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    I’m really enjoying it. As it goes on, it definitely gets better. Just finished episode 7 and it was the highlight so far. Not normally a huge fan of Alison Brie, but she kills it in this role.

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    So far I’m loving it.

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    Starting this right now.

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    Gayle Rankin was fantastic on her first room outbreak.

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    Here’s the female ensemble that makes up for a lackluster season of Orange Is the New Black. That’s where the comparisons with that show ends, though.

    Glow is not great. Its first season is very good, and has potential for a truly terrific second. The writing is still finding a voice, and sometimes strains for story, but it really works. What the show does have is a ton of incredible ingredients. The first, and most obvious, is the cast. Everyone is great–though, my personal MVPs are Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron. Weirdly, Alison Brie is the one person who really doesn’t feel like she gels with anyone other than Gilpin–that said, her one-woman outing in “Maybe It’s All the Disco” is as great of a performance as one could have hoped from her. The other thing that really works is the direction, and specifically the handling of delicate, emotional beats. That sort of thing is easy to write. It’s the tightrope walk of believability and investment in the actual filmmaking that gives those moments weight. The peak of this is the confrontation at the end of the pilot, where Debbie and Ruth go to blows. Most of all, though, this is just an absorbing show show. You love these characters, and their stories are grounded enough to believe, and human enough to care. This is why I love episodes four through six. They’re honest, patient examinations of who these people are, and you just fall for them. The chemistry and narrative pipe driving the show are so intertwined and effortless that, even at its worst, it’s just pleasant to have on.

    A solid B+ season.

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    Also, someone please give Elizabeth Perkins a Guest Actress nod.

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    Finished it. That was so fun, it is not a great show, but it is a very entertaining one. Cant wait for season 2.

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    Yeah, this was a lot of fun to watch. They definitely assembled a fantastic cast. Betty Gilpin is really evolving into a fantastic actress. I liked her a lot on Nurse Jackie, but with this show and her stunning work on American Gods, she is really coming into herself. The second half was a lot stronger, and I feel like they spent to much of the season just building up to the wrestling which was a real problem for me. But the show is still just so much fun to watch. And they also do a great job of balancing the absurdity and humor with more dramatic and touching moments. I also really like that they didn’t just have Ruth and Debbie fine with each other at the end. It was really smart for them to realize that Debbie isn’t ready to hang out and get drinks with Ruth. They have a lot of work to do on their relationship, and that moment between them in the finale was super grounded and emotionally resonant. They’ve really set themselves up for a great season 2, and I really hope they capitalize on that.

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    Yeah, this was a lot of fun to watch. They definitely assembled a fantastic cast. Betty Gilpin is really evolving into a fantastic actress. I liked her a lot on Nurse Jackie, but with this show and her stunning work on American Gods, she is really coming into herself. The second half was a lot stronger, and I feel like they spent to much of the season just building up to the wrestling which was a real problem for me. But the show is still just so much fun to watch. And they also do a great job of balancing the absurdity and humor with more dramatic and touching moments. I also really like that they didn’t just have Ruth and Debbie fine with each other at the end. It was really smart for them to realize that Debbie isn’t ready to hang out and get drinks with Ruth. They have a lot of work to do on their relationship, and that moment between them in the finale was super grounded and emotionally resonant. They’ve really set themselves up for a great season 2, and I really hope they capitalize on that.

    I agree with that, imo, her performance on those two episodes of American Gods was terrific.

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    Finished the first 5 episodes. I really couldn’t stop watching, and I fucking hate the Netflix model when a show is very good and the season is done, then you have to wait an entire year (sometimes more) for a followup. This show is very entertaining, funny, and has a great cast, all of which makes it very difficult to stop and leave some for later. That’s a huge compliment and I guess it’s the type of thing Netflix likes to hear.

    I don’t think there’s anybody in the cast I’d like to replace, they all have worked perfectly and the entire ensemble was very well put together. Alison Brie has always been great, this is the third show we’ve seen her in and she always emerges as a fan favorite, no shit, she’s that good. And this ridiculous girl is over the top, annoying and insufferable, but they write her well and Brie gives a performance that is good enough, that you don’t actually hate her, you laugh with her.

    Betty Gilpin had such a weird character on Nurse Jackie, you never knew how to feel about her, they also sort of changed her midway through, but she was always a great actress. I’m very glad that she has this now when she’s not just some supporting actress, she could be a lead here with Brie, and she’s doing really great. Maron is great, the Melrose girl, Cherry, the wrestler family girl, and yes to having Chris Lowell somewhere, he’s always been fun to watch. The diversity of a cast is always appreciated even if it exists in this show for all the wrong reasons, as they were cast back in the 80’s for stereotypes, but at least it gives opportunities to minorities now.

    The show has flaws, sure, but I’m enjoying it a lot.

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    Saw the pilot – enjoyed it OK but Brie was excellent.

    I sort of have a problem with the fact that part of the basic premise of the show is that Brie is somehow supposed to be ugly? It just doesn’t work.

    Yeah, this could be an issue. I think she comes off as a tom boy, not that much make up, not the best hair either. They could’ve just made her to be some version of a careless girl when it comes to fashion and makeup and mention or treat her like that, but don’t treat her as “ugly”. On the other hand, what works here is that she’s definitely not made up to look as hot as Cherry, Debbie and Melrose. So at least you have to go through 3 girls (maybe more) to get to Ruth in terms of hotness and beauty, her being annoying also makes her look less hot.

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    her performance on those two episodes of American Gods was terrific.

    Co-signed.

    So, I finished the whole series. I really enjoyed it but don’t see it as much of an Emmy contender. I do, however, think that Brie has a shot if the show manages to maintain (or, rather, build) some momentum. In addition to Kemper it seems like Stone will also be on the ballot for Netflix next year so it remains to be seen how much of a priority Brie will be. Maron was also quite good.

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