HOLLYWOOD—I rarely watch anything based on recommendations, but I’ve heard over previous weeks about a reality competition series created by “Big Brother 17” alum Audrey Middleton. Man, I cannot recall the last time I binge watched a TV show let alone a reality competition series. That series is “Sequester,” specifically the second season. I mean the first episode was a bit slow, but after that whew, I was all in, and I could NOT stop watching because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
The one thing I enjoyed about “Sequester” was the level of strategy, I mean every episode was loaded with strategy and the fact that things were constantly changing on the dime with twists that had pros and cons I loved it. The game started with a total of 20 players, and after each round a player is voted out by the house. However, here is where things become fun. Unless you’re safe, the person voted out can forced two people left in the game in a Battle Match, where one will win, while the other is voted out the game.
Yes, the game moves at a fast pace, and that was something I thoroughly enjoyed. These people were gaming, and I mean gaming heavily. The winner earns $2,500 that is not a lot of cash, but to see people game so hard for it, makes this game such a treat. Heck, we barely see people compete for $500,000 on the CBS reality competition “Big Brother,” we all recall BB19 right? Like I said, there are 20 players, but I’m not listing every single player because it’s a waste of time to do so. I will only discuss the standouts.
We have “Big Brother Canada” alums Jesse Larson, Sindy Nguyen and Hamza Hatoum. Now, I’m not the biggest BB Canada fan, but I have some verse knowledge about the game, especially previous season, and season 6 of the series was a ton of fun with strategic gameplay amongst many other things. So these players in the house was fun, especially the gameplay for Hamza and Jesse, Sindy started good, but when her game exploded at the hands of Veronica, and her alliance consisting of Krista and Amanda exploded in the process as well. Now, the drama was a ton of fun along the way as well.
There were plenty of fights, plenty of arguments, rooting for underdogs. I mean standouts from season two for me included Kim Mattina (our winner), Jake, Ashley, Ceejah, Rachael and “Big Brother 15” alum Judd. Look, Judd was playing his tail off in the beginning of the game before he was voted out. I was rooting for Judd, and shows the guy is a lot smarter than what people give him credit for. I mean he single-handily controlled evictions for the first few rounds of gameplay.
However, I loved the twist that was implemented in the game after jury started. How so? If someone was voted out, that person could CHOOSE who they wanted to battle hoping to stay within the game; it is utterly genius. “Sequester’ makes it difficult for anyone to think they’re always safe. Yes, you’re safe if you find what the game notes as an LOL, a round disc that lights up. Most of those LOLs were played in the beginning of the game, so come the jury phase it was strategy, on top of strategy with plenty of manipulation along the way.
I loved Ceejah at the beginning because of her confessionals, but they soon got annoying as her cockiness was showing more than what it should have. Take a seat, you won, one Battle Match, whereas you have someone like Jake who busted his ass in the game winning FIVE, yes, FIVE Battle Matches and losing the opportunity to sit in the final two because of a terrible twist that allows the fourth place finisher to immediately choose the person who will join them in jury. Ceejah was bitter, and should have dragged Cameron with her to jury, not Jake.
Jake and Kim should have been in the final two, and I think hands down Jake would have ran cartwheels over the jury for his relentless pursuit to stay in the game. Yes, I may have spoiled to you the outcome, but trust me you need to watch the entire season which is available on YouTube to see how things unfold. Its only 10 episodes, but they are so interesting you cannot stop watching.
Yes, I knew who the winner was before the game started, and to see how the game plays out was a hoot to watch. Its strategy that is unrelenting and constantly changing. That evolution in the game not only made it exciting to watch, but a thrill-a-second to see who might get ahead, who might cash and burn and who would be the underdog moving forward. I’m so amped for season three of “Sequester,” which is slated to kick-off in November.