Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at the Stonecoast MFA program. Both longtime fans of reality television, they are both relative newcomers to the ABC phenomenon The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes. What follows is their weekly dialogue regarding the previous episode of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Deconstruction
In this past week’s episode, Jake, The Bachelor and sensitive pilot, engaged in hometown dates with the remaining four finalists (Gia, Ali, Vienna and Tenley) and got to meet their families. The show concluded with frontrunner Ali having to choose between the show and Jake, or losing her job back in San Francisco.
The thing about Jake — you can tell from his physical mannerisms (a deep sigh, head dips, head raises, tear falls) that everything he’s learned about love is from TV shows (I’m guessing his home life as a kid wasn’t a happy one — absent father, I bet) so he’s got these idealized concepts about love and romance. Which makes him perfect for The Bachelor.
Jake… oh, Jake. You’re so right; he’s perfect for the Bachelor, since the entire show seems to thrive on people saying as little as is humanly possible that doesn’t consist of a stock set of phrases: “here for the right reasons” ”looking for my best friend” “truly falling for…” “ready for commitment.” What makes Jake so horrifyingly ideal for the show is that I don’t think he actually wants to think or feel anything besides those phrases.
This week, I was really taken by how desperate Jake was for the approval of all the families — including Vienna’s train-wreck of a brood. It only furthers my theory that this guy has some serious parental-abandonment issues. (more…)