Amy Sherman-Palladino has really outdone herself this time. If you loved "Gilmore Girls," then you'll love "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" even more. There are even more sharp tongues and fast talking, and an extra degree of girl power pizzaz that is not only timely, but also wonderfully invigorating.
Every morning on my way to work I see the giant Amazon billboard advertising this new Original Series, and the moment I first saw it I knew that this was a show for me. It's a period piece about a woman who is marvelous, so it seemed like something I'd enjoy. I'm very glad it turned out as marvelous as the title insinuated. I've just finished the first season, and man I wish I had Mrs. Maisel's mouth. She's funny, she's witty, she's both proper and improper, and she's got great style. It's also a fun insight into Jewish families and culture. We're so used to seeing Anglo-Christian American stories on television, that even though we're still watching white people, this is quite refreshing.
The dialogue is so smart. It's SO smart. What's scary is that we see how very little has changed in the last 50 to 60 years for women. We're still trying to answer the same questions, and Mrs. Maisel hits it right on the head without needing to dumb it down. She's like a well targeted missile. Why do we have to pretend to not be hungry when we're hungry? Why do we have to pretend to be helpless when we're not helpless? Why do we have to pretend to be stupid when we're not stupid? Why do we have to pretend to be sorry when we have nothing to be sorry about?
Mrs. Maisel is a well-educated woman from a well to do family, and followed the path of life that was prescribed to her by society the moment she was born a girl. Then life happens, and she uses that well-educated mind of hers and God-given smart tongue of hers to realize the blatant gender inequalities we've conditioned ourselves to abide by and has had enough of it.
Unfortunately, when women "entered" the workforce, we didn't gain equality, we gained more responsibility. We gained independence, but still not equality. A while ago I wrote about how I was raised to be independent, but not equal (see here). Now it's time to raise the next generation to be independent, cooperative, and equal, because you can't do everything yourself, though you're certainly capable to do much more on your own than society has previously allowed us to believe. And for all of us to progress we must have true and absolute gender equality. I'm hopeful that the tides are turning and that we'll see some substantial change over the next few years as we start to realize how powerful our voices can be when we all speak up.
I cannot wait for Season 2!!! Thank you Amazon for this scrumptiously marvelous show. I love it!
BIG LOVE & HUGS