Is love really blind?


Only ten days and one thin wall separate the potential soulmates and future couples from one another, but the real drama begins at first sight. “Love is Blind” season two was released on Netflix after a long two-years, but many are questioning whether the wait was really worth it, claiming the second season to be the “Walmart version” of the first. 

“This season was honestly more disappointing than the last. It felt more superficial even though the goal of the show is that love should be blind, but it actually showed that love is pretty blurry,” Lauren Giesler, senior, said.  

“Love is Blind” is a show of drama, passion, and the hardships of finding genuine love in a modern-day society. Contestants join the experiment with the intent of getting married and finding their soulmate, and while around 40 people participate, less than 20 make it to the second stage of the exercise. The process begins with candidates in “pods” talking to one another from behind a wall to see who they match with emotionally. Once a couple gets engaged, they get to meet one another in-person for the first time. From there, they get a week-long vacation before living together for around three weeks to adjust to life once again in the real world and really test their connection and relationships with one another’s family and friends. The wedding day concludes the show with each couple deciding whether or not they will spend the rest of their lives together.  

“The whole process is very enjoyable to watch, as it is a very unusual way to find love. I was not a huge fan of many of the contestants this season, but the drama was interesting, at least,” Ari Havens, freshman, said. 

While many viewers loved the first season and most of the contestants, the second release was seen as disappointing. The male participants were often stuck up and rude. Most watchers considered the women to be out of their league as well. There were very few couples worth rooting for, and the participants fought constantly. Many of them had feelings for multiple people, making the show unenjoyable because no one formed a solid relationship. In the reunion with the contestants on March 4, 2020, one the most despised characters, Shake Chatterjee, was called out for his actions berating the women and their appearances all season, highlighting the side of the show that reflects how love is not always blind for some. 

This season had it all: gaslighting, lying, cutting, sarcasm, a man who looks illegally jittery telling his partner he hates her. The editors, producers, and casting agents seemingly pulled no punches; a lot of these people were revealed to be no good,Alex Abad-Santos, journalist, said in a Vox article. 

With so many couples failing to get married by the end of the second season after meeting in the real world to test their physical attraction, the idea of love being blind was heavily challenged. The show featured loveless connections and demonstrated how much some rely on appearance when it comes to a relationship.  

“The girls deserved so much better than the guys they got. Deepti is such a queen for knowing her worth when it comes to Shake because he was terrible. Overall, season two was not that good in my opinion,” Rylie Robbins, senior, said. 

This season certainly challenged the question of whether love is really blind. Unfortunately, it is not this time.