The series is now available in its entirety via streaming and On Demand. I saw the first episode last night. The adjectives “dark” and “unflinching” have been used to describe the show and they are accurate enough. There are the customary shots of dangerously skinny girls with scary feet. The heroine, played and danced appealingly by Sarah Hay, comes outfitted with the emotional problems that, as noted previously, seem to be standard issue for cable drama protagonists these days. (She has the emotional problems because of a Terrible Secret.) There are some humorous moments, but it’s not at all clear that writer/producer Moira Walley-Beckett is in on the joke.
I also wonder about the heroine's habit of sleeping covered in books, presumably as a source of psychological comfort. It make for a striking overhead shot, but there must be quite the racket when she turns over.
The more relaxed censorship that is afforded pay cable is used in ways both good and bad. Good: the casual attitude toward nudity and various states of undress that will be familiar to anyone who’s spent a lot of time backstage in a theater. Bad: pretty much everything else. For a show that is supposed to be showing us the dark underbelly of ballet, we spend a disproportionate amount of time in the dark underbelly of a strip club. Walley-Beckett has made a very big production about casting real dancers, so it’s to be hoped that in the future episodes they’ll get to do some more actual dancing. Sascha Radetsky makes a good impression playing what seems to be a more jaded version of his nice boy in “Center Stage” and I anticipate fun moments from Dvorovenko as the druggie senior ballerina. (Speaking of dangerously skinny – I’m sure Dvorovenko’s thinness is perfectly natural, but gee – get this girl some cheesecake.)
Anyone else see it? (Be careful to post spoiler alerts if you are binge-watching.)