MAKE IT OR BREAK IT “What Are You Made Of?” Review

Make It Or Break It (ABC Family)

I still find MAKE IT OR BREAK IT an entertaining show with good character development and well written, quick paced stories. In “What Are You Made Of?”, ten girls are picked for World Team trials at the final National Team practice. Marty (Erik Palladino) makes an appearance as coach again until he stands up to Ellen Beals (Michelle Clunie), who then immediately fires him. But not before Marty has warned Sasha that Ellen is gunning for him, and told Ronnie that he really did love her. I was surprised by the confession; I don’t know what to make of it. Is it closure for the storyline? We know that Rosa Blasi has joined the new TV show Lone Star. What will become of her role on Make It or Break It? I like the parent involvement in the show; I hope it continues. Will Marty be back?

After Ellen kicks out Sasha from the gym and announces herself as coach, she turns on Emily and basically bullies her throughout the entire episode, trying to get her cut. She fawns over Kaylie and Lauren though. Later Chloe catches Ellen with Steve, who again pulls one over on Chloe by saying he was just getting Ellen to support Lauren and Emily. Chloe mentions this to Summer, so the secret is out. We have a mole. Kim (well really Sasha and Summer for Kim) decides to run for President of the Parents’ Board against Steve.

Kaylie is determined to win, but even one of her archenemies Kelly Parker (Nicole Gail Anderson) notices how thin Kaylie has become, and warns her to be careful. I hope the show will delve further into Kelly’s background story, and Ellen’s story too. So we can find out why they act the way they do in that superior, foul-tempered manner.

Payson in the meantime takes a ballet class with Miss Viola (Finola Hughes), and is joined in class by Sasha who fully supports her efforts to get to the Olympics. How sweet, but I don’t like the direction their relationship is going!

Finally, Chloe hasn’t told Steve about seeing Lauren and Carter in bed together. But Lauren does leak to Emily that there is no Kippman Endowment Group scholarship. Emily loses confidence for a moment, but rallies thanks to Chloe; and then Emily shows Ellen a thing or two with her floor routine. The music was a bit overkill.

I have always viewed Make It or Break It as a soap opera style drama, as opposed to the less soapy show Huge which is laden with morals and lessons. Of course, Make It or Break It has the obligatory girl power theme appropriate for a teen drama, as well as the admirable goal of chasing a dream. But it has taken a much more general, multiple-choice approach to tackling heavier issues. The generality on the topic of sex has actually worked well because the different standpoints of whether to have or not have sex are represented by different characters, and are carried through the seasons with important advice and information thrown out here and there. However, I am unsure what direction the show will take the “fit versus thin versus illness” storyline with Kaylie. I don’t think that it should be glossed over in a cursory manner, or presented in a general way. And I don’t want it to become just another quick story to move along the show. It will be interesting to see how it is handled. In any case, Kaylie, Lauren, and Emily have made the World Team tryouts so all is right for now, though they all have other personal demons that they will have to face.

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