'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' lives up to her name again but it's Susie we should worry about: Season 2 review
Susie Myerson's telephone rings so we know we are off to a good start, but Midge is okay about missing out on her summer gigs and Susie is not
(This article contains some spoilers)
An existential crisis is hardly a thing when you have a plethora of shows available to binge watch, and in a world driven by everything fast-paced, we rarely have to wait a week to figure out what happens next. But the challenge is choosing the show that deserves our time, the series that keeps us invested and makes us question, almost instantly, if it's been renewed for the next season.
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' was one such show that when we were done binging through all the eight episodes of the first season, we wondered if Mrs. Maisel could tip-toe in kitten heels back into our lives again. Going on to win all major awards 2018 had to offer, it was not even a question whether creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) had more plans for Miriam "Midge" Maisel, who in the eighth episode, settled for an easier but ironic stage name - 'Mrs. Maisel.'
Separated from her husband who was cheating on her and failing his own hand at standup comedy, the vulnerable breaking point of Midge turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she unleashed her natural talent of being a standup comic.
Season one was sensational, to the point where Midge became our best friend who we would rather get drunk in the bathroom with, and gradually turned into the kind of woman we aspire to be. Just like any marvelous show of the decade would do, it bewitched the fans to look forward to season two, which finally drops Wednesday on Amazon Prime Video.
The groundbreaking show secured eight Emmys and two Golden Globes and it was natural to wonder if it could live up to its own record-breaking title. Note 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' did not or does not have another contending show. It's woven drama and comedy into a genre of its own. So, the only comparison pouring out was fans questioning if it would live up to its own name.
Season two arrives, and on my screen it arrived early. So, here is affirmation the creators, the cast and those involved made the set look like 1950's New York, as well as Paris. They have outdone themselves this season. Mrs. Maisel is back, and her first comedy gig she secures isn't at the Gaslight. It's in mid-town, way above downtown so you see there's progression there.
Also, the most important highlight is Susie Myerson phone actually rings. As a manager of the upcoming female comic in an industry dominated by men, Susie is driven and motivated to get her girl going- so "t**s up." But our main girl's determination to make standup comedy her full-time profession is questionable.
Season two picks up where season one left, and turns out she is not working at the makeup department anymore because her public outburst with Joel Maisel's fling, Penny Pann, costs her the job she enjoys. She's working at a call center; however, she excels at it.
This should be of no surprise given that Mrs. Maisel has that Midas touch, she can make things perfect; and that was truer when she thought she had a perfect life with her husband, who she would have molded into a good comic, if not a great one, had he not plagiarized and left her for his secretary. Season two witnesses another major character leaving, but thanks to that, there are scenic episodes of the city of love - Paris.
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From Parisian fashion to exploring the drag club scene in 1950's Paris, Mrs. Maisel's second season's adventures seem even more thrilling. Then there's another vacation in the Catskills, which costs Mrs. Maisel an entire summer of gigs, but she's okay with it while her manager, Susie, is not.
That is when you see the contrast of how Susie's good life is dependent on Midge, who comes from an upper middle-class family, while Susie may soon become homeless if Midge continues with her vague and fading determination.
In the beginning of the season, when Joel asks her if she can give up comedy, Midge replies with a 'No,' and we have our sigh of relief but as the episodes progress, it's only questionable if her actions match up to her words; Midge seems more concerned about getting back on the makeup counter than pursuing comedy.
She hesitates to even tell her parents about her comedy gigs and that's kind of a red-alert for viewers, who enjoyed the fast-talking, impromptu authenticity of Mrs. Maisel that we amply saw in season one. She is missed in season two, but there's a lot more I haven't watched. You never know when our impulsive haphazard drunk friend will flip to astound us with clever comebacks to those who deem her another pretty face. Rest assured, she's here!