“Love Is Blind” is a perfect quarantine binge


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By Sara Hursey

On what felt like the 800th day of quarantine, I logged into my Netflix account to search for something I had not watched already. The trailer for “Love is Blind” played at the top of my screen, and I decided to give the first episode a try. From there, I got hooked.

Hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey test the titular hypothesis through 10 hour-long episodes to find out if love can be blind. An intense experiment was run where they asked their contestants to become engaged before seeing one another by dating in separate pods. Then, once the engaged couples are united and see each other for the first time, the show takes them on a vacation and has them move in together to see if the connection will stick. The end goal is for both people to say “I do” at the altar.

The first episode was released on Netflix on Feb. 13, and the rest of the show came out over three weeks, followed by a reunion special with the major contestants. However, with so little drama going on in our own lives, this show is perfect to watch now.

“Love Is Blind” is packed with drama, making it an easy binge. Each episode leaves off on a bigger cliffhanger than the last, making it nearly impossible to press pause. To make the experience even better, I recommend watching it at the same time as a friend because there is so much to talk about and digest. 

While the show was a blast to watch, one of the weaker points was the time constraints the contestants were under. The whole show takes place in about a month, which actually weakened the experiment’s outcome. With so little time between meeting someone and the wedding date, it felt like the show was more of a race against time, not an experiment on judgment. 

Couples were given 10 days to get engaged in the pods, and just a few weeks from then to get married. Everything felt really rushed, and that caused unnecessary problems with the couples that took away from the point of the show: finding a connection without outward appearance.

Additionally, the proposed experiment did not provide the majority of the story for the show. Getting engaged in the pods was the easy part. Watching the couples try to navigate their relationships in the real world is what really made the show interesting.

Each couple tries to overcome a different set of barriers, and not all are successful. Some couples have to deal with disapproving parents, different lifestyles, age gaps, and jealousy.

“Love Is Blind” gets the audience to truly care about each person and become invested in the potential couples. The show does a great job of building suspense; once you start episode one, you just have to see it through. Every episode brings twist and turns, tension, and adorable moments that you can not help but smile at. 

It is totally worth a watch, and by the end you will be dying to know the couple’s fates. I could not wait to watch the finale to see if my favorite couples made it. If you are in need of something fun and exciting to watch while stuck at home, “Love Is Blind” has you covered.