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GLOW (Netflix)

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by Jeff Hutchison, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. Jeff Hutchison

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    Anyone else watch this? I binged it the first weekend it was out. There's also a documentary about the Glow girls on Netflix that i recommend watching before you watch the show. The episodes are short (about 30 minutes each), and kept me wanting more. An enjoyable show.
     
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    I binged season 1 in just a few days.
    I thought it was a great summer show.
    Kinda wish the characters were the exact ones from the show.
    Surprised by the numerous C words.
    Nice to see Alison Brie branch out from here standard type of roles she has been doing.
    When I was fifteen, I remember watching G.L.O.W. when It came on after midnight on Fridays. I would watch that and USA's Up All Night.
    Some good times.
     
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    Resurrecting this thread because I just binge watched the second season, and this show just gets better and better. Has real heart, and really delves into the characters. They are not just caricatures, and Mark Maron is just amazing, fantastic in his role. P.S. The soundtrack is awesome.
     
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    I enjoyed the first season, but the second season really built on the premise and characters and the show got much better. Much better. I watched season one over the course of a week or two -- season 2 was done in a day. I could not stop watching the next episode and got kind of sad and wistful over the season finale. I really did not expect it to be so good the second time around.
     
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    Possibly the funniest moment of the entire new season for me? When, during the "show-within-a-show" episode, we see Liberty Belle in the shower, a hairy, masculine arm reaching towards the door handle, and then a reverse-cut as the shower door opens, revealing "Olga."

    Jesus, I had to pause the show for nearly a whole entire minute after that.
     
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    I watched Season 1 in short order on airplanes last year; absolutely loved it. The 30-min drama form is great!

    I've started Season 2 -- three episodes in -- and am getting drawn in as the conflicts are revealed. It's not as immediately lovable, given the abrupt feeling reset from the joyful ending of the first season. But it's getting there.
     
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    There's an alternate universe out there where Betty Gilpin is playing Captain Marvel, and I'm still not entirely 100% certain it isn't better than this one.

    It's a testament to Gilpin's natural charisma that she could pull so many shitty things and NOT make me hate her. Even when Debbie was doing rotten things, I could still see where she was coming from. The ending of episode six, after the day she had just had, I totally got why she took her aggression out on Ruth in the ring, even though she clearly went way too far.

    I can see in season three where Debbie and Ruth realize they will never be friends, but also that they are committed to making GLOW a success, so they at least work together. Basically the "Joey and Johnny Ramone"-story.
     
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    This show is great. I'm watching Season 1 again before I dive into season 2. First time i watched it in a day. I'm spreading it out this time.
     
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    Josh - You might want to use Spoiler tags going forward. I've seen the show but, of course, others may not have.
     
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    This was an unexpected gem for me. I only found it a few weeks ago. I had just finished my Arrested Development redux and was looking for another show for casual viewing during breakfast before I start my day. I figured "how could ladies wresting possibly disappoint?" I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the show is about much more than wresting.

    Now I'm just waiting for Netflix to pull the trigger and renew it for a 3rd season.
     
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    A big leap up from Season 1 in my eyes. And not afraid to begin tackling the big scary topics of the 80s, which looks like a major plotline for Season 3.
     
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    I finished S2 a couple weeks ago: a good show to watch on travel, as was S1. I enjoyed it, though my opinion at the start remained: I loved S1,I enjoyed S2. Still, the closing few episodes were electric. I’m looking forward to S3.
     
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    I just finished watching the story of the making of GLOW [also on Netflix] and it is simply amazing. HIGHLY recommended.
     
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    Season 3 trailer is up!

     
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    Huge fan of G.L.O.W. S01-02. I'm not a wrestling fan, but am an '80's kid & like almost anything set during that decade. The music & era are great, and the story was very solid as well.

    S01:

    It was cool to see so many '80's references - including The Dead Milkmen T-shirt that Justine Biagi wore - LOL.

    Especially funny was the scene (EP01) when Ruth (AB) waited for the casting woman in the bathroom - and tried to get info. from her on the casting
    - while the woman was taking a #$%#
    [​IMG]

    The final scene of EP01 was especially great - i.e., how Ruth's friend attacking her (because she was sleeping with the friend's husband) on the set unintentionally ended up working in her favor, by making the director want to cast her on the show - hilarious & ironic - in a positive way [​IMG]

    S02:

    G.L.O.W. Season 2 was excellent. I actually liked this better than S01 - and I felt S01 was fantastic.

    Incredible stunt-work. I like how the actresses on this series are playing two different roles - i.e., the personas of the wrestlers they portray, as well as the characters they were "off-screen".

    The focus on the "mall culture" in one episode especially brought back memories of that era.

    Ruth's rejection of the sleaze-bag producer & the subsequent cancellation of the show felt very realistic & true-to-life. Kudos to Ruth for not compromising herself here.

    Looking forward to S03. Vegas in the '80's will be interesting to see.
     
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    Just finished Season 3 the other day. The main thoughts in my head are around the sexuality of a couple of characters and the state of things in the '80s around that subject. Related to that, is a question / observation about some terminology or thinking used in the show, that seems more of *this* time, but I question whether it was part of the vernacular to the time depicted.

    Specifically, Arthie's use of the term "hate crime." I see the acknowledged history of the term is that it was coined by journalists in the '80s (National Institute of Justice), but even so I wonder if it would have made its way to the citizen level vocab by 1985.

    Not a big deal. It just seemed a little anachronistic, and obviously things have to make sense for an audience viewing in the present time even if the characters depicted don't have that same vocabulary. I guess that's a challenge I hadn't considered when it comes to more-recent-period pieces.

    The other thought is around the sexuality conflicts Bash and Arthie experience. Namely, that there doesn't seem to be an acceptance or understanding during that time that someone could be bisexual. The going attitude of the show's characters – even those who are gay themselves – is that you are either straight or gay, there's no spectrum.

    This is most pronounced in Arthie's conflict with Yolanda, where Arthie expresses a more current attitude of "why do I have to be anything?" and Yolanda takes that as someone who doesn't know or – more critically – won't admit who she is.

    This seems consistent with my understanding of how bisexuals have been perceived or treated by those who identify as homosexual. They can be judged as not being honest with themselves or as "wimpy homosexuals" in a similar way that atheists perceive agnostics as "wimpy atheists." So that kind of mentality happening in a show set in the '80s seems very true to me and what I understand are conflicts within the LGBTQ community.

    I know that in Season 2, Bash's sudden profession of love for Rhonda seemed very random, and now I understand why. I knew he was struggling with the death of his friend from AIDS, and displaying homophobic tendencies, but I didn't consider that a struggle with his sexuality was the root of all those behaviors. I'm sure my gay friends and family would have seen through all that right away though.
     
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    I’m working on S3. But it’s a travel show, and I’m only three episodes in.
     
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    I'm about 7 in. I'm surprised (perhaps pleasantly) at the amount of nudity in this season. It's as if Netflix or the producers decided they needed to up that factor, either to drive up viewings toward a renewal. I don't know. But even Gilpin gets into the naked act, which in two previous seasons there wasn't even a hint of for her. The storylines are actually better with more development for each of the characters that were often shortshifted in previous series. But the idea that Sam's daughter would so easily sell her screenplay and with Sam attached to direct is beyond belief for this studio savvy writer (from the 80s)..
     
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    Any thoughts to a season 4? I find it suspicious that Netflix aired the Christmas episode with the rest of the run, rather than withholding it for December. Makes me worry that they were burning off the series because it's not going to be back.
     
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    That simply doesn't make sense. Episode 10 was clearly meant to be the "cliffhanger" finale, while episode nine was not. Each season has been 10 episode long.
     

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