Netflix’s latest reality show “Love Is Blind” launched on the streaming service on February 13th as part of a three-week event where the contestants are on the mission to find a spouse.
“Love Is Blind” tested the theory of the long-term motto and questioned whether “is love actually blind?”. The show assessed its hypothesis by having singletons date each other in visually compromised pods to find their future partner without ever seeing them. The singletons then form relationships and connections with their potential partners based solely on conversation.
For ten days the singletons mingled through the pod walls and quite quickly began to develop very seemingly real feelings for their hidden partner. Love was confessed and proposals were made. The pods produced six proposals meaning that six couples made it to the big reveal, seeing their fiancé’s for the first time.
“Love Is Blind” is basically the blend of two pre-existing romance reality programmes: “90 Day Fiancé” and “Married at First Sight”. The “experiment” uses different elements of each show to create a drama filled series with high emotions that usually promote tears, be that happy or sad.
“Love Is Blind” borrows the visual anonymity concept from “Married at First Sight” except the couples get to meet each other after their engagement and not at the altar. Although a wedding date is automatically set after the engagement the couples are not yet legally bound to one another and can opt out of the experiment.
The engagement period where they vacation together, move in, get physical and meet each other’s families is similar to 90 Day Fiancé. 90 Day follows the stories of couples in the process of completing the K1 Visa in the US, where the non-US citizen must marry in the US within 90 days. This trial tests whether the couple’s real lives are compatible and reality sets in.
The show is highly entertaining as it is equally nauseating, it can be hard to watch strangers claim they love someone after talking to them through a wall for two days. A line that contestants are fond of using is “I can’t imagine my life without you”, a very unusual claim to make to a voice through a wall, again after just two days.
There’s very little fear that the contestants won’t find their blind fiancé attractive because all those involved are conventionally good looking. The contestants are between the ages 24-34, are in physically good shape, all dress pretty smartly and have professions such as health coaches, content creators or scientists.
Even though its mushy, cringe inducing and sometimes stressful, it is the pinnacle of quality trash television. The intensity of the relationships is frightening and a possible hypothesis to add to the experiment could be “is this experiment unique to Americans?”.
This is in contrast to “Love Island UK” where after six weeks of living together couples are still hesitant to drop the L-bomb. Nevertheless, adjust your scientist cap, let the drama unfold, observe the experiment for yourself and test whether love is truly blind.
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