“I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, so… it was really, really strange and arbitrary to me the way people got so deeply invested in alliances and things. (Really, Black Magic? You’re going to dump me because I don’t support two random bozos from New York?”
I have a theory here in regards to Black Magic. It’s a crazy insane theory, mind you and it’s based on a few things we know.
We know that Black Magic is hugely invested in the outcome of this show. They are invested to the extent that they give you an ultimatum, you vote with them, join the populars or get dumped.
Now this might be because Black Magic is a control freak who likes to be in charge of everything. Who’s got you dangling by a string and is making you dance to their tune constantly. I think that’s believable. There’s evidence from the first game, with the whole crazy fire booty call.
But I prefer my other theory more.
We know that Rexford has secrets about people. He makes that initial offer to you for you to work with him and be his puppet. What’s to say you’re the only one that he’s said that to? We know he is willing to resort to blackmail. We also know that someone in the Hero Project knows, and leaked, Black Magic’s secret to the press.
Rexford all but admits it when he says “You know how terribly ravenous they (the press) can be, look at poor Black Magic. Oh how quickly the mighty can fall.”
I strongly suspect that he was blackmailing Black Magic. That he forced Black Magic to join the Popular alliance. (Not that I think Black Magic wouldn’t have gone that way.) And that he was pressuring Black Magic in such a way that those ultimatums were issued. Black Magic’s used to working alone, used to dealing with that sort of thing alone, and likely figured they had it all in control.
At no point in time does Black Magic seem concerned about who may have leaked the secret. At no point does Black Magic accuse you of having leaked the secret, which is strange. So I think they know who did it. I also suspect that Rexford had something else over Black Magic that was held back. Perhaps related to that memory of Black Magic dancing for Madame Vice. Perhaps tied to something else.
Anyway I like to think that Black Magic’s being manipulated. That they’re just not as good at dealing with it as you are. That that’s one of the reasons the producers don’t want you sharing a room.
Of course there’s also the problems of Black Magic being horribly broken and absolutely terrible at relationships. So maybe it is just that. That they were only interested in you as a naive young superhero that they can control.