GLOWing review


Isn’t the 80s over already?

A naïve 30-something woman who thinks she knows everything looks for more from life by joining a rag-tag bunch of misfits, only to find out that there is more than one way to be a woman. Sound familiar? GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) promised to be the new OITNB. It’s not. But maybe I’m just saying that because a series featuring all-female leads is still such a novelty that I have little else to compare it with.

The premise won me over right from the first trailer (it always does, shut up), however it takes more than fancy-looking foundations to prop up what Netflix promised would be its next hit show.

GLOW follows Ruth (Alison Brie), a struggling actress who is drawn into the world of women’s wrestling in the mid 80s. But as ever, it really isn’t about her. The eclectic oddballs she is thrown into the ring with are the real stars. Aside from Ruth’s boring and tired narrative, the surly and equally dislikeable director, Sam Sylvia (comedian Marc Maron) and his attempt to turn his vision in to his big break is really hard to care about. Four episodes in and I was just bored, in fact I’m struggling to even review it. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters. Most of my friends (read: people I follow on Twitter) seem to agree too. I guess it promised too much. I suppose I wanted it to be good. I wanted it to fill the void that OITNB had left. Sorry Netflix, but this time, your ‘next big thing’ is on the ropes.

Turn ons

  • The mix of lady wrestlers are quite endearing.

Turn offs

  • The main character, Ruth, is just not very likeable.
  • It’s a slow starter and even when it does start to get mildly interesting, it’s really hard to get invested in it.
  • As my editor put it – isn’t the 80s over already?
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