Bomb Girls – TV Review
On Wednesday January 4th at 8pm, Global TV is premiering the new Canadian original drama Bomb Girls. It stars Meg Tilly and Jodi Balfour as women working at a Canadian munitions factory during WWII. It’s the first of six episodes set to air.
When the men went off to war, the women were left behind to hold the fort. In this first episode entitled Jumping Tracks we’re introduced to Lorna Corbett (Meg Tilly), a hard, yet fair matron who takes the girls under her wing as they manufacture the weapons of war. Gladys Witham (Jodi Balfour) has it a little easier than the other girls, in that she’s led a privileged life. She still wants to do her part however, and as the episode progresses she finds a way to get herself removed from the cushy secretarial role she’s been given so that she can join the other girls on the work floor. Kate Andrews (Charlotte Hegele) has come from a different sort of situation herself. Her father is a religious fanatic who torments her, and as the episode begins she runs from her family with her mother helping her escape. And then there’s Betty McRae (Ali Liebert) the farm girl who is used to hard work, and is highly regarded by her co-workers.
The first episode is not much more than a way to introduce us to not only the women of the era, but the harassment they face while doing their part for the war effort. You also get a nice glimpse of the world they live in, from the parties with the soldiers to the dangers they face on the job. It does a great job of pulling you in, and when it ends you can’t wait for the next episode. Bomb Girls should be a hit.
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