[show=wowmydatesucked size=large]Coming out against Valentine’s Day isn’t a very controversial position — the pressure that comes with the day is enough to make even the most content single person or couple skittish at the very least. Which is why today, the Friday before Valentine’s Day, is a good day to feature Wow, My Date Sucked!, a series that deflates the hearts and flowers filling drugstores this season, and instead presents the dating world for what it is: An awkward place full of absurdity.
Premiering this week, Wow draws its inspiration from a similar place as shows like Project Rant — user-generated tales of aggravation, which the official site collects in text form. But in Wow‘s case, the stories being dramatized by director/editor Paul Jury are strictly focused around the embarrassments, disasters and folly that can sometimes occur when two people take a risk and try to find a connection.
The first sketch depicts a relationship where the boy in question has claimed to being a “sexsomniac” — which may or may not be a real condition, but allegedly happened to Meghan B. from Fort Worth, Tex. (who, as someone whose story was selected for dramatization, is owed $25 per the site’s About page). What’s interesting is that as opposed to presenting that idea as a stand-alone vignette, the episode takes the concept and then adapts it into a larger story, complete with some cute twists and a pretty funny punchline. In the expanded version, a girl confronts her date bluntly about his alleged condition while out at a restaurant — much to the amusement of a bitter eavesdropping waitress.
Based on the trailer for the upcoming season, it looks like future episodes will continue to mimic this format, using the same restaurant location and perhaps the same waitstaff but otherwise featuring a revolving cast of the unlucky in love. Production values are solid, performances are edgy and energetic. And so far, it’s enjoyable viewing — because when surrounded by stories of romance going right, it’s downright satisfying to remember that for everyone, eventually, something can go wrong.
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