"Whether it's the central twists of a season or the returning players who've made history out of them, this is a season celebrating all the game-changing elements of PokéBeach Big Brother." - Lorde, BB5
|Big Brother 5: Game Changer|
|Season Run||November 13th - December 24th, 2018|
|Previous Season||Big Brother 4: House of Horrors|
|Next Season||Big Brother 6: Training & Tributes|
Big Brother 5: Game Changer is the fifth installment in the PokéBeach Big Brother series. It's the first All-Star season in the series, making it the first season featuring all returning players. From start to finish, this was also the fastest season in terms on time in the house. In the end, Hermes beat out fellow finalist Lily in a remarkably quick 6-1 jury vote.
Twists and Mechanics
- Donkey Kong
- Space Invaders
- Hex FRVR
- Flappy Bird
- Multitask 2
- Bowling Masters
- Run 3
- Food Stack
- Squares 2
At the premiere of PokéBeach Big Brother: Game Changer, eleven familiar faces re-entered the Big Brother house for another chance to prove their worth in the game. Right as they entered, Lorde unveiled the first twist of the season: Player Portfolios. These portfolios were short summaries of past games houseguests have played. After a full day of the houseguests becoming acquainted with one another, they were called out to the first challenge of the season. This challenge was 'Hall of Knives', a familiar luck-based challenge in which players walked through 10 sets of doors, with the player being "stabbed" the lowest amount of times being crowned the first HOH. Alongside this competition, it was revealed that this season would almost entirely feature challenges from the past. One by one each houseguest went through the doors, where by the end Jade had managed to pull out a win, immediately breaking her curse of being the first player out the door. After the competition, Lorde met everyone inside. She immediately asked the houseguests to pick numbered bags, numbered between 1 and 11. Once everyone had done so, it was revealed though most of the bags were empty, some of them held advantages that could be earned by the user, while others may hold punishments. Immediately after, players were given the choice to open their bags. 4 players chose to do so, meaning a random player would be chosen to open their bag. This player was Nick, and he immediately earned a Double Vote. This vote would allow his vote to count as 2 at any eviction he chose before the Final 7. After Nick had opened his bag, Jade was given the floor to name her nominees, naming Nyora and Nick, saying he loved them both but that it had to be someone. The POV competition was 'Dots', the first ever competition used in PokéBeach Big Brother. Jade secured full power after winning, and chose to discard the veto, keeping her nominees the same. At the first eviction, Nyora was evicted in a tight 5-3 vote due to not having made any connections with people in the house, thus becoming the first evicted from the season.
After a rather tame premiere, the game really began to get interesting. After a full week, alliances had their time to form and were really beginning to emerge as powerful forces now. The remaining houseguests prepared for the HOH competition, which was 'Donkey Kong'. Players had to run their way through the classic game racking up points and beating levels. It was a race between Violet and Draskk, but ultimately Draskk pulled ahead and becoming the new HOH! The prize bags were opened next, which resulted in LC claiming the 'POV Replacement', allowing him to switch in to play in a POV competition instead of a randomly selected player until the Final 7. Draskk then named his nominees, Lily and Nick, both were pawns. Right after the nominees were named, the POV competition began. From last season, the infuriating 'Avoider' returned. After 2 days of avoiding a crazy mouse chaser, Lily shocked everyone winning the POV, her first competition win ever. She removed herself from the block, enabling Draskk to nominate former winner Celever in an attempt to backdoor him. This move narrowly succeeded, as Celever was harshly backdoored in a close 4-3 vote, making him the second 'Game-Changer' evicted.
After Celever's shocking blindside, the houseguest's were in for a real treat. Lorde announced that a player would be entering the house, a player well known for their unpredictable gameplay. This player was Hermes, the 6th place finisher from last season. He entered with immunity for the first week to allow him time to enter alliances and get acquainted with the other houseguests, however he wouldn't be playing in the HOH or POV that week as a tradeoff. Immediately after he entered, a Reward competition began, disclosing that the winner would win an advantage in the game, and it wouldn't be announced to the other players publicly. The competition was 'Poom', a game where you bounce a ball on different platforms trying to keep it from falling. It was close between Hermes and Violet, but Violet pulled out a win and won the 'Legacy Advantage'. This advantage granted her automatic immunity at the Top 8 or Top 5, but if she was evicted before the Top 5 with it still in her possession, she would have to will it to a player still in the game. The HOH competition began after this, and the competition was 'Space Invaders'. Another classic, players had to zap aliens and protect their forts for as long as possible. A competition she'd won in the past, Violet pulled out another win. At the Prize Bag Opening, Draskk was selected to open his bag, but there was nothing inside. Violet nominated LC as a public target for selling her information, and TE who was closely associated with LC. Players were then called out to participate in the POV competition, which was 'Snake', a game where players had to weave a block snake around while eating as many apples as possible to grow in size, the player with the most amount of points would win. TE managed to win the POV, and pulled himself off the block. This allowed Violet to do exactly what she'd planned to do from the start, re-nominate Draskk. She and Draskk did not get along, especially after Draskk's poor attempt to blackmail her and control her game. This blew up in his face, as he was backdoored on Week 3 yet again in a 4-2 vote. In between the eviction, Lorde made the decision to expel Nick from the game herself due to nonexistent activity.
After the huge Draskk blindside, Draskk's alliance was left to tend to its wounds. At the HOH, the first new competition of the season, they were able to turn things around however. The competition was called 'Fallen Stars', in reference to the fallen players of the season as well as the All-Star aspect of the house. The challenge required players to vote on which previously evicted All-Star would be granted power to have an effect on the game. The house voted to give Draskk the power, since his allies had the numbers due to Violet being out of the HOH. Draskk was directly given the power to name the HOH, choosing TE. In exchange, he became the first member of the jury, officially kicking off the jury phase of the game! Lily was chosen to open her bag, but didn't have anything inside. TE decided to nominate Hermes and Violet, targeting Violet for taking out his ally but keeping Hermes as a backup plan, knowing he could be a strong competitor. At the POV competition, players played the game 'Hex FRVR', a game requiring players to complete rows on a board to clear the board and gain points. Hermes annihilated the competition, no one doubting his abilities but his score was impossibly high. He made the move to save himself, leaving TE to nominate Lily in his place as a pawn. TE made it clear in discussions with his allies that the plan would be to send Violet home. This worked, and Violet was evicted in a 3-1 vote, becoming the second member of the jury. Since she had not used the Legacy Advantage, she chose to will it to her close ally NP.
Week 5 (Double Eviction)
At Week 5, with only 7 players left, the game was beginning to get tense. Hermes once again managed to storm his way through the HOH competition, 'Flappy Bird'. It was announced that the Prize Bag Openings would stop, meaning they now held no use in the game. Hermes nominated NP and TE, believing them both to be his strongest competitors. The next competition was a Roadkill competition, allowing the winner to anonymously nominate a 3rd nominee. The second and final new competition was 'zBall', where players had to click to change the direction of a ball to keep it on a winding road. Hermes won this again, and nominated LC, who both of them were close to. At the POV competition, players played 'Multitask 2', a challenge many were familiar with. This challenge resulted in close finishes, Hermes finishing in 3rd place only 9 points behind NP's 115, who won the competition. NP moved to save himself. It was at the POV Ceremony that Lorde announced Mariano had chosen to pull himself from the game due to health, and he exited the game with a jury seat in 7th place. After bidding their farewells to Mariano, Hermes nominated Jade as a supposed pawn, wanting to still eliminate TE above all else. But his plan went horribly wrong. Lily, Hermes' ally since he entered the game, went against him in working with NP to send Jade to the jury in a 2-0-0 vote. What Jade got made things even worse for him. Jade received the 'Épée of Times End', allowing her to singlehandedly take out either LC or TE, the other two nominated players. Jade chose LC, preferring to keep TE in the game, and LC left the game in 5th place.
After Week 5's triple massacre, the game was down to only 4 players. Hermes was the obvious target after his competitive run, especially while he was vulnerable. In the HOH competition, 'Bowling Masters', players had to get points playing while bowling in a number of different modes. NP came out on top, and immediately nominated Hermes and Lily. At the POV competition, houseguests played 'Run 3', where they had to maneuver themselves through a space-themed obstacle course, seeing who could last the longest. Hermes once again came out on top, saving himself in the process. NP had no choice in who would replace Hermes, as TE was the only player left. Hermes now held all the power, and was the sole vote to evict Lily or TE. He made good on his promise to send home TE, and TE became the sixth member of the jury.
After TE and Hermes' heated conversation right before TE's eviction, the houseguests went right into the 3-Part Final HOH. Part 1 was 'Food Stack', a stacker game that required houseguests to stack a pile of ingredients as high as they could. Hermes won, advancing him to Part 3. Part 2 was 'Squares 2', a game that involved players collecting black squares and circles for advantages, and avoiding red squares or circles that would kill them or give them punishments. NP won this one with ease, giving him the second spot in the final round. Part 3 was the classic 'Know Your Jury', which involved the houseguests filling out a multiple choice form trying to guess which juror said the given quote. To everyone's surprise, including his own, Hermes won the final round, giving him a guaranteed spot in the Final 2. He decided to evict NP with his sole vote, knowing he could beat him due to his relationships with people on the jury.
At the live finale, Hermes was really the only player to control the floor, making valid cases for why he deserved to win the game. Lily was largely absent, and didn't give much reason about why she should win besides she was working with lots of people. Many jurors like NP and Draskk were evidently leaning towards Hermes, however Violet in particular was unhappy with the circumstances in which Hermes reached the end, resulting in her trying to reason why she should vote for him despite the baggage he held. Ultimately Hermes won out in a 6-1 vote, Violet being the only juror not voting Hermes, which was likely more anti-Hermes over pro-Lily.
- BB5 is the first All-Star season of PokéBeach Big Brother, also making it the first game with an entire veteran cast.
- BB5 holds the record for the smallest number of houseguests, with 12. This number was originally 11, but the Hermes intrusion rounded out an even 12.
- In addition, BB5 is also the shortest season. The season had only 7 weeks to the typical 9 or 10, and only 41 in real life days.
- BB5 is the first season to have a houseguest in the house who was not there at the start of the game.