Alison Brie commands the room, her casting agents are completely in awe, but it seems they’re in awe for an entirely different reason, turns out Brie has been reading the man’s part this whole time. Once she’s finished her fantastic delivery of what’s actually supposed to be the man’s monologue, she’s told by her agents and goes onto read the lame part reserved for her, lines that seem to have been written by a simpleton who simply views women as secretaries. The truth is Ruth (Brie) knew what she was doing the whole time, she’s been stuck in the same position ever since she moved to L.A. and all she wants is to able to demonstrate the real commanding ferocity a woman can offer to the screen and like a God-given gift she’s told to audition for a t.v. show requesting for unconventional women.
She goes to the godforsaken gym where the auditions are being taken after seeing the facilities there’s really no reason for her to stay at all, half the room leaves once they’re told this is a wrestling show but oddly enough, she decides to stay. Ruth seems to notice a true rising passion being harbored in the gym and decides to take a chance.
She doesn’t seem to fit in at all, she has little or less-than-little respect for wrestling coming in, in fact she knows nothing about it, but nor do we and that’s why Ruth serves as the perfect envoy for the mission of introducing us into this wacko world of 80’s wrestling fervor. She’s equally flawed and endearing, just like any human being and that’s what makes Ruth (and Alison Brie) so freaking cool. But, what’s even better than giving us a singular intro character, why not give us a whole cast of amazing women who are also aliens to this land of punches, theatrics, and somersaults. Well, they do, and you could make the argument for anyone of them being you personal favorite.
Britt Baron (who plays Justine) plays her part beautifully and if you watch the series you’ll realize why because I couldn’t dare spoil such a moment. There’s Cherry Bang, the only experienced wrestler of the group, also the only one who truly knows Sam Sylvia (GLOW’s director [Maron]) for who he truly is having worked with him in the past. Oddly enough she doesn’t seem to be given enough credit despite her outstanding leadership of the group. Briefly mentioned but worth a thousand-times more than, Marc Maron kills it as Sam Sylvia in this show, playing the character with the character on the perfect note between passion and indifference. As I’ve done for three characters now, I could write about each member of the GLOW crew because if there’s anywhere this show excels is in its fantastic craftsmanship of characters.
Is GLOW a fantastic series worthing of standing toe-to-toe with something like Legion that also came out this year? No, but it’s pulpy-fun at its highest and the perfect show to binge after watching something to mind-bending as the aforementioned Legion. GLOW is the embodiment of summer fun, I truly believe this show wouldn’t have gotten the same reaction had it come out in October. Released at the right time, filled-to-the-brim with great characters and offering yet another side of Alison Brie none of us had ever seen, GLOW is exactly what it was designed to be, Fun, Fun in the very same way Summer Slam is to those countless WWE wrestling fans who watch it every single year.