Monday, July 16, 2018


I watched the second season of GLOW on Netflix.  It was fun, though I'm not sure if it matched the first season.  That was about conceiving of the idea of a women's wrestling TV show and gathering all the characters together.  Season two was more about a continuation of what had gone on before.

Also, it wasn't quite clear how successful the show within the show was.  Some signs were that it was a hit of sorts (and was in trouble due to one of the wrestlers turning down the advances of an executive) but at other times it didn't seem like the show was gaining any traction.

But GLOW was definitely entertaining, and has a solid cast.  I've always liked Alison Brie, who plays Ruth Wilder, aka Zoya The Destroya (though this season the writers didn't seem sure how to deal with her personal life).  Also, the show got more deeply into the problems of the second female lead, Betty Gilpin, who plays the divorced Debbie "Liberty Belle" Egan.  And, as in the first season, Marc Maron, as gruff producer-director Sam Sylvia, showed both comic and dramatic chops.

GLOW has a lot of characters, and some get lost in the shuffle.  In fact, too often it seemed like we were cutting to a story we didn't care that much about and losing the main thread. (Perhaps such a large cast would get their due if this were an hour-long drama, instead of a half-hour comedy.)

The oddest half-hour was episode 8 (just like the new Twin Peaks mini-series), which is presented as if it's an episode of the show within the show.  It was enjoyable, but I missed not learning more about the overarching story.

I did have a problem with the finale. It was entertaining, but we were expecting something definite--either the show within the show gets picked up or canceled (though I suppose it can't be entirely ended or there's no more GLOW).  What we got, however, was sort of in-between, and not exactly satisfying.  Still, I'll be watching season 3, if there is one.


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