We’re almost at hometowns! And that’s exciting, because that means this season is almost over and our pain is about to end! Except, of course, we recognize it’s not real pain, it’s just …boredom. But we also just want that to end, so …yeah.
The problem is, of course, how it will end. But that’s a worry for another week. For now let’s discuss the mess that was last week’s episode as we prepare for a new one.
We’re so close to hometown dates, so lets rate this season so far. What are the ups? What are the downs? How good or bad do you feel Matt is as The Bachelor?
Lizzie: Let’s be clear, Matt isn’t horrible. He’s just boring. I know we all jokingly complained about last season, but there was at least A LOT OF DRAMA there. Everything with Matt seems like it’s …meh. I want to feel emotions about stuff, but all I feel is disgust, and I don’t even really care how this ends. Plus, we’ve had some of the worst slut-shaming I’ve seen in a while on this season, and just not one character that has given me a moment that has felt like ah, I this works for me. Lackluster season from beginning to… well, now.
Jade: Is there really much good to be had here? Matt’s not terrible, but I don’t know that I could describe his personality to you outside of, “Eh, he’s all right.” Maybe the show ramped up the in-house drama to deflect from the fact that his personality has been kind of middle of the road. Mostly, I’m just disgusted by this season. I don’t care who wins at this point. If the contestants have been shown enough to get a sense of their personalities, it’s because their personalities are uniformly bad. I don’t care. I don’t like any of these people. Frankly, Matt may be a bit boring, but he still probably deserves better than any of the contestants who are left in the running – at least any that we’ve gotten to know on any consistent basis.
Lets talk about the Rapunzel in the room. Heather. Do you believe that Hannah is the reason that she’s there? How planned out is this? What does Heather have to offer? What do you think her chances are?
Lizzie: Yes, I do. I mean …fairness doesn’t exist in reality TV, and I’m not naive enough to believe this wasn’t planned. But, considering how staged the whole show is, I don’t even think that’s such a big deal. Like, why were the other women picked? Who knows what the standards are? We already know they suck at background checks, so….
Heather ain’t winning, though. I think we can all see the writing on the wall there.
Jade: Oh, it’s definitely planned. I’m pretty sure that people aren’t just allowed to roll on up and be like, “Hey, I’ve heard the bachelor’s a great guy, so I decided I want to meet him.” (Side note, someone has to tell me what kind of physical and mental torture people have to go through to get on the show? Because they always talk about how winning would make “everything they went through” to get on the show worth it, and it seems to me like Rapunzel just rolled up in an SUV and sat in a hotel room for two weeks. It’s boredom, not boot camp.) It’s just more drama that’s unnecessary and – frankly – pretty dull at this point. There’s been so much drama over the last…I don’t know, 47 years (what do you mean, we’re only on week six? I swear this season has lasted 47 years) that just seeing these people be mature adults getting to know each other would be a breath of fresh air and would be must-see television by comparison. Hey, Bachelor producers…if you have to add new people to the mix twice in six episodes to try to make things interesting, that probably speaks to a fundamental issue with the show itself, and maybe you should take a look at that.
There is always so much drama amongst the women. Katie and Serena C’s conversation was somewhat comical. Do you think that it was a necessary conversation? What do you think of it?
Lizzie: I’m trying to figure out how much of the drama, in general, is fabricated. Like, I assume a lot, the producers meddle, they know drama sells and all of that, but do I feel there’s been a little more drama this season because Matt is so boring or is there always this level of drama and I have somehow missed it because I was more interested? Also, Serena C accusing Katie of lighting fires is riiiiiiiiiiiich. But whatever, the conversation was absolutely not necessary and Serena C needs to take a few seats, preferably in a limo and without a rose.
Jade: This season has been filled with never-ending BS. Was this necessary? No. But was I surprised it happened? Also no. It’s pretty damn rich to be like, “I would have had more time with Matt if there hadn’t been so much drama, so clearly the person who brought the drama, backstabbing, and mean girl behavior to Matt’s attention so it could end is the problem.” Oh, please. I remember Serena C was participating in the drama a couple weeks ago, too, so she should have just sat there and breathed a sigh of relief that Matt didn’t boot her out the door with the rest of the toxicity.
How forced do you think that the drama is this season?
Lizzie: IT FEELS SO FORCED. I do wonder if it’s because we’re getting nothing more than drama – we don’t even have pretty places to distract us, and the dates are kinda lame, and of course, Matt himself is super lame, so all we can focus on is the drama, drama, drama. But if UnReal taught me anything is that God works hard, but reality show producers work harder.
Jade: It’s forced. And, what’s worse…it’s not even interesting. Like if you’re going to force drama after drama after drama, can you at least make it drama that’s worth watching? I’m pretty sure junior high students would be watching this and thinking “this is just too much.” I really need this season to end already.
Katie. What did you think of her and Matt’s connection? Was it time to let her go? Were you happy when she left?
Lizzie: That would imply I have some feelings about Katie, or Matt’s journey or whatever, which I don’t, so …meh. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t sad. You know when I’ll be happy? When this miserable season is over!
That being said, you picked wrong, boy. You picked wrong.
Jade: Counterpoint: Is it weird that the show’s obsession with contrived drama means that whoever wins the season (and we’ve all read the rumors) had a miniscule amount of screen time compared to the contestants that were eliminated this week and last week – mostly highlighted to contrive said drama? But as to the question…I mean, I appreciated that she was the only one who saw the toxicity in the season for what it was. I appreciated that she went to Matt about it. Unlike MJ, she actually did lead by example in that sense, I suppose. Did I feel a great connection between her and Matt? No. But I really haven’t felt a connection between him and anyone, although he seems to be telling them all the same things, like he’s forming some amazing connection with them that he’s never felt before. On the other hand, every time one of the contestants is like, “I’m falling in love with him,” I want to scream at my television screen, “WHY?” So I guess it goes both ways.
Tyler’s visit to see Matt. What did you think of it? Do you think that he gave Matt good advice?
Lizzie: I mean, we knew they were gonna play this card, and honestly, I kinda would have judged them if they didn’t, so this was one of those Go with God moments. That being said, Tyler is even blander than Matt for me, so I zoned out of their conversation that was truly just platitudes so I couldn’t really tell you if the advice he gave is going to make a difference or not. In the end The Bachelor will Bachelor, after all, and neither Tyler nor anyone can change that.
Jade: Wasn’t his advice basically just “be yourself?” I’m not going to say that’s bad advice, but this is my first season of The Bachelor (and second season of the franchise as a whole), and I swear I’ve heard that advice like ten times already. So it’s not bad advice. It’s just not groundbreaking advice, either. I assume at this point it’s just part of the show. There are group dates, one-on-one dates, hometown dates…and at least once a season, someone has to come in and tell the Bachelor/ette to “be themselves” like nobody has ever imparted such profound words of wisdom before.
The Bachelor airs Mondays on ABC.