Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is Outstanding Yet Unnecessarily Vulgar

Christopher Benek

Just a few short months ago I wrote that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is Amazon Prime’s best original series yet. I stand by those words. Yet, at the same time, Season 2 of the show has taken an unnecessary and disappointing turn.

Don’t get me wrong. Season 1 was phenomenal and the critics agreed. The series earned two Golden Globe Awards and 8 Primetime Emmys. And I’ll just say it now - Season 2 should win even more awards.

The filming of every episode is so incredibly well imagined and executed it is almost hard to comprehend. The intentional creativity used in developing many of the shots in the series is just masterful. The writing seems to be some magical mix of hilarious, touching, heart-wrenching, and inspiring all wrapped into a tightly Jewish subplot.

What is unbelievable is that, in Season 2, all of these aspects of the show are improved upon. Additionally the show then incorporates new period-piece locations, stunning commentary on social issues, and philosophical and theological commentary on the meaning of life and human purpose. Season 2 also seamlessly integrates a wide variety of topics from the creation of artificial intelligence to issues surrounding forgiveness, to mindful musings about the nature and value of beauty and art.

And if all this wasn’t enough, the sheer star power of Rachel Brosnahan, Tony Shalhoub - and really the whole cast – is nearly mind blowing to watch. The costumes are spectacular. Certain scenes are set up in Broadway Musical-esque and comedy bit formats to bring the entertainment level of Series 2 to a whole new level. The show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and her team have simply outdone themselves by creating what may end up being one of the best comedy-drama web television series ever created.

And still… I wouldn’t be being honest if I didn’t tell you that there was something that is bothering me about the show. For all of the series’ wonders that are entrancing – it is still off-putting in one element. That is its increasing levels of profanity for what seem to be for no apparent reason.

Ironically the show’s creators even seem to acknowledge that this is happening. The writers go so far as to include the topic in the script when Midge confides in her manager that she is cussing more often and she doesn’t know if she likes that side of herself. I’ll save Midge the hassle. Viewers don’t like it.

The show is too good to ruin with vulgarity. From unneeded F-bombs to full frontal nudity - Season 2 is gratuitously trying to use shock value for cheap laughs. But this trade-off debases the brilliant sophistication that has made the show loved by fans.

Additionally this “profanity tactic” actually hurts the thoughtful dialogue between the otherwise charming characters. Hopefully the writers will consider the perspective that sometimes part of the joke is leaving something to the imagination. Season 3 is slated to be released in May of 2018.

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