I do like Ginny as the "underdog"—it gives her opportunity to learn and grow, rather than being an instant baseball legend or something. It gives her an arc—a potentially riveting one.
Kylie Bunbury is an absolute gem. The array of emotions she displayed in the pilot was breath-taking. I'm looking forward to more.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone...
Again: isn't it just freakin' good to have such a diverse cast? Isn't it good to believe, almost, that this show is real?!
As I mentioned before, perhaps the music should be quieter or off. When Ginny was discovering the big reveal towards the end—she was drowned out by then loud crescendo.
I'm not entirely convinced we need the commentators. They regurgitate the story as if we do not know what happened. I'm not sure audiences need to be explicitly told so.
PITCH swaggers onto our television screens, and smashes a clear home run.
The premise is this: Kylie Bunbury’s Ginny Baker is the first female athlete to compete in an all-men’s San Diego Padres. No—it’s not ‘She’s the Man’. Ginny is a real, hardass woman.
It’s not necessarily a story about a girl fitting in with the rest of the guys. At first, there’s a bit of ingrained misogyny—but the real story is about Ginny and her pitch. Ginny’s good at baseball. And think about it: sportsmen are always pleased with a good player. Ginny’s not immune to childish ‘lad jokes’—but she’s respected by her team-mates.
Her first game is a disaster. Her pitches are about as accurate as a man trying to play darts after five pints of beer. The unsuccessful pitches resonate with the press and with her team-mates; more importantly, herself. But as she improves, under the guidance of Bill Baker (‘The 100’ alumni Michael Beach) the next time she leaves the pitch is to a round of raucous applause.
There’s one issue: the existing misogyny integrated into the male society. It’s a matter of claiming ‘I’m not sexist’—but the actions in this episode (including slapping Ginny’s ass) is a joke that explodes into a fight. Ginny might be improving her pitching skills—but the real fight isn’t on the pitch. Yes, it’s her dream. But had she ever anticipated the behaviour of the men?
Indeed, it’s a story of a woman in a man’s world. Isn’t that everyday life? We’d go as far to say Ginny is an inspiration to young girls everywhere. Why can’t they play baseball; live their dream? And yes, the show is entertaining—but it’s also incredibly important.
In a man’s world, Kylie Bunbury shines. Ginny Baker don’t need no man!
A girl will never be able to throw as hard as boys.
That quote is what Ginny’s father told her, before advising her to use a screwball technique. Considering Ginny’s failures (on a big stage) it’s hard not to take it personally. The truth of the matter is, is that if you are a woman joining the Major Leagues, dominated by men, then you have something to prove. Missing pitches is not the way.
And that’s what makes Ginny so endlessly endearing. She doesn’t give up on her pitches. Unafraid to stand her ground and argue. Ginny is bold, talented and ambitious. She may not have had the best start, but we can’t wait to see her evolution. Bunbury herself is a chameleon. She is charming and made of steel. Her facial expressions and tone can morph from one emotion to the other, seamlessly. Ginny is her second skin, and frankly, it’s a pleasure to watch.
Without a doubt, this is Ginny’s story. And we all need to watch her become a Major Leagues superstar. (It’ll happen).
The diversity of the cast is refreshing to see on television—and PITCH proves that it works.
It isn’t something that’s rarely noticed, but the diverse cast of ‘PITCH’—intentional or not—was a breath of fresh air. In a world where we are dominated by so many different cultures and religions, ‘PITCH’ and its inclusivity and awareness of that is admirable.
Many shows have cast white actors and brown-faced them to look tan or brown. If anything, ‘PITCH’ has shown us separately. Our main actress, Kylie Bunbury, is not white. Undoubtedly, people will watch it. It’s that good. But that somewhat isn’t the point. With ‘PITCH’ being so heavily advertised we can only hope that many other shows can follow their example, considering the imminent success of ‘PITCH’.
There really isn’t much to say on this subject, except: well freakin’ done. Therefore, I cannot convey the joy I felt when I saw everyone interacting with each other—be they black, white, Indian, Chinese, etc.—and that is admirable. Even one of the directors, Mr. Paul Barclay is a man of colour. It’s what we need: not just minorities on-screen, but behind the screen too. That’s how you get accurate scripts and portrayals; that’s how diversity works! And unwittingly or not, ‘PITCH’ has hit the nail on the head,
The music absolutely elevates the story.
The use of music in ‘PITCH’ has nearly been continuous. There is a creeping sound, but most memorably, the music heightened during the end, and it was scary.
Naturally, we are rooting for Bunbury’s Ginny. Starting from a very young age, Ginny found her talent and chased after it—and look at where she is now! Did anyone feel their heart sink when Ginny missed the pitches? Yes. Yes you did.
There were some points in which the music was not needed. Sometimes, it is better in silence for shocking revelations—instead of a loud crescendo hinting that Ginny would’ve found something. The music, don’t get us wrong, has been superb—but often, it is too much.
Sometimes, for a shocking moment or a quiet realisation, silence is key. To overload a scene or a show with music can often be distracting, and in the pilot, that was the case. It did not take away the enjoyment of this show—it truly is a breath of fresh air—but it could do with a little toning down.
Final Verdict: ‘PITCH’ is slowly setting up further plot threads and premise for the upcoming episodes—but by no means was it boring. Kylie Bunbury stole the show as the feisty Ginny—and surely, that is enough to keep you watching!
So, did anyone expect that curveball exploding onto our screens?
Firstly, the cinematography was lovely—and kudos to Paul Maibaum for creating an intimate environment for Ginny even though her situation was vast. The last scene in which Ginny is left alone on a huge baseball pitch was gorgeously done. To depict Ginny’s loneliness and haplessness by panning out to her great love—that is, the baseball pitch—was a genius thought.
However, it was closely outshone by the brilliant use of music. We must commend the sound department for that, as every single song fitted perfectly. Despite our slight criticism of it, most notable was when the crescendo occurred towards the end of the episode, cutting to Bunbury’s ever-expressive face. It’s important, how much music affects the enjoyment of television—and ‘PITCH’ did just that.
Furthermore, the story was certainly compelling. As a pilot, it did move somewhat slowly—but it was gripping enough to carry on watching. There are a lot of plot threads and premise set up. Fingers crossed the next episode will be fantastic too—perhaps with a faster pace. However, one thing’s for sure: Kylie Bunbury is an absolute star. Like her career’s bound to be, and hopefully like Ginny’s—let’s hope ‘PITCH’ is in it for the long haul.
Questions and comments:
- “You’re not a girl scout, rookie. You’re a ball player. You do this for you. You do this for your team. Or you don’t do it at all.” – I thought that was a wonderful, inspirational quote.
- I wish the music would drop a little bit. While I loved it, in certain, tense moments, silence would be more effective.,
- Some familiar faces may pop up–including Shamier Anderson (‘Wynonna Earp’) and Lynsey Fonseca (‘Agent Carter’)!
- Kylie Bunbury is for sure a star in the making. Her performance in the pilot was incredible; the way she morphed from sombre to full-on tears was heartbreaking.
- Check out EW’s article on how realistic ‘PITCH’ is!
- I wonder for the longevity of this series. Therefore, I feel like the whole ‘woman fitting into the man’s world’ story could be wrapped in a season–especially considering the quick improvement Ginny makes in this episode. But we shall have to wait and see
- It’s been voted for a Critics Choice for the most exciting new series!
PITCH Series Premiere airs on THURSDAY, 22nd SEPTEMBER. Don’t miss our TV After Dark coverage for it! You can follow PITCH on Twitter @PITCHonFox!
PITCH Review [1×01]: “Pilot” (Fox)