Heels:
The Complete First Season
                review by Bobby Blakey

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During his run on the hit series Arrow star Stephen Amell began fun feuds with wrestler Cody Rhodes aka Stardust and even competed in some pay per view events for the WWE. After Arrow came to an end it wasn’t much of a surprise that his next series be a focus on the world of wrestling with Heels co-starring Alexander Ludwig, Mary McCormack, Kelli Berglund, Allen Maldonado, Chris Bauer, Allison Luff, and Mike O’ Malley.

 

Heels follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack Spade and Ace Spade, war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, someone must play the good guy and someone must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to or hard to leave behind.

 

After seeing how much fun he was having and actually quite good at the wrestling stuff and of course being a fan of Arrow I was instantly interested in this series. The family wrestling dynamic was intriguing and reminded me of the local wrestling promotion WCCW here growing up. I ended up enjoying this show even more than I had expected as it balances the family drama well with the inner workings of the wrestling promotion. The ups and downs along with the work to put it together made for some great fun and drama.

 

Both Amell and Ludwig have great chemistry and carry the show to perfection, but it’s the supporting players that really drive it home. Sure the story is about the Spade brothers, but it all hinges on buying into the DWL wrestling promotion and you have to care about the other wrestlers and crew. They all have their own little back stories and arcs that keep it moving well without bogging down the main stories. The wrestling is well

executed and fun to watch and they bring in some fun cameos from the industry to further enhance the world they have created.

 

This is a fun series that is filled with drama, laughs and tons of wrestling action that works for everyone whether you are a fan of the sport or not. It is a cable show so not for the whole family as it does feature violence, language and nudity so be warned for those wanting to watch it with kids. The show is a STARZ series that has thankfully been picked up for another season, but you can now bring it home on DVD from Lionsgate.