• 24 Aug - 30 Aug, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly

In the third season of GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling take their show to Las Vegas in 1986 to stage their hammy, fake matches live, several nights a week, at the Fan-Tan Casino. Given the show’s subject matter, that place, and that time – an era when people unironically appreciated the music of Falco – GLOW could have opted to heighten everything in the show to fluorescent levels. But GLOW does the opposite. It dials down its tone a couple of notches and turns its focus inward, resulting in a terrific season that highlights the forces that can fray a career, even a career in professional performative wrestling.

Don’t get me wrong: There are still some broad comedy moments, some deliberately silly matches – there’s a wedding-themed one, and a surprisingly moving Christmas-themed one – and some very big hair. But GLOW is less interested in spectacle and more interested in the mental states of its characters.

With its tonal shifts between camp, wry comedy, and serious drama, GLOW could be a total mess if it weren’t in the right hands. Fortunately, showrunners Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch know exactly what they’re doing and have full, authoritative command of this universe. One thing they understand is that, as refreshingly broad as their canvas is this season, the show must always come back to its core relationship: the one between Ruth and Debbie. And it does.

It has a cult following which will make it a stream. 

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