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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:20 am 
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An extremely hard-to-swallow first few episodes hurts (so it seems - keep reading) what otherwise becomes a very good series entry (the last 3-4 episodes easily outshine a lot of the drudgery that we must endure to get there).

Alison Brie's acting is spot on and the first glimpse of her kicks off the series and it was powerful enough that it helped me get over the stumbling points after that. At times her character is an insightful font of genius and other times she gets lost as she searches for her ultimate wrestling persona.

Ruth, Brie's character name, is an occasionally self-determined female lost in the 80s Reagan backlash to the Peace, Love And Understanding that permeated most of the late 60s and 70s, and that few probably remember. During that time, the conservatives had the microphone and they were using it to their advantage to shape the typical role for females in media (or so we are led to believe - discounting the rare show like Cagney & Lacey where females are shown to be capable without men) and so it is that we see Ruth pushing up against the industry to get a role outside of a secretary or house wife.

Not that she is really suited for that type of role anyway.

Several times Ruth is told that she is unattractive and a casting director tells her that she is the person they call whenever a director or producer says that they want the "girl next door, real female". Not with the idea of hiring her, but to use as an example of why they really don't want the "girl next door or real woman".

She finds that out early on by stalking the casting director into the restroom.

At which point the casting director tosses her a bone for what will become Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, GLOW, and the show kicks off.

But even more of a battle for Ruth is her struggle with a past personal decision to have an affair with a married man that later becomes a central part of the overarching story. Ruth, is kind of a self-made pariah carrying her own scarlet letter that weighs on nearly everything she does.

When Ruth arrives at the GLOW auditions, she struggles once more to fit in. This time it is her inability to go full cave woman instead of spouting Shakespeare or having motivation beyond just being a piece of meat that wants to beat up another piece of meat.

Marc Maron's Sam Sylvia is a used-up Ed Wood of Troma Entertainment-like genre B movies. Sam is a self-admitted shitty human and he is okay with that because he just wants to do his shitty art that comments on the shitty conditions of the world with insights that seemingly only he can see when a disco dancer gets beheaded.

The rest of us just see blood and gore, but Sam sees the inhumanity of capitalistic corporations force feeding consumerism through the nuances of interdependent social programs (or some such).

Maron is in top form here and he has this whole "it gives worms to ex-girlfriends..., you just don't get it" vibe that is relatable to many an artist out there.

Upon seeing Ruth's audition Sam is confused as to whether he hates her or likes her - so he keeps her, just in case he does like her.

In fact, after telling the women who showed up what they are planning, we're confronted by a cast of people struggling to know what the fuck they are doing since it is unlike anything ever done before.

The banalities in the characters are there for a reason, though.

A timidity permeates character steps as they break from the norm and even some of the women that weren't the classic "normal" in the early 1980s, find it difficult to grasp the cocaine-fueled Sam's vision of a planet of women wrestling other women for claim to the title of the best in the galaxy.

What happens from this point on is a Bill Murray-esque Stripes meets a Bad News Bears and it isn't until later on that we realize the earlier choked down episodes actually had to be banal crap to build the proper heroic wins later on in the show.

Nurse Jackie alumni Betty Gilpin lends a lot to the cast beyond her shapely bouncy ass and well-formed breasts and as Ruth's friend that had a minor famous role on a soap opera only to give it up for the Reagan dream stay-at-home mom role, we see the depth of Debbie (her character) struggling between mother, wife, and dutiful woman that initially just really doesn't fucking get the whole wrestling thing.

Later on we're introduced to the money behind Sam's manic wrestling idea in the form of rich boy, Bash, played by Chris Lowell. We also find out that Bash is a huge fan of Sam's movies, but with the idea that he had wrote them as comedies - not as the social commentary that Sam had intended. We also find out that Sam and Bash are coke-buddies and that much of GLOW came from an extended bender of drugs, whores, and hedonistic pleasures.

Bash doesn't come in until after the first few episodes, but we get the naive perspective of a fan boy through Bash. A rich kid that loves wrestling and loves the "comedic genius" of Sam.

Sam has only agreed to do all this GLOW shit after Bash agrees to produce another Sam film once he completes his director role for the TV show.

A lot of characters are interesting and funny, but the surprise for me was Britney Young's Carmen Wade. Carmen is of wrestling dynasty blood and her character is a direct reflection on how the male wrestlers probably initially reacted to lady wrestling. A lot of heart feelers come from her relationship with her father and two brothers, whom all wrestle famously, as they all adjust (or don't) to their daughter and sister becoming Machu Picchu.

Again, it strikes me as a Stripes/Bad News Bears series that actually has much of the same pacing and much of the same "ordinary folk" vs. the world type of feel to it.

If you liked those films, I highly recommend watching this.

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PS - Netflix has renewed the series for at least a second season, too.

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 Post subject: Re: GLOW
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:57 am 
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jesus, I'm not reading all that...where's the TLDR?

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 Post subject: Re: GLOW
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:48 am 
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Chris Knight wrote:
jesus, I'm not reading all that...where's the TLDR?

The 3.5 Holes at the top is the Reader's Digest version.

And typically, most smart readers will skip to the last paragraph or two to get the overall summary of the writer's thoughts.

Jesus on a fucking rubber crutch, man.

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 Post subject: Re: GLOW
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:58 am 
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 Post subject: Re: GLOW
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:59 am 
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I really adored the series (watched the shit out of the actual GLOW series as a kid) and I appreciate Allison Brie's ability to balance enjoyable yet not necessarily likable roles (the new season of BoJack Horseman seems to really up that aspect of the Diane character).

Also daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang wanna marry Justine/Scab. And what the hell, Bash, too.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:40 pm 
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Isn't Knives Chau in this?

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 Post subject: Re: GLOW
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:56 pm 
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JFelix wrote:
I appreciate Allison Brie's ability to balance enjoyable yet not necessarily likable roles

As do I, though I will forever insist that it borders on criminal that she didn't get her boobs out while still at peak hotness. She's still a smokin' babe, but for a few years there she might have been the babest babe on the planet.

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Nickey Huntsman is who you're looking for if that's the case, by the by.

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