MAKE IT OR BREAK IT “Life or Death” Review

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (ABC Family) - Life or Death

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT “Life or Death” Season 2 Episode 14 – Perhaps appropriate for an episode titled “Life or Death,” but tonight’s show was slow and slightly boring. In trying to address Kaylie’s anorexia issue, Lauren’s mother issue, Emily’s social confinement, and Payson’s short-lived social life, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT has lost much of its charm from the first season and the beginning of the second season. I prefer seeing more focus on the relationships and less on the huge issues. Or at least not have the issues completely take over and change the premise of the show, which is after all about the girls in a gymnastics “team.” Obviously, each girl will have her own things going on in her life, her own family and world, but it’s starting to feel like four different mini-shows within a show. It wouldn’t be so bad if each of their lives was visibly affecting the others as well, but it’s not portrayed as such. Generally it’s just too much going on and beginning to overwhelm.

Snide turns to slutty as Lauren tries to get Max’s attention. Yet he still seems to be more interested in Payson. Payson, on the other hand, changes her mind after seeing Lauren’s slutty photos taken by Max. After Summer threatens to tell Steve, Lauren turns on the faucet again, expounding that everyone kept her mother from her and that no one wants her. This is really getting old now. Lauren has the same lines in every episode!

Grumpy Emily gives her mother grief about working at a strip club, and more importantly, not telling her about it. This is becoming trite as well. I thought she established in the last episode that she wanted to work hard for the Olympics. Emily sees Kaylie and Damon singing together and learns that they wrote the song (about her?) together. How is that going to affect her and her gymnastics? At least one good thing from this episode is Kaylie admitting that she has a problem with anorexia.

Oh the shame! Reality sets in when The Rock is defeated by the lowest ranked Pinewood Gymnastics Club. Payson gives Darby an earful about what a good coach should be like; and Lauren doesn’t interject. Darby finally learns the difference between support and boundaries. More accurately, she learns the consequences of being friends versus being a coach. While I don’t disagree with the tongue-lashing that Payson delivers to Darby, I do think that the girls should also take some responsibility for slacking off during their period of no rules. I hope they enjoyed the freedom.

Did you see Marcus’ expression in reaction to Darby with the beer? I suspect things are about to change very soon!

How have you enjoyed Make It or Break It since its return? What did you think about episode 14 “Life or Death”? Comment below.