A show that bleeds everything but love
By Tania Arora, Staff Writer
For a person who is extremely practical, this show may seem like a can of rotten beer. But if you love drama, tears, fake laughter, gossip, and staged romance—Love Is Blind is for you. This show earns points for the amazing backdrop and fancy dresses… and even more points for the drama.
Millennials are spontaneous, adventure seekers, suckers for an adrenaline rush, unconventional, and every other term that describes being out of the box. I am a part of it too, but I cannot imagine saying yes to spending the rest of my life with someone I haven’t seen, known, and lived with for a while at least.
Then here comes this Netflix reality TV series, Love Is Blind, where a bunch of men and women are thrown inside a house strictly with their own gender. They are separated from the opposite gender by walls. They connect without getting to see one another. They have nearly a week to decide who they want to spend the rest of their lives with. And they base that decision all on communication, vibes, thoughts—everything aside from physical appearance. The couples get engaged in pods and only then will get to see each other. After saying yes, they are sent on a vacation to connect on a physical level and bond.
I would like to give a shout out to Netflix for supporting such a great idea. This show highlights how obsessed we are with looks, and how we often prioritize that over a real connection. They may have tried to create a show where people can come and find their spouse, but a week is a very short period to understand someone completely because the world is undoubtedly full of deception.
After the vacation in beautiful Mexico, the couples face the real world where they live together, meet family members and friends, and learn more about the everyday lives of their spouse. The couples showcase all the kinds of problems that usually occur when we decide to live with someone.
The finalist Jessica Batten turned down Mark Cuevas at the altar—they had an age gap of ten years. Diamond Jack and Carlton Morton had a fiery explosion on the show. They parted ways on the first night itself when Morton mentioned he had dated both men and women in the past. Giannina Gibelli said “I do” but Damian Powers didn’t. Damian left his job to be a part of the show. Apparently Gibelli and Powers are still dating though! Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed are married now. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t crushing on Hamilton since day one. Surprisingly, Amber Pike and Matthew Barnett are also married. Amber confessed that she has a student loan to pay before the wedding and that she had an abortion done in the past. Every individual comes with their own tales and baggage.
The show left each viewer questioning if they would marry someone irrespective of how they look. The answer is uncertain and so is the question. Does love even exist? And after all, what is love? The show has all types of emotions staged by the contestants. Whether true or fake, the future will tell especially after quarantining season ends.