Browsing: Pitch Reviews
Season 1, Episode 9 – Pitch rectifies a few of its earlier melodramatic mistakes with “Scratch,” but still fails to live up to its feminist potential. Dealing with trade clauses, romantic possibilities, and miscommunication, the episode recaptures a sliver of its original “uplifting sports story” style.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Pitch makes as much melodrama as possible in “Unstoppable Forces & Immovable Objects,” with sketchy relatives asking for money, pressuring people towards trades, and leanings towards a romance that does not need to be there.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Pitch drops the ball on telling its first feminist story in weeks, but resolves the minimal conflict without controversy. In other news: baseball players get old and petty about the youngsters coming up behind them to replace them.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Pitch gets psychological this week in “Wear It” when Ginny folds under the pressure of living up to her public persona. Juxtaposing a public party with a night on the town with normal girls, this episode is a step in the right direction for the series.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Pitch uses the MLB trade deadline as an opportunity to give baseball players some human empathy and instead makes a big sloppy mess. Ginny comes away seeming spoiled and unsympathetic and the show in general mishandles its baseball details.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Pitch‘s “Beanball” mixes an unnecessarily compromising romance plot with a baseball feud, resulting in a patchy episode that teeters too close to sexist narrative tropes for comfort. Ultimately, the bones of the show are still good but the side plot feels like a judgmental detour.
Season 1, Episode 2 – Tackling rape, gendered stereotypes, and objectification, “The Interim” weaves together the personal stories of multiple characters with accurate baseball culture and a realistic portrayal of the media circus that would surround Ginny.
Season 1, Episode 1 – Imagining the struggles of the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball, the “Pilot” episode of Pitch tackles sports, gender, and business with ease. This single episode has all the elements of a good sports story while promising a longer narrative to come.