It was Shakespeare that said, ‘love is blind’. But, I’m sure that he did not intend for Love is Blind on Netflix to be a result of one of his most famous lines. Love is Blind is Netflix’s reality TV series where single men and women date without ever seeing one another in person. Full disclosure, this review is for those that have seen the show and wish to reflect on its events. Spoiler alert!
At the beginning of the series, 30 single people enter the house of Love is Blind where the women live together on one side, and the men on another. They continue to live together in the house and interact with each other … as they date the same people. After 10 days in the house and in the dating “pods”, the contestants must decide whether they are going to get engaged or go home. Now, most people would think that 10 days is not even enough time for 2+ dates, but on Love is Blind this is how long it takes to fall in love with the love of your life.
The hope of the experiment is to prove that a long-lasting relationship has to do more with compatibility than chemistry. So, with all of those parameters set, some participants actually advanced to the engagement part of the experiment.
Couples Lauren and Cameron, Damian and Giannina, Kelly & Kenny, Barnett and Amber, Mark and Jessica, and Carlton and Diamond engage in numerous dates (with each other!) and select their new fiancé before ever even seeing them face-to-face. Cringy as it was to watch the dates take place, Love is Blind then sends the newly engaged couples on a mini honeymoon to Mexico (10 days after they met).
Much like the newly released reality show on Netflix, The Circle (the show) seems to toy with individual identity and how people react under stress and pressure when they are isolated. Many of the participants on Love is Blind go through breakups, heartache, and proposals alone before they meet any of the other participants. It is a truly wild time to see these contestants navigate their situations individually, which, I’m sure, is the point of the show.
After the couples have their mini honeymoons, they spend four weeks planning … their… weddings. At the end of the four weeks, each couple is given the choice to get married or break up for good. At the altar, each couple is asked whether they “do” or “do not” wish to continue their relationship with their fiancé and get married, or they leave their significant other at the altar. Now, some people would consider walking down the aisle with a 50/50 chance of success to be risky and maybe even tell themselves they need to take some more time to commit. But, out of the six couples to get engaged, five couples make it to the altar!
But this is not without twists and turns as well as some very beautiful moments. Lauren and Cameron being the goals couple, Kelly and Kenny acting as if they have been married a lifetime, Amber and Barnett’s very intense physical relationship, and Jessica’s revulsion for the man she agreed to marry, all come to a head as the show plays out. And, somehow, the experiment rings true since there are marriages that have been formed as a result.