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I’ve finished The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I adore it! That, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t find some parts hard to watch, and a few things I liked less.

Joel leaving Madge cut too close to home to be comfortable. My ex also chose a major holiday to tell me he had an affair and was leaving me, and, Like Midge, I had absolutely no idea. - I honestly thought we were doing just fine. It’s nearly 14 years ago, and I’m over it, but it was very hurtful at the time, and some pain will probably always linger.

On the other hand, I have a very good relationship with my ex today, and we are good friends again. He is a very important person in my life, not least because he is the father of my child. In fact, our relationship is very much like the one Midge and Joel develop, and and I really liked that part of the show. I like how they remain supportive of each other, and still like, or even love, each other. I can relate.

Midge continues to be a great character. I guess one could criticize her for being wealthy and very naive of the harder facts of life, but I think that is part of the charm of the show. It’s not meant to be a realistic nitty-gritty drama. But part of what makes something funny is because there is darkness too, and perhaps the show didn’t always keep the balance perfectly. For example, I found Midge a rather horrible mother in the first season, but thinking about it I think it was completely unintentional. The show simply isn’t about Midge the Mother, and there are a lot of things in Midge’s life we don’t see much of, but which don’t have to mean it isn’t important things in her life. Paire with the fact that children in upper-class families in the ’50s often were taken care for by servants or nannies. I don’t think the show meant to show Midge as an uninterested mother, but that is what came across. And I think it was noticed and season 2 do put in several little scenes where she interacts with her children in her capacity of parents. Of course, had the show been about a male comedian no one would have thought twice of the lack of parent-child interaction in season 1…

I enjoyed all the characters in the show, and I thought it was very well-vast and well-acted. I adore Midge parents, but I found their storylines a bit uneven in season 2. Rose leaving for Paris was something season 1 built up to, and I loved how free and happy she was there. And it was nice to see how she and Abe found each other again. But back home she very quickly reverted back to what she was at the beginning of season 1. She obviously has so much more potential and I actually thought Rose would be the one who found out about Midge stand-up and would be an ally against Abe. And though Tony SSH was great in every single scene he was in, I also felt his character was a little lost. Not only because he clearly is a man who feels lost when after finding out his whole family was different from what he thought, but lost because the writers didn’t exactly know what to do with him.

I have a suspicion the show is gearing up to end with Joel being Midge’s One True Love, after all, and I really hope it won’t go there. I like Joel and I think he has a very good character arc, but I would much rather have them as amicable exes. And I thought Benjamin was a great love interest. He is as quirky as Midge, and they bounce very nicely off each other. I do hope he will be back next season. I still ship Midge with Lenny. It’s won’t happen of course, because midge is imaginary and Lenny Bruce wasn't, but I think the chemistry between Rachel Brosnahan and Luke Kirby is fairly sizzling. Their scenes together were all awesome and I wanted them to interact more!

One thing I have been wondering about is why Lenny Bruce is the only “real” person in the show. Midge meets a number of famous persons, and they are clearly based on real persons, apart from just Lenny Bruce. I wonder why they didnät opt to make his character into a composite character too, with traits of the real Lenny Bruce. It doesn’t bother me, I just wonder about the reason behind it. I can imagine it’s because the writers want to point out how important Lenny Bruce was for modern comedy and that he shouldn’t be forgotten.

I knew Rufus Sewell was a gust start in season 2- that knowledge was actually part of why I finally started to watch. I adore him, and have since Middlemarch some 25 years ago. I usually find him wildly sexy but hasn’t for the last couple of years as I only find him scary in The Man In the High Castle. So it was really nice to see him appear in an episode as a drunk genius artist with bonus disheveled appearance. I suspect it must have been a relief to do a part like that when your main job has been to play evil nazi for a couple of years. I also thought his scenes with Midge was very good and had some interesting things to say about the cost of pursuing your heart's desire.

I’ve already gushed about the costumes, which are great. I don’t think women actually were as colourful in the ’50s as Midge is in the show. Or rather, the colour combinations are very 50’s, but even wealthy women had fewer clothes then than now, and wardrobes were built from more neutral colours with brighter colours added with accessories. Midge only does neutral colour when she wears little black dresses for her show. Her colourful wardrobe is great characterization though, it really enhances her personality. Which good costumes should do. Her technicolor wardrobe evokes the bright colors of 50’s movies, which, of course, was a fantasy even then.

See what I mean?

Date: 2019-02-20 01:43 pm (UTC)
ironymaiden: Older Asian woman with curlers in her hair and a cigarette in her mouth. (hair)
From: [personal profile] ironymaiden
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anecdata on 50s clothes: it so happens that my mother was talking the other day about her wardrobe in the 50s. she *did* wear a lot of bright colors, plaids, and prints. I wonder if black and white photography dulls our expectations.

Date: 2019-02-20 06:38 pm (UTC)
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I love Mrs Maisel too, and must admit that the gorgeous costumes are a part of why. Hadn't really thought about the neutrals thing, but of course you're right about people having far fewer clothes back then and needing them to last longer.

Date: 2019-02-21 08:37 am (UTC)

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