Thursday, April 7, 2011
Make It Or Break It: A Land of No Consequences
Make It Or Break It is back for another award-winning season and the writing is as terrible as ever. Remember, this series is geared at a teen and tween audience. While I am not the target demographic, I can't seem to quit this show and neither can many of you. We know it is complete shit, utterly unrealistic and yet we keep watching it. Instead of giving a recap of all of that has gone on or not gone on, I'd like to take a moment to stand on my soapbox and discuss the mixed messages this show gives girls.
These bitches are elite gymnasts. Amazingly, we learned that full-figured Payson is just sixteen years old. As laughable as that is and the fact that the biggest gymnast is considered the best (and has no weight issues), it is important to remember that this is a ''message'' show. A message show that focuses on sex. It gets the viewers, but it doesn't necessarily always deliver those morals clearly.
On Make It Or Break It, consequences are limited and gymnasts and coaches are quitters. How many times has Sasha left, threatened to leave or been fired? DJ Tanner is supposed to be the good girl on the show, yet her lover leaves and she immediately crawls back with her ex and forgives him when she couldn't before. The writers are subtly telling girls that they shouldn't be strong on their own or wait for Mister Right. Even an eleven-year-old could tell you that Lauren's father is a slimy asshole, but it is somehow acceptable for DJ Tanner to always 'see the good in him.' This is where people like DJ Tanner get reputations for being naive.
Emily, who doesn't look a day under 30 in some scenes, just robbed a pharmacy. Yes, she was doing it for her brother, but she somehow has wormed her way back on the National Team. She is about to sign a paper with restrictive rules that we know she is about as likely to follow as not having a job and not dating boys. Hmm, how did having a job and dating boys affect her? She lost her scholarship for a hot second, yet everything always seems to workout in Emily world. See, she is somehow inspiring and the most amazing girl ever. I think I just came up with another title for a song, 'You're The Inspiration.' Mind you, Emily may be the worst actress on the show. She also has some of the worst lines.
Emily is now about to give it up to her boyfriend. She may actually get preggers and that would teach tweens to use condoms or not have sex? Yet, somehow, Emily will wind up being an award-winning mother and still manage to get back in shape for the Olympics. They will not keep her out of the gym for long. Someone will help her take care of her baby, her boyfriend will stay with her and all will be well. Realistically, the writers would drive the message home by forcing Emily to work a low-rent job, have her man leave her and show her baby crying all the time...in a wheelchair...like her sometimes brother. Where did he roll off to?
Payson has a guy who wants her and thinks she is beautiful, despite being one of the least fun people on the planet. Sasha awakened the emotional artist in her, yet that is no where to be found. She is not buying into Iyanla Vanzant as Head Coach or any of her Oprah bullcrap. As usual, she continues to have quite the negative attitude off the bat, yet everyone still looks at her as a role model. Whatever. Payson lied to everyone, broke her back irreparably, yet somehow got bullshit imaginary surgery and managed to come back and make the World Team anyway. The moral of the story there is that if you almost kill yourself by becoming a druggie, it is fine as long as your heart is in the right place and you can paint beautiful canvases looking like Sugar Plum Fairy in the New York City Ballet.
Lauren is still crying about her mother and who knows what else. Her father promised to be honest to DJ Tanner, yet we know that even she hasn't learned her lesson. Lauren's dad refuses to accept that his daughter is a psychotic, whorish, lying wench and lets her continue to walk all over him because she refuses to accept that her mother was a drugged-out hussy who probably caused her to have much of her apparent mental illness. Lauren's old beau moved to Denver. He really loved Kaylie, but she doesn't seem to have any interest in him. He was only a still rings specialist and Kaylie likes Olympic Champions. Might as well date someone who could help advance her career and endorsement potential.
Now, the only somewhat interesting storyline is the fact that Kaylie is in rehab for her anorexia. Yet, they somehow let her our extremely early. They put her in a room with a repeat offender who is going to die. It will inspire Kaylie to learn that eating right is the way to be and she will magically make the World Team. She will then help Emily to the rest room to give birth to her baby once she starts feeling contractions during the middle of her beam routine. Emily will hide her pregnancy and consider putting the baby in a dumpster, but Kaylie will remind Emily that she is an amazing inspiration who can do anything. Somehow, Emily will blame her mother for the fact that she herself is also a whore.
The evil model is trying to get Kaylie to steal Emily's man, but she has one of her own who realizes that she is actually sick. He appears at the gym from time to time. Kaylie will lose her will to starve once the model dies. Hopefully she'll have some more Meatloaf rages over art therapy, as that was enjoyable for all of us.
My favorite moment was when Kaylie was supposed to act happy over gaining three pounds. Some of us have been there before. Why DO they try to traumatize these girls by forcing them to eat mashed potatoes in rehab and announcing their weight gain? What happened to freeing yourself of the number?
Note: I did like for Lauren pulling a Garrison mount out of her ass. I also love that the writers seemingly know so little about gymnastics that they had Payson's stunt double do a shaposhnikova yet made the lame double flyaway be the climactic 'shaposhnikova' dangerous new skill element of the routine.
Posted by OlympicEffect at 12:40 PM
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LOL. I love how you call her DJ Tanner. Most ridiculous show in the world but I keep watching it. Glad you do, too. :)ReplyDelete
I agree! I can't stop laughing at the DJ Tanner references!ReplyDelete
thank you for the awesome write up as usual. i got obsessed with this show after initially dismissing it last year, but the writing is piss poor. ur version of events is much funnier and as realistic as the shiz they pull out.ReplyDelete
Yay! I have been waiting for this! I LOVE IT! I was really hoping to hear your take on the Lauren Tanner/Kelly Parker dance off/whore off from last week.ReplyDelete
I am ashamed to be so into this show but I just can't help it. I do, however, want to share some fun facts about the people on the show:
1) Payson's little sister is played by an actress who is the rocker Peter Frampton's daughter. That explains how she got the role.
2) Most people probably know that the actress that plays Payson is somehow a professional ballet dancer. I'm guessing she wasn't asked to audition as Natalie Portman's body double for Black Swan.
3) The actress that plays Emily has been married since 2004. 2004!!! Which means she was a teenage bride, since she is now 25.
let me sum up the rest of the season for you:ReplyDelete
1. kaylie's friend dies and kaylie becomes cured of her eating disorder (remember lauren making herself barf in the pilot? what happened to that plot line?)
2. emily gets knocked up and suddenly realizes she's been a total cunt to her mom-bein a single mama ain't easy
3. emily's babydaddy is inspired by all the events taking place and writes hit songs about them.
Nastia Liukin is just like Lauren in real life. She plays the sweet nice hick from Texas to worm her way into peoples lives. Aly, Evan and that weird Liz Ballard who used to work for universal who is now Nastia's best buddy.ReplyDelete
This shit is real. You just jealous
This is an amazing review. I love the show so much but had fits of giggles over this because it's all SO TRUE!ReplyDelete
Also, I'm sure the girls were 16 in the first season so they are miraculously not aging at all.
(Side note - I find Payson really beautiful because of her healthy weight.)
I think the only people who find Payson beautiful in a leotard have weight issues themselves. She looks much better when they dress her up in regular clothes. Leotards do not look good on anyone who eats three meals a day.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the review! The actress who plays Emily is pregnant in real life, of course the writers could not come up with creative ways to hide her pregnancy so they are writing the pregnancy into the show. Because it is an ABCFamily show, no abortion.ReplyDelete
anon 4:03, can anybody write anything without some nastia hater throwing in their two cents? and those people whose lives she's wormed her way into, they're called friends. why do you assume that you know the real nastia better than the people who actually know her?ReplyDelete
Anon @ 4:37, I think your comment makes it clear that YOU have weight issues (either with yourself or with being ridiculously judgemental of others), not that those who find Payson beautiful in a leotard have weight issues.ReplyDelete
The point of "rehab" is to be traumatized in a safe, supportive environment. "Forcing" people to eat all of the scary foods is very normal -- breaking through "fear foods" is important in recovering from an eating disorder.ReplyDelete
Being happy over three pounds? Depends where a person is in the process. Many people do need to see a number during the weight gain process, to learn that one day of eating doesn't cause a 10lb weight gain and to eliminate the fear of not knowing the number. Some people do better without knowing their weight. It's very individual.
ahahaha, thanks for the review, this show is so awful and yet so oddly compelling, it's like cotton candy for the mind xDReplyDelete
and I think Ayla Kell is GORGEOUS...but an elite gymnast? um, no.
Couldn't the writers just have Emily switch gyms for a while and come back when she's not pregnant in real life?ReplyDelete
Anon @ 928pm...that would make TOO much sense, right?ReplyDelete
i GUESS THERE ARE HATERS FOR EVERYTHING NOW ADAYS! BY THE WAY IF YOU'RE GOING TO CALL SOMEONE OUT MAYBE YOU SHOULD STOP REFERRING THEM TO THERE ACTING ROLE FROM YEARS AGO "DJ TANNER" SERIOUSLY SHE HAS A REALNAME, MAYBE YOU SHOULD LEARN THAT BEFORE TRASHING ANYTHING LIKE YOUR SOME POLITIC. THE SHOW IS LEGIT, THESE THINGS HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE AND LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN HOLLYWOOD SOMETHINGS ARE SUGAR COATED. PAYTON IS BEAUTIFUL, AND HONESTLY NO GIRL LOOKS GOOD IN A LEOTARD REGARDLESS OF THERE WEIGHT. AND FOR THOSE TALKING CRAP ON WEIGHT ISSUES IS SAD TO THINK YOU REALLY NO NOTHING ABOUT IT! NOTHING ABOUT NUTRITION, OR WHATS HEALTHY, AND ALSO HOW WEIGH ISSUES ARE NOT ONLY BASED ON WHAT YOU EAT SO STOP BEING SO SELF CONSUMED AND NIEVE! BY THE WAY, YOU GUYS TALK SO MUCH CRAP YET FOR EVERYTHING YOU ANNOUNCE ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WATCH AND FOR EVERYTIME YO UWATCH THE SHOW, THOSE ACTRESSES ARE GETTING PAID!! SO THE PATHETIC ONES ARE THOSE WHO HATE WITH NO KNOWLEDGE! I'M SURE THEY ARE SAYING THANK YOU ;)ReplyDelete
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