GLOW Season 3
NGL, I was pretty late to watching GLOW. I didn’t watch the first two seasons until earlier this year, when I was on an ‘80s kick (when am I not on an 80s kick though) and needed a quick fix. I have never been into wrestling or anything remotely in that arena. Full respect for those who do it or are into it; I’ve personally just never been a fan, though I do understand the hype, now. But I heard great things about the show, so I decided to just give it a try…
I blew through the first two seasons in less than a week and then moped around until season three came out. And then I blew through season three in two days. Holy smokes, I love GLOW.
This show has a lot of elements that I’m not typically a fan of in film or television- frills, catty women, too much pink, and (again) wrestling- but it generously makes up for that with a genuinely interesting storyline, infuriating plot twists and cliffhangers, and hot women smashing the patriarchy again and again. (And, again, it’s set in the 1980’s… #hearteyes)
But this show isn’t just entertaining, it’s relatable. Sure, most of us aren’t aspiring actresses who end up wrestling for a living in LA or Vegas. But GLOW regularly hits on a variety and magnitude of experiences and challenges that women go through, from battling misogyny and sexism to finding, accepting, and/or protecting their racial and/or sexual identities (or even just their own autonomy). It’s continuous political incorrectness opens doors for messy discussions and displays that are genuinely important, many of which you’ll find yourself saying “that’s happened to me” or “I know exactly what that feels like”.
And it’s not just relatable because of the things the things these women go through, but because of the women themselves. None of these Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are perfect. They each have their own sets of physical, mental, and emotional flaws. They all have baggage that was either forced onto them or that they picked up themselves, and they all have at least one toxic (or at least self-destructive) coping mechanism or habit.
But, as often as they can, these women push and encourage each other to get better and do better, both in and out of the ring. Individually and collectively, they try, fail, and try again. They learn, they grow, they improve, and then strive to be better versions of themselves. Not for any man or for a paycheck, but for themselves before anyone or anything else. And yes, despite all of their (eventual) successes and improvements and achievements, they’re still human and they’re still flawed. Some of them have a long way to go, which I think is the most relatable part. To each their own, and all in due time.
While this show is about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, it doesn’t shy away from tackling the issues that men often face. Unsatisfied paternal desires, unrequited love, and sexual identity are just some of the topics that GLOW spearheads. The male characters of this show and the relationships they’re involved in uniquely highlight that not all masculinity is toxic, not all toxic masculinity is intentional, and women admittedly can be just as toxic. While several choices, actions, and behaviors carried out by the men of GLOW are inexcusable and unjustifiable, there are some that deserve a level of empathy and understanding, and that remind you to check on the men in your life- even the “strongest” ones.
Ultimately, GLOW isn’t just fluff and frills and a shit ton of glitter. It’s deep, it’s dramatic, and it’s downright relatable. Even when I’ve hated some characters or decisions, I’ve somehow loved every second of the show thus far, and I can’t wait for more!
Have you finished season 3? Who’s your favorite Lady? Tweet me and let me know!
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