- Love Is Blind premiered on Netflix on Thursday, February 13, and continued on February 20.
- On the show, singles go on dates in "pods" and get engaged before ever seeing one another.
- Already, audiences have opinions on the all the couples—especially on the far and away fan favorite, Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton.
- The second batch of episodes, airing on February 20, were even more dramatic.
Netflix's Love Is Blind premiered on Netflix on February 13, and promptly sent audiences reeling. That Love Is Blind is shocking, delighting, and captivating audiences is no surprise considering the show's downright wild premise.
Here's how Love Is Blind works: A group of singles go on dates in "pods," where they're unable to see the other person. Only after getting engaged (yes, engaged), does the couple meet face-to-face. After the pods, the couples go on a vacation in Mexico–and then back to Atlanta, where they'll confront real-world challenges.
In the second batch of episodes, which dropped on February 20, the couples brave their friends, families, and new apartments in Atlanta. And that's when Twitter got lit.
Think of Love Is Blind as an experiment done in service of the show's hypothesis: Is a deep personal connection enough to sustain a relationship, or do external factors like age, aesthetics, income, and education matter as well?
Obviously, audiences are eating the dating show up—and how could they not be? It only takes two episodes for people to go from complete strangers to blubbering messes, professing their love for one another. Against all conventional logic, couples form a deep attachment in no time at all.
There's genuine delight to be found in watching people be vulnerable, open, honest, and crazy in love so quickly. And, as years of reality TV binges have taught us, it's also fun to watch everything come apart at the seams.
Naturally, people raced through the first batch. Despite themselves, they can't stop watching. Who among us could resist this delectable mess? Here are the best reactions to both btoh of episodes.
Netflix really put a bunch of 20-something boys and 30something women in a box and told them to get married in four weeks. genius. I’m watching all of it. #LoveIsBlind— DOM (@DMioni) February 13, 2020
Six couples got together on the show, but one emerged as a clear favorite. Sparks flew the instant Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton, a 27-year-old firefighter-turned scientist, stepped into the futuristic pod. Audiences were instantly invested in their relationship.
I’m so stressed out bc Lauren and Cameron just got engaged after knowing each other for 5 days but also they’re so adorable.....so my overall emotional state is this: #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/jwhq0IkCpV— Ashhhhhh (@ashesarose) February 13, 2020
No spoilers, though: On his Instagram story last night, Cameron assured his new fans they will have to wait and see what happens to him and Lauren.
People were shocked that Lauren and Cameron could fall in love over the course of four short days—and equally as shocked that they, the cynical audience, could actually believe they were in love.
People love Cameron, who said he's often told he "doesn't look like a scientist," as much as Lauren does.
“I know if and when we have kids, the world would be perceived them as Black” Yes, Cam!!!! He gets to be called “Cam” now. AND he said the bonnet reminds him of a beret. #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/RYZBbYkB1N— Yumyan Hammerpaw (@thorNation) February 14, 2020
But there's more to Love Is Blind than Lauren and Cameron (even if some audience members wished otherwise). Naturally, people had opinions on the show's other couples, too.
Take the case of Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas. While they connected on a personal level, 34-year-old Jessica struggled to accept that Mark was 10 years her junior. She also was crushing on Matt Barnett, a cast member who had connections with three women.
Speaking of Barnett and his trio of women—not everyone got what they saw in him and his frequent puns.
Another point of conversation? The surprising way Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers's proposal went down. Giannina, a 25-year-old content creator, initially said no when Damian, 27, tearfully popped the question—only so she could get down on one knee.
Far and away, audiences are most divided over Carlton Morton, 34, and Diamond Jack's fight in Mexico, henceforth known as "Wig Gate." Carlton decided not to share his bisexuality with Diamond, 28, until they were already engaged. Once in Mexico, he revealed his truth. Diamond appeared to be upset that he kept such a large part of his identity from her.
Soon, the poolside paradise becomes a setting for a massive blowout. At the end of the fight, Carlton told Diamond her wig was sliding, then stormed away. Audiences were split over how both Diamond and Carlton handled the conflict (but generally were team Diamond).
Carlton doesn’t need to be getting married to anyone until he is secure with his own self. All he’s done is project his own insecurities onto Diamond and then blame her for having an imaginary reaction. Gross. #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/FNHtgMDizK— Ashhhhhh (@ashesarose) February 13, 2020
Okay so this might be an unpopular opinion but CARLTON should of told Diamond he was bisexual before he proposed. Also she was trying to talk to him about it and he automatically started coming at her. He’s wack for that. #loveisblind— Big Astro (@bigastroflex_) February 13, 2020
Carlton said it’s never been an issue that he’s fluid when he told girls BUT he was scared what the outcome would be if he told Diamond??? But he said he’s never been accepted... so what is it? #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/QDOumGRx8N— donna meagle. (@onedayshay) February 13, 2020
Diamond and Carlton had the show's first fight, but not its last. When episodes 6 through 9 aired on February 20, it was like a whole 'nother Love Is Blind. The honeymoon ended, and we were ushered into the Age of the Mess. Each of the five remaining couples had issues, and people had opinions on those issues.
There's no denying that Amber and Barnett got along. She genuinely found his non-stop sexual innuendos amusing—the mark of love and total acceptance. As the second batch of episodes reveal, though, their lifestyles were wildly different. Barnett had a full-time job as an engineer. Amber was an odd-job queen, and that wasn't not even the biggest reveal. Ta-da: She had debt. Lots of it.
so amber came on #LoveIsBlind with no home, bad debt, no stable job, her credit terrible...but she yelling at barnett bcs his bed wasn’t made and told him get it together.... pic.twitter.com/jDemb3Naiv— molly. (@_jaecole) February 20, 2020
Barnett and Amber were also unwillingly pulled into a love triangle. It appeared that Jessica still had feelings for Barnett, though she stated otherwise to all involved parties—including her fiancé, Mark Cuevas.
Jessica: Barnett and I connected on such a deep level. Me and Mark are just not there yet.. He’s so hot and sexy. I feel like what him and Amber have is lust not love. #LoveIsBlind— Kayla Oneal (@kaylanicolle20) February 21, 2020
Me, Barnett, everyone else watching the show: WHY DID YOU SAY YES TO MARK THEN?!? pic.twitter.com/Ww3Ysdx8qN
During one group hangout, Jessica confronted Barnett for a one-on-one on what might have been, had he proposed. He did not seem to reciprocate her wistfulness.
As passionate as she was about dissecting Amber and Barnett's relationship, Jessica was less into her own with Mark. She was still hung up on their 10-year age gap, among other concerns.
Did you hear that Jessica is 10 years older than Mark?— Noah (@NoahArbz) February 21, 2020
She’s 34 and he’s 24
And when she’s 50 he’s gonna be 40
And when she’s 60 he’s gonna be 50
And when she’s 70 he’s gonna be 60 #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/IHMpGcr4wq
Jessica from Love is Blind trying to find something wrong in every little thing 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/69UpaGk30l— tee💐 (@youremynow) February 20, 2020
However, their age difference didn't seem to bother Cuevas or his family.
Fans were impressed by Mark's stalwart and steady behavior while weathering the maelstrom that was Jessica.
Let's turn the camera, now, to Damian and Giannina, Love Is Blind's most chaotic couple. They spent most of the episodes locked in a series of blow-out arguments and dramatic make-ups.
During one fight, Giannina spilled that she wasn't entirely, uh, satisfied. You get it.
Amid this swirling drama, Cameron and Lauren continued to delight. Cameron revealed he bought a large home for his future family—proving he may actually be a wholesome hero from one a romance novel, magically come to life.
Cameron really bought a house in preparation to have a wife and kids. Was prepared to even turn the guest room into a work studio for Lauren. Like, when he says “I’ll take care of you.” He really means that shit. #LoveIsBlind pic.twitter.com/wK27uEM81t— ✨Brown Skin, Brown Liquor✨ (@Hussie_91) February 21, 2020
Cameron from love is blind is just... he is so calm & mellow, communicates his feelings openly. That is attractive in any man, someone who communicates openly pic.twitter.com/fbDbb0Eb94— vilms. (@_SincerlyCheeks) February 20, 2020
By now, Netflix viewers are well aware that Cameron and Lauren are America's golden couple. A year-and-a-half ago, when Love Is Blind was filmed, Lauren's family still had to come around to the fact. At first, her father was reluctant to accept Cameron, as he hoped Lauren would end up with a Black man. He found Cameron a bit too "mellow."
However, they definitely left the door open for building a stronger relationship. Luckily, Cameron quickly won over Lauren's mom, Pamela, with charm (and rapping skills).
Some folks at home couldn't stomach the scene.
And to think: There's still more. Love Is Blind wraps up on Thursday, February 27. This is going to be us, watching the weddings.
Finally, joining the many live-tweeters in watching Love Is Blind is the cast who, prior to February 13, had not seen the show in its entirety.
"Watching [the show] back brings me back to that mind space. It’s emotional," Lauren told OprahMag.com. "It was a huge part of our lives. It shifted our whole lives regardless of whether you ended up with someone or not. You came out of this a different person."
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