"Dating" puts three men and three women into different wings of the same mansion and over the course of several days allows them to meet only in a completely dark room (infrared cameras capture the action).There, the only way participants know what one another looks like is through verbal description and a little face-touching.As the pilot proves, nothing's foolproof in the pursuit of happiness, but sometimes turning out the lights helps people see that much more clearly.
That's the sentiment after watching the pilot episode of ABC's latest attempt to pair up young, straight, white folks in "Dating in the Dark."Proposing to answer the question, is love blind?
An initial dark group meeting is followed by a series of one-on-ones initiated by participants, and soon the six are three pairs. "Dark" is an interesting idea with a refreshing lack of bombast and fakery that propels so many reality shows: The participants are clean-cut, pleasantly attractive regular folks (though one has a Jude Law aura).
But the lack of visual input means things turn nonphysically intimate quickly -- after just one or two visits, both men and women are trading sentimental keepsakes. But sadly, without the catfights, the gaming of the process or copious alcohol, what "Dark" proves is that real life is kinda dull.
What followed would become an MTV signature: scripted dating shows that favored hot (often shirtless, fit and on Spring Break) 20-somethings look for the someone to screw, not marry.
The clever set ups — blind dates in bedrooms, blind dates in vans, blind dates with parents — kept generations of teens glued to the channel, much in the same way music videos had the decade prior.