There is nothing inherently wrong with Peter Weber as The Bachelor. He is a genuinely nice guy. He has a good job. He comes from a good family. Most importantly, he sounds like he's ready to settle down. That's all great. Was he the right choice?
The answer to this question is far more nuanced. A well-intentioned Bachelor does not always make for an interesting one. The moments we discuss long after a season airs are rarely about the lead's successes, but rather their missteps along the way. Why? It makes for better television. When we reflect on Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season of The Bachelor, we don't talk about his status as a race car driver; we cringe at that brutal unedited break-up with then-fiancé Becca Kufrin. We don't celebrate Ben Higgins for being a stand-up guy; we nitpick that he told two women he loved them before proposing. We don't get invested in Colton Underwood's story because of his short-lived NFL career or even his commendable charitable work; we wait anxiously on pins and needles for that fence jump. OK, so maybe Weber isn't completely devoid of out-of-the-box storylines; he does have the windmill thing. But will Chris Harrison really bring up the fact that Weber had sex four times in one night with ex Hannah Brown as much as he said the word "virgin" on Underwood's season? Out of respect for Weber and the women he'll be dating, probably not. Expect, however, grandiose fantasy suite locales that threaten to one-up the now-iconic windmill (an airplane, perhaps?).
Weber's job as a pilot isn't exactly novel for this franchise. Jake Pavelka, whose relationship with final choice Vienna Girardi was as head-scratching as the season's one-off On the Wings of Love theme song, failed to steer clear of turbulence post-show when he and Girardi sparred in the Bachelor Mansion backyard during one of the series' ugliest split-ups. Pilot Pete appears to be more prepared for this process than his plane-flying predecessor, but is that a problem? Will Weber be too boring?
During his conversation with Chris Harrison, Weber said he respected that Brown was "unapologetically herself", which is something he hopes to bring into his season. It's a good sign, considering Brown's willingness to invite the audience into her inner monologue was part of what made her such a powerful lead. If Weber can be open to the kind of growth we all witnessed from Brown, we'll be in for a treat come January. As he told Good Morning America, "You're going to get the good, the bad, and the ugly."
Leads who shine on this show are able to entertain an audience and garner the respect of Bachelor Nation by betraying areas of weakness while also expressing a determination to rebound from the mistakes they make along the way. Weber believes he's not perfect, and that's a good thing for viewers, if true. We want to see him question his judgment. We want to see him struggle through rose ceremonies. We want to see him mess up and break down and cry. Most of all, we want him to give us a reason to root for his success. If he does that, he'll earn the unwavering support of the fan base regardless of whether or not he winds up engaged at the end of all this.