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Heels Episode 8 “Double Turn” Recap & Review

When Heels first began, I praised its first episode for delivering “the best parts of wrestling that aren’t wrestling — the soap opera, the family strife, the backstage squabbles — with a level of accuracy that is simplified for the uninitiated but not totally insulting to the smart marks in…

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Heels Episode 7 “The Big Bad Fish Man” Recap & Review

The penultimate episode of the first season of Heels is plot-heavy, shuffling every piece on the board yet again and cranking up the volume on every element of the show. But as the story intensifies, I find myself struggling to make sense of the show’s mixed moral messages. While I…

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Heels Episode 6 “House Show” Recap & Review

Every episode of Heels is named after a piece of pro wrestling jargon that relates in some way to the events of the show. Last week’s episode was called “Swerve” in reference to its dramatic plot twists, and the latest is called “House Show,” which in wrestling means an event…

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Heels Episode 5 “Swerve” Recap & Review

This week’s episode of Heels is absolutely packed, so let’s skip the warm-up (as this show often does) and get right to it. As the title suggests, “Swerve” is the episode in which everything goes sideways, maybe too much.  The Dark Crystal “Swerve” opens with Crystal cutting a killer heel…

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Heels Episode 4 “Cutting Promos” Recap & Review

We’re now deep enough into Heels to get a feel for the show’s storytelling rhythm, which alternates between episodes centered around DWL show days and those set during the workweek, when characters deal with the fallout from the last show and plan for the next while coping with the struggles…

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Heels Episode 3 “Cheap Heat” Review

Heels is a serialized cable drama, but this week’s installment feels episodic in the best way possible. Set over the course of a single day culminating in a Duffy Wrestling League show, “Cheap Heat” doesn’t contain any major shocks to the status quo of the series but easily and efficiently…

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Heels Episode 2 “Dusty Finish” Review

At the end of the series premiere of Heels, DWL Champion Jack Spade broke from his own script and applied a legit submission hold on his brother Ace in order to sabotage his chances of leaving town for the big leagues. This week, he has to deal with the aftermath…

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Heels Episode 1 “Kayfabe” Review

Given pro wrestling’s rise in popularity over the past decade, with streaming services lowering the barrier to entry for promotions large and small from around the world, it’s a wonder that there haven’t been more attempts to adapt the art form for more conventional television. Lucha Underground injected a more…

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