This is from my blog today, thought I'd repost here
I, like many of you, was so incredibly excited when this season of The bachelor began. I mean, it was Jason for crying out loud! He was supposed to be the good guy. He was just like us, not some Hollywood model type. He was going to be Prince Charming and we were all going to see that a real person, could make this whole thing work. Then he let us all down by proving he was just as flawed and screwed up as the rest of us.
I'm disappointed, I think, not because he and Melissa didn't make it, I mean at this point, as much as I like to dream there will be a happily ever after, I'm not honestly expecting one. However, I think they made a HUGE mis-judgement letting us know he'd dumped Melissa and went back with Molly. Especially four minutes after we all saw the wonderfully blissful moments they shared as a newly engaged family.
It would have gone over better in the gossip columns a month from now when we'd all gone back to our normal lives, rather than live in the After the Final Rose special.
Give us our happily ever after, then dash our hopes and dreams after we've moved on and don't care as much, not while we're still crying and saying awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
I don't believe the outcome was scripted, that there was some huge conspiracy from the beginning to get ratings, but I do think they capitalized on what was going on with Jason/Melissa/Molly by letting Jason dump Melissa and go back to Molly on the air. And it worked brilliantly, they got 17 million viewers!
But at what cost?
Melissa was devastated, Jason (for all he foolishly brought it on himself) has to live with being hated by millions, that's gotta suck, and I'm guessing it's going to hurt their ratings long term. Though I could be wrong, but I'm really turned off what has been my favorite guilty pleasure for years. I'm not even sure I'm going to watch The Bachelorette come spring. I'd imagine I'm not the only one who feels this way.
Of course by then I'm sure I'll have moved on and I did like Jillian quite a bit from day one, so who knows.
I think I'll just write my own Bachelor type romance and give myself the happy ending no one else seems to be able to manage. lol
Anyone else have any thoughts?