‘Heels’ Episode 6 – Review of ‘House Show’
Mick Foley is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. After a busy career in WWE, Foley is one of the greatest moments of all time. From Hell in a Cell vs. The Undertaker to This Is Your Life with The Rock, Foley’s talent shines in the ring and on the mic. With that in mind, seeing Foley make an appearance as the host of a podcast on episode six of Heels is simply delicious.
However, one WWE Hall of Famer cameo isn’t enough to liven up the tale of the season’s latest addition. After the events of episode five, Jack struggles to maintain control of the DWL with Wild Bill Hancock running past the crowd and willfully injuring Bobby Pin. Plus, with Crystal stepping out of the script and Allen Maldonado’s rooster teasing an offer to join the DWL competition, the FWD, control quickly slips away.
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Focus on the first season of Heels it’s a lot of trauma. Jack and Ace’s father committed suicide and neither of them really took care of it. Likewise, Crystal, along with Mary McCormack’s Willie Day, also have skeletons in their closet. Skeletons don’t get by in the healthiest way either. In fact, it seems to be the one thing that DWL employees all have in common. It takes a mention of his father to make Jack angrily exit his podcast interview. Willie lashes out at Crystal after asking a question about her future. Rooster betrays Jack’s confidence after feeling unappreciated by joining the competition.
There’s a lot of anger and depression inside a lot of these characters and that reflects the industry it’s set in. Over the years, professional wrestlers have unfortunately died in infancy. Fights of alcoholism and drug addiction are frequent. The life of a wrestler is a daily routine with wear and tear on the body. What Heels doing well is realistically exposing difficult things instead of glorifying them.
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Any professional wrestling fan will confirm that there is a certain level of camaraderie among performers in the ring. These men and women work together to tell stories and that creates bonds out of respect. This is also true for the crew of the DWL. However, with tensions breaking down, lines are drawn and people begin to choose sides. Episode six features a different side to the once-invisible Ace Spade. While last week his anger got the better of him, this week he tries to redeem himself from Bobby and Crystal. With Jack growing more distant and a little colder, Ace seems to be expressing his true desire to be loved.
Heels, at its core, is a show about broken people coming together to try to create something beautiful. The episode six MVP is former NFL linebacker James Harrison as Apocalypse. Viewers are treated to the softer side of the imposing individual as they lead a sort of group therapy session. While Jack, Ace, Wild Bill, and damn everyone on this show systematically lose their day-to-day battles, Apocalypse silently serves the epitome of hope by facing its demons head-on and guiding others to do the same. And, at the end of the day, pro wrestling is storytelling, and storytelling at its best gives hope. Unfortunately, sometimes wrestlers providing that hope can simultaneously lose theirs.
Heels airs every Sunday on Starz!
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