Hot Thought: Reality television is without a doubt one of the best forms of television. Sit in front of a screen and watch for hours an endless invigorating drama? Yes, please. And when it comes to wonderfully dramatic reality television, Netflix’s “Blind Love” provides an opportunity. But in the end the show falls into the same superficial stereotypes it seeks to criticize.
From the title it is clear: is love really blind? Can you fall in love with a person you have never seen? After watching almost two seasons, I still don’t know. But it’s an interesting social experiment that is accompanied by likable (or hateful) personalities and a fast-paced, emotionally charged plot. The show begins, like most reality shows – with a large group of men and women (whose names no viewer can remember) in search of love all their lives. Potential couples are forbidden to see each other’s faces, but they can establish emotional connections by meeting in their “skating rinks” – tiny rooms where future couples can talk through the partition wall. It seems weird, but for some it works. After the engagement the couple can finally see each other for the first time and start their life in the real world together.
While watching the program, many questions arise, apart from the fact that just “love is blind?” For example, why are all show participants always dressed, even if their potential second person doesn’t see them? Why do women wear heels every day? Why is the music they play so incredibly banal? Simply put, it’s all part of the reality TV experience. It’s annoying and sometimes awful, but it’s a very appealing kind of scary – you just can’t look away. And interesting and sometimes unpleasant characters make it easy to get hooked.
As in every reality show, from “The Bachelor” to “The Island of Love,” there are always obvious villains. In this case, it’s Shine Hurley, a barber with an evil stripe who is easily the most evil person on the show. She is constantly striving to destroy relationships with other people, she is a shameless gossip that is somehow always the root of any screen conflict. It’s easy to hate her, but you have to admit that she helps promote the show. She and many of the show’s other characters can be annoying, but well annoying: ones that make you scream at the TV or raise your hands angrily (or maybe throw something at the TV). One that holds you back interested. However, don’t let Hurley’s murder fool you – not all are evil or horrible, and some couples are very adorable. The perfect combination of characters helps make “Love Blind” the perfect reality TV experience.
Apart from drama and excitement, the root of “Blind Love” is a social experiment. Many participants of the show in their first interviews complain about the superficial and materialistic world of dating, but the show itself does not separate itself too much from these stereotypes about dating. Almost every person selected for the so-called social experiment is relatively attractive – they are all thin and beautiful. And what’s worse, those the show focuses on look their best. This leaves you wondering how many shows have actually been manipulated or perhaps scripted – sometimes reality television isn’t all that real.
What’s even more suspicious is that two couples who never show up on the screen end up getting engaged and eventually getting married. У Vanity Fair interview, Creator of “Love Blind” Chris Cowlen talks about these two engagements, which did not air, saying that the choice to follow the six couples we see on screen was natural and accidental. Although he emphasizes that the show is a true experiment only on luck, the contradiction between the message of the show and its performance makes the viewer want him to just leave the anti-superficial crusade alone and follow the perfection of reality. drama.
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