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It’s ei­ther con­sis­tent or pre­dictable that I’ll feel com­pelled to com­ment on Mar­ried at First Sight.

Now like most peo­ple I know, re­al­ity TV is the one thing that draws me back to free to air and I gen­uinely do hate my­self for it.

What starts as a group of the lovelorn and the lost brim­ming with sun­shine and con­fi­dence rapidly de­scends into some­thing like a ti­tle fight.

Most of th­ese re­la­tion­ships do slowly de­cay into ac­ri­mony and lament, and that’s all very well, but there’s a room full of pointy­heads rub­bing their hands to­gether and call­ing it an ex­per­i­ment.

An ex­per­i­ment is when you drop a men­tos into a diet coke can. This is some­thing al­to­gether more twisted.

Re­la­tion­ships are not in­trin­si­cally all that in­ter­est­ing. In fact they’re pretty mun­dane.

That’s why for my money First Dates Aus­tralia is bet­ter value. The whole ‘‘will they won’t they?’’ roller­coaster starts afresh ev­ery week.

Of course if you watch Love Is­land you’re part of the prob­lem.

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