Netflix throws a lot of shows our way and there are times I fall for the clickbait. This time it was in the form of Kaya Scodelario. I liked her in Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean, so I decided to check this show out.
At first glance this might look like a generic sports show. I am glad that wasn’t the case because I don’t think I would have been able to finish the whole season in two sittings like I did. This show first-and-foremost is all about family, mental health, love and aspirations and then comes the ‘figure skating’ part.
The show starts off focusing on Kat Baker (played by Kaya) who has been trying to get back into competitive skating and achieving her olympic dream after a brutal fall on the ice. Slowly, as the story builds, the focus shifts around all the characters of the show. This is where the show shines. Kat’s Mom, Kat’s skating partner, her sister, etc.. are all given their time in the spolight. Each of them evolves in his/her own special way.
I have never watched any female sports drama before (except for Million Dollar Baby and Soul Surfer). I think this was a great introduction to the genre for me (as a TV show I mean). The show breaks down how being bipolar has affected the relationship between the mother and the daughter as well as the people around them. It also shows some of the stress that female athletes have to endure such as injuries, predatory people-in-power, the social ostracism that comes with having mental health condition, etc. Watching the characters overcome adversities slowly but surely made the entire arc of the season quite heartwarming.
Obviously, not everything is perfect. There are a few generic tropes like ‘kissing the guy that your bf likes’, ‘leaving home because you want to escape the overbearing mother’ and ‘the party boy who is too good at the sport to care about anything but he cares about the main character’. This is the intro season so I expect a few of these. Season 1s tend to be slow and sometimes predictable but in this case, I am willing to look past those.
I think this show could have gotten a lot more interesting in the second season. I would have even loved to see more figure skating and learn all the skating jargons that come with it. By my phrasing, you can probably guess what happened. The show got cancelled last month, so there won’t be a season 2. There was a lot of backlash from fans and a petition to renew the show. However, there is no new information as of yet but a lot of shows move onto a different platform so maybe, just maybe we get a season 2.
Final Thoughts –
If you are browsing Netflix and don’t know what to watch next to satisfy your binging needs, then I would definitely recommend you give this a try and see if it pulls you in. Then again, I know I personally lose my motivation to watch a show if I know it is cancelled and can’t get closure, so I understand if you don’t want to start something you can’t finish.