Spinning Out Review – A nuanced, empowering sports drama

Spinning Out Review – A nuanced, empowering sports drama
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One always goes through the phase of extreme lows. It is probably the phase where you’ve lost everything, and are pretty much living on the edge! And at that time, you’re typically left with two options. You either float or drown! Sinning Out that went live on Netflix recently is as empowering as it can get. The season one has 10 episodes with an average run time of 40-50 mins per episode.

Spinning out is a story that’s premised in the ice rinks on Sun Valley. The moves and choreography on the rink is simply outstanding and makes one want to join the ranks of Olympian level skaters. The plot intelligently steers the viewers though the grit, and perseverance one goes through to make it to that level.

Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario) is born with some exceptional skating talent. It’s in her gene to become one with the music and deliver the most brilliant performance on the rink. But something happens one day when Kat meets with a tragic accident. In spite of practising hard, she isn’t able to get the former form back. The odds with her mother Carol Baker (January Jones) surge, as carol begins to focus on Serena (Willow Shield) the younger sibling.

Buying ice time on the rink is becoming exceedingly difficult, as she works double shift at the restaurant where she meets with Marcus Holmes (Mitchell Edwards), a ski expert. He does everything he can to help her out, simply because he has fallen for her.

But these bad times don’t last for long, as Dasha (Svetlana Efremova) recognises her fear, and takes it in her stride to help her out. At first, Kat denies the offer but later manages to warm up. Kat realizes she has lost everything, and she has only one chance to put herself back on the map again! That is if she is to pair up with the rich kid and spoilt sport, Justin (Even Roderick).

Justin is very keen on pairing up with Kat, but the initial resistance and blocks have to clear, as that could come in the way of their performance. At a personal level, Kat is a mess as she finds herself with both Marcus and Justin at the same time.

So, how does Kat bolster that artful performance in the end?

The interesting part of this series is that the characters have evolved very organically especially with their emotions. The directors have wonderfully displayed the sensibility behind each unsaid feeling. The troubled relationship between Carol and Kat has been well explored, especially as their shortcomings on the bipolar disorder begin to surface at untimely hours.

Jenn’s feelings for Kat as her dear friend and Serena’s love for her sister cannot be overlooked. The writer has reconnoitred every minute facet of relationships at large. Justin’s the most misunderstood character; his classic Greek God looks stratify him in the spoilt kid zone who lacks the sheer ambition to achieve. Like Justin's father says that he was afraid that his son would turn out to be some sort of fruitcake. He is such a relatable character as everyone stumbles on a Justin in their lives. But Justin is well above all the labels and stereotypes.

The cast has involved people of race; Marcus and Jenn (Amanda Zhou) who independently and naturally deal with their set of problems while they are in the situation as is as it would have been for real. There is no unnecessary magnification of the racial issue.

The plot not only delves into the emotions of the characters there but pretty much explores that viewers mind as they seamlessly connect with their audience. Though the plot revolves around the skating rink, one could find them playing Kat in absolutely any other situation. One cannot wait for the launch of season two!

Rating: 4.5/5

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