Cosmic Love Review – Does Astrology Based Dating Work? Do the heck | Television

Cosmic Love Review – Does Astrology Based Dating Work? Do the heck | Television

J Just when you think every possible angle of the dating show has been wined, dined and, for the sake of azon Prime Video). This budget amalgamation of all other dating shows has, as its USP, the “Astro Chamber” – a disembodied voice emanating from a ball of light in a room apparently cobbled together from leftovers at the Ikea sale. “I feel like I’m in the room,” cybermen online says one attendee, who is incredibly generous of her.

Anyone who has seen a dating show before, whether it’s First Dates or Love Is Blind or one of Channel 4’s Friday Night Sex, will find every conversation familiar

Astro Chamber – a less cutting, more serene POD from Snog Marry Avoid – takes four contestants, each representing an element of the zodiac (earth, air, fire and water) and pairs them with another single person, based on their birth chart. They are supposedly compiled using the position of the planets and stars at the exact time and place the person was born. “By trusting fate and letting yourself be guided by astrology, you could find your perfect match,” it promises.

Does it work? Damn it. There’s no real drive for it to work, because if the key to instant and lifelong love and attraction really is birth chart compatibility, then the manufacturers, sorry Astro Chamber, should be able to match a couple right away, and then lean step back and watch them fall in love. It would be a cute, even single episode at most, but it’s not a series. A full dating series needs plenty of drama, and in this case it’s pushed in with the introduction of 16 singles. These newcomers may or may not be an astrological match for our four main players. They don’t find out until they’ve been on dates first, and only then do they get to see if their stars are aligned. Later in the series, there are some postponements and computer rotations in a laborious attempt to liven things up.

The dates make the Isle of Fernando look like an all-inclusive five-star resort in the Seychelles. Maria and her first date arrange bouquets of flowers to represent their feelings for each other. Noel, who admits he doesn’t really believe in astrology and chooses his first date because “have you seen her?”, nonetheless hopes the stars can somehow fix his wandering eye. He goes to the spa. Phoebe does blacksmithing. Connor is tasked, and I’m not making this up, to “scream into the void, off a cliff” with his partner. Neither of them particularly enjoy screaming into the void, off a cliff, which I suppose suggests a certain level of compatibility.

The problem, they all say, is with modern dating

What do they learn about each other? Some of them have commitment issues, some of them have been hurt and have a hard time trusting anyone new. Some of them work too hard, some need better self-esteem. It is shallow and fickle, they grumble as they engage in a process that treats marriage as a random commodity. Hard to find someone real? I’m no marriage counselor, but it’s hard not to wonder if relying on a celestial entity called the Astro chamber is the best way to finally find that rare authentic soulmate.

Also, it’s all so bloodless. Unless you’re as devoted to the details of several strangers’ birth charts as they are, it’s just not very interesting. I suppose birth charts are a bit like dreams in that they are mostly fascinating to the person they belong to. If you remove the “use of fate as a tool” – surely fate is fundamentally resistant to being used as a tool in anything, since if it exists it is beyond our control – then it is in the essential er UK version. People are paired with partners who are perfect on paper, only to discover that attraction doesn’t necessarily work according to a formula. Drama ensues. By episode two, I was desperate to get off their cosmic travels at the next possible stop.

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