Monday, February 21, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season Premiere)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 4, Episode 1 “Rumble on the Wonder Wheel” (B+)

It’s great to have this show back and hard to believe that it’s been more than two years since season three ended. This is the first time in this show’s history that it’s going to divide up its episodes with two per week, an interesting development but one that should allow for an elongation of the entertainment period, which I think is wonderful. Accompanying Midge and Susie back in the taxi from the tarmac was an effective way to ease back into this show’s world, with Midge letting out some serious aggression directed at the taxi with a tree branch. While this certainly affects her future – something Susie apparently always imagined would happened at some point – her decision to borrow money from her former father-in-law to buy back her old apartment coincided rather unfortunately with Susie not having any cash on hand, forcing her to go with her sister to try to get a check they’re not going to get and then to an amusingly sarcastic Joel. Midge’s ex-husband is having enough troubles with his own landlords, and using an old dictionary to try to communicate isn’t working so well. Ethan’s grandparents changing his birthday because it was more convenient for them was a humorous setup for a wildly entertaining Wonder Wheel ride featuring a lot of shouting, a lot of blaming, and some important revelations. Among the most fun was Abe learning that people who need matchmakers aren’t lazy but may be curmudgeons like him. I’m looking forward to seeing how Midge revitalizes her career and seeing how this season plays out over the course of four weeks.

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