As far as reality shows go, I was never a big fan of the “dating type” ones – I don’t think I ever saw a full episode of ‘The Bachelor,’ or any of its spawns. So when I heard about Logo’s ‘Finding Prince Charming,” I said, Hey, I’ll play. It bills itself as the first romance show of this kind, even though I think many moons ago there was one called ‘Boy Meets Boy.’ (Come to think of it, I think I saw that one) When I first started watching the first episode, I admit I was captivated. I mean, these guys all looking for love, for romance. I was speechless, thinking there is still hope in this smallc ruel world of ours.
And then it hit me. This is a television show, ans even the Emmys categorize this under ‘Game Show.” These people are in for the competition. I had to calibrate my expectations – I am not going to get emotionally satisfied with this show. I need to look at it like I do Vanderpump Rules – that these are all hot messes and I should celebrate their shallowness. I need to take my beloved notion of love out of the equation.
And three episodes in, I have people I root for, and some I dislike immensely. There’s a villain (Dillon) and it is a little disheartening to see that Prince Charming himself seems to be eliminating contestants based on their body fat index – Fit In, fat Out. Sure, it’s all fake, but let’s face it – that aspect is the most (only?) real thing here. And I wish Prince Charming just had a little more ‘personality.’ The contestants (and the audience) is supposed to fall in love with him but so far he has a personality of a used paper clip. And I am a bit baffled about his alleged rentboy past. Surely, in the eyes of the viewer, that makes himas someone you less aspire to be – but more attainable, perhaps? His actions on the show confuse me. On the first episode, he eliminated someone for talking crap about other contestants, but on succeeding episodes, he encourages it. (though I think that is more editing/production choice) I must say this, though. I am now invested in this, and more than curious to find out who goes “all the way,” as it were. I know I will keep on watching, but I don’t know if I have more thoughts to write.