Let me start off by saying that despite being a life-long pro wrestling fan, I have the pictures to prove it, GLOW kind of flew under my radar and wasn’t really something that I became aware of until rather recently. My exposure has mainly been limited to clips on youtube and the occasional article that I’ve been able to find. If you can find it, GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is an amazing documentary that was released in 2012 and makes an amazing companion piece to the Netflix series.
When I first heard about this series I was very excited. Despite GLOW not having the longest run, it did play a big role in progressing women’s pro wrestling and I was interested in seeing how they would address that in the show. I’ll admit I was also a bit nervous. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to “re-telling” of stories and the story of GLOW is really interesting, especially if you’ve seen how much the women that were involved in it are like a family. I have to say, they nailed it. From what I’ve seen and read, the majority of the people involved in the production were women and they all really bonded as things progressed.
Alison Bree is amazing as Ruth, the actress with dreams of greatness, but who is trapped in the dead end world of 1980’s female roles in Hollywood. The way that her character develops over the season is great as she takes he love of performing and transfers it into her wrestling persona. Marc Maron as Sam the director trying to balance the personas of his performers as well as things going on in his personal life was an amazing performance and his decisions in the last episode show that GLOW has become more to him than just a way to get his next movie made. The rest of the cast all get a chance to shine as well. One of the hallmarks of GLOW in its original form was that everyone was a character and had their moment in the spotlight and that’s very similar here.
I was a big fan of the actual pro wrestlers that appeared and the “easter eggs” that were scattered in for fans. Chavo’s as the name of the gym was a nice nod to Chavo Gurerro for training the women. Johnny Mundo, Tyrus, Alex Riley and others all make appearances and help progress the story along nicely. I would have loved to have seen Ivory make a cameo as she was actually one of the wrestlers in the original GLOW, but with the praise that this season has been getting maybe she’ll get her shot in a later season.
There are a lot of different ways the story can progress from here and the idea that so much of the show is about the “behind the scenes” drama means that they have the ability to slow the pace way down and focus on those aspects while just hitting on wrestling from time to time. I’ll be very interested to see what happens in season 2 and beyond. Knowing how the original GLOW grew as quickly as it did and having watched the documentary and hearing the stories that those women told, I’m looking forward to seeing how those elements are tied into the show.
Image from the official GLOW facebook page.