Drama , Romance , Family
"Spinning Out" follows Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream."
Season 1 (Episodes 10)
Kat: She is loyal and loves her sister (Serena) a lot. She has bi polar disorder. Basically the whole series is about her life so I’ll let you figure her out on your own.
Carol : Kat’s mom. Umm....her character’s super complicated but I can say that she tries to be a good mother and lovers her children.
Serena: Kat’s sister and she has two switches: Good and bitch
Jenn: Kat’s childhood BFF. Has overbearing parents, Chinese. (More about her in my review)
Justin: Hot rich guy. Manwhore turned Kat’s love interest. Did I mention Hot?
Dasha: Justin’s coach and the best character ever! (Love her accent)
Going into this I wasn’t very sure I would like it. This series was really growing to be popular and there were tons of music videos on this couple, which convinced me it had enough heartfelt romance to give it a try. Especially since I’m an ice princess fan and love the whole ice skating theme.
My main hiccup in not watching it sooner was with the bipolar disorder it deals with. I’ve never seen anything of this kind and was afraid how it would affect my mood and emotions, if I would be able to handle it.
And then I did start.
And. I. Couldn’t. Stop.
I was hooked! I watched it like an obsessed person who couldn’t get enough of it. I completed it in a single night.
I thought this drama would focus mainly on skating and her disorder. But, this actually centers around family and how it affects their lives and the people around them. I hate-loved a lot of characters. Especially Kat’s mom! This series was seriously mind-boggling when it came to its characters. I really liked Jenn (Kat’s BFF) in the start and felt she was too good for Kat and that Kat didn’t pay that much attention to her. But there were a few scenes towards the end that made my respect or opinion of her really drop down. I can attempt to understand where she was coming from, but I thought her character was something different than what it turned out to eventually be.
Kat’s family…its fucked up (I don’t cuss a lot, something this series has in spades!). One minute you understand them and start to like them, and then Boom! it all turns around and you actually detest them, and like them again and just..the vicious cycle goes on until the very end. But I loved that despite everything they loved each other in their own weird way and were always there for each other, which at the end of the day is what matters (I guess?).
Now to Justin..*Le sigh* He wasn’t the most level headed of the lot but he was definitely a good soul at the end of the day with sensitive emotions who loved Kat genuinely.
I thought the highlight of this drama would be Kat and Justin’s love story but color me surprised that when I finished the series that wasn’t the case. I was enraptured by a whole lot more, especially the family drama and my most favorite character in the whole series : Dasha. I seriously need a Dasha in my life!
Ending my rant I would like to encourage anyone who enjoys watching ice skating, romance and family drama. Don’t let the bi polar disorder turn you away!
Meet the cast
Kaya Scodelario as Kat Baker
Willow Shields as Serena Baker
Sarah Wright Olsen as Mandy Davis
Evan Roderick as Justin Davis
Amanda Zhou as Jenn Yu
January Jones as Carol Baker
Svetlana Efremova as Dasha Fedorova