“Love Is Blind” Season 2: Will this social experiment work again? | new university
Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for “Love is blind.”
A favorite trash TV show during the early days of the pandemic, “Love Is Blind” has made a comeback, with its second season debuting on Netflix on February 18. Its finale was released on February 25, and the reunion episode was released on March 4. With a fresh batch of singles, the show continues to answer the questions: Are human beings capable of falling in love through an emotional connection rather than a physical one? In other words, does love really blind?
Nick and Vanessa Lachey return as the hosts of this American reality TV show that invites 15 men and 15 women to meet in hopes of helping them find their future husband or wife. The only catch: they won’t know what the other person looks like. Upon entering the “pods”, contestants can only talk to each other through a wall that divides them into their respective spaces. For ten days, these singles have the opportunity to form an emotional bond with singles of the opposite sex. Once they are ready to take the relationship to the next level, the man proposes to the woman.
If she accepts his proposal, they will officially get engaged, can leave their pods and see each other in person for the first time. To help these couples strengthen their physical bond, they are taken on a trip to Cancun where they have more time to bond before returning to the “real world” where their jobs, loved ones and financial insecurities keep them away. wait. Just four weeks from their wedding, they must work together to decide if they still want to get married or break up.
Unlike the first season which takes place in Atlanta, the second season takes place in Chicago. However, audiences can still expect adorable banter, creepy grimaces, ugly crying proposals, and intimate, tearful moments that will have them hooked on the screen. While the new season fails to replicate the perfect chemistry shared between season 1’s fan-favorite couple Cameron Hamilton and Lauren Speed-Hamilton, it still delivers a mouth-watering season for audiences, including greater Asian representation. within its cast, as well as a nasty mix of gaslighting, lying, and pleasant demeanor.
After a brief introduction to the show by the Lacheys, viewers were thrown straight into the pods with the singles as we followed them on their journey to find their perfect match. Of those 30 singles, six couples formed, five couples met at the altar, and two said “yes.”
Iyanna McNeely is a 27-year-old program coordinator who has an outspoken, quirky personality that can easily energize any room she walks into, which is exactly why outgoing 32-year-old project manager Jarrette Jones fell in love with her. ‘she. Although they ended up getting engaged, Jones only proposed to her after his proposal was rejected by Mallory Zapata, a 32-year-old communications manager who became an instant fan favorite with her infectious smile and personality. sparkling. Besides Jones, Zapata has also formed a strong emotional bond with Salvador “Sal” Perez, a 31-year-old executive assistant who appears reserved and boring at first glance, but is actually warm and cheerful, with aspirations to sing along with his friends. future children. all the time like a little mariachi band. Zapata and Perez eventually got engaged.
Another couple who felt the love on air were 32-year-old real estate agent Shayne Jansen, a gregarious and wild personality, and Natalie Lee, 29, a buttoned-up and nonchalant consultant. However, they ended up in an awkward love triangle with Shaina Hurley, a 32-year-old hairstylist whose sexy and fearless behavior caught Jansen’s eye. Although Jansen messed up a lot when he accidentally mistook Lee’s voice for Hurley’s, Natalie reluctantly forgave him, expressed her undying love for him, and accepted his proposal. Although Shaina expressed her true feelings for Jansen minutes before he proposed to Natalie, it was too late. She then hesitantly agreed to marry 29-year-old glazier Kyle Abrams, a well-bred man who fell head over heels in love with her. Like Abrams at Hurley, the charismatic 29-year-old associate marketing director, Danielle Ruhl, fell in love with the benevolent 36-year-old vice president of product marketing, Nick Thompson. Perhaps the most controversial of all the couples, superficial 33-year-old vet and house DJ Abhishek “Shake” Chatterjee got engaged to charming 31-year-old data analyst Deepti Vempati.
Unlike the first season, season two carries a wave of controversy that takes the audience down a bumpy road. As Chatterjee constantly asked the contestants questions about their age, lifestyle habits, clothing style, and weight, he wondered why he didn’t feel an “animalistic physical attraction” to Vempati. He confessed that he always preferred blonde and white women to explain his behavior, but Vempati was also used to only dating white men and was always able to keep an open mind when he got into it. was about marrying a man of her same Indian ethnicity. As Shake repeatedly expressed his frustrations with Deepti’s physical appearance, he compared being with her to being with his Indian aunt.
McNeely and Perez found themselves in the same boat when they realized their partners, Jones and Zapata, had an inappropriate conversation when the band met in person. Jones had probed Zapata about her silver wedding band from Perez and how he knew she wanted a gold ring because he had asked her about it in the pods. This left Mallory with unresolved concerns about Sal’s marriage. Meanwhile, McNeely has struggled to be known as “Jarrette’s second choice” and can’t help but wonder if he still would have wanted to marry her if Zapata had accepted his proposal in the first place. Ruhl’s insecurity over her weight caused a rift between Thompson where they faced trust and communication issues, particularly after she accused him of cheating on her. Lee’s lack of public affection towards Jansen and sarcastic and demeaning jokes about him and their entire relationship left Jansen struggling with his self-esteem. The differences between Hurley and Abrams, particularly him being an atheist and her a Christian, became more apparent to Hurley over time and caused her to question the purpose of their relationship. Unlike other couples who enjoyed their trip to Cancun, Hurley ended up abandoning Abrams as she returned home after needing time to reflect.
In the aftermath of all this relationship drama, season two unfolds as a messy and unfortunate series of events following an intensive dating experience that forcefully pushes these incompatible couples to make their unconventional relationships work. Unlike the couples in season one who were genuine in their commitment to each other, every couple in season two was littered with red flags. Instead of supporting these on-screen couples, the show ended up teaching audiences what do not to look for in a partner.
On the bright side, this new season offered new insight into Asian diversity and the support of Asian parents – the latter arguably often failing to see the light of day on reality TV. With Vempati and Chatterjee’s Southeast Asian portrayal, it was lovely to see them reconnect with their Indian roots as the audience itself was educated in traditional Indian wedding customs. Lee’s Korean heritage also came across as a representation of East Asia for the show, and her relationship with Jansen, a white man, provided a refreshing take on a modern-day interracial couple.
What captivated hearts the most were the passionate Asian parents who recognized their child’s self-esteem and supported them to marry their partner, even though they did not fully understand the controversial and confusing nature of their meet. Vempati’s parents have openly expressed their full support for finding her happiness with Chatterjee. Meanwhile, Chatterjee’s mother recognized the value of Vempati and warned her own son that Vempati did not deserve someone who would even give him half a percent less. Later, we saw Lee’s father telling him on his wedding day that being his father is his greatest achievement, which is unfortunately not common for many Asian families. Asian parents generally have a bad reputation in the media, often portrayed as stern, deeply religious and overprotective. These stereotypes have become so strongly embedded in society’s perception of them as villains. This season of “Love is Blind” may not have formed the most genuine romantic relationships, but its heartwarming inclusion of these Asian parents has helped dismantle these harmful stereotypes and reinforce the idea that, like all other parents, Asian parents want what is best for their children.
The show is built on a confusing premise where contestants are forced to date multiple people at the same time, putting their emotions and level of commitment to the ultimate test. Because of this, it is nearly impossible for the audience to understand the thought process of these contestants unless they are on the show themselves. As mentioned by almost all singles, it is extremely difficult for them to put into words how they managed to establish a strong emotional connection with their match. Although they didn’t all end up together, it’s still amazing how well human beings are able to connect with others through a sightless emotional level.
With the reunion episode now available to stream, you can see for yourself where these married and unmarried couples met after the show, as well as whether or not you believe that love is blind.
Annabella Johan is an entertainment staff writer. She can be contacted at [email protected]