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We Need To Talk About All The Drama On "Married At First Sight"

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And while the concept is not without its issues (like the trivialisation of marriage when same-sex couples still can't wed in Australia), putting couples in arranged "marriages" has made for some interesting television.

The weddings might be fake, but they force the couples into trying to make their new relationships work. They go through a really intense, condensed version of a normal relationship - whether that be having their feelings blossom and continue to grow, or quickly fade and be replaced with frustration and resentment. Watching each couple's unfolding dynamic is often the most interesting part of the show. The dinner party that happens towards the end of each series typically reinforces either the negative or positive feelings that have already developed, and the drama that ensues as each couple gets competitive IS entertaining, but not exactly the point.

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There are 10 couples instead of the usual four or five, and without even seeing them live together we went straight into a dinner party, followed by a "commitment ceremony" where they each had to decide whether they wanted to stay or leave the show.

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Despite extra episodes, there isn't enough time to develop each couple's journey effectively. So the focus has been on the ones with all the drama - Cheryl and Jonathan, Scarlett and Michael, Andrew and Lauren, and John and Deb. Aside from Andrew and Lauren, who seemed to get on until Lauren bailed on their wedding night, these couples all appear so incompatible it's hard to understand why the experts matched them at all (beyond the obvious: drama!!!).

By placing them into an alcohol-fuelled dinner party with the other couples before they've had a chance to properly get to know each other or get past their differences, the show is setting them up to fail.

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Meanwhile the rest of the couples get significantly less screentime, to the point where we actually don't know how they really feel about each other. Some of the answers in the commitment ceremony were less plot twists, and more entirely missing plot points (Sean and Susan's concern about long distance, for starters).

  1. What do you think?

    I LOVE the drama! This season is great.
    I miss the old Married at First Sight. This season is too much.
    I'm conflicted.
    I have zero interest in this show either way.

We Need To Talk About All The Drama On "Married At First Sight"

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    I LOVE the drama! This season is great.
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    I miss the old Married at First Sight. This season is too much.
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    I'm conflicted.
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    I have zero interest in this show either way.

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