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The Netflix original TV Show “GLOW” aired its third season in early August. The show, set in the1980’s, follows the story of a group of Los Angeles based women going through career struggles when director Sam Sylvia, played by Marc Maron, calls for “unique women” when casting his new TV Show, “The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”.
At the end of the last season, the wrestlers, consisting of Ruth (Alison Brie), Debbie (Betty Gilpin), Rhonda (Kate Nash), 11 other women and a few significant others on a bus to Las Vegas to live out Sylvia’s vision on stage. The third season begins with Ruth and Debbie’s wrestling alter-egos at an interview about the Challenger launch up until the crash, which left both the wrestlers and the rest of the world in shock. Now, the wrestlers must overcome this real-world tragedy, while also overcoming their own personal issues and the transition from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
One element that I preferred in this season more than the others was the personal realization that all of the characters encountered. The character development that stood out the most was with “Sheila the She-Wolf,” played by Gayle Rankin. For years, she had dressed up every day as a wolf, saying that she identified with wolves more than people. However, after she met her new idol, drag queen Bobby Barnes (Kevin Cahoon), she realizes that her persona wasn’t who she really was and she was encouraged to burn her wolf costume and wig and embrace who she really was.
Another thing, though, that has been consistently amazing throughout the entire show was set design and continuity with the time period. Since the show is set in 1980’s Los Angeles, there are a lot of specific aspects that are more time period unique and would typically be hard to replicate in current time. “GLOW” creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch had no issue recreating everything, from buildings to cars to costumes and hair, everything is so distinctly 1980’s.
I first heard about “GLOW” from my parents, who normally I would not trust with show recommendations, but for once they were completely right. I had no problem binge-watching a season a day for my weekend activity, enjoying the humor and real issues that these characters face. The acting is incredible, the script is hilarious and the aesthetics are wonderful. Everything fits together perfectly and the writers have no issues with giving the audience plot twists to keep them on their toes. I wholeheartedly recommend giving the show a try if you want an easy-watch show for a lazy day, but make sure to watch it before the season four release in 2020, release date TBA.