Love is Blind season 5 tests what it means to fall in love…again. Do looks, money, and other things matter when it comes to matters of the heart? Or can you fall in love with someone sight unseen? Again, we are watching a bunch of hopefuls navigate these questions in season 5 of the series. And since we can’t control selves (as evidenced by our season 4 breakdowns), here is our breakdown of the first 4 episodes of season 5!
1. How does this season compare to the last 4 and the international spinoffs?
Lyra: When they promised the most dramatic season yet of Love is Blind, I didn’t think they could actually do it. It’s been 4 seasons and a bunch of spin-offs of the same format: singles out of luck in the real world when it comes to dating come to the pods to fall in love “sight unseen.” We’ve seen everything. Or so we thought.
This season of Love is Blind is the next step of the evolution of this show where the things that you never thought could happen actually happen. Also, the risks that you never thought the show would take throw everything off kilter and end up with someone leaving the experiment four episodes in. Now, if I only cared for any of the couples. Which I don’t.
Lizzie: I’m going to eat my words. I didn’t really think this could be MORE dramatic, because this thing is always very dramatic, in an over-the-top way. But they truly brought the drama. And though it feels like I’m way less invested in anyone actually ending up together, or in the happily ever after aspect than I’ve been since …probably Season 2, I am more interested in the drama than I was in Season 2, so there’s that.
In that regard, I don’t think it compares. The international versions have also been more about finding someone to root for – which has kinda been my experience with the show. I always did that and I enjoyed that. I didn’t think I could enjoy it without it, but I will take the WTF moment of finding out about Lydia and Uche knowing each other before the pods.
2. Are we still feeling ugghhh about the Lachey’s?
Lyra: Over on NCIS: Hawai’i I’m totally okay with Vanessa Lachey. As for Nick Lachey, he’ll always be close in my heart due to his 98° days. But that’s it. I’m done. They are boring hosts and a hologram or a cone in the shape of Lana from Too Hot to Handle would be a great replacement.
Unlike the show, they’re not bringing anything new to the table. And I can already foresee Vanessa asking the contestants if they’re going to have a baby while Nick just sits there awkwardly looking around or laughing. Netflix should literally make the beloved couple from a previous season the host. It would shake things up and get people from the previous season to tune in for the next one. Plus there’s the fact that no one is going to understand the experience that they’ve been through besides those who have been through the process.
Lizzie: They’re never that bad during this part of the season because they barely do anything. It’s the reunion that is really the problem, and last one I was really disappointed in Vanessa Lachey, who I adore on NCIS: Hawai’i. But I don’t really think we need them to bring the drama when there’s so much drama, so for now I’m like ok whatever.
3. Who is your favorite couple and why?
Lyra: I have no favorite couple.
Lizzie: Like? I don’t like anything or anyone! I’m just here for the chaos.
4. Who is the drama of this season?
Lyra: Izzy and Lydia are the drama for various reasons. Izzy is the drama because he thinks he isn’t the drama but then brags about being the drama. And Lydia is the drama because, despite that beautiful moment with Aaliyah, I don’t trust her. And it’s not because I think she’s a bad person. It’s just that I rewatched the Love is Blind season 5 trailer and there seems to be drama after drama centered around Lydia. It’s giving Jackie vibes from season 4 but times 10 worse. And something else must have happened off-camera for Aaliyah to decide to leave the experiment in the first place, leaving behind a possible husband and a growing friendship. Something is missing here.
Lizzie: Remember last season when Irina WAS the drama? This season it’s the men – Izzy and Uche, in particular. More Uche than anyone, though I’ve been side-eyeing Izzy a little bit. He’s got “I want to be the main character of this drama” energy.
Uche, on the other hand, is just an asshole and I do not trust him. He threw a fit about Aaliyah’s past when he was keeping THAT secret from her, and then wants to act shocked that she ran away? I don’t know that I even trust his version of events re: what happened with Lydia.
5. Who is your least favorite couple and why?
Lyra: Lydia and Milton, hands down. A part of me thinks that they would fit together because they’re big geology nerds. But Lydia didn’t pick him because she wanted to. It’s clear to anybody who has watched the show before, you get famous after the show. And Lydia has to secure her spot and bag. If that means settling for Milton, she’s going to do it. I appreciate the hustle but this isn’t it. You can be friends and talk about geology stuff but that doesn’t mean you have to get married because you just want somebody to love you so desperately or popularity is on the horizon.
But we have to remember, these are episodes 1-4 and God only knows what the edit changed when it comes to these contestants.
Lizzie: Flag dude and Taylor, just because when he wiped his tears with the American flag, that was literally the end of the line for me. I was trying to look past the red, white, and blue and give him the benefit of the doubt, but that and the amount of time I’ve spent in Houston …I know his type. It’s a no for me.
Love is Blind season 5 episodes 1-4 are available on Netflix.