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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Breaking Pointe (eps 1 and 2)

We’re not super into covering reality TV on this blog (though Leeard will be discussing Big Brother when it finally comes back), but this show sounded interesting, so we thought we’d check it out. We love dance and a ballet company seems like it has potential for good drama. Plus guys with hot bods. We’re looking at you, Ronnie. In fact, if you want to get a poster made, we’ll buy it. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t have that much drama so far, the dancers aren’t that interesting, and this seems more like a quiet documentary than a juicy behind-the-scenes reality show.

One interesting thing was Alison tormenting fellow dancer, Rex, who is in love with her. Alison says she’s not in the right place for a relationship now, but let’s get real: that just means that she doesn’t want to be with Rex, for whatever reason. Rex is confessing his love and being pathetic in the club and Alison is just looking away from him, hoping to run away. We think he can do better and that she should end the friendship. She’s known for being direct and she should be direct and honest here.

We like the brothers from the big dancing family (Ronald and Rex). We like the motorcycling dancer, Ronnie, and not just for his body. It’s neat how close he is to his sister. He does seem like an unlikely ballet guy, and we felt bad for him when he didn’t get a principal spot. Ronnie, if you need non-ballerinas to hang out with, we will come buy you a beer. He definitely has a douche-y arrogant side though.  It’s cool how there is so much ranking in ballet. It’s like the military. Ballet is a real labor of love. It hurts your body and especially your feet. The prima ballerina, Christiana, keeps talking about perfection, not just as a dancer, but as a human being. Girl, good luck with that. Perfection just isn’t possible. But we don’t dance ballet, so what do we know?

There is jealousy and cutthroat competition, so this show should be more intense than it is. The pilot even started with contract renewals. If the drama isn’t running high then, when will it be? We like a mature show and don’t necessarily need Flavor of Love catfights…but we need something. We need to like more of the dancers and that would take time. Ern is afraid it will be like The Hills (meaning that nothing will ever happen and girls will just sit around and talk about each other). We want bigger personalities. The girl we liked the best was dropped from the company in the first episode. Beckanne seems like she will be polarizing. She’s good and she knows it, but she might not be the best, so the others are angry at her new opportunities.

Adam, the guy in charge of casting, seems like kind of a creeper. The show will be a favorite for people interested in ballet. Girls hoping to have a dancing career probably should watch it. It’s not trashy. We almost dropped this show because it’s not an A show and we don’t have a lot of time, but we want to watch it a little more. We saw our fingers almost involuntarily hit the “next” button on Hulu to continue onto the second episode, so we want to watch this show, even though we probably shouldn’t pick it up. It’s not a must-watch. We will fight to NOT watch it in the future. But the show might win. That says something in its favor.

Episodes 1 and 2 grade: B


  1. So I checked this out after just skimming your first and last paragraphs and grade. I agree that this is a B but I think it has more potential than you guys are giving it credit for.... we'll see. I hope you continue to check it out - I will be!


    1. The premise is ripe with potential. They were only filmed for six weeks, so how long is the show going to last? Are they going to move onto a new company next season? Who knows.

    2. So I'm caught up with the 4 episodes so far. Not much has changed... I will stick with it for this season but I kind of feel like a scripted drama could have been more interesting. I read a lot of comments online saying the show is pretty true to a ballet company and people in that field enjoy that. But as far as guilty-pleasure-pure-drama tv goes, I think there's a ton of potential for a catty, scandalous, love-angst-double-crossing-jealousy-plotting scripted show. Gossip Girl in pointe shoes? I'd be in.


    3. Yeah, we've been watching too, but not much has been happening. Alison still needs to leave Rex alone.