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Gaz-L
Jan 28, 2009


There have also been a couple of spiritual successors, at least one of which I believe was also run by the guy who's the inspiration for Bash. WOW and Wrestlicious being probably the most notable ones. (I may remember WOW more than most because it got a decent amount of play in the Apter mags)

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precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Gaz-L posted:

HA! Ep 7 "What if Bill Cosby gets mad at us!?

That whole episode was the biggest "HELL YAASSSSSSS" I've experienced all year. Holy crap!

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Davros1 posted:

On ep 6 or 7 right now, and Sheila the She-Wolf is the greatest.

Her bringing the "coven" of Goths to the show really gave me the 80s feels.

Jetfire
Apr 29, 2008


In a year where Lana is still a thing and Jinder Mahal is WWE Champion, this show is a sobering (hilarious?) reminder that the whole racial stereotypes in wrestling thing hasn't significantly changed in decades.

Golden Bee
Dec 24, 2009

I came here to chew bubblegum and quote 'They Live', and I'm... at an impasse.


I loved the idea that they were "Deconstructing" Racial stereotypes when they weren't doing that all. The most they did was giving Welfare Queen 3-4 yelled lines of justification at the very end of the episode.

It's a dramedy that doesn't make The Subject untouchably holy like "I'm Dying Up Here" does with standup. Wrestling is transcendent, but they also show it as racist and stupid.

Capsaicin
Nov 17, 2004

broof roof roof

Episode 7: Sheila only knowing one song on the piano is the funniest thing in the show so far.

Kal-L
Jan 18, 2005

Heh... Spider-man... Web searches... That's funny. I should've trademarked that one. Could've made a mint.

This show is the best. I've seen up to Ep.7 and now I have the crazy conspiracy theory that Netflix is going into my brain, because a wrestling comedy show with hot ladies in 80's leotards is exactly what I was missing in my life.

Also, Marc Maron is totally playing Sam as "What if Stan Lee got into women's wrestling/trashy horror films instead of comic-books?". He would be perfect for a Stan Lee biopic or comedy mini-series.

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Kal-L posted:

Also, Marc Maron is totally playing Sam as "What if Stan Lee got into women's wrestling/trashy horror films instead of comic-books?". He would be perfect for a Stan Lee biopic or comedy mini-series.

Holy poo poo, you're right. gently caress!

PostNouveau
Sep 3, 2011

VY till I die

Gumby posted:

Episode 8: When was the last time you actually saw somebody on TV go through with an abortion?

Bojack Horseman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3MKSqUTr-A

SamuraiFoochs posted:

Am I nuts or did the styling on this show really age Alison Brie?

She's just not wearing heavy makeup. A lot of stars look drastically different without the tons of makeup.

Kal-L
Jan 18, 2005

Heh... Spider-man... Web searches... That's funny. I should've trademarked that one. Could've made a mint.

precision posted:

Holy poo poo, you're right. gently caress!

A Sam Sylva pitch posted:

Okay, the movie I'm working on now is The Incredible Quartet, and is a psycho-sexual body horror story. There's this hot blonde who is dating this brainy dude who pays no attention to her, so she starts to feel attracted to his strong, military type best friend. She also has a brother that is going into puberty, and the rush of hormones makes him feel hot and bothered all the time.

One night they sneak into a secret military base and find a super secret stash of super-crack, and when they go back to their dorm to party they start hallucinating that their bodies are changing, but the kick is that it's really happening...

Edit: Man, that was easier to write than I expected.

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McSpanky
Jan 16, 2005




I just discovered this yesterday, on episode 3 and it's pretty awesome. And I just found this self-written article by Betty Gilpin about what the show's done for her, pretty illuminating: http://www.glamour.com/story/glow-s...lon-sized-boobs

Panamaniac
Jun 18, 2007

HEROES NEVER DIE


Good show.
Everybody loves crack.

i am the bird
Mar 2, 2005

I SUPPORT ALL THE PREDATORS


The credits music for episode 7 is the funniest.

This show is great.

Gaz-L
Jan 28, 2009


The finale is one of those things that, as a wrestling fan, is both maddening and totally authentic feeling. The episode title had me grinning, especially when Maron says it, because of course it's true. Outside of WWE at times, all US wrestling is about the babyface chasing the heel champ. And as dumb and frustrating as it is, I absolutely buy that Ruth and Debbie would for some reason decide that working the girls would make sense for their big show-stopping angle. It fits both their egos and is classic pro-wrestling hubris. I'm also a sucker for a good sports movie/let's save the theatre story which is what the show turns into

EDIT: gently caress! I just got one of the in-jokes and feel like an idiot. The real GLOW had a tag team called Hollywood & Vine. And the Netflix show has Melroe... doy....

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GobiasIndustries
Dec 14, 2007

I'm very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words...but there's no better word than stupid.



Lipstick Apathy

Panamaniac posted:

Good show.
Everybody loves crack.

That moment in episode 9 where Ruth gives this super heartfelt and 100% honest speech about loving up her life and how wrestling is a better feeling than drugs... and then adds 'crack, specifically' and Bash gives her a tiny thumbs up from the crowd was perfect

Gaz-L
Jan 28, 2009


GobiasIndustries posted:

That moment in episode 9 where Ruth gives this super heartfelt and 100% honest speech about loving up her life and how wrestling is a better feeling than drugs... and then adds 'crack, specifically' and Bash gives her a tiny thumbs up from the crowd was perfect

I liked Melrose's little proto-Yelp review of LA rehab facilities.

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Just finished the last episode and it was perfect in every way. Goddamn waiting a year or so for more of this!

Youtube has tons of old GLOW matches, they're pretty fun to watch to see where they took inspiration/characters from.

Skinty McEdger
Mar 9, 2008

I have NEVER received the respect I deserve as the leader and founder of The Masterflock, the internet's largest and oldest Christopher Masterpiece fan group in all of history, and I DEMAND that changes. From now on, you will respect Skinty McEdger!



Fun little touch. All of the terrible gimmicks that people suggest for Ruth before she finds her perfect fit were actual GLOW wrestler gimmicks.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



I had not expected this would a show I'd just binge all the way through in a few days. I don't know the first thing about wrestling, nor am I really all that interested in it, but it was still fun as hell. Special shoutout for Ruth's Ushanka-headband thing in episode 10.

esperterra
Mar 24, 2010

I'll kick yer sorry arse so hard you'll kiss the moons!



Allison Brie as a heel with a Russian gimmick does things to me ...

The show was already amazing but Ruth landing on that character schtick made it skyrocket to one of my favourite shows of the year.

Klungar
Feb 12, 2008

Klungo make bessst ever video game, 'Hero Klungo Sssavesss Teh World.'


My favorite side bit was in Episode 9, when Sam was describing the plot of Mothers and Lovers to the musicians at the benefit, and I thought it was going to end up with him somehow writing the script that turned into Back to the Future, but that instead he'd gotten scooped by BTTF coming out that very week, was a great roller coaster ride of emotions.

Niwrad
Jul 1, 2008



After not liking the first few episodes the show has grown on me.

On one hand I like the shorter length episodes. Not a lot of filler and makes it easier to binge. On the other hand, I'd love more background on the characters lives. This would be a perfect show for the OitNB/Lost style flashbacks. So many stories that can be told.

Was this show done on a tight budget? Most of the scenes are filled in the gym or hotel. Only 10 episodes and they are shorter.

The Fuzzy Hulk
Nov 22, 2007

ASK ME ABOUT CROSSING THE STREAMS



I wish Aubrey Plaza was in this somewhere.

PostNouveau
Sep 3, 2011

VY till I die

Niwrad posted:

After not liking the first few episodes the show has grown on me.

On one hand I like the shorter length episodes. Not a lot of filler and makes it easier to binge. On the other hand, I'd love more background on the characters lives. This would be a perfect show for the OitNB/Lost style flashbacks. So many stories that can be told.

Was this show done on a tight budget? Most of the scenes are filled in the gym or hotel. Only 10 episodes and they are shorter.

I so prefer the shorter episodes and season though. I just blew through this show, whereas I'm just limping through OitNB because it's such a drat slog in the middle.

Kal-L
Jan 18, 2005

Heh... Spider-man... Web searches... That's funny. I should've trademarked that one. Could've made a mint.

esperterra posted:

Allison Brie as a heel with a Russian gimmick does things to me ...

Seeing her fight Liberty Belle made me fully appreciate Sam's "it's porn for the whole family" comment.

Superrodan
Nov 27, 2007


The Fuzzy Hulk posted:

I wish Aubrey Plaza was in this somewhere.

I got a bit of an Aubrey Plaza vibe from Britt Baron's Justine.

Overall, I liked it. It was fun, seemed to really find the right amount of love for the source material while still being clear about how silly wrestling gimmicks can be, and since the episodes were 30 minutes it never really overstayed its welcome. Plus I love 80s music so the soundtrack bits were great. I did think it was an interesting choice to have a full opening credits sequence in only the first episode, and to replace it with a shortened title sequence in all the rest. Have any other shows done that?

PaybackJack
May 21, 2003

...as much revenge as any man could possibly take.


Superrodan posted:

I did think it was an interesting choice to have a full opening credits sequence in only the first episode, and to replace it with a shortened title sequence in all the rest. Have any other shows done that?

Definitely not the first show to do that but I'll be damned if I can name one right now. I'm drawing a blank and You Tube isn't helping other than Full House. I swear there's a more recent example that I just can't think of that should be really drat obvious.

edit: Friends apparently had one, as did Grey's Anatomy; can't confirm as I never watched those. Ok, reading more apparently a lot of show that went into syndication received shortened intros for more ad time.

edit 2: Psych was the more recent show that I was trying to think of that had a short and a long intro, but it occurs to me that it's been off the air for years now.

PostNouveau posted:

I so prefer the shorter episodes and season though. I just blew through this show, whereas I'm just limping through OitNB because it's such a drat slog in the middle.

It felt like maybe they weren't given the usual 13, 1 hour, episode format and instead just kind of told "Here's your budget, come back with a show." and then they realized after editing that they could get everything in 10 episodes. With a show like OitNB I definitely forget the middle but that's mostly because of binge watching, however they could probably stand to cut 3-4 episodes, which translates to 3-4 hours of viewing time. This show could have easily snuck in two episodes that each focused on the girls living and training together and told the backstory of a lot of the other girls, and 2 episodes would have only added an hour onto the show and it wouldn't have dragged and I think would have helped some of the weaker characters.

I recently watched Good Behavior which is also only 10 episodes. I'm not sure what the reasoning behind that is compared to shows that get the usual 13 or the full 22-24. It would certainly be nice to think that showrunners have enough control of their shows in cases like these to just say "I'm making a show and however many episodes I need to tell my story; that's what you get!"

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Mister Fister
May 17, 2008

It'd be kinda like the Queen Cersei shaming scene. Hillary would be 'reborn' again after going through that gauntlet.



Episode 7's Rocky Montage gave me goosebumps

Skinty McEdger
Mar 9, 2008

I have NEVER received the respect I deserve as the leader and founder of The Masterflock, the internet's largest and oldest Christopher Masterpiece fan group in all of history, and I DEMAND that changes. From now on, you will respect Skinty McEdger!



Mister Fister posted:

Episode 7's Rocky Montage gave me goosebumps

You can tell in that montage that when Brie takes the cross body off of Carlito that that was her honest response as the first thing she does is signal she's okay to the camera. It's such a cool little honest moment that I think they just kept it in.

Fast Luck
Feb 2, 1988





SamuraiFoochs posted:

Am I nuts or did the styling on this show really age Alison Brie? I'm feeling like it was a choice but maybe she's just aging and I wasn't aware since I haven't seen her for a while? Either way I don't think the 80's look was the kindest to her.
The last several times I've seen her I've thought she looks a lot different than she used to, like back on Community. I guess it's been like 8 years since that show debuted so

Klungar
Feb 12, 2008

Klungo make bessst ever video game, 'Hero Klungo Sssavesss Teh World.'


They've also mentioned that the role of Ruth was meant for someone who wasn't "conventionally attractive." That's meant they basically had to ugly up Brie to try and hide her beauty a la She's All That.

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withak
Jan 15, 2003


Grimey Drawer

It's not that hard; 80s clothes and hair alone get you 90% of the way there.

nooneofconsequence
Oct 29, 2012

she had tiny Italian boobs.
Well that's my story.


Gumby posted:

Episode 8: When was the last time you actually saw somebody on TV go through with an abortion?

Bojack Horseman.

Gaz-L
Jan 28, 2009


One little detail I only just realised: ep10Debbie had complained during the first show (which was what, the actual pilot before they shot the actual for-air version in the finale?) that Ruth couldn't wear red because her outfit was red. But in the final show, Zoya's gear is almost completely red (also, love the hair which is designed to be part of her evil ushanka) and Liberty Belle's outfit is mostly white with blue stars, showing their relationship has healed at least to the point where they can cooperate and compromise professionally, even if their personal relationship still isn't there yet.

Also, of course Ruth booked herself to be the first GLOW champion. That's why you don't let talent book the matches!

Klungar
Feb 12, 2008

Klungo make bessst ever video game, 'Hero Klungo Sssavesss Teh World.'


Gaz-L posted:

Also, of course Ruth booked herself to be the first GLOW champion. That's why you don't let talent book the matches!

Ruth didn't book herself to be the champion, the plan was always for Debbie to win. Tammé ending up with the crown was Sam's last minute addition.

Kal-L
Jan 18, 2005

Heh... Spider-man... Web searches... That's funny. I should've trademarked that one. Could've made a mint.

I just finished the series. Great fun all around, and the drama parts never felt out of place. The last match being Russia-China tag team turning into a betrayal was so classic wrestling poo poo. I got a bit dissapointed that Grandma girls didn't find a new gimmick after the KKK thing.

I think a couple extra episodes would been nice, just to have more time to see what stuff the other girls had to deal with. Part of my favorite stuff from the birthday party in Ep. 8 was learning more about Jenny and Sheila. They could've done more with Arthie and Reggie.

Superrodan posted:

I got a bit of an Aubrey Plaza vibe from Britt Baron's Justine.

Nah, Aubrey would've been so much better. Maybe they can add her in the second season to be Ruth's new antagonist. Having her and Allison Brie figthing in the ring... I'd watch a whole season of just that. Even better if they try to outdo each other's gimmick.

Now that I finished the season, I feel like Justine's story didn't really mesh with the rest of the show. Her turning out to be Sam's daughter from a woman he can't remember was too out of the left field, and even the writers admit it a bit with Sam saying that what else was he supposed to think when taking into account how she behaved during the whole season. I don't think her story was properly set-up, that's all.

Like, what was the purpose behind her stealing Sam's camera and then putting it in the locker of the british chick? That's not the action of a daughter wanting attention from her dad, it's a "I'm jealous of this woman dating you and want her to go away" kind of action.

withak posted:

It's not that hard; 80s clothes and hair alone get you 90% of the way there.

Lookit here, mister withak. That's dirty communist talk, and if you insist on trash-talking 80's fashion you better be ready to meet me inside the ring so I can show you the power of 80's glam!

Klungar
Feb 12, 2008

Klungo make bessst ever video game, 'Hero Klungo Sssavesss Teh World.'


Kal-L posted:

That's not the action of a daughter wanting attention from her dad, it's a "I'm jealous of this woman dating you and want her to go away" kind of action.

To be fair, those are usually very common impulses for kids in that kind of situation.

Capsaicin
Nov 17, 2004

broof roof roof

Apter Mag GLOW Power Rankings

14/13: Ethel and Edna, The Beatdown Biddies
12: Vicky The Viking
11: Scab
10: Beirut
9: Brittanica
8: Fortune Cookie
7: Zoya The Destroya
6: Sheila The She-Wolf
5: Liberty Belle
4: Welfare Queen
3: Melrose
2: Machu Pichu
1: Junkchain

Skinty McEdger
Mar 9, 2008

I have NEVER received the respect I deserve as the leader and founder of The Masterflock, the internet's largest and oldest Christopher Masterpiece fan group in all of history, and I DEMAND that changes. From now on, you will respect Skinty McEdger!



I thought that Justine's story was fine. In fact the only reason Sam thought she was hot for him was because Rhonda put the idea in his head. He didn't know what to make of it before then.

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Kal-L
Jan 18, 2005

Heh... Spider-man... Web searches... That's funny. I should've trademarked that one. Could've made a mint.

Klungar posted:

Ruth didn't book herself to be the champion, the plan was always for Debbie to win. Tammé ending up with the crown was Sam's last minute addition.

I think that was more of a Hail Mary play. Ruth knew that Debbie would be in the audience at least, and was setting it up in the hope that Debbie would finally go all in and embrace being Liberty Belle.

Edit:

Klungar posted:

To be fair, those are usually very common impulses for kids in that kind of situation.

Skinty McEdger posted:

I thought that Justine's story was fine. In fact the only reason Sam thought she was hot for him was because Rhonda put the idea in his head. He didn't know what to make of it before then.

Fair enough. I only wish there was more time devoted to her to give more hints of it. Or maybe they did set it up really well, because when THAT happened, I was left as confused as Sam

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