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Bananas. Nuts. Holy guacamole!
“Love is Blind” is one of those shows you describe using food, and it will likely make you wonder, ‘What am I watching?’ I took in the entirety of the show – nearly 10 hours – in two sittings, often with mouth agape.
Netflix’s new dating show puts its contestants through the emotional wringer tofind lasting love with a partner before meeting them.
As hosts Vanessa and Nick Lachey explain, the 30 participants spend 10 days in Atlanta, separated by gender as men and women get to know each other only byconversing, sight unseen, in individual “pods.” Couples are revealed to each other once they are engaged. (While you might not be able to see someone before pledging to spend the rest of your life with them, it should be noted that all of the contestants are relatively good looking.)
For the next phase, which kicks off in Episode 3, couples are shipped off to Cancun for a week to hang out with their partners in the flesh before moving in together. And weddings are set four weeks later. At the altar, the couples either follow through with the nuptials or reveal to their partners that they don’t wish to wed.
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Married couple Vanessa and Nick Lachey host ‘Love is Blind,” a Netflix dating show where couples become engaged, sight unseen. (Photo: Netflix)
The show is like “The Dating Game,” if the stakes were raised to the stratosphere. In the first episode, connections are quickly made and strong feelings develop.
Admittedly, my shock could be explained by my lack of interest in dating shows. It’s hard for me to invest time and emotion into something like “The Bachelor” when the splits far outnumber the success stories.
I’m also torn over the emotional distress people are put through for the purpose of entertainment, even if they sign up for it. The claims about ABC’s long-running dating franchise in Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman’s 2018 bombshell book, “Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure,” are enough to make one queasy.
“Five days in, and I know who I want to be my future husband. I can’t believe it,” Lauren, a content creator, raves about scientist Cameron. “I’ve had meals in my refrigerator for longer than that. That’s crazy.” You said it, Lauren.
Women search for their happily ever after on Netflix dating show “Love is Blind.” (Photo: Netflix)
Before the credits roll in the premiere, we see our first proposal. With Cameron on one knee and Lauren’s hand on the blue door that separates them, he pops the question in a heartbreakingly awkward moment, and she accepts.
“Yes, Cameron. I will marry you. I will be your wife!” she says with a smile. But the two are kept apart, unable to celebrate the joyous moment in each other’s arms. They finally meet the next day.
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‘Love is Blind’ participants get to know each other by chatting in separated pods. (Photo: Netflix)
By Episode 3, six couples are engaged and have set their sights on a walk down the aisle as they get to know each other in Mexico. But not every couple leaves the vacation intact.
Carlton and Diamond prove you can’t always know if you want to marry someone in a few days. Their relationship begins to crumble when he reveals that he previously dated men.
In a poolside conversation, Diamond tells Carlton “you left out who you really are,” and things go downhill from there. She removes her ring as the fighting escalates. Carlton eventually chucks the piece of jewelry, and before exiting Diamond throws her drink in Carlton’s face.
While Netflix is being tight-lipped about which couples from the show, taped in fall 2018, remain together, we can’t say we aren’t curious. And we certainly hope for the best.
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