‘GLOW’ Season 1 Review

GLOW

I know I’m a little late getting this review up, but I had a pretty busy summer. I had so many shows to catch up on, but I finally got around to watching GLOW. Based on the 2012 documentary, GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, GLOW is a dramedy about the struggling actress, Ruth Wilder, trying to make it in 1980s Hollywood. Unable to get any good roles, Ruth eventually takes an audition for ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’ (‘GLOW’). I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this show. From the first episode I was hooked and wanted to know everything about every character. Alison Brie is phenomenal as Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder. Even though I’ve seen her in films including How to Be Single and The Five Year Engagement, this is the first role where her acting ability wowed me. Some of the most comical scenes of the show involve Ruth creating her Zoya the Destroya moniker. The writers do a good job at combining comedic elements with serious situations. I felt for Ruth’s struggle as a talented and dedicated actress who just can’t catch a break. Throughout the season, Ruth has conflicts with her director Sam Sylvia and her former best friend Debbie Eagan. Brie does a great job at emoting the conflict Ruth feels as she struggles to make things right with her friend Debbie. She regrets her past mistakes, but is ready to move past them. This is hindered by the fact that her new boss and coworkers know about the drama between them. As a viewer, I wanted her to get a win, but at the same time I wanted to see how long she would have to struggle first. It is interesting to see her connect with the other girls. She works to bring them all together while coaching them to be better actors so that the show can improve. Also, Betty Gilpin is great as Debbie “Liberty Belle” Eagan. I can imagine how women could relate to Debbie’s life balancing motherhood, marital issues, and a dwindling career. Seeing how much she wishes to fix her relationship with Ruth even though she remembers why the friendship ended brings so much more depth to her character. The fact that everything isn’t completely resolved between her and Ruth at the end of the season makes me want the second season to get here even sooner. Other standouts in the show are: Marc Maron as Sam Sylvia, Sydelle Noel as Cherry “Junkchain” Bang, Britney Young as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade, and Chris Lowell as Sebastian “Bash” Howard. I could relate to these secondary characters because of the backstory they are given this season. I’m sure this was done on purpose as to leave more mystery for the rest of the characters to be exposed in later seasons. I give GLOW season one a Superb 5/5. If GLOW continues on the same track it could be a bigger hit than Orange Is the New Black. The shorter season and 30 minute episodes only help with its appeal. If necessary, the show can be binged in one day. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the show’s executive producer is Jenji Kohan, who is also the creator of Orange Is the New Black and Weeds.

 

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