Love Is Blind

Have you seen the show on Netflix called, Love Is Blind? Huh, have you? Have you seen it? Have you seen the show? On Netflix? The show on Netflix? Have you seen it? Have you seen the show? No? Okay, I’ll tell you about it.

DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD. THIS IS YOUR ONLY WARNING.

Love Is Blind is basically the middle-ground between The Bachelor and Married At First Sight, except the participants don’t see each other until they are engaged.

Fifteen men and fifteen women have ten days to get to know each other. They sit in pods, where they can talk to someone on the other side of the wall, but never see them.

Hence, the show is called, Love Is Blind. The whole purpose is to make a connection with someone, that is so strong, that their appearance does not matter.

By the end of the ten days, they have to get engaged or go home. If they get engaged, their wedding is in thirty days.

I think I was a few days late to the party on this show. It seemed to have taken off on social media before I even pressed play, so I had to forget how to read whenever I saw a tweet mentioning the show.

Is it possible to fall in love with someone, and marry them, based off of only conversations? Sure, I guess. I was skeptical, just because I didn’t know how many people would actually follow through with the engagement.

It turns out that eight couples got engaged. EIGHT. The show only had the resources to follow six couples because they didn’t think the process would work, so the other two couples got sent home.

Yay, lack of money!

Anyway, the participants had ten days, or less, to get engaged. After only five or six days, we were already seeing engagements happen and people meeting each other in person for the first time.

So wild.

The thing I kept wondering was, why couldn’t they let the ten days expire, go back to their normal lives, and then track down the person they were interested in on social media and continue some sort of relationship with them outside the show, without having to commit to an engagement?

Did they all just want Netflix fame?

The six couples who got engaged were shipped off to Mexico for a couples retreat. Nothing like vacationing with a person you’ve never shared a room with!

One couple lasted a day, before splitting up, which I’m sure the show appreciated because it was one less couple on which to spend money.

After the trip to Mexico, they were forced to move into an apartment together.

Each episode was around fifty minutes to an hour, and there was no reason for it. There was so much filler in every episode. They could’ve edited out at least 18 minutes from every one and you wouldn’t have missed a thing.

I felt like I was constantly clicking the “Skip 10 seconds ahead” button because there was a lot of empty space. The transitions from one couple to the next, that included shots of scenery and buildings, was at least 12 seconds. Come on!

And whenever a couple was getting ready to meet for the first time, they’d spend two minutes showing both of them standing behind a door, waiting for it to open.

There was so much extra content they could’ve cut out of each episode that would’ve made it a lot smoother. I found myself bored at times and wondered if all the hype around the show was worth it.

Personally, I found it hard to root for any of the participants on the show. They weren’t bad people – I just couldn’t pick any favourites.

When I watch The Bachelor, I always complain that we never see any real conversations. It’s just the usual, “This process is hard” and “I had a good date” stuff that never tells us anything about the people we’re watching every week.

On Love Is Blind, there were plenty of conversations. That was the premise of the show, so I guess it makes sense. But it got to a point where there was just SO MUCH talking. It felt like conversations weren’t edited at all.

Imagine being the third person in a room where the other two people are talking to each other, and you have nothing to contribute. That’s what this show felt like at times.

Like, “Are you guys done talking yet? We have places to go.”

If you plan on watching, feel free to skip the entire Bachelor/Bachelorette Party episode. I skipped through most of it because it was boring and I was too excited for the wedding episode, which was next.

The wedding episode deserves an award.

The first wedding ended when the groom said, “I do not” instead of “I do”, and oh man, did that moment ever give me life. Not because I want to see weddings fail, but because it was just so shocking and we don’t really get moments like that on TV anymore.

What followed was a distraught bride who ran down the street, before slipping and falling in mud.

I loved every second of it. I can say that because the couple is back together, though not married.

Only two of the five couples ended up getting married. Their weddings took place at the end of 2018 and both couples are still together.

The other three couples broke up at the altar and I pumped my fist each time. It was wonderful television. Terrible for real life emotions, but incredible for the viewer.

Someone should create a fictional TV show where the first scene is a wedding where one person says, “I do not.” That would pull the audience in for sure.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey were the hosts of the show. I’m pretty sure they were robots, though. Every time they appeared, they couldn’t help but reiterate the theme of the show and say stuff like, “You guys fell in love without ever seeing each other” and “Is love truly blind?”

Enough already. We get it. We know the title of the show. We know how they met. Enough!

Oh, but it wasn’t enough.

The minister at each wedding had to read from a script and end with, “It’s time to see if love is blind.” It was just too redundant for me.

All in all, it was a good show with a lot of talking points. You’re going to have a lot of opinions on a lot of the participants.

I just felt like the show constantly used 28 words to say something that only needed 11. You know what I mean? Just give me a concise show. I don’t want the Director’s Cut.

Rating: 3.4/5

Oh, one last thing. I’m bothered by how many people enjoyed this show, yet will never watch The Bachelor and shame those who do. Guys, it’s the same show.

Have you seen Love Is Blind? What are your thoughts on the show? If you haven’t seen it yet, will you? Would you ever go on this show?

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11 Responses to Love Is Blind

  1. Ashley says:

    I could get behind that.

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  2. Yay!!! Your review post!!! Haha I’m glad it was here and I was able to read it! I was shocked at the length of the episodes as well but I was ok with it. I’m glad you compared it to the other dating shows because I haven’t watched a lot of them because I never like what I’ve watched. But I would definitely watch more of “love is blind” lol

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    • Paul says:

      I feel like other dating shows can learn from this one and force the people to have real, lengthy conversations with each other and not just go up in a helicopter and say “Wow I love you”. This show sorta reminded me of The Circle too. I guess the new wave of reality show revolves around isolating people haha how sad, yet entertaining.

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      • Haha but it’s also true. As someone who is very well versed with the online dating routine, it’s basically a day or so of talking before they expect you to know if you’re interested enough to meet. I’ve had guys send a first message “hey you’re hot let’s meet for coffee” like Um no – get to know me a bit and we’ll see. Lol

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  3. I felt like every time Gigi spoke she was reading a dramatic excerpt of a play or something. And the whole skipping 10 seconds ahead? Yep, we just did it until something juicy happened haha!

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    • Paul says:

      A lot of conversations on this show didn’t feel completely natural. A lot of the time it was like “You say your line, I’ll pause for a few seconds, now I’ll say mine.” I feel like in real life, there’s a faster pace to verbal exchanges. I wonder how much the cameras played a part in them saying things the way they did.

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  4. jaimieweb says:

    I did get bored with the show. I thought the episodes were long and a lot episodes for the season. I also did not have a favorite couple.

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  5. Todd Russell says:

    I thought Messica’s meltdown on Episode 9 was epic. The drag queen insulting her about her endless drinking. The show without Jessica would have been substantially weaker. That said, I agree with you about the wedding episode being epic. Also the reunion episode was good. How many times do you see a recap with every single person that was significant coming back?

    Would have liked to have seen more pod dates, particularly with that weird CEO character Jon. That guy was comedy gold with his ignorant questions.

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    • Paul says:

      Whoever cast the show did a really good job. Not only to get people who could get engaged via such a strange process, but to also provide entertainment while being the only one in the room.

      I agree, it would’ve been nice to see more pod dates. I enjoyed that part of the show more than the in-person interactions.

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