The second season of Netflix’s 80s-set women's wrestling comedy GLOW is set to premiere at the end of June, and a new trailer shows just how many challengers the women face, both in and outside of the ring. The critically acclaimed series from creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch delivered a comedy suplex when it dropped on the streaming service around this time last year, with its outstanding ensemble led by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, and a stellar supporting role for Marc Maron.
The business of selling GLOW season 2 so far has been a lot of fun, as Netflix has leaned in to the show’s period setting with photos of Brie’s on-screen character Ruth Wilder in full wrestling gear as Zoya the Destroyer, and with a teaser trailer that, though devoid of any real season 2 footage, nevertheless delivered the equivalent of a music video. Set to Michael Sembello’s ‘Maniac,’ the trailer definitely proved the show’s 80s bona fides, and in doing so also demonstrated how well the series’ creators manage throwbacks to the decade.
The trailer for the full season is a different story altogether, thankfully. It’s full of fans, weird groupies, and more struggles in and out of the ring for the women who make up the cast of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. And in less than two minutes time, it outlines a number of potential storylines involving Ruth and her conflicted relationship with Gilpin’s Debbie Eagan, who’s in the midst of a divorce (thanks to Ruth’s affair with her philandering husband, Mark, played by Mad Men alum Rich Sommer), as well as Ruth’s involvement with GLOW in general.
There are hints that things are not well in the land of women’s professional wrestling, as several mentions of the show’s cancelation indicate. There are hints that the show will address its own #MeToo storyline, decades before the movement helped shine a spotlight on some of the behavior hinted at in the trailer. The new season also seems like it will address how the deliberately offensive nature of some of the wrestlers’ names — like Welfare Queen — lead to some uncomfortable conversations and presumptions when the women are out of character and approached by fans.
The good and bad aspects of fandom seem as though they will be a part of what GLOW season 2 is interested in exploring, and as evidenced by the encounter Shiela the She-Wolf (Gayle Rankin) has with a cosplaying fan, the trailer proves the series knows how to frame both in a way that’s entertaining.
GLOW season 2 will stream on Netflix on Friday, June 29.