The first episode of a Bachelor or Bachelorette season is arguably the best. Yes, there are many forgettable contestants who will be dispatched without so much as a jazzy intro package filmed in their hometown. Each of them, however, will get the opportunity to walk out of a limo — or slide off a faux-unicorn, because it's totally that kind of show — and dazzle that season's star (and more importantly, us) with their style, smile, and charm. And if all else fails, awkward dad jokes, attempts to juggle, marching bands, and a wedding dress will do.
It's the moment when those freak flags — and, okay, a romantic spark or two — fly, when jealous tendencies creep up, and when grown men and women get emotionally wrecked over being rejected by a near-stranger. It's pure entertainment.
If you don't believe us, just refer to these preview images from the January 1 premiere. We can only guess what's going on here — so we have. Read on to get our snap judgments. And remember: We tease because we love.