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Love Is Blind S3: The weddings and the reunion
Waking up and pressing play on Love Is Blind first thing in the morning is my favorite Wednesday ritual. I ranked the cast last week, and would slightly adjust those rankings now: Raven should be much higher; Bartise should somehow be lower, even though he’s already dead last. Assorted thoughts below:
Colleen & Matt
I didn’t think Matt and Colleen would make it to the wedding stage — that Colleen even made it into a dress was a shock to me. This was her third choice man, which they never (?) really discussed. They have a child’s marriage: no depth or no goals or actual trust, only emotion and excitement. They pitch not having moved in as a logistical snafu, but how easy is it for them to stay at Matt’s place and pay out the rest of Colleen’s lease until it’s up? The lack of eagerness around that is a red flag. I did feel for Colleen during the reunion — she was obviously so uncomfortable watching footage of her and Cole. Matt is just so nothing to me. Blander than bland.
Alexa & Brennon
Alexa and Brennon go together hard! Of course they made it down the aisle. (A random question: do they get comp’d wedding videos through the show? Or is the show the “wedding video?”) Sweet, simple Brennon: absolutely a mole for the women at all times. These two were a Greek chorus during the reunion, but not at the expense of being able to acknowledge their own growing pains.
Zanab & Cole
Well … I mean …
Ultimately we just never recovered from that. These two were the strangest pairing from the beginning. It really never worked, despite the number of times Zanab said “I love the man that you are" or whatever. At the altar, she had a bit of an Aaron Sorkin (derogatory) monologue up her spaghetti strap:
Cole, you have taught me so much about myself in the last two months, and you have shared so much of who you are and I am so thankful for that.
I think I have a really good idea about the type of woman that is going to love you the way that Cole needs to be loved every day for the rest of your life. And I think you and I both know that that is not me. As much as I have wanted it to be me, and have tried to manipulate myself to be that person for you, the last two months have not been, like, picture-perfect. You have disrespected me, you have insulted me, you have critiqued me, and for what it is worth you have single-handedly shattered my self-confidence, and I hate that you have had that kind of effect on me.
And the messed up thing is that I love you. I know I love you. But everything in me and the logical part of my brain tells me that love shouldn’t feel this way. Love shouldn’t hurt like this. I can’t marry you. And I don’t. You are a good man and I know that about you. And I wish I could’ve had more of that, I really do.
I feel mixed about this! These two people, certainly, should not be married. But all that? In front of everyone? This wasn’t a conversation they were having about their relationship, it was a lecture she was giving. It was the inverse of Deepti’s “I choose me” moment. Zanab isn’t choosing herself, she’s choosing to tell Cole about himself at the moment she knows it will hurt the most. Couldn’t she have said no, and talked with him about this after?
At the reunion, Zanab builds out her case for going goblin mode.
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