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The second season hasn’t lost a thing from its debut a year ago. Picking up not too far after the first season ends all the characters are following their set paths. Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) is working the clubs the best she can and honing her stand up skills. Susie (Alex Borstein) has really come into her own as a manager and gets some fun story lines. Joel (Michael Zegen) is still a prominent character.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is an incredible show that deserves more praise. Yes, more on top of the awards its already won. It’s a powerhouse program that fires on every cylinder. The cast is outstanding, the setting, costuming, score, and placement impeccable. The writing is some of the strongest in any production currently running. Maisel rivals Game of Thrones, Westworld, Breaking Bad, etc. Fill in the blank with your own best list and Maisel is right there.
The show has unique life to it. There is a smooth cadence in every line, every sound, and every beat of story. It doesn’t take long to fall back into the swing of things and the energy of the show keeps things moving right along.
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The perfectly appointed 1950’s world is flawless. Not only does Season 2 see the cast in a recreated New York City but extends further. The characters attend a summer camp and travel a comedy circuit that isn’t a series of jump cuts to closed sets. The scope of the world is vast. The show never feels like it lost a single shot due to budget or difficulty. The costuming and cars are always a personal draw but Maisel fleshes out the world with so much more.
Brosnahan is still a shining lead and the paragon of the show. Her character has overcome the flaws in her professionalism. The only thing holding her back is the time period I spent a paragraph gushing over.
Borstein’s Susie gets a lot more of her own story to play with. At times it verges on the edge of cartoony but with Borstein’s gravity and the strength of the writing the plot never crosses that line.
Whenever Zegen’s Joel was on the screen I questioned why the writer’s didn’t write the scumbag off already. A third of the way through Season 2 something amazing happens. You stop hating him. You pity him. Eventually, you begin to like him. It’s a true testament to the writing on the show.
While the entire cast, supporting and otherwise, is fantastic one more mention has to be made. Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman was nominated for an Emmy in the first season. Shalhoub is given a bigger role and rises to the occasion magnificently. If Shalhoub was nominated for Season 1, Season 2 should be a lock for a win.
What your friends are saying is true. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the freshest, funniest, and best written shows running on any platform. Catch up before season 3 hits.