Netflix brings us the second season of another of their surprise hit series, GLOW. The web series, about a group that makes a woman’s wrestling series, has captured hearts and attention alike. It’s interesting to see that there’s so much buzz about a series that’s about wrestling and women’s wrestling – something considered more niche than nice. The second season is out there and here’s our review.
In a case of meta, the second season of GLOW takes us to how the rag tag team makes the second season of their series, and a magnified view of all the trials and tribulations and the accomplishments that go into doing something like that.
Sam is back and doesn’t have any high faluting idea of what he’s going to do in the second season of GLOW. So’s Ruth, who’s still the underconfident, cheeky kind of girl who’s just happy that she’s employed – but even she wants something to happen this time. Liberty Belle is still coming to terms with her upcoming divorce. Bash Howard is still hanging in there and so’s the crew – Justine, Rhonda, Sheila, Tamme, Melanie, Carmen and Cherry. It’s interesting to see that Tamme gets a story arc of her own.
We had said in the review of the earlier season that each character is well written – and that’s true for this season too. The screenplay adds new facets to the characters, including introducing the audience to one of Sam’s older films – which is a hoot. His relationship with his daughter evolves, and this is the first time in the series that we see him trying to be intimate with any of the girls, how that works out is another matter. The best part of the series is that none of the characters ever have a end – that kind of transitional emotion is rare to see in a series – and a web series at that.
What’s wow: The screenplay is a treat. This should be a must-watch for directors who want to create a multi-cast series. What really drives the plot is how the women tackle everything that the world throws at them – the casting couch, douchebag television executives, a lech of an audience and still shrug it out. This could be a vapid, lamentathon that people wouldn’t touch with a bargepole – but thankfully it is not.
What’s Blah: GLOW is a well-made web series and a must watch because of the concept. However, what seems off is the actual wrestling. For audiences who have lived and thrived on taped wrestling, the power moves of the girls seem to be a little bit more off than they would be.
Parting Shot: Must watch
Director: Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Marc Maron, Britt Baron, Kate Nash, Gayle Rankin, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn.
Glow Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix
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