'Blown Away' Is Netflix's must-watch glassblowing competition
Over the weekend, Netflix dropped what might be the most absurdly niche television show in recent memory.
In Blown Away, 10 people compete in a glassblowing competition where only one of them can win Best in Blow. (Seriously.)
There are giant tools, multiple sources of fire, a special glass refrigerator, several conversations about gender in the workplace, and one fiery feminist who is potentially cosplaying as Edna Mode from The Incredibles. Netflix's Blown Away is the one must-watch reality series of the summer (sorry, Love Island).
What initially drew me into the competition reality series, which begins and ends in a succinct four-hours, is the series' cover photo featuring a woman blowing molten glass out the end of a pipe. Done. Count me in.
But what actually works about the series is that it's a bit like your friend who got too into magic growing up. The host, judges, and cast of Blown Away exist in a [glass] bubble where there is nothing more complex and important than glassblowing. Even when describing a "glory hole," a furnace opening where blowers reheat their glass, no one so much as smirks at the camera. If you step into the arena of glassblowing, leave your giggles at the door.
Each installment is a 20-ish-minute episode with one goal: build a glass piece that encapsulates the week’s theme. The worst piece of art gets kicked out of the competition. The best piece of art wins each episode, and the finale comes down to one big challenge where the judges also consider the two finalists’ entire bodies of work. There are no twists or alliances—just craft.
Check out the trailer for episode 1 below: