Why Soulmates Will Have You Questioning Your "Old-Fashioned" Relationship
On AMC’s new original series, Soulmates, people just like you and I are living fifteen years in the future. There are no flying cars, futuristic fashion trends, or uncomfortable-looking living environments. Cell phones do look like they’ve gone through a major upgrade, at least cosmetically, but that’s not the most notable advancement. The most notable is a test that can tell you exactly who your soulmate is. The test is based on science, and unlike sexual attraction which can lead us astray, the test is accurate and objective.
It’s kind of how dating apps changed the game when they first came out. They transformed the way human beings could meet one another. While millions of people flocked to their phones to look at who was available, and check out their latest connections, there were just as many millions who would never experience this form of dating. And while tech-heavy dating apps have taken their rightful spot within modern day society, they’re still very much driven by people. How old are you? What kind of relationship are you looking for? What do you like to do for fun? You could meet people in the age group you prefer, declare whether you’re serious or casual up front, and be sure that you have similar interests, all before you’ve even exchanged words with someone. The algorithms connect people based on a range of qualities and factors, the majority of which the person inputs themselves.
What if instead of opening an app and finding lots of possibilities that might qualify as “the one” (or at least “the one for tonight,") you could go take a test and find out the single person on this planet that is right for you? Your response to this opportunity will likely depend on your current dating status. If you’re single, it’s anything from tempting to a godsend. For those in “old-fashioned” relationships, where you chose to be together without the certainty of science, the test might be something you brush off as ridiculous, or it could be the elephant in the room.
In this sneak peek of the Soulmates series premiere, a man stands on a small stage speaking to a modest crowd in an unassuming restaurant dining room. It's his wedding day and he’s telling the story of how he made his way into the arms of his new wife after living the life of a bachelor for nearly 50 years.
While the groom’s jabs at his sister Nikki's late arrival seem to be in good fun, it’s hard to ignore her reaction to the wedding in general. Yes, she’s late, but let’s just say she’s late to everything. There’s also the look on her face when her brother justifies his taking of the test, saying: “It is science right?” Whether she disagrees that it’s science, or she thinks the whole thing is a joke, is unclear. What is clear is that she doesn’t know her brother’s new wife. In fact, she’s never seen her before. As she arrives, he jokingly tells her in front of everyone that this is her new sister-in-law.
Then comes the part that makes Nikki stop and look at her husband, you know, with that look. The one that says: “did you hear that?” and implies the two of them have talked about this a lot already. This is the moment when we learn that Nikki’s brother only met his new wife two weeks prior.
It’s not terribly surprising that the test would have critics. Its sole purpose disrupts the ways that people have found love in the past, and shakes those methods to their very core. Anyone skeptical of technology would know to have their suspicions. But there’s also the simpler, somewhat more obvious answer: it's a disruption to the stable world of those that are already in relationships. For them, the test stands to threaten the most vital parts of their lives—their relationships. The test tells you that there is something that you can do to confirm if the person you’ve chosen to be with is the best for you. By not taking it, are you living a lesser life? Is your companion living a lesser life? Because the odds of the person you’ve naturally chosen also being the one who comes back as your scientifically-confirmed soulmate is low... right?
As you can see, the voice inside your head that raises all of those critical questions gets loud pretty quickly. Somehow the test establishes the utmost certainty for some, while completely dissolving that same certainty for others.
Soulmates premieres on Monday October 5, 10/9c.