Friday was a sad, sad day for television.
Yes, it was the day season two of the Netflix dating show Love Is Blind returned to our screens and after watching this horror unfold, you may almost wish you were blind.
This social experiment takes blind dating to a whole new level, making participants date through a glass wall in isolated pods and decide whether to propose and get married at the end of the season.
As with season one, the notion of a guilty pleasure has never been more relevant, and you often find yourself unable to look away but also desperate for the madness to end.
Unlike shows such as Too Hot to Handle or Love Island where the premise is fun, sun, and sex, Love Is Blind attempts to provide participants with true love and a match for life rather than a PLT deal.
However, for the cynics amongst us, this heavy focus on gushy love is not endearing but frankly fake and vomit worthy.
Like the contestant’s relationships, the show moves fast with the couples already engaged within the first three episodes and then jetted off to Mexico after the big reveal where they see each other for the first time.
There seems to be an unspoken race to see who can pop the big question first and the proposals not only instil second-hand embarrassment but also make viewers question if they are experiencing a hostage situation, with the participants looking as if they are being held at gunpoint as they force out the words ‘I love you’ to a glass wall.
You just can’t help wanting to shout at the screen “YOU’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER TEN DAYS!!!!”
The show’s main message about love being blind is also sadly impossible to buy into. From the guy with a phobia of missing teeth to another who will reject anyone he wouldn’t be able to lift on his shoulders at a festival, it often seems that all that is talked about is physical appearance.
It also doesn’t help that all the participants are conventionally attractive, making it predictable when the couples run into each other’s arms happy and loved up.
The one positive I will mention is that whoever was in charge of music is truly a talented comedian, with the dramatic crescendos and tragic violin solos forcing you to giggle right at the moment someone makes a heart-breaking confession or has an emotional breakdown. It must be said that at times this unintentional comic relief makes what you are seeing a bit more bearable.
Unfortunately, Netflix has decided to make us wait until Friday, February 18 for part two of the season, and so we must wait stand by and look forward to more chaos unfurling (and more self-loathing as we secretly love every minute).
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