Who Else is Ready for GLOW Season 2, Virtually NO Spoilers!!!

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Okay, maybe a couple of spoilers, but nothing that you haven’t seen in the trailer…

GLOW the hit Netflix series LOOSELY based on the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling of the 1980s returns for a second season with far more drama than laughs. Yes, there are their funny moments but it is far more serious than the previous season. All original cast members return, including former TNA and WWE Superstar, Kia Stevens aka Awesome Kong aka Welfare Queen and the show stopper, Britney Young who plays Machu Picchu. Young’s athleticism is so impressive that if she ever decided to train with Stevens, she could easily become a WWE Superstar.

Season two of GLOW touches on the #MeToo Movement as shown in the trailer and as horrifying as the casting couch has been for the past 140 years of cinema, the delivery was too predictable, almost as if Harley Quinn had hit you over the head with her sledgehammer. It would have been far more shocking and powerful if the lead up was extremely subtle.

Speaking with original GLOW Girl, Eileen “Melody Trouble Vixen” O’Hara, who has been contacted by other news sources asking whether or not art was imitating life regarding sexual harassment, MTV said:

The Cast of Netflix GLOW recreating 1980s Mall Culture.

“After seeing the trailer for Netflix season 2 of GLOW, I can see why we are getting all these questions from reporters about sexual harassment. The things that I saw portrayed in the trailer did not happen. I understand that Netflix is trying to connect with a contemporary audience by including topics like “me too” in their show. The content of this season’s show, as with last season, is a work of fiction.
I had a positive experience at GLOW. The work was not easy and we had strict rules to keep us from being injured, or seriously injuring others in the ring. I did not experience harassment or exploitation, nor did I see anyone else being taken advantage of. The only conditions of our employment was to stay healthy and do your job.
I loved being a part of GLOW. I am proud of my achievements and grateful for the friends and fans that still support us after 30 years.”

Several cameos including former WWE Superstar and Lucha Underground Luchador, Chavo Guerrero Jr. the nephew of original GLOW trainer, Mando Guerrero and the legendary Guerrero family, along with Carlos “Carlito” Colón Jr. returning as Machu Picchu’s brother along with Stevens, add to the legitimacy of professional wrestling as an athletic stunt show.

One thing that bothered me this season is that several times Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) states they are making a wrestling show for kids and that when we finally get to see something pertaining to the final product in episode eight, it was far too risque for children. I don’t know what people are allowing their kids to watch, but when I saw that scene I paused the episode and wondered, “How the hell would that be kid friendly?” Granted, this is not a kids show, but you can’t keep talking about making TV for children and go that far. If they never mentioned it being for kids, I wouldn’t have had an issue with the scene.

Two things they did exceptionally well was battle racial and sexual stereotypes using Stevens, Sydelle Noel, Sunita Mani and Shakira Barrera. Granted, they had to use ethnic minorities for the sexual stuff, but then again everyone knows People of Color are always more exotic than our White counterparts…a stereotype I’m willing to accept as an ethnic and religious minority (What, you thought I was White? Now who’s the racist? Don’t stereotypes suck? Yes, I’m giving you grief for my own entertainment).

Overall, GLOW Season 2 is entertaining even though a few “shocking” moment were completely shoehorned in, including a certain 1980s death sentence. I would recommend this show to anyone who loves professional wrestling, ’80s nostalgia and/or a series that has strong female leads with a majority female writing staff.

Is it as good as people have been trying to make it out to be? No. Is it an entertaining retrospective with a few comedic and poignant moments? Definitely. I haven’t given up on this show yet, so bring on Season 3.

All 10 episodes of GLOW Season 2 drops on Netflix, Friday June 29, 2018.

 

GLOW
  • Overall Score
3

The Verdict

GLOW is a dramedy that uses the backdrop of the 1980s to have fun while touching on significant, modern issues. One scene in episode eight lowered the overall score of season two and that’s a shame.

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