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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Married at First Sight. Really?

I haven't posted in so long I can't even remember what I talked about last, but today I saw a show on some random cable network that had me staring at the television with an attention span that I usually reserve only for Saturdays during college football season: Married at First Sight.

Here's the premise behind it: people who have all but given up on dating and finding love through the normal channels agree to let a team of "experts" identify the "perfect" mate for them. They put so much faith in these experts and the process that they don't meet, see of a picture of, or even know the name of the person they have been set up with. The very first time they see or speak to the person they have been paired with is when they are standing at the freakin' alter at their wedding to this COMPLETE STRANGER.

Yes. This is no ordinary blind date show folks. This is people, who in their desperation and utter and complete defeat of dating under their own devices, who have agreed to marry someone that they have not even seen a picture of. They claim they are "trusting the process" and putting their faith in the experts that have vetted their mates. But really.... really??

The level of anxiety and awkward the last 5 minutes of the first episode as lucky couple #1 set eyes on each other for the first time, in front of their friends and family while dressed in a wedding dress and tux, is enough to make even me squirm. Especially considering the sheer look of disappointment and panic on the bride's face was equal to and opposite of the look of winning the lottery on the groom's face. She was not impressed with her groom to say the least. Screw the experts and all the reasons it would work on paper...this girl was ready to cut and run.

Now, that's all you get on the first episode, other than a great tease of her impending breakdown coming in episode 2 and the equally intriguing teases of the the other 2 couples that have been crazy enough to agree to marry each other having never seen or talked to each other.

This show is doing exactly what it's supposed to do, make people like me be so appalled and yet intensively intrigued that I can't not watch the rest of it. But it's also making me ponder the reason that a person would sign on for this craziness. Are we really so exhausted and disenchanted by the dating process that we are willing to just hand it all over to a team of experts, throw on a wedding dress, and show up to the alter hoping for the best?

Apparently, yes. Yes we are.


11 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to digging through the 'professional careers' of these 'experts' and finding all the online degrees they awarded themselves. It's somewhat of a hobby.

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    1. They all appear to be properly credentialed in their areas but I still have to wonder if science can beat the laws of attraction. I have to catch up on the last episode to see if the bride made a run for it or not, but she was clearly not excited about the idea of him so not sure what the experts have to say about that!

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  2. I had a similiar reaction to yours when I first saw the commercial. I didn't even watch the show. What for? It is so dumb. I don't even have words for it. But I'm glad that at least it coaxed you out of your world for a bit, just to write this. You have been missed. I hope all is well! :)

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  3. It surprises me that of all the brides, Jamie is the shyest about kissing and getting physical with her new husband, much less changing in front of him. She competed on the Bachelor and the Bachelor Pad where she had no qualms about being seen in a bikini and getting affectionate with the contestant(s). I also have to wonder if her new husband knows everything about her past reality show experience. It's quite unfair to Doug who seems to genuinely care about her and making this marriage work.

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  4. Why did the black couple have to be the one to break up and if that was it unattractive girl with handsome guy man have stayed I didn't like the way they put Jamie with an unattractive guy and she staying if it was the other way around he would have left

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  5. I am so surprised that the "experts" did not do more research on the cultural differences in communication styles of the African American couple. The "experts" on the panel should be more diversified. If they are not aware of the "BITCH" test (black intelligent test for cultural homogeneity), then they should consult with a more "diversified" panel. I am a Sociologist and see a clear need for more diversity within the panel.

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  6. Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I remember you.... kind of random, huh?

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    1. A little, but I guess that's kind of the point of being Random Girl huh?

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