‘Bachelor in Paradise’ premiere review: Michelle Money, Marquel Martin, and Clare vs. raccoons

Cast -Tonight, “Bachelor in Paradise” premiered on ABC, and as you would expect, it was about a million different degrees of crazy. There was fighting, crying, insanity, and basically anything and everything in between.

What we do actually like about the show is that there are so many dates in here that we don’t have to spend time dealing with the constant “fairy tale” garbage that we consistently see with “The Bachelor” the vast majority of the time.

To us, some of the highlights include Marquel Martin and Michelle Money become one of the most-likable power couples ever, Clare Crawley freaking out and seemingly talking to a raccoon, AshLee Frazier freaking out on Graham Bunn to the point where it was extremely awkward. Also, you had Sarah Herron trying to take Marcus Grodd’s comments like a champ. He has more feelings seemingly for Lacy Faddoul, and he basically said that to her face. It’s almost like she was treated him like a pity case.

Eventually, we did get to the Rose Ceremony tonight, where the guys all opted to give the lady of their choice a rose. Michelle Kujawa didn’t seem even remotely interested in being here, so she went ahead and left at the end of the episode. Why in the world was she even here? Joining Michelle out the door is Daniella McBride, who has the rare distinction now of being under-edited and screwed over on two different shows.

The biggest question we have for this show is this: Is this really paradise? It doesn’t feel much like it right now. The dates are a little low-budget, and the entire show still feels a little all over the place. There’s nothing that fresh about it, and there isn’t enough time to get to know any of the contestants personally. Basically, you are entirely reliant on past seasons for your enjoyment of this. There are some good moments, but also more than a few dull ones. Grade: C+.

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