The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On begins by introducing us to the four couples. In every relationship, there was a person who wanted to take the next step i.e., marriage. These couples had good dating histories like high school sweethearts or dating for two years. Each of them’s relationship was at a crucial stage. You get to see strong-headed women who know how to live like a queen, women who respect their partner's opinions, and others. The men too in The Ultimatum are good.
The Ultimatum is given by one partner in the relationship which means that the other partner has to decide whether they want to marry or move on. This is what the whole show is based upon. The audience will be spending the next eight episodes with different time durations watching the journey of these two couples. You might want to turn your air conditioners on as sometimes the temperature tends to be too hot because of jealousy.
In my opinion, people who like a romantic reality show will enjoy The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On. It offers a lot of drama and sometimes even goes to lengths that should not have been crossed. While Lisa was crying and talking about her experience in the first episode, she moved aside so that the camera didn’t capture her getting emotional. That was a vulnerable moment in which private space should be given. Rather what was shown was the cameraperson even followed her to the corner where she went to wipe off her tears.
I never was a fan of reality shows like these but, once you start watching them, you’ll realize that the amount of drama is great to have with a bowl of popcorn. The problems this couple discussed on screen didn’t seem fake to me. I can’t say for sure if all of this was unscripted because some moments felt pretty fake. Sometimes the participants behaved like they were walking on eggshells. You can decide for yourself as in which scenes are real and which are fake.
Reality shows like The Ultimatum might be made with the intent of doing good for the couples, but watching them expose even the most vulnerable side of them was too much. At the end of the first episode, there was a glimpse shown from the recording installed in the rooms of the couple and they were seen indulging in sexual acts. Although the couple was covered in bedsheets still, it was too much.
The Ultimatum at times forgets the motive of the show and wanders off in directions that the audience won’t like. The times it remembers its agenda, it’s nice, and other times it is just blah. Intense scenes like the one in which Lisa said cold thing to Riah and Brian was good. It showed how these couples care deeply for each other despite the commitment issues. Another thing that shocked me was how easily they shifted gears and became comfortable with someone who wasn’t their partner.
All of this makes us question if the show is based on couples having real feelings or not. To sum up, it might prove to be a good decision to simply skip this reality show.
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