**This article includes minor spoilers**
The premise of this Netflix original, if you’ve somehow managed to miss the trailers that the streaming service shoves in your face, is that a group of men and women meet and fall in love without ever having seen each other. They’re set up on a series of dates which are conducted from “pods”, and while they can hear each other, all their conversations are happening while they stare at a luminous, blue, alien wall.
The purpose of this alleged “experiment” (although the use of this terminology seems dubious to me) is to find out whether love truly is blind, and can be achieved without considering physical appearance as a factor. Keep in mind that this “love” is also on a time limit.
Here’s an idea for a drinking game (courtesy of the super close-up camera): take a shot every time you see smudged lipstick, or poorly-applied false eyelashes flapping around.
The only way couples can meet the person they fall for is by proposing to them (or by being proposed to because for the most part, this show doesn’t step outside its heteronormative boundaries), and they need to do this within about a week. After that, the successfully engaged couples get shipped off to an exotic resort in Mexico where they can let their blossoming love bloom physically….and also where they’ll happen to bump into all the other contestants they’ve rejected or been rejected by. Did I mention they also have a wedding date? as if proposing to someone after speaking to them for five days wasn’t rushed enough.
The unsuccessful contestants, presumably, go home sad and alone never to be heard from again (not that we were ever really introduced to them in the first place).
Now, I have to admit that I haven’t even finished watching this series, and I’m not sure if I can. There’s just something too ridiculous about a room full of typically attractive people in full make-up and cocktail dresses talking about how “looks don’t matter”.
It’s also really hard to get into this show, and get to know they players, when the series barely glosses over half the initial contestants for the first two episodes. It’s difficult to root for a character the show has barely introduced. Instead, they’ve chosen to focus on the contestants who will leave the pods as engaged couples, and left a bunch of other contestants hanging around awkwardly in the periphery.
Like this guy, who I assume has a name, but who does nothing throughout the show but impart nuggets of wisdom on all the other confused contestants, so I can only assume he was planted within their ranks for this purpose, and this purpose alone.
As with any reality show, you have to suspend your disbelief a little if you want to try and enjoy it. It’s laughable to think that a marriage between two people who’ve only ever SPOKEN to each other for five days is going to last, so don’t even think about it. When I could switch off the voice in my head screaming about how badly each of these relationships are going to crash and burn, I started to enjoy watching them propose to a wall, and then meet each other for the first time.
And just as I started getting into that, the narrative arc did a 180, and suddenly all the contestants were together in Mexico, and it was like an entirely different (yet equally stupid) show. The premise of THIS show is a bunch of engaged couples figuring out that they just aren’t right for each other, and taking millions of viewers along for that dramatic ride, as if we don’t have our own problems.
I wish I could say more about how disastrously (and yet predictably) this plays out, but I have yet to get through all of this tragic television myself. The drama and awkwardness might just be too much for me and I might actually die from either cringing or boredom, if not a bizarre combination of the two.
I would like to take a moment to appreciate these fire moments from two of the shows male contestants, showing that even in the artificial world of reality TV (a world I assumed no self-respecting individual would venture into), self love is alive and well.
This show is trash TV at it’s finest. It’s a demonstration of how casually people have come to treat the institution of marriage. In fact, throughout this show the idea of marriage is a complete joke. It definitely seems that way to the viewers, and the mind boggles at the level of naivety required for any of these contestants to believe this could work out long term (but like we said, this is the bizarre realm of reality TV, where nothing is real at all).
If you don’t mind this, and if you found yourself obsessed with shows like Married at First Sight, then you’ll probably enjoy Love is Blind thoroughly. If you prefer not to waste hours of your life watching silly people do and say silly things (and instead want to..I dunno…watch something good) then I’d suggest you stay far, far away from this addictive catastrophe.
Essential Millennial rating: 1.5 out of 5 avocados