“Love Is Blind” is in its flop period. The fifth season of the Netflix courting sequence hasn’t even completed airing, and I am ready to declare it the worst installment but. The {couples} aren’t value rooting for, the gratuitous drama is at an all-time excessive, a number of contestants have exhibited problematic habits, and one key ingredient is lacking amid all of the chaos: precise romantic chemistry.

This season is so much to unpack, so let’s begin by first dissecting the {couples}, lets? Within the pods, we see three pairs get engaged — Stacy and Izzy, Lydia and Milton, and Taylor and JP — which is half the quantity who sometimes get engaged. That quantity will get decreased much more when Taylor and JP name it quits in Mexico, leaving simply two units of fiancés headed to the altar.

As every scenario stands now, it is exhausting to think about both couple following via and saying “I do.” The one factor Lydia and Milton have in frequent is a love for rocks, they usually spend extra time insulting one another or making out than they do discussing their future collectively. Stacy and Izzy’s most in-depth dialog, in the meantime, revolved round paper plates and Solo cups. Everybody’s chemistry feels pressured for the cameras. How are we speculated to get on board with these {couples} in the event that they have not exhibited any indicators of a real connection like that of season one’s Lauren and Cameron or season 4’s Tiffany and Brett?

In lieu of affection, the season zeroes in on pointless drama.

In lieu of affection, the season zeroes in on pointless drama. Most prominently, there’s the entire Uche-Aaliyah-Lydia scenario, which eats up far an excessive amount of display time. Positive, it is an efficient plot twist nobody noticed coming, but it surely wound up detracting from the experiment at hand and making me query the present’s casting course of. Plus, we’re caught with 4 entire episodes set within the pods, which is one to 2 greater than standard; it feels just like the producers had no selection however to tug out the Uche love triangle, Johnie’s indecision between Izzy and Chris, and Aaliyah and Lydia’s shady “friendship” as a result of solely two {couples} come out on the opposite facet.

“Love Is Blind” has had its fair proportion of villains up to now, however practically each season 5 contestant is a strolling purple flag. There’s JP, whose unasked-for opinions on make-up left many viewers fuming. Lydia could or could not have adopted Uche onto the present and forges a suspicious bond with Aaliyah. Uche berates Aaliyah from his self-made pedestal — first, about dishonest (though he admitted to additionally dishonest up to now), and second, about her leaving the present (though his dishonesty was partly in charge). And do not even get me began about Izzy bullying Johnie to tears or Stacy’s materialistic, classist tendencies.

Judging by latest “Love Is Blind” casting calls happening in 4 new cities, there are fairly just a few extra seasons within the pipeline. Transferring ahead, I sincerely hope the present does a greater job at vetting solid members and specializing in their current relationships to get again to the center of the experiment. No extra clout chasers, no extra creepy photographs of bathe makeouts, no extra narcissistic misogynists, no extra confrontations for the sake of confrontation, and for the love of god, please no extra reside reunions.