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#41 NickH

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 01:28 AM

As someone who knew nothing about GLOW, just knowing there was a show being made about wrestling I thought I would give it a watch. First I watched the GLOW documentary to familiarize myself with the show then went straight to the episodes.

 

I'm 7 episodes in and enjoying it a lot. These episodes just fly by, like the characters, good story, Brie's Russian accent was annoying me for a while. I chuckled when I saw an apple in Carlito's hand (was that an intentional inside joke?). I think Netflix have another winner here, hope it gets renewed.

 

The only scene I hated was the 'miscarriage' scene. I get what they were doing but didn't find it funny at all. Don't know how other people can laugh at that.



#42 gordi

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:26 AM

I don't get to watch a ton of US TV over here, but the four best shows I've seen this year have been Legion, Fargo, Better Call Saul, and GLOW.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:38 AM

(...) I chuckled when I saw an apple in Carlito's hand (was that an intentional inside joke?). (...)

You would assume so. By the way: I loved that the siblings of a native American are played by a Puerto Rican and a Caucassian. There is nothing more pro wrestling than that.



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Posted 25 June 2017 - 11:48 AM

Here are my thoughts on the GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling show, coming from someone who has reviewed a lot of GLOW on this blog:

 

http://prowresblog.b...-glow-disk.html

 

http://prowresblog.b...tling-disk.html

 

http://prowresblog.b...k-9-part-2.html

 

I've watched a lot of of GLOW. GLOW was different. They went with the basic gist of wrestling, but instead skipped the athletic/sports part and made it more of a variety show like a Hee-Haw that just happened to be about wrestling. The work was never that good but girls really got how to play characters. Sometimes, they would dip too far in the realm of unbelievability and that would hurt the show.

 

The show really stuck true to old Glow. The KKK were Sara and Mable and then the Housewives, Brittanica was Lady Godiva, Lady Liberty was Americana, The Russian was Ninotchka, the Fortune Cookie was Little Fiji or Spanish Red, the black girls were the Soul Patrol and the bigger girl was of course Mt. Fiji. Surprised a Matilda character didn't make the cut, but the Viking was close.

 

The GLOW netflix show was much better than I expected. I expected some comedy mockumentary making fun of pro wrestling and it wasn't that. They represented the girls better than GLOW ever did and they represented wrestling well. I didn't feel embarrassed. I think they very likely went into a lot of the struggles the GLOW girls had to go through and I think they helped people understand what wrestling is all about. I wouldn't be ashamed to show this to people and I think it could lead to people getting into wrestling.

 

All in all, this was really well done and I'm proud of what they did. Netflix really hit it out of the park here, though I didn't appreciate the anti-republican sentiment, especially with Netflix's history.

 

They also clearly left the door open to a second season and I think there's tons of stuff they could do with it. Here's some storylines I would do in a second season:

 

- Someone gets injured bad

 

- Non-glow girl wrestlers get angry at what they are doing and take stand.

 

- One of the girls gets angry for some reason and exposes GLOW's fakeness to the media

 

- Something goes too far and they get kicked off air

 

- More trouble with sponsors and money

 

- A Vince knockoff starts poaching the GLOW girls

 

- Say Lady Liberty starts refusing to do jobs

 

And there's really a ton more things you could get into, so this show does have legs. You could even do a last season where people start to get old and move onto their normal lives and can't due to wrestling mileage and other stuff, which would really take the show into a new territory.

 

It's also sad that the writers and Netflix seem to understand what pro wrestling is better than anyone else in wrestling right now. Wrestling is so simple and yet everyone has to complicate it and be as bland as possible in the process.



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 12:20 AM

Wife likes the show, so easy thumbs up.

One inside reference I love: Chavo's boxing gym. Nice little omage to the original trainer.

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 04:18 PM

Watching the show right now. It's awesome. Great cast

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:34 AM

This has become one of those things where I just don't understand why I'm not seeing what everyone else is seeing. I found the show deadly dull--neither funny, nor dramatic nor touching. And I like a lot of the people involved--Brie, Maron, etc. I'll have to give it another shot at some point. 



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:15 AM

I will be checking this out on the long weekend. Canada Day, most likely, after the bbq. Can't wait.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 09:28 PM

I can't get over how much Alison Brie is channeling Kristen Wiig, and not even top notch Wiig but "first 10 minutes of Bridesmaids pathetic" Wiig. Couple that with my distaste for Marc Maron and here's another show I won't watch.

Which means it'll be successful.

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:28 PM

A few months ago, I watched the GLOW doc on Netflix. It was a low risk feel good doc about the promotion. Very much promoted the women and the community and life direction that a sleazy cash-in provided to them. Very punk rock in that the women turned a weird situation into something meaningful for themselves and others.

Saw that flick around the time this thread was on the first page of the board so, the doc's (re)appearance wasn't coincidental. That said I was looking forward to the "show."

First 15-20 minutes are good. Liked Meron's part lol etc....saw where the comedy part was coming from in a dark comedy but, the sex scene turned me off...no pun intended. Like wtf, you're trying to intro the show and main character and then boop! She's having sex drama.

Ya know because, having a show about women in a male dominated entertainment industry during its arguable zenith isn't interesting enough and having Brie & Meron isn't funny enough, we have to let people know there will be some boobage and ancillary romance crap to tune in for ???

I might give it a 2nd chance based off others opinions but, sheesh that got cheap real quick in episode one...

#51 Bix

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:38 PM

This has become one of those things where I just don't understand why I'm not seeing what everyone else is seeing. I found the show deadly dull--neither funny, nor dramatic nor touching. And I like a lot of the people involved--Brie, Maron, etc. I'll have to give it another shot at some point. 

How far in are you? It picks up after about 3 episodes.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:29 AM

A few months ago, I watched the GLOW doc on Netflix. It was a low risk feel good doc about the promotion. Very much promoted the women and the community and life direction that a sleazy cash-in provided to them. Very punk rock in that the women turned a weird situation into something meaningful for themselves and others.

Saw that flick around the time this thread was on the first page of the board so, the doc's (re)appearance wasn't coincidental. That said I was looking forward to the "show."

First 15-20 minutes are good. Liked Meron's part lol etc....saw where the comedy part was coming from in a dark comedy but, the sex scene turned me off...no pun intended. Like wtf, you're trying to intro the show and main character and then boop! She's having sex drama.

Ya know because, having a show about women in a male dominated entertainment industry during its arguable zenith isn't interesting enough and having Brie & Meron isn't funny enough, we have to let people know there will be some boobage and ancillary romance crap to tune in for ???

I might give it a 2nd chance based off others opinions but, sheesh that got cheap real quick in episode one...

The sex scene is a pretty big part of the story and sets up one of the main plots.



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:47 AM

Finished it last night and enjoyed it. I didn't love it but it was definitely an easy watch. I won't repeat what others are saying but I got a very 'Orange is the New Black' vibe from the characterisation and dialogue; you get the sense that a Season 2 would bring certain characters forward and give them a chance to develop more.



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 08:56 AM

Never saw "Orange is the New Black", but was a huge "Weeds" fan. So, I'm gonna take my time watching this because I feel this may be the highlight of the summer in term of pro-wrestling stuff to me.



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Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:04 AM

 

This has become one of those things where I just don't understand why I'm not seeing what everyone else is seeing. I found the show deadly dull--neither funny, nor dramatic nor touching. And I like a lot of the people involved--Brie, Maron, etc. I'll have to give it another shot at some point. 

How far in are you? It picks up after about 3 episodes.

 

I tapped out right around that point. But as I said, I'll probably give it another go eventually. I'm sure I was partially reacting to the dissonance between my tepid enjoyment and the outpouring of critical love.  



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Posted 29 June 2017 - 02:24 PM

That type of sex scene is NOT a regular occurrence, fwiw. Nudity almost disappears after the first two episodes.

The series to me is six or seven out of ten. I might not be as interested if the topic weren't wrestling.

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 05:11 PM

I really enjoyed the show. It was easy to watch and digest. Some of the line readings at times seemed unnatural when explaining the inside stuff. People should also check out the GLOW documentary on Netflix as a great companion piece.



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 01:00 AM

Managed to watch two episodes so far. Enjoyable show. Betty Gilpin, who I recognized from a small but memorable part in American Gods, is definitely a 10 (she plays Ruth's best friend in the show, and was prominent in the conclusion of episode one, to say the least).



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Posted 04 July 2017 - 05:54 AM

In the fifth (I think) episode they go see a wrestling show and meet Alex Riley. Is that building the one PWG runs in? Looked like it.

#60 Johnny Sorrow

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:47 AM

I loved this so much. It's amazing that something based on a thing I hated when I was 16 inspired what I feel is the best wrestling related show/ movie ever done. From episode 6 on its full of wonderful scenes that made we cry with joy punctuated by scenes with Maron that had me howling.




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