Love is Blind-A Delightful Disaster

Hi y’all! I know i promised to update more with the extra free time, but then online classes started. 🙂 I’m working on a new schedule and I have lots of cool content on the way. First off, my thoughts on a cultural phenomenon besides a disease.

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been alternating between boredom and procrastination in this quarantine. I’ve seen a lot on the Internet about Love is Blind and I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about. I’d like to note that I’ve only seen one episode of The Bachelor and do not follow any such franchises. Let me tell you, I’ve got some THOUGHTS! Let’s go.

The show is a “social experiment” to test whether love is in fact blind. 20 men and 20 women (all ostensibly heterosexual) move into a “facility” for two weeks. They spend every minute of every day talking to potential matches through a thin blue wall. After ten days of intense conversation, some couples may choose to get engaged, although none are forced to. They are then allowed to meet face-to-face. They proceed to a Mexican resort, then a new apartment together. They make their final choice on the altar, with the option to say “I don’t”.

Lauren and Cameron are the King and Queen of this show, second to none. If the show had been a contest for the ”healthiest relationship” (and it should have been), Lameron would win hands-down. From day 1 to the end, both are self-aware, mature, authentic, and they communicate effectively. As such, they are fan favorites, and have done the most promotional interviews. They also have a YouTube channel, Hanging with the Hamiltons

Amber and Barnett are two distorted peas in a cramped pod. They fumble through the pod dates and then see each other upon engagement. Amber might be authentic, but she has an emotional instability to her that “scares the living hell” out of her fiancé Barnett. Barnett isn’t that much better, waiting until the last possible second to choose between Jessica and Amber. Amber’s explanation of their relationship is questionable at best: “Barnett…frustrates me and he irks my nerves, and drives me to the ends of insanity, and…I f**king love him. I adore him for it.” (1×3, 19:30) I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe healthy relationships can be built on irritation and frustration. I wish them well, but I don’t ever wanna hang out with these two weirdos.

One early comedic highlight is Lauren’s reaction upon meeting Barnett: “Now that I see Barnett in the flesh after all of the drama, all of the large wine glasses that were consumed on the girls’ side due to this man. Ummm…” (1×4, 39:40). This tells me all I need to know. Men who cause drama and drinking are not the men who should be getting married.

Jessica and Mark didn’t have a shot in hell. From day one, Jessica had more intense feelings for Barnett, and those continued at full speed until the wedding day. I’d like to give her the benefit of the doubt, that she was trying her hardest to go through with the wedding, but I don’t honestly think so. While Mark is 10 years younger than Jessica, he behaves and speaks as the more mature one in the relationship. In episode six, Jessica says “He’s really emotionally available, and that is a red flag for me.” (1×6, 36:59) Yes, a 34-year old woman described her 24-year old fiance in those words.

Gigi and Damian are an interesting pair. While not making it down the aisle on the show, the two are still dating, taking it at their own pace. Gigi is a drama queen throughout the show, but I believe her heart is in the right place. And I’m just gonna say it, she’s incredibly gorgeous. Damian is sometimes a doormat, and their conflict takes up too much show time, but I’m glad they’re happy. 

This is a clip from the reunion finale, when Amber explains Jessica’s problems to her and says what everyone is thinking. Lauren and Cameron embody all of our reactions.

I give this show 9/10 for entertainment and an intriguing spin on a classic formula. One point lost because the “love triangle” and other drama was blown too far out of proportion. Recommended for people who don’t watch The Bachelor but need to have some idea of current cultural discussion. 

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