Hey 3.5 readers.
So, I ate these episodes up like popcorn over the weekend and I have to say that yes, it’s worth watching.
I especially like the overall theme that this is a bunch of failures who are tired of failing and want a win.
Pretty much all of the women are failed actresses, babes who moved to LA seeking stardom but got crap instead. GLOW is their last chance for TV notoriety.
Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) is a B horror movie director, addicted to booze and coke. GLOW is his last chance to do something that people might like, plus producer Sebastian has promised to fund his next movie, as no one else in Hollywood seems interested in doing so.
Sebastian aka “Bash” is a rich young man who has everything and access to a ton of his wealthy mother’s funds. He could do anything but he has essentially taken all of the opportunities his mother could give him and squandered them. He wants to be a big time Hollywood big shot and sees GLOW as his ability to buy his way into the big time.
Most of the girls have their own “I’m trying to make a comeback” story but the two main wrestling gals in particular are Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) and Debbie Eagan (the amazing big breasted Betty Gilpin.)
SIDENOTE: You get to see Brie’s boobs but Gilpin’s big ripe casaba melons are never unleashed. What a ripoff. Maybe Netflix can offer her some more dough to go topless in season 2.
Anyway, Ruth takes acting very seriously, going to all sorts of acting classes, appearing plays – she treats acting like any other job. “You should hire me because I have the credentials.” But no one is hiring her, and GLOW is her last shot at stardom.
And not to give it away, but Debbie’s husband, Mark (Rich Sommer) is a dick cheeseburger with extra buttwipe fries. Seems lame because if Debbie were my wife, I’d worship her and those magnificent mammaries and do whatever she required of me to maintain her everlasting happiness.
But that’s me. I feel bad for Sommer. He’s been typecast as a dick. He’s a dick in GLOW and he was a dick in “Mad Men.” Mad Men was in the 1960s. GLOW is in the 1980s. Casting agents must be all like, “We need an actor to play a dick in a period piece! Oh, I know! Call Rich Sommer!”
Returning to the main point, yes, even Debbie seeks a comeback, becoming a pro-wrestler to get back some of the control she lost at home.
I particularly enjoyed the USA vs. Russia i.e. Debbie as Liberty Bell vs. Ruth as Zoya the Destroyer. People think of the Cold War as a 1950s/1960s thing but it was even happening in the 1980s, though Reagan and Gorbachev did a lot of work to cool it down by 1990. Ironically, it seems to be heating up again today.
At times, the show also looks at past issues through present eyes. All of the characters played by the girls are stereotypes. One wrestler is a black woman called “Welfare Queen” who laughs at the audience about how they all have to work while she stays home and lives off their tax dollars. She even pulls food stamps out of her bra and throws them at downed opponents.
Meanwhile, an Indian woman plays a Middle Eastern terrorist character, reminding people that terrorism (and related stereotypes) were alive in the 1980s. 9/11 had not happened yet, but as the show points out, terrorist airplane hijackings were constantly in the news.
Interesting to note though you do get to see the dark side of these stereotypes. At times, the girls object, then they get roped into thinking it’s ok and will help them on the road to stardom, then they see how ugly and obnoxious the crowd gets, hating on the wrestlers because some in the crowd are too dumb to realize that characters like “Welfare Queen” and “Beirut” are real people underneath the costumes and are not the characters they are portraying.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Come for Brie’s cheez-its. Stay for (we can only hope) the great unleashing Gilpin’s sweater cannons in season two. Let me know in advance if that’s going to happen, Netflix. I want to take a day off just to watch.