Praise be to the Netflix Gods who finally decided to release the full Season 2 trailer of GLOW – the streaming network’s underrated yet critically acclaimed (and totally bingeable) series.
The powerful first season of GLOW saw a motley crue of female characters coming to terms with the realities of working as struggling actresses in Los Angeles during a time where most the on-screen roles for women were extremely limited in their range.
As a result, the women are left to decide whether they want to take the opportunity to work as the first female wrestlers on television, and confront all that comes with a show that’s premise is based off half-naked women fighting each other for the enjoyment of male viewers…
Not exactly the dream job they were all hoping for.
Season 2 goes one step further.
This year, these glamorous and ass-kickin’ ladies will deal with the highs of newfound fame, and the lows of being threatened with a cancellation in favour of a men’s wrestling show instead.
From what we can tell it looks like Ruth (Alison Brie) has to decide between accepting or denying unwanted advances from a thirsty male executive, which is when the show’s future becomes uncertain.
Instead of focusing on the victimisation of these female characters, it looks like the producers of GLOW have taken the empowerment route instead, with the girls hatching a plan to move past the setback and come back stronger than ever.
If only that were the case in real life.
The original Glamorous Ladies of Wrestling series from the late 80s led to over-night success for the female stars, but after an unexpected cancelation in 1990, these women were left injured, without work, and for the most part – without any form of support from the network.
It was a sad end to a show that brought many of these women together and gave them a home and community when many of them had nothing else.
Here’s hoping GLOW Season 2 can respect and honour the memory of these women, while still providing viewers at home with another insanely bingeable season.