25. Bomb Squad
Members: Amber, Caleb, Christine, Derrick, Devin, Frankie, Hayden, Zach
Biggest Moves: Perhaps the Bomb Squad’s biggest move was its own implosion. Simply put, the Bomb Squad was not built to last. Although it began as an all-guy’s alliance within the first two weeks of Big Brother 16, Devin (who you might remember as playing too hard too fast and from always saying he had a daughter) concocted too ambitious of a plan for the Bomb Squad. With only numbers in mind, he pulled together eight members, two of which (Amber and Christine) were hasty additions without consulting with the group.
While the Bomb Squad didn’t last long enough to run the game, the short-lived alliance’s biggest move was evicting Devin in the third week. Oftentimes a houseguest will show tons of promise but their game turns sour when they get their first taste of power. Devin wanted to play puppet master and tell everyone what to do, but little did he realize, that’s not how you win 500K. Being a leader is one thing, but forming an army of misfits made up of half the house and ruling the house under a dictatorship? That’s not the ticket, friend.
Legacy: Sure, you might be saying that the Bomb Squad was a failed alliance and shouldn’t be ranked as one of the best. For obvious reasons, it’s ranked as dead last, but it’s still one of the best alliances for the lessons it passed down through the subsequent seasons. First of all, the Bomb Squad proved that Big Brother isn’t a game built on tyranny. When one alliance member runs astray in a fit of paranoia and power obsession, they need to be sent packing. More than anything, the Bomb Squad was a cautionary tale on the dangers of a massive alliance attempting to take over the game without any strategic gameplay whatsoever.