I am late to the party with this one. But ever since I saw the trailer for Spinning Out, it was something that I wanted to watch. I just finally got around to pressing play and allowing myself to get into it.
I’m kind of sad I did though, knowing that it is cancelled and so there won’t be a second season. No one likes starting a new show only to find out it’s going to be cancelled, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it.
So yes, Spinning Out is about a figure skater Kat, who has to navigate her skating career as it takes a turn and she is partnered up for the first time. She has to figure out how to make the partnership work while also handling her bipolar mother, her dramatic sister and her own mental health issues.
Not to mention, Kat is played by Kaya Scodelario, and if you grew up in the UK as a teen then you probably idolised her for her role as Effy in Skins (like I did). So you know you have to check out this show and see what it’s about.
I mean it’s definitely not Skins if that’s what you’re thinking, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Kaya is an amazing actress and is very enjoyable to watch.
I wouldn’t say I was hooked right away though, I definitely had to watch a couple of episodes before I was committed, which is a tall order when the episodes are around an hour long. But at the same time, there are only ten of them so it’s not the worst if you end up not liking the show. Sure it’s a lot of time wasted, but there are worse shows to waste your time on.
I found this show super interesting because I have always been fascinated with figure skating. Like it’s wild to me that these people can twirl and flip and spin on ice and not fall on their faces. I’ve tried ice skating before and I have no balance, so to see people just be able to effortlessly glide along the ice is wild to me.
So I enjoy the ice skating aspect, I have enjoyed the idea of figure skating ever since I saw the Disney movie Go Figure, and I feel like that’s another reason why I liked this show because it gave me similar vibes. Definitely a more grown up version of that but the same theme. A girl has dreams of going to the Olympics as a skater, but it’s not going to be easy.
Sadly though, we won’t really know how it turns out for Kat and Justin. I mean the finale of the show didn’t really leave any big cliff hangers, so I guess you could assume they go on to achieve greatness, but I wish we could know more about their journey. Especially after where we left things with them.
Another aspect of the show that was interesting was the dynamic between Kat’s family because of both her and her mother suffering from bipolar disorder. I don’t know much about it, and I can’t say how accurate the show’s depiction of it was but it definitely gave you an insight into it and I found it intriguing.
It’s become more common now in TV shows to address mental health, and I am enjoying that. It’s actually nice to see people struggle with more problems than just the superficial issues and drama on TV. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because that’s the kind of TV I live for, but yeah I think it’s important to showcase people who deal with mental health issues too.
The only other time I have seen a bipolar character on TV was Silver in 90210 and I feel like it wasn’t a big deal then. It was the kind of thing they used as a big plot point and then never really brought it up again. But in Spinning Out, it’s one of the main focuses and we see how Kat and her mom struggle with keeping their secret but also maintaining a normal life.
On top of the skating and the mental health, of course there is enough regular drama going on too. The usual drama with love, family, and friendships which make up most of the TV shows that I enjoy watching.
After finishing the series, I am sad that there is not going to be another season. I can’t believe that Netflix cancelled the show only a month after it aired. I remember seeing a lot of people rallying to get it picked up again around the time but not sure if anything ever came of it which is a shame. I have seen a lot of shows in the past that have been cancelled originally but then are given another chance based on fan demand, I guess this just won’t be one of them.
I suppose the bright side of it is that the season left off nicely, in that there wasn’t a big cliffhanger or anything. Everything did kind of seem to wrap up in the last episode. I guess this might be another reason why Netflix might not feel it’s worth giving us another season or some kind of ending. Which is always sad, but it happens. I guess on the bright side, it means I can move on to watch other shows. What those shows are yet, I have no idea, but I’m sure I’ll find something new to watch in no time.
~ Courtney x