Love Never Lies: Destination Sardinia Review 2022 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
These six couples that Monica mentioned have all agreed to appear on the Spanish reality competition Love Never Lies, the first season of which was a global hit. Pretty people cheating on one another in a beautiful beach setting? What’s not to like?
In this second season, the couples have been whisked away to the Italian island of Sardinia and then separated from their partners and united with past lovers or crushes to see what happens. During this separation, they’re asked a series of questions about their pasts and their dating/cheating habits. This is where the Eye Detect comes in. This cutting edge technology is a fancy lie detector test which sounds an alarm if a partner is lying, and is revealed to the whole cast during what’s called a “Ceremony of Truth.” It’s here where couples learn things they never knew about their partners, making things often awkward, sometimes hurtful, and always exciting as the show progresses.
There’s also one more important thing about this season. The premiere episode is called “Five and a Half Couples,” because just 48 hours prior to the cast’s arrival, one of the couples, Maria and Javi, had an explosive argument in which Javi admits to cheating on Maria. Maria arrives to the villa alone and introduces herself and explains the situation, which garners her sympathy among the rest of the couples. (Man do I love when weird wrenches like this are thrown into a show’s plans. It reminds me of the VH1 reality series Couples Therapy which aired years ago and featured a group of “celebrity” couples, people like Dina and Michael Lohan or Jon Gosselin and a woman he started dating after he and Kate divorced, to help strengthen their dysfunctional relationships. During one season, Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham showed up alone, her boyfriend having decided at the very last minute not to participate. Trust me when I say Farrah still managed to bring enough drama for two people that season.) Anyway, Maria explains that she’s certain that Javi came clean to her about his cheating before the show began because he was afraid of the Eye Detect revealing all of his lies. Watching the drama unfold in real time as Maria and Javi arrive separately, one of the other contestants, Alejandro, marvels at the drama, saying, “It’s like I’m in a movie!”
As Monica Naranjo asks the couples whether or not they think they’ll make it through this season with openness and honesty, most of them seem assured that they have nothing to hide. The show hilariously frames each couple and cuts away to scenes that we will watch later on in the season, as they discover all the ways their partners have betrayed them. How rude to dangle all the good stuff in front of us and then make us wait to see how it all unfolds! But then that’s the genius of the show, isn’t it?
I tend to look at any show about couples with trust issues as innately kind of sketchy, since they’re preying on a group of people’s vulnerabilities and insecurities and invite people to break up their own relationships. I mean, breakups are the root of 90% of sad songs and emotional eating binges, and here we are trying to see what kind of emotional strife these people can endure before they crack. But the feeling I get from many of the couples on this show at the start (well, except for Maria and Javi) is that many of them do feel like they’re strong enough to withstand the lie detector and the harsh truths they’ll face. One contestant, Lucia, explains, “I’m actually scared of finding out things about Antonio, because he seems so decent.” All of that comes crashing down during the Ceremony of Truth, when they start to learn about the secrets, ranging from their partners having sexual fantasies about exes, to downright cheating. (It turns out that Javi didn’t just cheat on Maria with one girl, but with three in one night, as he admits in his Eye Detect test. Maria fully breaks down and has to leave the set when she learns this.)
Monica Naranjo’s hosting style also gives lends the show some drama, as she is not simply there to move the segments along, she interjects herself into the drama. If a cast member is not giving their partner a suitably forthcoming answer, Monica, who knows all, will answer for them. She is also adamant that the Eye Detect is “infallible,” so if contestants protest when they’re caught in a lie, she kinda doesn’t believe them. It’s weird and fun while also being awkward and terrible.
The first episode doesn’t even dip into the scandalous behavior that’s about to go down on the island once more people, including exes and sexy, seductive strangers, are brought in to tempt the contestants, but scenes from the rest of the season tease us with loads of sex and skin.