GLOW (tv): a Male’s Perspective

  • Full disclosure: I LOVE pro wrestling. Before you roll your eyes, just be aware that this GLOW tv show is based ON A REAL THING. A real thing that my Mom watched, and made my Sister and I watch with her. Our Mom introduced us to pro wrestling through that original GLOW, meaning I have a nostalgic connection to this.
    So without further adieu…
  • This was great. It’s written extremely well and truly never slows down in my opinion. Each episode of this 10 episode season is just over a half hour long, never letting the show’s pace slow.
  • Every actress in this show just nails their part, from the drama and comedy to the physicality of their alternate wrestling personae.
  • I’ve never really followed Marc Maron’s work in any way, but he’s great here.
  • If you want to watch a story of relatable, truly realistic underdogs empowering themselves to survive, then please watch this.
  • This could’ve easily turned into a spoof of pro-wrestling. Yes, everyone laughs at it: “it’s fake” or “it’s staged”. Here’s the thing: sure, there’s a choreography to it. Yes, the outcomes are predetermined. But pro wrestlers still have to physically go through the movements. Have you tried falling on your back onto a piece of plywood practically every night for nine months? Or falling on your knees for the same amount of time? It is not an easy life, but GLOW (and other wrestling promotions) are these people’s lives. They do it for entertainment, for glory and for themselves. The makers of this show were inspired by a documentary they saw on Netflix (the same documentary that I saw with my Family one Christmas a few years ago). So give them respect and don’t laugh at their profession.
  • Shout-out to Moonlight Rollerway here in Glendale, CA!
  • Final Letter Grade: A+.
  • Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on Twitter and Instagram.

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