“The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” Season 3 Review: Midge Is Going Places, But The Story Is Content With Repeating Itself

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The last we saw “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” she was on the path to steer her career onto the big stage and had the offer to open for the celebrated singer of the ‘60s, Shy Baldwin as he toured across America. Her father Abe was on the brink of resigning from his prestigious job at Columbia University. And while Season 3 continues all this, it also rustles up other arcs and chaos, which are either repetitive or don’t really get much far to be worthy of being called an arc, if truth is to be told. 

Season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” opens with Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) on the roads (again) as she apparently accepted Shy Baldwin’s offer to open for him. She is accompanied by her manager, Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein). Susie has upgraded to actual luggage now but still carries her essentials in a crumpled paper bag, strangely symbolic of the show makers who have certainly promoted themselves to another season of the Emmy-Winning show, but still continue to harp about a done-and-dusted story arc. 

Last we saw Susie, she was mulling over Sophie Lennon’s (Jane Lynch) offer to become her manager as well. So now, we have Susie managing two ladies and boosting their morale to aim to get what they are made for. The scenes are rich as always, giving us a detailed tour of the magic ‘60s carried. One of Shy Baldwin’s tour-stops is Las Vegas and if the extravagant setting doesn’t make you pine for an immediate vacation in the notorious Sin City, well, we’ll be damned! 

But at times, when the comedy seems too been-there-done-that, all that “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” looks like this time is a very expensive visual tour of different wonderful places. While the previous two seasons had Midge’s rise as a stand-up comedian as the main-arc and several other small stories that were charismatic in their own spot, Season 3 has a lot going on without any particular destination visible on the horizon.

We see (a lot of) Midge’s ex-husband Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen) who is struggling to do two things- to open a bar in Chinatown and not get involved with his first wife, again. As for Midge’s dad, Abe (four-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub), who is unemployed and is in search for something meaningful and mom Rose (Marin Hinkle), they are homeless and living with Joel’s parents (Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron) at their new house in Queens. The “sophisticated” couple is practically harassed by the constant chaos, the screaming, the unfiltered profanities yelled at odd hours in the household. 

Midge is literally going places and has a ton of suitors, many gigs to play, on the other hand, Susie is juggling two clients and still getting “aren’t you a man” jokes. So, practically a whole lot of what we have seen already and don’t let us even get started about Sterling K. Brown and how the ace actor had the most underwritten part and was hardly given substantial screen time.

Don’t get us wrong, the series still has its magnetic charisma and the ability to not let you get up till you’ve binge-watched it all but it says a lot when it basically comes down to Brosnahan and Borstein to keep the show afloat with their ever-present talent as well as Luke Kirby who will definitely  win a second guest-actor Emmy for his portrayal as the comedian Lenny Bruce. 

But at the end of it, there is this feeling of being unsatisfied. “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” gave us Midge, a walking-talking symbol of feminism of the ‘60s who is still, sadly, relatable in the so-called modern era. But the series is showing signs of crumbling under the bars it itself raised as it introduces half-baked arcs, which is strangely echoed by a scene of Midge and Susie in Vegas learning how to play the slots and saying “That shoulda been something!” Yeah, well, it should’ve.

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