Second seasons are usually difficult to keep up with. It’s somewhat like sequels. The first one is so good that the second one will be compared to the first. Like in the films, so in the web series department. Amazon Prime’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel captured audience’s attention because of the concept – a young woman decides to become a stand-up comedian, in the 60s.
That concept was the reason the show could do so much – talk about patriarchy, give an eagle eye’s view of feminism some fifty years ago, so on a so forth. The first season worked well because it didn’t take a preachy tone. It told the audience about the problem and created a character who was determined to break through it.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel second season takes the central character and puts her through the wringer – only to bring her out shiny, new and more entertaining as ever. The storyline this time takes Maisel places and pits her through several issues – both personal and professional.
What’s Wow: As usual, the series successfully once again takes on patriarchy in a cool, detached manner and tells us what a politically incorrect time the sixties and the seventies was. Rachel Broshanan is perfect as Ms. Maisel. She does a great job of bringing out the naivete and the secret strength that women have.
The screenplay this time has somewhat of a superhero breathlessness to it. The masterstroke is scattering the characters throughout various places, so that adds a tinge of novelty to the whole process. All this makes the audience waiting and wanting to know where Ms. Maisel will have her next adventure.
Rachel steers clear through the emotional, comedic as well as the poignant scenes. Monk fans will be pleased to see more of Tony Shalhoub as her father – he has a bigger role this time and plays an integral part in the story. It’s not just Tony who shines, Alex Borstein, who plays Susie Mayerson, gets the best lines and some of the best subtly comedy scenes.
What’s Blah: Nothing
Parting Shot: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a funny, heartwarming sitcom that’s imminently watchable – even with the serious concept that it tackles.
Cast and crew
Cast: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstien, Michael Zegen, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle.
Created by: Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Marvelous Ms Maisel will stream on Amazon Prime on December 5.