Today, in one of our embarrassingly plentiful discussions about The Bachelor, my friend/co-worker/inspiration Carla Patton (who also happens to begin her coverage of American Idol on this website this week, and she's hilarious so READ IT!) made what I thought is an insightful point about why Ben Flajnik's season has, for lack of a better term, stunk so far. She said that while "Ben is nice," he seems to realize that he's creating television, so he's saying things and making choices because he thinks they will make good TV. And because he is doing that consciously, it no longer makes for good TV. Carla's point was that even though The Bachelor isn't "real," it's entertaining and compelling because the people on it experience real emotions, and it seems like Ben isn't letting himself do that.