They came. They saw. They married.
Married At First Sight sums up it’s social experimenting magic tonight. Six weeks of high ratings and low brows got us more intrigued than we’d like to admit. No need to be ashamed, we watched in the name of science. The couples met at the end of the aisle, had a commitment ceremony (because you can’t marry a stranger in Australia) and then settled in for six weeks of experimenting.
So, what did we learn?
1. The bullshit title of ‘social experiment’ actually had some merit to it.
Channel Nine used the words ‘social experiment’ about three thousand times per episode (it just sounds classier than ‘cheap reality television’). The show received consistently good support, winning the Monday night ratings timeslot consistently (even against Masterchef).
Arranged marriages happen in various cultures around the world, and watching ‘matched’ couples fast forward through a relationship, from meeting each other to meeting the families, from getting married to living together for the first time, was genuinely interesting, let alone surprising when it worked for some of the couples. But we all know what was most interesting…
2. Sexy times. There is no rule about the right time to have sex with a new partner.
Thanks to the social experiment, we know that Clare and Lachlan consummated their marriage on the first night, Zoe and Alex on the second, and the other couples at an undisclosed time. There was no hard, fast (ahem) rule about waiting until the fifth date or getting to first base before scoring a home run – the couples went for it when they were ready, and it had no correlation to a successful relationship outcome. Boom. Social experiment.
3. Fighting with a smile on your face is much better for television.
There was some joyous passive-aggressive arguing throughout the show. Between man and wife, between wife and wife, between Roni and everyone. But it’s okay: As long as everyone is smiling for the cameras and starting each argument with “I’m just trying to say…”, then the audience will believe that everything is sunshine and rainbows and happily ever after.
4. Until Clare says ‘fuck’. Again.
And then we know the fight is really happening. We very much liked that this show wasn’t censored (well, not ENTIRELY censored), because we got to hear at least four of the eight newlyweds drop an f-bomb. Especially Clare.