Is Oscar the Grouch’s home?
This is definitely closer to Season 1 (minus Paula) than it is last season. Plus, I like how self aware the show is like when "New Greg" shows up. (same character, different actor)
Mrs. Maisel is completely overrated IMHO. The setting is amazing, they do an amazing job of remaking that time period but the story is kinda "bleh" to me. Maybe it is cause I watched Gilmore Girls and loved it but all I see is the same tropes being used by Palladino only with a different setting. I mean even the character breakdowns are similar (smart independent lead, quirky overweight best friend, overbearing parents) and the writing and delivery is a spot on match. I dont hate the show but I also wouldnt go out of my way to watch it either if there is anything else to watch. Also, since I know Sherman-Palladino so well you can already see the signs of where things are going. Mrs. Maisel will be more than just Mrs. Maisel in name when the show ends. There is >.01% chance she doesnt end up back with her husband. I will say though much like in Gilmore Girls the parents (Shaloub especially) are awesome in oh so many ways.
But I think, with no proof, that it is a deep, caustic satire. MM herself is a completely loathsome character, and I think the show is driving a knife into the belly of hipster TV audiences and twisting it, seeing how far it can go until people catch on and become furious. I'm aware the critic John Kessel had a similarly outlandish theory about Ender's Game being an allegory absolving Hitler (!) though his article seems to have been purged from the Internet (alert InfoWars!), but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
For some reason I have zero desire yet to watch MM.
MM could get better, there is definite potential but I dont see more than 2 seasons left in it. The Stand Up comedy thing is already getting rather tiresome and for parts of the season it seemed they were phasing it out anyways. Soon she will see Lenny Bruce crash and give up only to have ex-hubby convince her to jump back in because she is great which she will and they will be together and happy how they were supposed to be. The people that love the show will think it is great and those of us that see the warts will say the whole endeavor was worthless cause the only positive step she made was to have her own career. She will have stepped on everyone to be a nightclub act who tours the Borscht Belt when she isnt staying there with her family. Her parents will move to Paris or something so at least she wont continue to use them all the time and Sukie...errr...Susie will be her co-manager with ex/future hubby.
Well, a girl can dream. I'll grant you your theory is far more likely than mine. I guess it's not so bad to have an aggressive and clever woman role model for young women, even a jerk one, in an age where Dumpy can win elections. The kind of hamfisted grrrl pwr messaging that a straight MM pounds may be 20 years in the rear view mirror for the smarties, but the dummies haven't even gotten to Betty Friedan yet.
I thought season 1 of MM was a retread of Joan Rivers' actual career, with only a few tweaks. Season 2 is clearly different, if only because of the summer vacation twist.
Little late, but I adore the thread title. Great job, MT.
I'd rather hang out in Manhattan with people who know they are d-bags and embrace it, than in Brooklyn with people who think they are being "artsy" and "alternative" while they make $200,000/yr and eat avocado toast and snotgrass (or whatever that "chia seed" crap is) for breakfast every morning.