Love is Blind

Jessica in 'Love is Blind.' (Netflix)
Jessica in 'Love is Blind.' (Netflix)

WHAT IT'S ABOUT:

In the Netflix series Love is Blind, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, have signed up for an unconventional approach to modern dating where they hope to meet the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with...without ever having seen them. With no distractions from the outside world, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests and when a meaningful connection is made, they propose and then lay their eyes on their fiancé for the first time. Engaged and back in the real world, as the couples plan their wedding day, they quickly discover whether they can turn their emotional connection into a physical one before the fast-approaching ceremony.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Imagine proposing to someone ten days after meeting them. But wait, the big kicker is that you haven't even seen them in person.

You've just gone on a series of dates with each of you in different pods, and all you've been doing is talking, getting to know each other intimately, trying to form a deep emotional connection.

And that's not all, after a little over a month you'll have to decide whether or not you will get married to your chosen partner.

That's the premise of the new Netflix 'social experiment' show, Love is Blind.

If you haven't heard about this show, where have you been? It's been trending since the streaming service released the first five episodes on 13 February.

I am a big fan of reality dating shows, from 90 Day Fiancé, The Bachelor to Married at First Sight, I am there getting emotionally invested and tweeting up a storm.

I was hooked from the moment I watched the trailer. I won't lie though; the first two episodes were a bit of a schlep for me to get through. All of that talking was just too much and I legit rolled my eyes when people started professing their love to each other.

Why do straight people embarrass us like this, with the lengths they go to get married? This concept that marriage is the 'be all of existence' is so exhausting.

I digress.

By the time the couples went on their baecation to Mexico, I was deep in it. I had already identified my team, and I am a ride or die.

There's Lauren and Cameron, an interracial couple. Twitter have pinned all their hopes on them to be their one true pairing.

Then there's Messica, sorry I meant Jessica, the oldest contestant at 34 who is engaged to 24-year-old Mark and can't stop telling us about their age difference. Mark is her second choice after Barnett, a wannabe player who instead chose Amber, who is ready to physically fight Jessica for her man if she tries to come for him.

Giannina who thinks she is the star of her own telenovela and Damian her unlucky leading man who is barely hanging on during the emotional rollercoaster.

And last, Kenny and Kelly, who are so boring you might even forget that they're even there.

As soon as these couples are out of the love bubble and in the real world, a lot of drama and emotions flair and they lay themselves bare to our prying eyes.

There are times when you cringe for Jessica, feel sorry for Mark who is in denial about the reality of their relationship, and you hope that Cameron is as nice as he seems to be.

It's addictive viewing, and I know I should have something serious to add like, 'There is something really sad about our generation that people have to go on a show like this to find a quick fix love/cure for loneliness.'

Nothing about this show is 'natural', and we know that it has been edited to portray certain narratives and the whole social experiment is probably a farce. 

This show is not going to win any awards but all the ups and downs is riveting to watch, and whether they will make it in one piece to the altar will keep you at the edge of your seat. It's so bad but so good. You'll fall for this show hook, line and sinker. 

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

WATCH IT NOW ON NETFLIX