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” And he’s right—the season is already among the show’s best.
had been standard, unscripted fare: entertaining but vacuous.
Now the diabolical series, which premiered in 2014, has introduced a new element to the equation.
Many of these shows weren’t explicitly dating-focused ( and applied an ethically dubious twist: The gay leading man, James, and his heterosexual best friend, Andra, initially had no idea that the mix of suitors competing for James’s heart on national television included both gay and straight men.
When it was revealed to them, midway through production, their objective shifted from a putatively romantic pursuit to guessing which men had been tricking James all along.presented this as an intriguing plot development, but the show replicated the kind of dangerous guesswork queer people must undertake each day—for gay men like James, incorrectly identifying another man as gay could lead to consequences far more dire than losing a game show.
This new installment, though, serves a multi-layered purpose.
For heterosexual audiences, it’s didacticism wrapped in an alcohol-soaked reality-TV bow, while for LGBTQ viewers, it’s an opportunity to be seen—for better or worse—more intimately than many dating shows have previously allowed.