Prime Video’s ‘Cosmic Love’ is the new ‘Love Is Blind’

The whole of cosmic love is available now on Prime Video and y’all, it’s the craziest reality show since Shake bragged about having reservations at Nobu after being left at the altar. If there is one Love is blindsize hole in your life, let cosmic love in your heart.

The premise of the show is so simple, it’s shocking that more reality shows haven’t been built around it: it’s all astrology, baby! Cancers go with Virgos and Fire signs need Water types. Pull out those birth charts, discover your rising sign and moon tides, embrace your inner element, and let it all guide you to the love of your life. If it’s not clear, I don’t know anything about astrology (and I don’t believe in it at all either). But astrology is obviously something a lot of people spend a lot of time and energy on, and cosmic love puts it all in a blender with bonkers reality TV tropes to create a highly addictive cocktail.

It is also a complex cocktail. After all, we live in a post-Love is blind world and if your reality show isn’t high concept, then the audience isn’t interested. So cosmic love isn’t just a show where singles are matched up based on their signs, then go on a date to see if any feelings spark between them. No, the show follows four singles – each representing Fire, Earth, Water and Air signs – as they try to find love among 16 other eligible hotties.

It gets more complicated than that. There are actually only four perfect matches for each of the four elements (that’s what the main singles quartet is called…I’m serious). To complicate matters further, the Elements don’t know which of the 16 are their matches! Matches are revealed one by one by – brace yourself – The Astro Chamber.

Yes, the Astro Room.

Cosmic Love singles in Astro Chamber
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In the show’s mythology, because dating shows have to have a mythology these days, the Astro Chamber is an all-knowing and all-seeing being (and room), at least astrologically. They know all the flaws of singles and they know the areas each element needs to work on. Bathed in the kind of light show you normally see at Spencer’s Gifts in the aisle of lava lamps and electric balls, the elements are told by the Astro Chamber who is best for them and why. Sometimes that means they’re suddenly paired with a single they’ve never spoken to before. Sometimes that means they can waste their time dating a non-match. Sometimes it’s a wish-fulfillment and the Elements are already huddled against one of their matches. It’s unpredictable chaos every time.

Oh – and at the end of it all, there are engagements and weddings planned for the couples. The Astro Room is don’t mess around.

Cosmic Love single talks about signs
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The show takes a normal premise and blasts it out of this world with supernatural trappings (the Elements find out who their matches are in the celestial sanctuary – What is that, guardians of the galaxy?) and a host of rules that human beings are programmed to completely ignore. Take Connor, one of the elements; as a Gemini, he is described as indecisive and shy. These are two traits you typically don’t want leading a dating show. Watching Connor try to cope with all the reality TV obstacles set up by the Astro Chamber is painful (but the right kind of painful that keeps you going to the “next episode” until the sun suddenly disappears ).

Luckily, there are other couples on the show – and, surprise surprise, there isn’t always an element in the mix! Who would have thought that if you put a total of 20 sexy singles in a lavish estate with unlimited booze and horny energy, they would all play by the rather arbitrary rules of the game? When people start associating on their own, the Elements react like kings angry at a peasant’s revolt. As one item put it, “I’m a little pissed that Caleb doesn’t take this seriously.” We all came here wanting to be led by the stars and I feel like Caleb is just playing by his own rules.

We all came here wanting to be guided by the stars. cosmic love is a gift.

Cosmic Love Single Phoebe
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The whole show hits Love is blind engrossing and infuriating levels, especially if you’re a non-believer. To me, it seems that the Astro Chamber is inventing more and more complicated astrological designations to determine why, for example, a Leo and a Taurus do not match in this case but match in another case. You will be screaming at the screen as people decide to stop pursuing a clear romantic attraction based entirely on their sign. This is fantastic.

Although I don’t believe in astrology, there is a bit of cosmic twinning that I can support. When it comes to cosmic love and viewers who love chaotic dating shows, this is a match that was written in the stars.

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