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Старый 24.08.2018, 22:25   #2076
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That stuff is delightful and is the perfect escape from real life (the reason most of us watch, amirite??).
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Старый 24.08.2018, 22:28   #2077
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Case in point, a dear friend of mine (not a Bachelor alum) has casually watched the show and its spinoffs since my season. After this season’s Paradise premiere she texted me, “Just finished the BiP premiere and I am SO INTO IT!!! It is the best social experiment ever. The show is so freaking ridiculous but I can’t wait to watch more.”
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Старый 24.08.2018, 22:38   #2078
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I, too, was over the moon for the first few episodes, and was loving on it hard.
But at about the halfway point, Paradise inexplicably insists on changing gears.
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Старый 24.08.2018, 22:40   #2079
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It feels like bait and switch, where we’re promised a month of fun in the sun and then are given tears and redundancy instead.
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Старый 24.08.2018, 22:42   #2080
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Case in point, that same friend texted (unprompted!) last night, “I don’t know what happened but I’m quickly losing interest in this show. I’m super annoyed by the whole thing.”
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:03   #2081
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I couldn’t agree more. If I have to hear one more Serious Conversation between Tia and Colton,

hear her express what she wants from him and what she deserves and hear him appease her and just generally occupy 20 minutes taking one step forward (after two steps back, of course), I may explode.
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:05   #2082
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It’s not that I don’t care for Tia or Colton or Tia and Colton as a couple.

It’s that I’ve been overexposed. I’ve been forced to care past the point of caring. Let’s disperse that airtime a bit, please?
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:07   #2083
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I would love to see more of the couples that look like they’re actually having fun together, like say, Astrid and Kevin

or Angela and Eric.
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:16   #2084
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Or how about Kendall and Joe?
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:18   #2085
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This was another issue last night. I 100% felt and saw the chemistry between Leo and Kendall, both in their conversation and kisses.

It was one of the most compelling interactions I’ve seen on this season so far.
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:21   #2086
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So HOW ANNOYING is it that we never saw more of Kendall and Joe together, to use as a foundation and means of comparison? Other than five-second long exchanges between them or shots of them laying or eating together, we really haven’t seen what they share.

This feels like such a missed opportunity, since it would let us in on Kendall’s dilemma. I gladly would have traded in 10 minutes of Chris being Chris in episodes 2 and 3 in exchange for more of Kendall and Joe just talking. It would have come in handy last night when trying to understand both (not just one) of the options Kendall was weighing.
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:35   #2087
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This same issue will most certainly be highlighted again next week.
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Старый 25.08.2018, 00:38   #2088
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We saw previews of Kevin saying he hates seeing Astrid cry, followed by a shot of Astrid crying.

I assume some newcomer will come and challenge their relationship, or perhaps it’ll be the big finale and they’ll be forced to “define” their relationship moving forward? But how are we to feel if truly the only “real” conversation we’ve seen between these two was in a daybed discussing German sausages, where Astrid joked, “The bigger, the better”? That was a funny moment, sure. But if we’re meant to feel invested in them as a couple, we need to be provided material of them as a couple. Otherwise what we’re seeing and what we’re feeling will only continue to feel like a disconnect. Even more than it already does.
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Старый 31.08.2018, 22:39   #2089
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“Kevin, Your Homeland Applauds You:” Sharleen Joynt on Episode 6 of Bachelor in Paradise

I typically have some sort of beef with someone’s behaviour every week on Paradise, but rarely am I as disappointed as I am this week. For example, Chris may make terrible choices over and over (and over) again, but it’s not like he lets any of us down.

(Our expectations were on the low side to begin with.)
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Старый 31.08.2018, 22:41   #2090
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But with Leo, I sincerely didn’t think he was capable of acting like such a fool.
I’m actually a bit sad about it. Leo was an easy favourite of mine on Becca’s season and he was one of the few Paradisers I was genuinely excited to see more of. But instead of a timely love story or at least some dry commentary, we’ve just gotten a case of the rare reverse redemption story. Leo went from a one-dimensional but fairly flawless Bachelorette edit to looking pretty terrible in a matter of one episode.
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Старый 31.08.2018, 22:49   #2091
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Look, on one hand, Leo is correct: The comparison may be extreme, but in Paradise, kissing isn’t unlike a handshake. There’s a lot of “trying out” various people, “exploring options” (despite those options being funneled in at a limited, contrived rate) yet keeping those very options “open”… this is all the Paradise contestant’s prerogative. And let’s be clear: it’s not like Kendall didn’t have Joe waiting back on the beach for her; in fact, she very likely kissed him since returning from her date with Leo. It’s not like she and Leo had some exclusive arrangement.
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Старый 31.08.2018, 23:46   #2092
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The issue is Leo’s execution; his choices during and after his “handshake” with Chelsea.
Leo’s choices last night were pretty much a step-by-step guide on how NOT to behave when you’ve returned from a date with someone you really like yet somehow managed to make out with someone else that same night.
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Let us dissect his red flags…
Step 1: Lie

I don’t care what anyone says: in this scenario, the withholding of information is lying. Remember, Leo’s calling card was being “easy to talk to.” His big selling points were his good communication skills and emotional maturity. So for him to make out with Chelsea yet assume that information was irrelevant to Kendall, who has expressly stated she values honesty over all else, isn’t just wrong, it’s dumb.

But we know Leo isn’t dumb, so he can’t blame this choice on poor judgement. Which leaves the more sinister option of calculation. Leo knew this information would not be well received, or else he would have mentioned it on his own.
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Step 2: Dedicate your energy to the wrong cause

Upon being outed in Step 1, the next steps say a lot about a person. If indeed Leo cared for Kendall the way he claimed to, a good move for would have been to put his drink down

(seriously, this guy is not a good drunk) and focus on proving to Kendall why his making out with Chelsea didn’t matter.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 00:04   #2095
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Given the fact that Kendall is INSANELY reasonable, if the kiss really did mean nothing, this would be an easy feat to accomplish. All he would have to do is apologize (or eloquently explain himself) and generally not rest until her mind were at rest about it.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 00:16   #2096
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Instead, Leo dedicated his valuable time and energy to sniffing out his “snitch”—the person who had the gall to tell Kendall about this make out, despite the fact that EVERYBODY ELSE KNEW—and pick an unfounded, sulky fight with them about it. Oh, and claim he’d planned on telling Kendall himself. Sure, brah.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 00:41   #2097
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Step 3: Nix responsibility

Leo seems to have taken a page from Chris’s copy of How To Blame Friends and Manipulate People. He twisted Kendall’s words and actions, intentionally hurting her and calling her an actress.

Yet, to retain her interest and flatter her, he also claimed he wanted nothing but her happiness and that he couldn’t believe she was single.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 00:49   #2098
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He said in an ITM that any girl getting as upset as Kendall did probably wanted exclusivity, in which case she should have told him that.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 00:53   #2099
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Um, Kendall never expressed requiring exclusivity (she was the one with Joe, after all), only honesty.

Leo had a million excuses for why his kissing somebody else was no big deal, sidestepping the one fact that it wasn’t about the kiss. Instead, it was that the kiss didn’t align with his other words and actions. This is something Leo has proven fully intelligent enough to comprehend, making his stubbornness and inability to be wrong the biggest red flag of all.
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Старый 01.09.2018, 01:01   #2100
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The shining star amidst two hours of grueling, judge-of-character-questioning disappointment? None other than our resident Canadian! It always makes me strangely proud when the one or two Canucks we ever see on the American franchise are always such paragons of integrity and decency. I confess I never had a particularly strong opinion, whether positive or negative, about Kevin back on Jasmine’s Bachelorette Canada season. (I can’t comment on his Winter Games showing, unfortunately!) But he has been shooting to the tip top of my Paradise pile.
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