Miriam “Midge” Maisel is on the scene and making her mark. Throughout The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 2, we watch Midge master her comedy skills and explore a new love life all the while maintaining her perfectly polished persona.
Midge’s world collapsing last season created a ripple effect on her friends and family. Mostly, her parents. The season begins with Midge and her father, Abe, tracking down her mother, Rose, who has run away to Paris. mi(Of course, the show that features beautiful closes goes to Paris!) Leaving no great outfit opportunity unturned Midge and Abe try to convince Rose to return to New York and whatever is left of their normal life. And Rose doesn’t even know about the comedy!
The family decides to reconnect over the summer with their annual trip to the Catskills Mountains. The family’s resort life leads to some of the best episodes of season two. The convergence of normally separated characters creates more fodder in Midge’s comedy, but her shrinking surroundings make it harder to hide her secret. New characters, like potential suitor Dr. Benjamin, further expand her inner circle.
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As Midge takes on more and more, including a small tour and a TV telethon gig, she does manage better than in season one. Her explosive, improvised rants have become planned, articulated “tight-fives” and her on-stage persona starts to become a draw. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino’s trademark quick-witted speed talking is used as a means to pack a lot of story and characters into a small amount of space. The duo also directs many of the episodes, as they did in season one, which only heightens the writing and imagery of the show. They manage to avoid any episodes feeling overcrowded.
The reality of this world feels candy-coated in the best way. Watch out world, Mrs. Maisel is making waves.
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