Well, sadly Make It Or Break It airs its series finale tonight on ABC Family. It really is a shame considering it’s one of the network’s more well written shows, even if it’s a tad unrealistic at times. I’m not sure what we’re going to do without Payson’s awkward social skills, Lauren’s scheming and Kaylie’s levelheadedness.
The three Rock girls have been through a lot in the past three seasons and have come a long way — and as a loyal viewer for the past three years I feel like I’ve come a long way with them. As much as I’ve shaken my head at the unlikely plot lines and catty drama, I’ve come to care about them and root for them and want them to succeed. Is it so horrible that part of me pretends like this show is true and that there’s a chance I could see them competing at the 2012 Olympics this summer?
Remember when they used to absolutely hate each other? KP and Jordan. They’ve gone through countless parental issues like Emily’s mom working as a bartender that could have been confused for a stripper, Kaylie’s mom cheating on her dad with her old coach Marty, Lauren’s dad dating Summer and then Emily’s mom, Summer later dating Sasha, and don’t forget KP’s crazy momager. Even Olympic gymnasts-in-training aren’t exempt from family issues.
And they’ve had their share of issues with boys too. Remember when Kaylie was dating Carter who was secretly sleeping with Lauren? (I’ll miss typing sentences that involve scandalous MIOBI plots like that one.) And then Emily had a thing for Razor until he introduced her to his friend, Damon. Who knew that Emily and Damon would end up pregnant and (we hope) happily ever after? Payson was falling for Max and Lauren tried to steal him away, using her problems with her drug addict mom as a cry for attention. Kaylie finally moved on from Carter and started dating Austin, but they broke up a few episodes ago because Austin thinks Kaylie’s the blame for his Olympic failure. Payson and new boyfriend, Rigo, seem like they’re doing well so maybe they’ll last.
As if parents and boys weren’t enough, the girls have had serious drama — sometimes silly for us to watch — but serious for them to experience. There was that time Lauren sent the tape of Payson kissing Sasha to the NGO. And when Payson broke her back and almost was out of gymnastics forever. Emily got arrested for stealing medication for her brother. Kaylie became anorexic. Lauren often does something manipulative and crazy when she doesn’t get her way. They go through several coaches and even run off in Hungary to find Sasha.
A lot happened on this show and looking back at how much the characters have grown in the past three seasons makes me nostalgic enough to want to watch it all over again from the beginning.
Make It Or Break It is by no means a realistic view into the lives of Olympic gymnasts, but it does deal with real life issues and has told several coming of age stories over the past three seasons. I’m going to miss the use of stunt doubles, bad acting and crazy story lines. Maybe I’m just getting emotional because I graduated college last week and I feel like everything that matters to me is coming to an end. Or maybe I’m just upset that another of my shows just got canceled, it’s not everyday you find a drama you actually like to watch on TV and care about watching live.
Sure, we still have shows like Pretty Little Liars and the new Bunheads to keep us occupied. And as long as we don’t subject ourselves to The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, I think we’ll be okay. But I’m definitely going to feel the loss of Make It or Break It when it ends tonight.
Thanks for the memories Rock Girls!