The eccentric characters persist, as well as the dynamics of two actresses – whose friendship has been broken by betrayal – forced to collaborate. A third strand is the weird producer Sam (Marc Maron), who alternately reacts fatherly to his reproaches, is cruelly dismissive and in one case expresses feelings that surprise even him.
The basic dynamic continues with the struggling Ruth (Alison Brie) full of great ideas taking this picture, even though she is in the showbiz circus tent, while her ex-girlfriend Debbie (Betty Gilpin) The Time of Soap Opera Those who are harassed at the absurdities of the gig, but break their marriage, need them increasingly.
However, the strongest episodes not only deal with their complicated attachment, but also with issues that are painful over the years, racial and cultural stereotypes in which the wrestling show delays into a network expert who lures Ruth into a hotel suite and reveals the complicity that leads to his predatory behavior.
Like "Orange is the New Black", which also under the aegis of producer Jenji Kohan, "GLOW" relies on female relationships in an unorthodox environment. But unlike this series, it's clever at curbing excesses, and has the additional benefit of focusing separately on the unique uncertainties associated with show business, albeit from the ridiculous, absurd perspective of its outermost edge.
Rumors that Ruth takes Ruth's hunger seriously to take Maron seriously bring Sam nuanced layers ̵
The dialogue is also sharp, as is Debbie's waving reaction – reminding the year – of Ruth's revelation that she was sexually molested.
"Feminism has principles," she says sharply. "Life has compromises."
The authors have made some compromises in their efforts to spice up storytelling, but in this second season, the exaggerated flourishes rarely come at the expense of nimble locomotion – and even say something about who we were and are, then and today.
As a bonus, the finale closes the last run in a manner that sets the stage for the third season. For a show that occasionally felt like it was insecure on the top rope in their first season – leaving no room for how long "GLOW's" light could flicker – this second match outshines its debut impressively.
"GLOW" begins its second season on June 29 on Netflix.