Host: Rob Delaney
Streaming on: Netflix
A cheetah and a beaver stroll right into a bar. Netflix makes use of the setup of a basic joke format as the premise of its new actuality courting present, Sexy Beasts, which finally ends up feeling like extra of a punchline as an alternative.
Inspired by a BBC Three sequence from 2014, every of the present’s six episodes options one topic who goes on a pace date with three suitors, eliminates one, then goes on extra elaborate dates with the opposite two earlier than selecting a winner. The twist is that their appearances are all obscured underneath layers of make-up and prosthetics to make sure that seems to be don’t issue into the equation and connections are made on the premise of persona alone.
The first signal that Sexy Beasts has a misplaced confidence in its contestants’ willingness to get on board with the thought comes once they’re requested what they’re on the lookout for in a associate and so they instantly start itemizing bodily attributes. “I am weak for big boobs, I’m a boobs guy,” says one man. “Big ole butt,” says one other. Other descriptors are imprecise, like a girl on the lookout for “pizzazz” or one other on the lookout for “bad boy Barack Obama.” Even the present undermines its personal ‘looks don’t matter’ philosophy by casting uniformly match, engaging contestants, from a six-foot-tall mannequin from New York, to a lab technician from Los Angeles who pointedly discusses his 20-inch biceps.
The disguises do little to masks (heh) simply how shallow and vapid these members are. In the primary episode, the conversations are simply as stilted as they’d be on a daily blind date and it’s apparent that the contestants miss having the benefit of their attractiveness to create the spark that their phrases can’t. While the remainder of the episodes characteristic higher conversationalists, they nonetheless depend on their bodily attributes to an absurd diploma. One contestant touts her kissing abilities. Another asks his date to really feel his bicep and circumvents the ‘no looking’ rule by pulling out his companions’ chairs for them, chivalry turning into a pretext to take a look at their butts. “What if we started dating and I gained 300 pounds?” considered one of his dates asks, to which there’s an extended and uncomfortable silence in response.
Despite the disguises, most of the members method their dates with the single-minded horniness that may trigger them to lose cash on one other standard Netflix present Too Hot To Handle. Conversations invariably flip sexual and multiple couple ends a date urgent furry face towards furry face in a kiss. The most chemistry a pair in episode 1 shows is once they see one another with out their prosthetics, instantly proceed to make out after which ask the cameras for some privateness.
Occasional glimpses of persona filter via the facades, although they’re removed from the depth the present was presumably hoping for. For one jilted suitor, the eventual face reveal turns into a vindictive approach to present the lady who rejected him simply what she’s lacking out on. Another contestant weeps copiously when it’s time to say goodbye to one of many two finalists whose face she’s seen, although it reads extra as remorse at lacking out the possibility thus far a scorching man, somewhat than real heartbreak.
While the episodes are round simply 22 minutes every, they nonetheless really feel overstuffed, with recurring filler footage of the contestants modelling their disguises for the digital camera. The format begins to really feel repetitive and whereas the extra elaborate dates, which embody gin distillation, axe throwing and ice sculpting, are initially creative, the novelty wears off shortly. What works in Sexy Beasts’ favour is the sarcastic, teasing voiceover by actor Rob Delaney. As he snarks on the contestants’ superficial notions of affection, it’s clear that he’s the only real winner within the present’s quest for persona.