The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4: The Comedy Wonder is Losing Its Touch

Is this supposed to be a messy recap of the last three seasons?

Midge Maisel is back with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4, but the freshness of the storyline that won the show 20 Emmys is nowhere to be found as our beloved stand-up comedian is stuck in a rut of similar disappointments and setbacks. 

Warning: Spoilers ahead from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4. Proceed ahead at your own risk. 

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel kicks off where we left Miriam “Midge” Maisel at the end of Season 3– on the tarmac, where Reggie informs them that superstar singer Shy Baldwin has dropped them from his international. The reason? Midge has inadvertently cracked jokes alluding to Shy’s secret- that he is gay, something he had told her while drowning in his emotions and she came forward to lend a shoulder. 

On the way back, Midge loses her composure and starts throwing her things out of the window, losing hope as being kicked out by Shy is a major career setback. This meltdown of her reminds us of the very first season when Midge lost it after Joel told her about his extramarital affair. But at least then the incident set her on the path of discovering her flair for stand-up comedy and that she was much more than just a cheerleader for her husband’s endeavors. 

But this time, all this tantrum reveals is that the writers of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have ditched all the growth Midge went through and the humility she earned in the last three seasons. She is back to being me, me, and only me. Her deeper understanding of the sheltered life she has led and still leading, her privileges, understanding that Suzie’s career is on stake too, that she doesn’t need men to have a life, etc everything is stamped on for the sake of introducing as much chaos as possible in Season 4. 

The worst part is, the writers do this by re-introducing all the tropes we have already witnessed in the last three seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and presenting them in ways that make us question why we liked them in the first place. For starters, Abe and Rose are back living with Midge and their chaotic back-and-forth conversations are back. And to bring this back, the major breakthroughs we witnessed in these two characters- Rose discovering herself as she finds her passion for matchmaking and Abe finally realizing what he truly loves doing. 

Midge’s witty and electric presence has also been swapped for her obsessive focus on how things aren’t going her way and how she will now simply erase every progress she has ever made to be herself. The two premiere episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 give no indication that the rest of the episodes have any intention of reminding us why we started watching the show in the first place. Joel is as bland as the developments in his life and the only saving grace is Suzie whose presence is enough to breathe life into every dull frame. 

Just before the debut of Season 4, the series was renewed for a fifth and final season. And though Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino have stressed that they know where they want Midge to go emotionally, for now, her future appears too directionless, distracted, and overwhelmingly chaotic to be invested in. While Amazon Prime plans to drop two episodes weekly, let’s just say we will wait for the finale and binge all of them together, hoping that the conclusion will be good enough to whitewash the disappointment this season has started off to be. 

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