Flesh and Bone (TV Review)

Every now and then a show releases all the episodes on one day, you are bored and decide to watch it and then … you are hooked! Last time I got sucked into the binging-trap was with Sense8 (so psyched for Season 2!), but this today’s candidate is Flesh and Bone! (I am going to do my best to keep this review Spoiler-free, but I can’t say the same for the comments!)

Cast: Sarah Hay, Ben Daniels, Emily Tyra, Irina Dvorovenko, Damon Herriman, Josh Helman, Raychel Diane Weiner, Sascha Radetsky, Karell Williams, …

Disclaimer: There is a lot of nudity and difficult themes involving drugs, abuse and sex. If you are not comfortable with that, this show might not be for you.

Flesh and Bone is a ballet-miniseries on Starz created by Moira Walley-Beckett. It’s about small town girl Claire wanting to fulfill her dream of becoming a prima ballerina in the big city, but it’s also about so much more.

I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly super-excited when I first heard of the show. I thought that I might check it out to pass the time since I always liked dance movies, but I didn’t think it would be anything special. Oh, how wrong I was! I feel so sorry for thinking it now, because the Flesh and Bone was absolutely brilliant and intense to watch. But I am getting ahead of myself again!

The show starts pretty “normal” with Claire’s audition. I am sure you’ve watched movies where they wanted to make you, the audience, believe that they found a new star – be it a singer or dancer or whatever. Most of the time when that trope is used, I am disappointed when I actually hear the person sing or see them dance. However, that was not the case with Claire. I am definitely no expert on ballet or dance in general, but I know when a performance is moving me and hers always did. Sarah Hay just portrayed her so vulnerable and exactly the way she was supposed to be, it sometimes pained me to watch her.
But it’s not just Claire who’s portrayed in such a complex way, all the characters have their flaws and vulnerabilities. You find yourself discovering something new about each one of them every episode and I was often torn between hating and liking people. This is mostly due to me thinking the show would just be about the showbiz-industry and what people are willing to do to get what they want at first, but it turned out to be so much darker and twisted than that. It’s not so much that you can’t guess what’s about to happen, but rather that you are still shocked when it does. However, it all still made sense and just built up the tension bit by bit until the final episode and that’s the beauty about it.

I am addicted to the theme song now and my heart is still torn to pieces from the last scene. I hope that it doesn’t stay a one time thing, but rather that it continues (soon)! I haven’t heard any news yet, but here’s me hoping!!

I hope I could trigger your curiosity, if you haven’t checked out the show already. What are your thoughts?

16 thoughts on “Flesh and Bone (TV Review)

  1. You know, I’ve always thought I’d be the kind of guy who would enjoy ballet, but I’ve never been exposed to it in a way that might make me want to watch it. I admit it looks interesting, but I think I might check out Black Swan instead.


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