Hi fam! It's the moment you've all been waiting for! My inaugural Are You the One Season 6 recap. I have yet to decide if this will be weekly or bi-weekly, so I guess we'll just wait and see how many feelings I need to express as the show goes on. But let's get this pirate party started.
So, first, I just want to apologize to all of the new Are You the One viewers who were promised a match-up ceremony at the end of every episode in my last post. Clearly that's not what is happening, and I have a theory about why; basically, every season, the cast has ten opportunities to find their perfect match on a ten week show. If the group finds their matches early, that means they have fewer match-up ceremonies to spread out over ten episodes. So the fact that we're two episodes in and have only had one match-up ceremony halfway through the second episode tells me that these kids are going to find their matches early, and I predict earlier than any other group has matched up before.
However! I also predict that in order to get there, they're going to have at least one blackout (meaning they get no new matches at a ceremony). In fact, because these guys are going to get their matches correct so early, there might be more than one blackout. The thing that's great about a blackout is it gives contestants a lot of information. Suddenly, they know that the person they're sitting next to cannot possibly be their perfect match, which really helps narrow it down. As a viewer, blackouts are also amazing because of all the drama! What, you mean this person I've been in love with for the past 14 hours is not my soulmate? HOW DARE YOU! The thing that is not so great about a blackout is contestants lose half of their money every time they get a blackout.
So, basically, my prediction is that this group is going to finish early, but with practically no money. We'll see how this unfolds in the upcoming weeks. I'm super excited to find out.
Let me break the first two episodes down a bit more for you.
I’m late to the game on a lot of things, and though I love podcasts, I’m chronically behind on all my favorite shows. Last week, my friend Jen mentioned The Bright Sessions, a fictional podcast that follows Dr. Bright, a psychologist, as she has short sessions with her young clients. The catch is simple: all of her clients have superpowers.
Perhaps the best thing about this season of American Horror Story was the two-minute trailer for mother!, Oscar-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s newest project. The preview promises a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple who live in a beautiful, secluded mansion, which—to the dismay of Lawrence (the eponymous Mother) and the delight of Bardem (known only as Him)—is soon invaded by two strangers played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfieffer (credited as Man and Woman, respectively).
Friday afternoon we went into the theater knowing little more than this basic premise and that the movie was meant to be an artful, fatalistic meditation on the destructive and irredeemable nature of mankind. Mother! picks up on themes of religious failure and climatic disaster introduced in Aronofsky’s previous film, the remarkably unremarkable Biblical epic Noah. In his latest project, Aronofsky returns to Judeo-Christian mythology for inspiration, this time with a heavy-handed Biblical allegory about humanity’s destruction of the earth. Even so, with a title like mother!, one might reasonably expect to see a film more obviously concerned with women. In a recent interview, Lawrence describes the movie as “incredibly feminist,” but suggests it’s “much bigger,” echoing Aronofsky’s insistence that the film engages with universal allegories that are “not male or female, it’s all of us.” But what we actually get is a (probably not very self-aware) film about how men use women.
Beyond the cut are many, many spoilers. You have been warned.
Ten minutes and forty seconds into the first episode of the Homecoming podcast, David Schwimmer deadpans: “Heidi, I’m gonna stop you right there.” It’s a situation that many women have found themselves in countless times -- their expert opinions being overridden by mansplainers. In Homecoming, the role of women — in particular, Heidi Bergman — is pivotal, deeply frustrating, and also true to life. In this way, Homecoming is a show that makes the point of view of women a dynamic and realistic one.
At the beginning of this summer, we thought we would lose Bachelor in Paradise for at least the season, if not forever. Like many other viewers, when I saw the show was coming back against all odds and perhaps against better judgment, I jumped for joy. But now that BiP is back, I can’t help but feel like this season is a lackluster shadow of seasons past. This is the show we fought for? On top of that, ABC has just announced Arie Jr. as their next Bachelor, which is… fine, I guess. I don’t have a problem with Arie, but is a contestant from five years ago even relevant anymore? The Bachelor franchise is doing us wrong, people, and we deserve better.
Thankfully, better is coming on September 20th in the form of a fresh new season of MTV’s superior dating show Are You the One. Yes, that’s right. I said it. Are You the One is far better than Bachelor in Paradise. Actually, it’s the best dating reality show on television, and I’m here to tell you why. If you’re not already watching this gem on the show, you need to get on board now. What follows are my reasons you should forget about this boring Bachelor content and instead get hype for Are You the One!
Earlier this summer, Roxane Gay’s new memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body received heaps of praise from reputable publications like the New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. Reviewers praise Gay for her brutal honesty, her willingness to share her thoughts on her body and the traumatic rape she experienced as a child which influenced her rapid weight gain. While Gay does discuss several important issues in Hunger—particularly the middle chunk of the book where she explains the practical and mental stressors of being fat in America—she also mires her writing in self-loathing.
Gay’s self-loathing feels familiar to anyone with a body. Everyone, even those who fit into the strict confines of conventional beauty standards, feels at odds with their body at some point. Media outlets of all sorts—from old culprits like the fashion industry to promotional materials for local businesses—tell consumers how they should look, what they need to do to fit in. The truth is, a lot of people just don’t. Gay acknowledges this truth, and steeps her prose in an intense, infectious self-hatred. While reading this memoir, I found myself feeling down on my own body. I’m fat, too, and I study how American culture medicalizes the body. This is my wheelhouse, and I normally project self-confidence (or try to). I want everyone to love their body. Yet while reading Gay’s work I started to wonder if maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I should hate myself. It’s what my culture is telling me to do, isn’t it?
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