narrative confessionals about his gameplay or strategy. No personality whatsoever and it was really disappointing.
Was UTR1 the whole premerge except for randomly showing up to take out GM? Next.
Shock boot? When came into this season, I expected Craig to be one of my favorites and be hilarious and amusing. Then after like episode 2 I realized something: I like the idea of Craig a lot more than I seem to like Craig himself, because he’s really not that funny, since he’s pretty much just one joke replayed a bunch of times. Craig is a character whose comedic legend has overtaken his actual comedic value.
Making Vinnie into an anti-hero was, imo, not the way to go with his character. It’s Vinnie. He is not some jerk with a heart of gold old man, he is a raging mafia asshole. Normally I like character development, but I don’t think that was needed and it rubbed me the wrong way. Plus most of his story was about his injury so not really a fan of this version.
She stabbed Vinnie, that’s about it. Thanks for making a memorable moment though.
The Beth is boring jokes aren’t funny and were never even accurate. We have a season with Lucky and Norman, yet Beth is the boring one? Even the tv tropes page goes on and on about how boring Beth is and it’s like...no she isn’t. Beth had so much potential on this season, but it was all just a set up for a “Beth is boring hur hur hur” joke. Sigh.
I get why he was an early boot, but seriously, did all the stars have to go early? GM is always great and he could have saved the season, but no he had too much screentime sfc5 or something and had to go early, bleh. At least he was still cute and fun the rare moments he got screentime. He’s mostly this high for my dreams about what chaos he could have brought to this season, ah well .
Minerva was pretty great in her one episode. Making friends with Mary<3. Playing a fake idol just to see the shock on people’s faces<3. It was just one ep though, and it started the “let’s get rid of all the stars/villains early” trend this season. rip .
alol. Charlie was just such a sour bitch this season, I don’t think she smiled once. She was a pretty good early game villain too, with flipflopping and trying to get rid of Vinnie. Alas, she was an early boot, so she randomly stabbed omay? idgi. Not the greatest character but pretty fun.
I don’t think Joe is super great or anything: he had random cute breakout P episodes only to fade back into UTRness. No, Joe’s this high because he was pretty much the one person not afraid of standing up to Bitsy/Violet instead of letting them walk all over himself like so many people did. Calling Violet out for cheating<3. His jury speech against Bitsy<3. thanks Joe.
Kala worked as both the one negative character to make it far, comic relief, and a late-game strategist. Her thing with Kevin and Omay were decently funny, her hating everyone was funny, and her whacking people on the head was funny. She also was a surprising strategic force. Kala the constant swing vote<3. I’m not sure how I would have liked this Kala on another season where I enjoyed more of the cast, but she was lots of fun. With that said...she should’ve won lol. Her not winning really puts a damper on her story and prevents me from putting her in the top 5.
Okay, so Hogan was not a super deep character who changed a lot, but I really liked him this season, just because he was so...likable. He was a geuinely nice, likable person without being self-righteous, and having someone who could be nice, strategize, and still not afraid to occasionally be negative and have laughs was very needed. He never made me die from laughter or anything, but he brought a fair amount of humor with him as well, along with the Wendy rivalry, which was by far one of my favorite sub-plots this season. Just a likable and fun character.
Him being the first merge boot...seriously? So much potential wasted. Sin was a good character because he was a villain who could stir the pot, and yet...I found him strangely very likable and endearing. He was a nice chill guy, but also upset about his low placement last season, so he tried to play the CPN role...but wasn’t always the best at it. I really liked that contrast and it made him very enjoyable. But why did he go so early? That was such bullshit I’m still not over that, he could’ve done much more and made it so much farther. rip.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a Mary fan, and although her time on this season was short, she definitely delivered. Her storyarc of having to control her bitchness while still hating everyone was a good one, and her exile epiphany is one of my favorite moments of the season. Plus she still had her usual Mary OTTN ways...just with a bit more depth this time. One of the few people in...SFC AS seasons in general who actually had character development, so gj mary. But of course, just like Sin, she had to go early because the concept of a controversial character making it far was so outrageous this season; bring on the Norman’s and Bitsy’s. ...fine, ranting over.
Wendy was the last person I expected to turn into a no-nonsense HBIC this season, and yet she did. Strong yet socially inept queen<3. Her hatred of the girls alliance sustained me, and made for tons of great quotes. In addition, she had really good dynamics with people, both strategically and personally, and when you combine that with the fact that she was pretty random (MY EYE IS FINE HEH), it made for a great character. She was so petty too, her hating choclate<3. Spending like two episodes in the rain grouching and trying to betray her alliance all the time<3. Pro tip: who wendy hates this season is pretty much who I hated, so gj wendy for that. The only reason she isn’t #1 is because she gave up her immunity for Bitsy and then got betrayed ugh. She so should’ve won, get it together girl! Still great though.
Massive improvement here of course. Dictator Al was just so damn amazing. He took complete control and bossed and controlled everyone to death, making for a great and hateable character. Him wanting Norman out, tolerating him, and then IMMEDIATELY turning on him a day later made my day, and so did his treatment of Bitsy and Lucky. Despite all that though, like Sin I found him very likable and endearing. He really didn’t mean to come off as a controlling dictator, it’s just that his lack of experience with social situations made it so he didn’t realize what people thought of him. Similarly, Al always stating how loyal his alliance was while they bitched about him was sad to me, not just because his alliance is my bottom 3 but because he actually did think they liked him. Characters that are negative yet you feel bad for are usually pretty great, and Al was no exeception.
Glad I’m done with that season, onto SFC11!