Current Obsession Wednesday: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I love Amy Sherman-Palladino. Probably more than I should. I know that she is a very problematic person, between the lack of representation and the fat shaming it can be hard to love her. And after what she pulled with the Gilmore Girls revival I'm still a little hurt by her. It doesn't help that every Monday I listen to The Gilmore Guys spend 2-3 hours (at least) "analyzing" every episode of her work. But, as far as I'm concerned The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the perfect fit for Amy's style, humor, and unique voice.
Midge Maisel is a Jewish housewife on the Upper West side in 1958. She is certainly a product of her environment. She is the perfect wife to her husband Joel, making pot roast and never letting him see her without her makeup. She helps him with his little stand-up comedy hobby taking notes and helping him perfect his act. She is the subservient woman of her time while still maintaining a powerful and commanding presence.
It is very interesting so see a period piece like this with a woman like Midge at the center. She is comfortable and happy in her role in society. She wants the two kids, working husband, nice apartment, Rabbi over at Yom Kippur life. At least until things get turned around a bit and she is forced to figure out how to make her way.
I know that sounds cliche, but I am working really hard to not have spoilers here, so just trust me and watch it. I went into this only knowing "1950s female standup comedian." Also, Alex Borstine is my favorite person and I am so happy that she is in this. Unfortunately, there is only a pilot right now, so here I am hoping that it gets picked up. I can't wait to see how Midge Maisel navigates her new life.