Spinning Out tackles controversial issues using figure skating

Kaya Scodelario plays the main character, Kat Baker.

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Kaya Scodelario plays the main character, Kat Baker.

On January 1st, Netflix introduced Spinning Out to their platform. The show, created by Samantha Stratton, follows a figure skater who makes it to regionals, where she suffers a serious injury.

Kat Baker had been figure skating her entire life when she cracks her head open on the ice. Kat tries to take her senior test to be a coach, but she knows that isn’t how she wants to skate. She finds that her only opportunity to get on the ice is to pair skate with Justin Davis, the rink’s own bad boy.

The show also deals with mental illness in a way that few shows do. Similar to Euphoria, Spinning Out shows how these illnesses can affect teenagers and young adults without dramatizing it. You find out quickly that Kat has bipolar disorder and is always walking a fine line to handle her mania.

This show is ten 45-56 minute long episodes, and they are worth every minute. Personally, I have always been fascinated by figure skating, which this show incorporates with the perfect amount of teenage angst. Spinning Out tackles important issues such as self harm, mental illness, and sexual assault.

The show’s actresses include Kaya Scodelario, Maze Runner, and Willow Shields, Hunger Games. With an amazing cast and even more astounding writing, it hits everything on my checklist. This show is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and maybe a little bit of both. Add Spinning Out to your to-watch list, and you will not regret it!