Thursday, May 4, 2023

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

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 5, Episode 1 “Go Forward” (B+)

It’s a real pleasure to have this show back, even if this is officially the final season. Opening in 1981 with an older Esther as a fast-talking scientist obsessed with not getting her mother’s approval was an entertaining and interesting choice, and I actually found it perfectly palatable. The Midge we saw following her wintry wandering was not at all the same person she typically is, and all that talk of the kids and her toe amounted to little as she ended up returning to her normal self in no time. Like season four’s fateful ferris wheel, the dinner was quite memorable also, with Astrid deciding to switch placecards so that Abe, who insisted that he was a grownup, ended up at the kids’ table, and Shirley and Moishe broke the news that they decided to get divorced, a decision that seems fairly mutual given the litany of issues they apparently have with each other. Joel sharing his own relationship news was obviously jumping the gun considering what Mei (played by the now Oscar-nominated Stephanie Hsu) told him about both Chicago and the baby when he came home. The way he chose to deal with that wasn’t great, and it’s going to be an uphill road for him this season. His standup act was particularly vicious and poorly-received. Susie is persistent as ever, and despite Mike trying to ban her from midtown, she figured out exactly the right way to literally get in front of him and argue to Gordon directly that he should add a woman - this woman - to his writing staff. That’s going to be a new, fun change, and we’ll see just how well Midge can play with others.

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