Love is Blind: Netflix’s addictive experiment

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Love is Blind contestants in dating pods

Emma Karp, R1 Features Editor

In the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, archetypical students stuck together for a day inside the four walls of a library during detention discover they have more in common than they ever thought. By the end of the day, romantic relationships had formed among people who ordinarily wouldn’t match based on looks and stereotypes.

Fast forward 36 years, and the new Netflix show Love is Blind, a three-week original reality TV show aired on Feb. 13, gives 30 singles the opportunity to find their soulmate without the confines of archetypes and looks, and simply allows them to fall in love based on what is inside. Host Nick Lachey said, “Psychologists believe that emotional connection is the key to long-term marital success, not physical attraction.” The question is, are these couples too eager for this experiment to work and forcing a love that isn’t really there?

The show follows singles who go from complete strangers to dating to engaged and married (maybe) within four weeks. For ten days, the singles speed date inside pods where they can only hear but not see the other person. When a person felt it was right, they proposed to the person they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with, despite never seeing each other.

Finally, these new couples meet in person and are forced to take that emotional connection from the pods and blend it with a physical connection in the real world. The show is inspiring and proves that love can be blind and its structure always has you wanting more with frequent cliffhanger endings.

The real surprise happens when all the couples meet each other on their couples retreat in Mexico, as they all had been “dating” each other back in the pods. They put names to faces and see if the man or woman they agreed to marry is really the one for them.

Following this trip, couples move into the same apartment complex to see if they are compatible living with their fiances. The couples have to battle previously unmentioned factors such as race, previous living situations and student debt. The engaged couples then meet their partners’ families to understand more about their lives. At the end of the four weeks, the air is very tense on their wedding day when the couples have their last chance to say “I do” or walk away from their partners forever.

LIB is comparable to some of your favorite reality TV shows: The Bachelor and Married at First Sight. But, LIB felt more real and down to earth than these other shows. The unpredictability and blistering pace makes it an addictive show filled with romance, laughs and drama that is sure to take you on many bumps and surprises throughout the ten-hour series.