Channel 4 has a fairly new TV show called Dates. I have watched the six episodes that have aired so far and still can’t make up my mind about it. It’s from the creators of skins, so my expectations were pretty high from the beginning on. They claim that it’s a sexy, witty and emotional drama – I can agree with that in most points, but I also think it has comedic elements sometimes.
Mainly, you watch people from an online dating service having their first date. So far, I have not seen one episode where the date did not end in complete misery for at least one person. I quite like the concept and am mostly fascinated by the characters, but something just puts me off about it. I can’t exactly put it in words, but maybe it’s because there aren’t any real main characters or even a real pattern (besides the theme “First Date”) that I can recognize. It’s not like there aren’t any reoccuring characters, but I simply have no clue as to where the story is about to go.
I would love to hear your opinion on it. I started watching it because I saw the list of actors that were about to appear in the show. Maybe it will do the same for you. Some of the actors are: Oona Chaplin, Katie McGrath, Andrew Scott, Will Mellor, Gemma Chan, Ben Chaplin…
So, tell me what you think? Is it a brilliant show or did they miss the mark by not giving the audience a possibility to connect with the characters?