Last year, Amazon unleashed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I found myself in awe of the dramedy’s creativity and charm. Thankfully, season two is even better; there isn’t a single flaw here people!
As the title character, Rachel Brosnahan was a revelation, and this season gives the talented actress even more intriguing material to work with. Midge starts to gain a small degree of fame this season as a stand-up comic, so watching her navigate her success (and multitude of haters) is a real treat. And in case you’re wondering, yes Alex Borstein is still as brilliant as Maisel’s manager Susie. The duo’s dialogue is as witty and enjoyable as ever, and their scenes are the undoubted highlight of the show.
It’s also exciting to see Maisel recognize how integral Midge’s parents are to the narrative. As Abe and Rose, Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle are beyond hysterical. The former in particular gets some really exciting material throughout the season as he starts experiencing an existential crisis when his personal and professional lives collide. Another pleasant surprise is the increased focus on Joel Maisel. I wasn’t a big fan of the character last season (especially when he was overshadowed by his delightfully whacky parents), but Michael Zegen gets a lot to work with this year as Joel embarks on a quest for redemption. The show also introduces a newcomer in the form of Zachary Levi as a doctor who takes an interest in Midge. The chemistry between him and Brosnahan is off the charts, and it would be wise of the show to keep him around full-time.
As expected, Maisel‘s production values are as spectacular as ever. You never once doubt the show’s time period thanks to flawless set design and wardrobe. The details are astounding, and the show always makes sure to utilize its setting to impose barriers on Midge (women weren’t so free in the 50’s after all, particularly the ones who wanted a career). But hey, it’s more walls for Midge to knock down for our viewing pleasure.
With its razor-sharp dialogue and undeniable charm, season two of Maisel is an absolute knockout.