Remember when Love Island was good? You must, it was only last year. Of course, you’d be forgiven for wondering why on earth you were ever addicted to the show, given the somewhat dull, meaninglessly orchestrated mess this season has become. Not even the lie detector challenge could save this year. Not even the PLASTIC BABIES.
The series might have pulled in the highest overnight ratings for all time for ITV2, but whether all those people are actually enjoying the show is another story. And if you’ve been following the Twitter reactions to it, which in all honestly are more entertaining than the show itself, you’ll understand why we’re quick to question whether high ratings equals high entertainment.
Honestly, the elongated series this year has left us longing for greener pastures, that is, season two of Love Island. ‘Season two!?’, I hear you scream. Yes, yes, season three is widely regarded as the best season thanks to the hilarity that is Chris and Kem. However, what you may not remember since it was all the way back in 2016, season two actually had many more entertaining moments and hilarious friendships. In fact, here are 11 excellent reasons why season two was the peak Love Island...
Everyone was at it, every hour of the day
Remember the first few weeks of the fourth season when the surprising lack of sex left us all flabbergasted? Well, this season producers have new rules that say unless the contestants talk about having sex, they won't show it. A source told The Sun, 'So like with the Do Bits Society, if they talk about it they show it. But if they don't, then it won't make the cut...It's pretty respectful and some of the cast have been using it to their full advantage'
So while 'there's no way this series has been sex-less', we haven't been a party to it. Cut to season two when literally everyone was romping 24/7, pretty much in front of each other simultaneously.
We had Alex Bowen and Zara Holland's infamous night in the hideaway, that problematically cost her her Miss GB title, Sophie Gradon and Tom Powell's big wardrobe moment, Terry Walsh and Emma-Jane Woodham having sex ON TOP OF THE COVERS IN FRONT OF EVERYONE... it got to the point where Nathan Massey would commentate each couples romps as if they were at the races. If that isn't the Love Island content you came for, then you're the only one in the world...
It was the first time an islander was removed from the villa
Other than the few choice words Laura Anderson threw at Megan Barton-Hanson this series, there hasn't really been any big blowouts between contestants. But then again, there hasn't been a Kady McDermott this series.
Fireworks flew in season two when Malia Arkian took Scott Thomas on a date while he was coupled up with Kady. Returning to the villa, Kady made an effort to sit next to Malia so she didn't feel uncomfortable, and then accidently spilt a drink on her. Malia took this to be purposeful, and started a full-blown row with Kady that resulted in her pushing her by the pool. Of course, Malia was removed from the villa, because, as much as we think Love Island is low-brow, it's no Geordie Show, violence SIMPLY won't stand darling...
There were tons of dramatic voluntary exits
The best of which came when Rachel Fenton was voted off the island by her fellow contestants, to which Rykard Jenkins dramatically declared 'If you've got a good girl mate you can't really let her go so, i'm out' before chasing her down the beach.
Then, Sophie Gradon similarly followed her heart after Tom Powell was voted out of the villa. Having tried and failed to make a new relationship work with Katie Salmon, she asked the Love Island dog - yes, there was a Love Island dog, that should be a reason in itself to be honest - 'shall we go home and see Tom?', before telling her other, very supportive contestants 'my time is done'.
The challenges were much more savage
This season's challenges have been nothing short of abysmal. Not only have we waited until the very last week to see the lie detector test, the public tweets read aloud or the baby challenge, even those haven't managed to entertain us.
Possibly because in season two, our entertainment was peaked by the mugged off challenge. The savagery was on another level, as contestants not only had to guess who had mugged who off - in a move that finally outed Malin as the one told the boys Olivia slept with Rykard - they also had to throw cold tea in each others faces. Great TV.
The first ever ex-partner was thrown in
This season we saw Ellie Jones enter the villa as Jack Finchams ex-girlfriend, a typical move to test Jack's relationship with Dani Dyer. However, little to no drama occured becase of it. We simply saw our favourite female contestant cry, and that's not entertaining for anyone.
Not anywhere near as entertaining when producers first pulled this move back in 2016, throwing in Emma to ruffle Tom's feathers. Not only did Emma cause a stir by coupling up with Terry so soon after Malin left, but Tom and Sophie's suspicion of Emma gave us a good few episodes of drama.
It was the birth of the Love Island hot-take
If there is any reason to justify watching Love Island in all of it's tasteless glory, it's the shows ability to give you something to talk about at work the next day. We've seen endless hot takes come out of Love Island since season two, whether it's discussions around feminism, slut-shaming or sexphobia- think of a take and I guarantee you'll find it online.
This came to fruition with our beloved 2016 series, after Zara Holland lost her Miss GB title because she slept with Alex Bowen. Cue instant fury and boycotting of the Miss GB pagent. Without this infamous Love Island moment, we never would've realised how many opinions you can form from a show about beautiful people in bikinis fancying each other.
There were MANY more relatable moments
Love Island draws you in with it's ability to create a relatable-moment. This could not be truer of season two, when the contestants were so well-plucked that we found ourselves glued to their emotional journey. Whether it was Sophie's amazing ability to articulate why women can sleep with whoever they want, or Olivia's fears about Alex messing her about, or Malin's fury at Terry moving on so quickly- there was a personality in there that everyone could relate to.
The cast had much more integrated friendships, and they were adorable
Have you noticed how this year the contestants divided by gender very early on? There was none of that in season two. Olivia was just as close to Cara as she was to Rykard, and all of the contestants were equally as invested in their friendships as they were each others relationships- making for a lot more drama.
We saw the adorable friendship of Cara and Olivia that has outlasted many of the shows relationships, Nathan's ability to bring the entire group together and Alex and Terry's unspoken bromance.
The return of Malin was TV gold
We didn't need Casa Amor in season two, oh no. The contestants created all the drama themselves without necessary divides or savage separations. Terry unceremoniously moving onto Emma just days after Malin left the villa had us all shocked, only for our jaws to end up on the floor when Malin returned to confront Terry.
If Terry's face doesn't say it all I don't know what will...
There was the first ever same sex couple
The lack of diversity has been a huge talking point this year for Love Island, one of which conversations has revolved around how heteronormative the show is.
This was challenged in season two when Katie entered, told the girls she's bisexual and subsequently started dating Sophie. Not only was it a first for the show, it enabled the girls to educate the boys that their extremely over-excited reaction was problematic- with Cara explaining to Nathan that lesbianism does not exist for the male gaze, in a round about way.
It was much more sex positive
The peak of the series came in Sophie's pagent speech, which she devoted to Zara, eloquently explaining the double-standard women experience for having sex. Shouting to the world 'women like to have sex!', it was a season highlight and still tops our list as the best Love Island moment of all time.