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  • premiered on Netflix on Thursday, February 13.
  • On the show, singles go on dates in “pods” and get engaged before ever seeing one another.
  • Already, audiences have opinions on the all the couples—especially on the far and away fan favorite, Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton.
  • In addition, OprahMag.com caught up with Speed to see how she‘s reacting to watching herself on TV.

    The first five episodes of dropped on Netflix on February 13, and promptly sent audiences reeling. That Love Is Blind is shocking, delighting, and captivating audiences is no surprise considering the show’s downright wild premise.

    Here’s how Love Is Blind works: A group of singles go on dates in “pods,” where they’re unable to see the other person. Only after getting engaged (yes, engaged), does the couple meet face-to-face. After the pods, the couples go on a vacation in Mexico–and then back to Atlanta, where they’ll confront real-world challenges.

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    <i>Love Is Blind</i> Fans Have the Funniest, Most On-Point …

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    Blind may refer to:

    The state of blindness, being unable to see
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    Think of Love Is Blind as an experiment done in service of the show’s hypothesis: Is a deep personal connection enough to sustain a relationship, or do external factors like age, aesthetics, income, and education matter as well?

    Obviously, audiences are eating the dating show up—and how could they not be? It only takes two episodes for people to go from complete strangers to blubbering messes, professing their love for one another. Against all conventional logic, couples form a deep attachment in no time at all.

    <i>Love Is Blind</i> Fans Have the Funniest, Most On-Point …

    There’s genuine delight to be found in watching people be vulnerable, open, honest, and crazy in love so quickly. And, as years of reality TV binges have taught us, it’s also fun to watch everything come apart at the seams.

    Naturally, people raced through the first batch. Despite themselves, they can’t stop watching. Who among us could resist this delectable mess?

    Six couples got together on the show, but one emerged as a clear favorite. Sparks flew the instant Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton, a 27-year-old firefighter-turned scientist, stepped into the futuristic pod. Audiences were instantly invested in their relationship.

    No spoilers, though: On his Instagram story last night, Hamilton assured his new fans they will have to wait and see what happens to him and Speed.

    People were shocked that Speed and Hamilton could fall in love over the course of four short days—and equally as shocked that they, the cynical audience, could actually believe they were in love.

    People love Hamilton, who said he’s often told he “doesn’t look like a scientist,” as much as Speed does.

    But there’s more to Love Is Blind than Speed and Hamilton (even if some audience members wished otherwise). Naturally, people had opinions on the show’s other couples, too.

    Take the case of Jessica Batten and Mark Cuevas. While they connected on a personal level, 34-year-old Batten struggled to accept that Cuevas was 10 years her junior. She also was crushing on Matt Barnett, a cast member who had connections with three women.

    Speaking of Barnett and his trio of women—not everyone got what they saw in him and his frequent puns.

    Another point of conversation? The surprising way Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers’s proposal went down. Gibelli, a 25-year-old content creator, initially said no when Powers, 27, tearfully popped the question—only so she could get down on one knee.

    Far and away, audiences are most divided over Carlton Morton, 34, and Diamond Jack’s fight in Mexico, henceforth known as “Wig Gate.” Morton decided not to share his bisexuality with Jack, 28, until they were already engaged. Once in Mexico, he revealed his truth. Jack appeared to be upset that he kept such a large part of his identity from her.

    Soon, the poolside paradise becomes a setting for a massive blowout. At the end of the fight, Morton tells Jack her wig was sliding, then storms away. Audiences were split over how both Jack and Morton handled the conflict (but generally were team Diamond).

    And to think: These are only the reactions to the first batch of episodes. Love Is Blind continues on Thursday, February 20 and Thursday, February 27. This is going to be us, both days.

    Finally, joining the many live-tweeters in watching Love Is Blind is the cast who, prior to February 13, had not seen the show in its entirety.

    “Watching [the show] back brings me back to that mind space. It’s emotional,” Speed told OprahMag.com. “It was a huge part of our lives. It shifted our whole lives regardless of whether you ended up with someone or not. You came out of this a different person.”

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