90 Day Fiance Review
90 Day Fiance is standard TLC half-scripted reality fare. It follows four couples, each made up of an American man and a foreign woman. Each couple has 90 days to decide whether or not to get married and go through with the ceremony. Throughout the process, the couples have to deal with culture shock and family members’ concerns that the women are scammers.
In the first episode, we meet three couples: Mike and Aziza, Russ and Paola, and Alan and Kirlyam. The men live around the United States, whereas the women are vising from Russia, Colombia, and Brazil, respectively.
Out of all the couples, Russ and Paola appear to have spent the most time together prior to getting a K-1 (Fiance) visa. Russ met Paolo when he was working on an oil rig in Columbia. Their relationship is very physical. Paolo wanted to shower with Russ. They are constantly kissing and hugging. If the cameras weren’t on, they probably wouldn’t be discussing their relationship and what moving in with Russ’s parents will do to their relationship. It’s obvious his parents don’t like Paola because she’s a girly girl with a strong personality. When the family was eating dinner, the tension in the room could be cut with a knife.
Russ and Paola’s relationship is the only one that seems genuine on both sides. However, Russ’s parents may cause Paola to return home. She wants to be with their son, but doesn’t want to be told that she will be required to learn the family recipe for a special pie.
The second couple is Alan and Kirlyam. Alan met Kirlyam as a Morman missionary in Brazil. Their relationship is the hardest to understand. Kirlya is from a small town that doesn’t have running water. She has no idea what the world is like outside of her village. While Kirlya doesn’t seem manipulative, she appears very naive. Any place in the United States would be overwhelming for her, yet Alan chooses to take her to Hollywood. This was a baffling decision. She has no concept of what a normal American life entails, but he takes her to a place where a grown man dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow isn’t anything out of the ordinary. Alan said he did it because she likes movies, but she should be exposed to real life before she indulges in that fantasy.
Least likely to make it to the alter are Mike and Aziza. Their whole relationship is off. She was denied a visa twice, so she decided to apply for a K-1 visa, which was the only way she could visit the United States. There’s 10 years between them and no romantic chemistry. It makes me cringe every time they hold hands. You know Mike’s going to feel exploited at the end of TLC’s docu-reality series. He’s being used by his fiance and a cable network. Although, honestly, he should have seen the latter coming.
90 Day Fiance is as fake as Secret Princes, but it’s easy to get sucked into watching because it’s an intriguing concept. TLC’s just not going to provide any sort of reliable narrative on the subject matter, which is unfortunate because it’s important for viewers to see an accurate portrayal.