"Big Brother" is great this season even though everyone on it is dull. How?
Vanessa, the hysterical pragmatist
Why she's dull: Vanessa's limp snowboarding cap has more personality than she does, and that's remarkable considering she's such an active player. Has she cracked a joke? Laughed? Noticed that Austin is insufferable? Things humans do? I can't say I've witnessed it.
Why she's great: Vanessa brings creepy poker authority and an unfeeling shamelessness to her game. That is why she rules. There's a serious anti-Vanessa current in the BB fandom universe, and I can't understand why. She has the manipulative smarts of a classic BB legend, but her surprising tantrums end up placating her opponents. That's an interesting balance to strike. I'm not saying she'll pull it off in the long run, but she has a weirdly bald-faced ambition that is both comically intense and sometimes effective.