Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s 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.
The Bachelorette: “Let the Journey Begin” by Tigh Rickman & Sarah Kowalski
So here we are, at the beginning of a fantastic journey that promises exotic lands, meaningful conversations and, of course, romance. It is the beginning of Ali’s journey as The Bachelorette, and in a matter of months one of the 25 strangers who stepped out of the limo before her tonight will walk away from this experience as her husband-to-be. But before the proposal, before the dream dates in exotic lands, before the hometown visits is tonight. And tonight she will awkwardly meet and mingle with these men and send home 10 of them—in effect ending their time on this journey before it even began.
On Ali as ‘The Bachelorette”
Sarah: So, to recap, our fair heroine Ali, following in the footsteps of Jake and Jillian before her, goes from jilted participant in the previous Bachelor season to star of her own.
Tigh: Yes! And I’m really excited to see her in action. On The Bachelor she seemed like the most normal one—girly, but normal. But now we’re going to get to see her in another light. Remember, when Jake was on The Bachelorette, he seemed normal too. It wasn’t until he became the star that we saw the depths of his true pathos.
Sarah: Well… he seemed… kinda normal. He did almost start crying and practically propose during his first date with Jill, if I’m recalling correctly. But the fact that Ali fell for Jake makes me question her taste in men. Especially since she purportedly wants someone who’s smart and funny above all else. Would anyone really consider Jake smart *or* funny?
Tigh: No. At least not intentionally. By the way, did you see him cry on Dancing with the Stars?
Sarah: Oh, man I missed it!
Tigh: Holy Jeez. But I digress… Well, we both saw this coming at the end of the last season of The Bachelor. Nobody was better suited to take up the mantle of ‘The Bachelorette’ than Ali. She’s an all-American girl who’s been wronged romantically and is trying to find love. (more…)