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Old 08-10-2019, 07:04 PM
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GLOW season 3 thread (Netflix series) - OPEN SPOILERS


Season 3 of GLOW dropped yesterday on Netflix.

I love this show much better than I ever thought I would based on the initial descriptions of it. It's a great mixture of comedy and drama. The characters (and their actors) are terrific and of course there's the whole fabulous 80s-ness of it all.

I'm four episodes in so far. I'll post more discussion in following comments.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:32 PM
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Spoilers for eps 1-4 in this post:

The first episode starts with a cringey scene--"Zoya" mocking American astronauts just as the Challenger explodes. Kinda funny in an uncomfortable way, but still an odd choice.

So far (through ep 4) there's been hardly anything shown of their wrestling show. It's all about how they are all adjusting to (and making the most of) living in Vegas and dealing with their other personal issues. And it's all very entertaining. I'm sure they'll get around to showing us more of their Vegas act later in the season.

There have been many funny scenes (of course) and already some really touching scenes (the "wolf" girl and the drag queen, Deb watching video of her son).

Last season many of us were wondering about Bash's sexuality. The first few episodes here it seemed like they were trying to put that speculation to rest, but ep 4 appears to be bringing it back.

Sam's screenplay appears to be him working out his feelings about his daughter, who has been absent from the show through ep 4. I hope she does show up again at some point.

I don't really like Ruth's boyfriend, but I also don't think she and Sam should get together. Sam seems more like a paternal figure than romantic partner for her.

That's all until I've watched a bit more. If you like this show, watch this season soon! I think Netflix looks closely at the viewing numbers for the first few weeks.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:54 PM
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We're through the first three episodes, and unfortunately I think the writing is off this time. The show is starting to have the feel of a soap opera. The dialog has taken a step backwards, and all the little dramas and conflicts seem kind of engineered and then solved in obvious ways.

For example, the second Ruth and Sam went into the casino, with Ruth claiming that she didn't gamble and didn't understand the appeal, I knew there would be a scene of her winning big at some game and not wanting to quit. It's an obvious old trope, and sure enough they went there.

Oh, and if Ruth really isn't attracted to Sam, she is behaving as a dipshit. She stared at him as though she was in love with him through the entire second episode. And if she is interested in him, she's behaving like a dipshit anyway. Since I don't think the character is supposed to be a total dipshit, the writers are not doing her a service.

This has the risk of turning into 'Orange is the New Black - the Vegas Years'. In other words, the fascinating era and premise of the show will rapidly just become the backdrop for a series of character fights and soap opera conflicts.
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I'm liking the third season and am 6 episodes in. I do still have questions about whether Bash is gay. There have been so many hints that he is such as how he dresses, and how devastated he was at the death of his butler who was gay. If Bash is gay, it seems he has not admitted it to himself. But then he seemed very anxious to have sex with his new wife, so maybe Bi? Also the drag queen he interviewed for a job obviously assumed Bash was gay.

Why has Bash been so mean to his co-producers? In the first two seasons he just seemed to want to get along and was thrilled his tv show was being made. Now he is throwing his weight around and trying to manipulate the others.

I agree Sam is a bad match for Ruth. They may have some fun for awhile, but Sam is mean and his insecurities always wreck whatever relationship he is in.

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Old 08-12-2019, 11:06 AM
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So far (through ep 4) there's been hardly anything shown of their wrestling show
Well that changed in ep 5. I liked the role-switching they did with their wrestling characters.

And in ep 6 we actually got several lines from the characters who play the 'Old Bitties' in the wrestling show. It's not much, but they are probably the least-developed characters so it was nice to see a little more of them.

Sheila's going through some big changes.

I also liked the 'career mom' talk between Deb and Tamme.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:33 AM
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I watched to the end of season 3. There are a lot of questions left up in the air, so definitely they are planning to have a season 4. I enjoyed the season as much as the others.

Bash's sexuality is explored in more than enough detail. I think there has been more nudity and sex on this show than any other series I have seen on Netflix, not that I am complaining.

The cabaret show in the 9th episode is fun and you get to see Gena Davis in a showgirl outfit at age 62.

Sam and Ruth almost hook up, and then the relationship blows up because Ruth did not get a part she thought she had in the bag. Her disappointment was huge.

Debbie is a real ass to her current boyfriend. He made some statements that showed they would not work together, but then she stole some business from him because she had access to confidential information. Did she get any ownership of the new business?

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