Oh my GOODNESS. I am OBSESSED with this show. It is so funny watching them all interact with each other on the chat while also having their real reactions with just the camera. I really wasn’t sure how a reality game where they never meet would work, but I really do love it. My favorite part is that they all think they are playing each other and influencing each other’s decisions, but in reality no one is playing anyone since they’re all doing it to everyone! Some of them are genuinely, unapologetically themselves, which is also hilarious. I’m so glad this show exists.
First 8 People:
Chris: 30; Dallas, TX; Freelance Artist/Graphic Designer/Hood Spiritualist Hustler. I wasn’t sure what to think at first because he said he has “godfidence” but also is a “real-ass bitch,” but as soon as he started interacting with everyone I totally loved him. He’s funny and good at conversing with everyone. He makes everyone feel comfortable and people want to be his friend in real life…and so do I.
Joey: 25; Rochester, NY; Bartender. I meannnn this guy is straight outta a Jersey Shore casting call. He walks around yelling “Yeah Buddy!” and calls himself a Momma’s boy while also wearing a chain and (sometimes) sunglasses indoors. He’s cocky and TERRIBLE at flirting…which makes him hilarious. Such a dude, but I love it and I love him and I am so happy he’s on TV.
Alana: 25; Texas; Lingerie & Swimsuit Model. So..I’m a little confused because she claimed in the beginning that she didn’t want to tell anyone she was a model because people would judge her and she wanted them to get to know her goofy side, but then writes in her profile that she’s a model…? Not a great strategy.
Seaburn: 29; Boston, MA; Caseworker who works with people who have disabilities. He is playing as his girlfriend Rebecca (26) because she’s pretty and he claims to know how to be a perfect woman. He’s honestly doing pretty well, except he couldn’t figure out Chris was gay LOL.
Shubham: 23; California; Virtual Reality Designer. I friggin’ love this kid and so does everyone else. He’s absolutely adorable, hates social media and thinks it’s the modern-day bubonic plague, but quickly gets sucked into the addictive world of popularity and likes and ratings. He tries to make connections with people and genuinely cares about them. Everyone finds him to be cute in like a sweet younger brother way and his relationship with “bro-y Joey” is hilarious. Plus every calls him Shooby which I love.
Samantha (Sammie): 24; Miami, FL; Behavior Technician who works with kids with Autism. This girl keeps it real and is awesome. She’s nice to everyone, but doesn’t shy away if someone is coming for her. Def one of my favorites.
Antonio: 24; Barcelona; Pro Basketball Player in Spain, Portugal, & France. Alright…this guy intrigued me at first because he repeatedly said he wasn’t a douchebag, but he quickly proved that he actually is kind of a douchebag? He is one of my favorites to watch because he thinks he’s playing a bunch of different people and getting them all on his side (particularly Karyn-Mercedeze) when in reality they all see through him. I just love how he is always like “I got them right where I want them,” but in the other room the person is like laughing at how they’re playing him.
Karyn: 37; Bronx, NY. Playing as Mercedeze to prove that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover because she looks like a thug from New York, but is actually a lover and a cuddler. She’s hoping that playing as Mercedeze will allow everyone to give her a chance because she looks more approachable. Unlike Seaburn-Rebecca who knows his girlfriend, Karyn just found Mercedeze’s pictures online and that’s how she decided to be her.
After the first rating session, where most of the people are disappointed that Karyn-Mercedeze first picture is filtered, Chris breaks the ice in the group chat and gives a good impression. Alana immediately gets on Sammie’s radar because she seems to be all about appearances, but Sammie puts herself on everyone else’s radars by being the only girl to say she pees in the shower during the “Agree or Disagree” game. Joey flirts with Alana and is hilariously bad at it…made only more funny because he’s not wearing a shirt during the entire exchange. I love this guy. He’s so funny.
The first set of ratings are in, and this the order:
Shubham is pretty upset because it confirms his opinions about himself in terms of first impressions, and Antonio is upset because he wanted to be in the middle of the pack. Antonio and Sammie meet to determine one person who will be blocked. They decide to have each other’s back and ultimately choose Alana because she seems fake.
The next episode begins with Alana confronting Sammie and some other relationships deepening (Sammie & Chris, Joey & Shubham, and Seaburn-Rebecca & Shubham). The aftermath of the blocking leads to a bit of fighting (Antonio & Joey because Joey had a crush on Alana and Karyn-Mercedeze and Sammie because Antonio told K-M that Sammie was torn between her and Alana).
The newest addition taking Alana’s place is Miranda (Randi): 26; South Lake Tahoe, CA. I feel bad for this girl. She doesn’t seem to have any roots and calls herself a lone wolf and also says that she falls in love too easily, which tells me she’s probably been burned a few times. She gets to creep on them during their “party” to decide who she wants to chat with individually.
The party is hilarious. I do not understand why they all get dressed up if no one is going to see them. Shubham is literally wearing a suit. They get to post a new picture, and most of them chose to show a deeper side. Karyn-Mercedeze posted one without a filter, which the others liked; Joey posted one with his parents to show his Italian family values; Chris shows off his makeup side; and Sammie posted a scandalous picture in a bathing suit (which quickly prompted more bad flirting from Joey LOL I continue to love him). They play Never Have I Ever and Karyn-Mercedeze reveals that she’s bi-curious and Shubham doesn’t get it which is ADORABLE and HILARIOUS. This prompts Randi to want to chat with her after the party, where things get VERY flirty in episode 3.
In the following episode, Randi makes Antonio look hilarious because he calls himself a chef, but doesn’t know what a poached egg is. They flirt. Then she attempts to flirt with Sammie & Rebecca, but it puts her on Sammie’s radar and Sammie doesn’t trust her because she’s wishy-washy, though Randi thinks everything is going great. This girl has no clue what’s happening. Chris and Joey have a hilariously adorable conversation and I continue to love both of them. Rebecca and Shubham deepen their connection and I feel bad that Shubham is getting catfished because I love the kid.
They play a game, which leaves Rebecca getting some love from everyone, Antonio being called a catfish, and Randi unsuccessfully flirting with Sammie by calling her a catfish and hurting her feelings. Shubham publicly defends Joey’s genuineness, but doesn’t defend Sammie and feels bad about it, which leads to them forming a connection in an individual chat. Honestly, Shubham’s sincerity will take him far, in my opinion, because everyone seems to love him, feel unthreatened by him, and think he’s adorable.
The next set of ratings come in and are as follows:
- Chris & Shubham
- Joey & Sammie
In the next episode, Chris & Shubham need to choose someone to be blocked, but before they chat Chris cries a little about his mom, which is sweet. They ultimately decide on Antonio which I enjoyed because he annoyed me, and he chose to go see Karyn-Mercedeze (which is a little sketchy considering she was the one he flirted with the most and he has a girlfriend of 3 years…) and realizes that she is a catfish. Karyn explains her reasoning and he gets it. They hug it out, but clearly he’s upset since he kinda calls her out in the video by saying things are not what they seem, though he doesn’t reveal who he spoke to (He probably can’t? I’m surprised he could even say that, but I’m new to this show). In the aftermath of that, Shubham & Joey try to reel Chris in to be their third so they can stick together, but Chris gives a noncommittal response. Meanwhile, Randi reaches out to Sammie and figures out she was a jerk and Karyn-Mercedeze does a good job convincing Sammie that Antonio didn’t visit her. Plus, Randi tells her foster care story to Joey, which immediately wins him over. I feel bad because she’s being so genuine, but I don’t think this is the right game for her. She gets so excited over everything Joey says and I don’t know how great she is at communicating with everyone.
They have a ridiculous cake competition which would be really dumb if not for JOEY BECAUSE HE IS AMAZING. I really like him. He’s so funny. Maybe it’s just my love of Jersey Shore and that kind of nonsense, but I just love the guy. The result of the competition is that Randi gets to upload a video, which kind of backfires because Seaburn-Rebecca & Shubham immediately get suspicious about whether or not her pictures line up. Karyn-Mercedeze continues her defense plan with Chris, who she convinces that Antonio did not visit her. I really thought Chris would see through that, but he didn’t. Then Karyn-Mercedeze plants the seed that Joey might be a catfish.
The episode ends with another new player: Alex: 32; Los Angeles, CA; Unemployed/Artist. I love that he calls himself a Former Cheese Monger and describes himself as lumpy. He will be playing as Adam, which is a strategy I don’t think will work for him. He thinks that because Adam is hot and he is smart, there is no way he can’t win..but I’m not convinced.
Overall, I am addicted to this show and literally watched all four episodes on New Year’s Day and now I am going to be DYING until Wednesday as I wait for the next four episodes. Good thing The Bachelor is also starting! Did you watch this show? Have you seen the original? Let me know in the comments!