From Hell to Paradise: “Single’s Inferno” Season 2

Zoharys Jaen, Staff Writer

Hitting Netflix’s Global Top 10 list, Korean dating show “Single’s Inferno” Season 2 has become a bigger hit than its first with ten episodes full of swoon-worthy moments. Following the same eight-day retreat format on an island with no internet, electricity, or distractions, the new batch of gorgeous individuals adds a captivating dynamic that keeps viewers cheering for their favorite contestants. “Single’s Inferno’s” refreshing connections and unconventional take on dating make the show’s cheesy romantic scenes and fervid love triangles easy for anyone to fall in love with.

Viewers watch along with the show’s hosts as contestants enter the “Inferno,” an isolated campground located on an island off the coast of Incheon. Competitors put their strength, skills, and endurance to the test in daily competitions as winners receive a private lunch date set up by the producers to get closer to two people of their choice. Each day ends with a blind pick, where contestants who are mutually chosen visit “Paradise” for a night in an extravagant five-star resort. 

But there’s a catch. They can’t talk about their personal lives, including their age or profession, until they make a match in Paradise.

From different twists added to the game, such as being unable to choose someone twice and the addition of charismatic newcomers on the fifth and sixth days, “Single’s Inferno’s” second season keeps viewers engaged as tensions rise with the return to “Inferno” each day. The show’s distinct touch is the absence of monetary incentive for the couples who get to escape to “Paradise,” encouraging contestants to concentrate on falling in love. 

Unlike traditional dating shows like “The Bachelor” or “Love is Blind,” “Single’s Inferno” takes a more innocent approach that stresses the importance of little moments that build a relationship. On a remote island, contestants are forced to focus on making connections and finding someone who likes them for who they are. The grueling survival aspect of the show and its physical challenges, from the sweltering heat to cooking their meals by the fire, breeds natural bonds that make audiences swoon over the smallest gestures. 

Season 2’s new cast, complete with a more diverse selection of individuals, quickly engages the audience with their vulnerability and authenticity. Though tensions arise as competitors end up liking the same person, they continue to be caring towards each other, creating a close-knit community of meaningful friendships. From leaving the audience on the edge of their seats as suitors vie for someone’s attention to sympathizing with contestants’ unrequited attraction, this season’s rollercoaster of emotions keeps viewers addicted as contestants navigate love.

“Single’s Inferno” wraps up the second season with unexpected final couplings, though many agree that this season’s journey has left them more than satisfied as audiences readily stay up-to-date with the latest news on the cast’s relationships. A group camping trip with the spice of romantic competition, the show introduces a refreshing, lighthearted take on dating that will make each little moment worthwhile as viewers cheer on their favorite contestants.