The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Season 2
Mrs. Maisel Returns! Season 2 of Mrs. Maisel was just as good and possibly better than season 1. In this season, Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel has embraced her comedic stylings and continues to navigate the bumpy road that is daytime mom vs. nighttime lounge lizard. Rachel Brosnahan once again turns in one of the finest acting performances I have ever seen in any media. Her delivery, her timing, her full and complete embodiment of the role is astonishing. Astonishing to the point that it is hard to believe that she is merely acting the part and is not simply the character she plays. Also returning is the Maisel/Weissman family played by the wonderful cast of Tony Shalhoub (Abe Weissman), Kevin Pollak (Moishe Maisel), Marin Hinkle (Rose Weissman), Caroline Aaron (Shirley Maisel), and Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel).
The family gets more of a front seat appearance this season in that some of the episodes not only feature more of them but centers around them. What was most fascinating was that the storylines not only show how they react to and are affected by Midge’s decisions but also what makes them tick within their own lives – Mrs. Wasserman’s yearnings to find herself, Mr. Wasserman’s career and its turbulent nature, the senior Mr. and Mrs. Maisel’s struggling garment business. The further development of these characters only makes for a more full and rich tapestry of the Mrs. Maisel story.
The locations of Paris and the Borscht Belt of the Catskills play their own roles here with family members venturing to both while their ever-changing lives unfurl. The set design of these locales and fashion that is on display is simply gorgeous. There doesn’t seem to be a hair out of place anywhere. Everything looks like a perfect recreation of a time long gone by but one that seduces you into romantic nostalgia.
Susie Myseron played by Alex Bornstein continues to attempt to get her only client known as far and wide as possible facing stumbling blocks at every turn but always squeezing out gigs here and there with her moxie and blind courage. Ms. Bornstein plays the role with such intensity that the feeling that, in Midge, Susie might have her one and only shot in show business and life jumps off the screen.
Besides Rachel Brosnahan, possibly my favorite performance this season is Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce. He was indeed wonderful in season 1 but this season he just seems to smolder in the role which makes the show that much more enjoyable. Welcome new additions to the cast to keep an eye out for are Zachary Levi as Benjamin and Connor Ratliffe as Chester. Simply brilliant.
I am still amazed when I hear people say that they have not heard about this show. Yes, there are some people out there that haven’t. It may be because it is on Amazon Prime and not on mainstream TV and that makes sense. However, if you haven’t watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, season 2 or for that matter season 1! You are truly missing out on television gold.