MAKE IT OR BREAK IT “Requiem for a Dream” Review

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT “Requiem for a Dream” Season 2 Episode 16 – MAKE IT OR BREAK ITpresents an abridged version of the tough choices and hard decisions facing a pregnant teen, though I was strongly hoping that Emily’s pregnancy would end up being a false positive. From anorexia to teen pregnancy, ABC Family continues to churn out the public service announcements, giving a cursory glance at the topics. I’m not against addressing important issues, but I prefer to see more interaction between all the characters and less internalized personal angst. The appeal of Make It or Break It‘s first season was because the show didn’t take itself too seriously, with its soap opera style drama. We were introduced to Emily, Payson, Lauren and Kaylie, and came to enjoy watching them because of their individual personalities and seeing them work together, struggle together, and fight with each other. So far this season the characters are no more complex than they were in the first. Without any kind of character development, the girls are pushed further into what were already stereotyped roles. Emily is still the down-on-the-luck, poor kid with the “my way or no way” attitude. Payson is still all about gymnastics 24-7. Lauren is still yelling bloody murder about everything and at everyone. Kaylie has grown the most as a character, but has been in a separate story line from the other girls.

So, it is good to see tonight’s episode “Requiem for a Dream,” starting to bring the team back together and re-dedicating themselves to their Olympics dream. This also should mean that they will actually be spending more time with one another. Read More...

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