GLOW Season 3 Review: Less Wrestling, More Developments Let Them Live In Their World

August 8, 2019
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

GLOW Season 3 is noticeably not the strongest in the Netflix series, but it certainly recognizes the need to develop the characters to ensure longevity in the story. The show tackles the paths of each character and active themes.

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3.5

Summary

GLOW Season 3 is noticeably not the strongest in the Netflix series, but it certainly recognizes the need to develop the characters to ensure longevity in the story. The show tackles the paths of each character and active themes.

After the end of Orange Is the New BlackGLOW Season 3 is everything that we needed to numb the slight pain that comes from losing a staple Netflix series. While GLOW is not directly in Jenji Kohan’s writing universe, it feels like an extension to that world with Carly Mensch previously involved in OITNB and Weeds. It’s difficult for GLOW to put a foot wrong with the appealing characters, cheesiness and themes, and Season 3 follows the same breadth as its predecessors.

GLOW Season 3 is not the strongest in the series, but it certainly grasped its longevity. What the writers have realised is that focusing on the wrestling heavily for another chapter would have likely watered down the story. The wrestling was the USP for the first season, enhanced in the second season, but for the third, we cared about the characters and their needed development

Season 3 shows the characters in a different world. Las Vegas with all its glitz and glamour is not at all what it is cracked up to be. The hype brought on by the end of the second season feels almost dampened in the opener, with tragedy striking and the characters having to adjust. There’s a sense of reality that performing regularly in a theatre environment that joins with a casino feels isolating rather than prosperous.

GLOW Season 3 deals with Ruth’s position in life, with a long-distant boyfriend, and Debbie’s ambition that far outweighs her companion. The two characters feel on separate paths, with the Netflix series revealing what life is like without wrestling being the controlling factor. Season 3 delves into Sam’s relationship with Justine, and his father-like approach taking precedence over his troubling career and disillusioned friendship with Ruth.

While the reoccurring characters of the show take the forefront of the story, the themes on display make GLOW stronger than ever. With Arthie and Yolanda explored further in Season 3, we receive salient messages pertaining to the LGBTQ+ community, and with a star Drag Queen taking the stage in GLOW, it hones in on the complexities these people faced in outdated, less respectful times.

The series continues to present the struggles facing women, and how men continue to see themselves as entitled based on their sex — and the story does marvellously well to ensure the women strike back with empowerment, recognising the harmfulness in their behaviour.

GLOW Season 3 bounces between each character with balance, but a few of the episodes lack spark. It feels like the writers felt downtrodden themselves to see the characters in a depressing routine in the middle of Vegas. However, they do manage to open a few doors and close some loose ends, ensuring it can return with a stronger Season 4.

You can read the recap of the first episode of season 3, by clicking these words.

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