It’s been a few weeks, but we are still angry about The Bachelorette finale. Sorry guys, we are not over it. This season had its fair share of ups and down but the finale was awkward, and a disappointment overall.
We went into the last episode as per usual. There were three contestants left. One that we thought she would definitely pick. One we thought that she might pick. And one we were pretty sure that she wasn’t going to pick at all. Sorry Eric, but you know it’s true.
Then they did something that they have never done before. They had Rachel Lindsay watch the last episode with us. I mean, we love her, but really? They talked through each segment and it was weird and awkward AF.
Usually they give us two hours of fairytale Bachelorette goodness. They give us time to escape reality and watch our princess pick her Prince Charming and then they throw us back into reality with the live commentary and recaps. This time, we had to go back and forth between the regular show and the live show and it was painful. The pacing was strange, it seemed uncomfortable and strained and it just didn’t work.
At one point Rachel asked Chris Harrison if she could leave, and we get it. We wanted to leave too. It was like witnessing two bad breakups for three incredibly long hours. Then in the end, she picked the guy that we didn’t really care about any way. Check, please!
So why ruin a good thing? Perhaps they wanted to bring in more reality to a pretty surreal “reality show”? Who knows? Either way it made us relive each painful moment again and again and again. We get it, she didn’t pick Peter. Stop rubbing it in!
After every segment, they would come back to the live show and Chris Harrison would turn and ask Rachel to break down what had just happened. We saw what happened, Chris. You saw what happened. She saw what happened. We all just watched it together. He also kept commenting on how it seemed so hard for Rachel to relive the moments again. Chris was being a real buzzkill.
So, when she broke it off with Eric during the rose ceremony in Spain, he then had to walk out on stage immediately after and tell us how he felt about it. Give us some time to process it, please. We beg of you!
The Bacheloretteis designed to look like a fairy-tale love story with Rachel Lindsay as the beautiful princess. But in every Disney movie we have seen, did we see the princess break it off then turn back around to her ex and explain why she broke it off? No, of course not.
While Rachel had months to process what happened, the audience didn’t. Therefore, we were asked to flip back and forth between what happened on the show to where she is at now. It was wonky and it just didn’t gel.
And as if the new structure wasn’t bad enough, then the ending was basically ruined for us. Usually, Bachelorette ends with the final two men walking towards a proposal setting. They then express their love to her and then wait to see if she is on the same page and whether or not she picks them. This time, however, Rachel and Peter had a sad and frustrating breakup the night before the final rose ceremony and we already knew what was going to happen next.
When Peter told her that he wasn’t ready for a proposal things got real. We’ve all been there where someone can’t commit but loves you and wants you but can’t give you what you want. It was devastating to say the least. And then, thanks to the new structure, we had to experience it again when they cut to the live feed. The disappointed audience, a devastated Rachel, it was all rough and hard to watch.
It was clear that what Rachel and Peter had was real. You could tell while watching the finale and then their encounter on Chris Harrison’s sofa. Many viewers can still not accept the fact that they had to watch the end of Peter and Rachel. They were waiting for a twist. Maybe Rachel would admit that she made a mistake? Or Peter would change his mind and commit. And unfortunately, this didn’t happen.
We can’t help but think that Bryan won by default. But in the end, he proposed, she accepted, so now we have to accept it too. But do we? I guess that he was willing to play by the rules so in the end he won. But love is not a game Rachel, it is not a game!