Mallory remains single and reserved and somehow sad; her ex-fiancé Sal brings his annoyingly energetic new girlfriend Jessi to the show to, I dunno, further punish the woman he said no to. Married couple Nick and Danielle smile, laugh, and joke about their costume parties and ill-fated travels (a concussion, an overturned canoe, a power outage); They appear to be solid, although after their subsequent divorce announcement, it seems like that was their act for the public, and a lot of hard stuff happened off-camera. (Shake, who made it clear he prefers skinny white women but agreed with Deepti and spent most of season two discussing his concerns about his fiancé with everyone but her, doesn’t return for this special.)
I was dressed love is blind Firstly, because I’m a near-middle-aged woman who values uncool things like love and commitment in my heart. I also still long to take a look at an alternative in this racist, sexist society that can’t seem to stop judging women based on their looks.
The first season of love is blind was quite self-serious with the concept that our ability to discern true, enduring love would be enhanced if we didn’t just indulge our primitive and highly problematic impulse to chase people we find hot. “Everyone wants to be loved for who they are, not their looks, their race, their background, or their income,” host Vanessa Lachey said in Episode 1. “Psychologists believe that emotional attachments are the key to long-term marital success, don’t they physical attraction,” Nick Lachey continued.
Season 1 brought us interracial couple Lauren and Cameron, an incredibly cute couple, and Amber and Barnett if instead it’s a frat house romance that appeals to you. As far as we know, these couples stay together, and they’ve kept me interested enough to watch another season of love is blind.
Season 2 didn’t give me any of that. Shake, unable to get over the fact that Deepti is Indian (like him), didn’t seem remotely able to grasp the point of the experiment. The two couples who moved forward with the marriage didn’t overcome any obvious hurdles that would have kept them apart had they met in more conventional ways. One year later, After the altar shows that the emotional connections these people made in the pods — the very premise of the show — haven’t protected their relationships from the mundane and destructive issues faced by the rest of us.
It’s hard not to appreciate from a series that has only produced two lasting marriages so far that strangers can have chemistry without seeing each other, but love is hard to find and marriages are even harder to sustain. Perhaps most devastating After the altar reminds us that even if you have found love, it may not be enough. Breakups aren’t bad, of course — we’ve all left relationships for the better — but the problem with a lot of dating isn’t that we know what people look like. The problem is that we are all imperfect creatures with limited ability to deal with our own problems and those of our partners.