‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: Season 2 Is Even Better Than Before

Although he still does not realize his privileged perspective, "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel" enters the world and finds a lot of fresh material.

Amy Sherman-Palladino quickly and, at first glance, smoothly solves the fall of season 2 that hits so many successful first-year series. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, the Emmy for the same category, and reaching the mainstream in a way that ensures that this one-hour, fast-talking, women-centered drama, will not face the Amazon ax in the short term, "The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" had reason to fear a follow-up. Replicating an enriching origin story is not easy, nor does it match the addictive mile-per-minute rhythm set by the mouths of so many sublime Manhattan dwellers of the 1950s.

But in the first episode of Season 2, creator , writer, and the director Sherman-Palladino exchanges a new protagonist, while sweeping the audience to Paris. Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle), for reasons of not being revealed, takes the spotlight and wins it. His trip, with the family in tow, reproduces the awakening seen by his daughter Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) in season 1, while deepening the dynamic of the group and gives the burgeoning comedian a lot of new material for his time behind the microphone. In other words, introduce a new act without suffering any immersion between series.

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Wait, there's more: Enchanting and character-centered, the first five episodes of the new season expand beyond the same name as Mrs. Maisel, looking at more women who are willing to reject patriarchy. With good reason, Brosnahan is still the center of attention, and seeing his experience on stage grow along with his skills is still a delight, and in addition, writers find more ingenious ways to spice up their routines. While your concern for the working class may be frustrating, "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel" has a lot of goodwill and good intentions that fuel her sparkling momentum. The fans will be happy, and you can count on more converts.

Tony Shaloub and Marin Hinkle in "The Wonderful Lady Maisel"

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A large, expensive and globetrotting journey to start a sequel to a successful predecessor It is rarely a good omen. In general, it seems that the cast and crew are rewarding their previous efforts with a paid vacation instead of going back to work, but "Maisel" soon reminds the public that they can bake the cake and eat it, too. The trip to Paris is long, but critical for the development of Rose and her husband, Abe (Tony Shaloub). Just when he is beyond the figure of the disapproving mother, he moves beyond the indifferent and not attentive pattern of patriarchal dad, not quite, of course, but enough so that the wheels turn. Hinkle, always a delight to watch (her turn as anxious cheerleader in "Speechless" is underappreciated), thrives with extra time, dropping the spines with the wisdom of Rose's position while showing a vulnerability that weakens the heart when it surprise

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Changing the continents is not enough to keep Midge offstage, and the leader's comic searches see more time on the screen with better use in Season 2. Routines are motivated to be spontaneous, rather than summarize that just happened It is supposed to be improving, and it shows in its time, content and delivery (not that speed was a problem). The comedy behind Midge's microphone can still feel like a continuation of what happens in real life, when you write jokes for each dialogue, there is not much room to elevate what is written for your five-minute sets, but Sherman Palladino finds regular ways to help her excel.

Paris is not the only trip made in Season 2. A summer stay in Catskills brings lots of fun in the middle of the season, while also exposing the only backlight. annoyed "Mrs. Maisel". (No, it's not Joel, who stole a lot of undeserved attention in season 1, but here it's more comfortably scaled). When Midge informs Susie (Alex Borstein), she leaves Manhattan for her two-month annual vacation at the Catskills, Susie is stunned. Two months? Can Midge get up and leave his job, his children and his growing list of reserves to play Simons Says in the state of New York? Explanation of Midge: "The city closes in the summer!"

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Rachel Brosnahan in "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel"

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Well, not for everyone. Although "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel" is not resolutely trying to tell a story of the working class, she can often feel inexcusably oblivious to the struggles faced by the characters that are supposedly fighting. Susie reminds Miriam that she needs these concerts to keep paying her bills, but that is a lower priority than keeping her winning streak in the club swimsuit competition. When Rose moves to Paris, she does not mention a new source of income and, presumably, she continues to live off her husband's salary in New York.

There are as many black characters as his average Woody Allen movie and less anguish about who is taking care of children, who can not afford to lose their job, and who has a problem that money can not solve. Many of Susie's bows are treated extravagantly for very real concerns. Some works because "Maisel" is so easy to sweep, but there are times when you must stop and think: "Hey, what would have happened if the rich white lady was not there to save the day?"

It's possible that Sherman-Palladino does not have all the corners covered, but what is actually on the table is impossible to resist Brosnahan, recently arrived from his Emmy Awards and Golden Globe, goes through each scene with a command that should be impossible at those speeds The costumes are exceptional and the blocking, framing and movement are all divine, each episode evoking that rare and warm glow caused by entertainment that is as well tuned as thematic empowerment. "Sherman-Palladino not only resolved the fall of the Season 2, she invested it "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel" is even better than it was, even when you stop to consider her flaws.

Grade: A-

"The wonderful Mrs. Mai sel "Season 2 opens on Wednesday, December 5 at Amazon Prime.

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