September 9th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
From the very beginning of “Hellcats,” we learn that lead character Marti Perkins is different. She rides her bike everywhere and could never afford to attend a school like Lancer without a scholarship. She’s from Memphis - so a townie by definition - and she hopes a law degree can take her far, far away from the city and her deadbeat mother.
But Marti’s scholarship is taken away, and she has one week to find a new way to pay for school.
So she tries out for the Hellcats, Lancer’s premier cheerleading squad, to secure an athletic scholarship - even though she thinks cheerleaders are “football groupies” and doesn’t view it as a sport.
At the tryout, we see that Marti actually has moves. No, she can’t follow the routine, and no, she won’t wear short-shorts like the rest of the hopefuls, but girl’s got game. And great abs.
She makes the squad and then finds out that the Hellcats have to place in nationals or else the program gets cut. Sounds similar to a certain hit Fox show, doesn't it?
At the first Hellcats practice, Marti takes the lead. Coach Vanessa tells the squad to come up with a new routine, and have some fun with it.
For “improvising,” the Hellcats seem to have all of the same moves. Either they’re all psychic or can choreograph a new routine within minutes.
At the glorious end, the crowd stands and cheers. Because cheer practices always attract large audiences.
There’s already some jealousy forming around Marti. Alice, an injured flyer on the squad, doesn’t like that her ex-boyfriend, Lewis, has taken a liking to her. And Dan, Marti’s townie friend, doesn’t want her to change too much now that she’s hanging with a new crowd.
The plot is obvious and the characters are formulaic, but the cheer routines are fun to watch. However, there’s just something about cheerleading that isn’t as heartwarming as a high school glee club. Are you going to keep watching "Hellcats"?
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