If you are a figure skating fan and were on Twitter at all during the first week of January, you must have seen all the feelings and opinions on Spinning Out. I took my time watching the 10-episode series, but now I’m ready to weigh in.
I kept my blog notebook beside me while watching the show, and managed to fill four pages, front and back, with my observations. I’m going to stick to assessing the skating, not the plot, which was straight out of a 2000s CW teen drama. I write this as a diehard One Tree Hill fan, so I enjoy my fair share of CW drama, but it’s not for everyone. If this show didn’t have the skating element, I’m not sure I would have made it past the first few episodes.
As far as skating TV shows and movies go, my bar is pretty low. Isn’t yours, too? Ever since the Disney movie Ice Princess told us all that skating was just physics…
…I’ve had low expectations for how my beloved sport is portrayed on screen. Blades of Glory may have been comedy gold, but I sat in the movie theater getting all offended by the stereotypes and annoyed that the “iron lotus” wouldn’t be possible because of GRAVITY. I’ve since evolved to have more of a sense of humor about these portrayals, which might be part of why I thought that, overall, Spinning Out had pretty good skating scenes.