Marvelous fun with Mrs Maisel

Sunday News - - SOUND AND VISION -

It was amulti-award­win­ner at this year’s Golden Globes and Em­mys, but it’s likely most Kiwis still won’t have seen an episode of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. But the sec­ond se­ries hav­ing just dropped on Ama­zon Prime Video, now’s the time to dis­cover one of the best pe­riod dra­mas of our time.

Led by the lu­mi­nous Rachel Bros­na­han, Amy Sher­man-Pal­ladino’s show boasts a su­perb cast, witty writ­ing and op­u­lent pro­duc­tion de­sign and cos­tumes.

At its heart, it’s the story of Miriam ‘‘Midge’’ Maisel (Bros­na­han), aNew York City house­wife who dis­cov­ers she has a knack for stand-up com­edy. Her rev­e­la­tion un­for­tu­nately comes at the same time the mother-of-two dis­cov­ers her hus­band Joel (Michael Ze­gen) has been hav­ing an af­fair with his sec­re­tary.

And, as if jug­gling solo par­ent­ing with in­creased de­mands for her act wasn’t enough, as sea­son two opens, Midge also has to deal with her par­ents’ mar­i­tal woes. Her hap­less fa­ther ( Monk’s Tony Shal­houb) has failed to ob­serve that his wife hasn’t just gone to Paris for a hol­i­day, but has, in fact, left him.

Per­suaded to ac­com­pany her Pa to the City of Lights, Midge dis­cov­ers her mother is en­sconced in a tiny apart­ment, has bought a pooch and is en­joy­ing the cafe life. Midge’s at­tempts to drown her sor­rows only end up with her find­ing aw­hole new au­di­ence.

Those­who adored Mad Men and Master of Sex should def­i­nitely seek this Marvelous se­ries out.

How­ever, Ama­zon Prime Video cer­tainly isn’t a one-note stream­ing ser­vice.

For those­who pre­fer po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated ac­tion, Jack Ryan is an en­ter­tain­ing and en­gag­ing take on Tom Clancy’s Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) an­a­lyst-turned-field­a­gent.

Fans of Home­land or The Brave will def­i­nitely get a sense of deja vu, but John Krasin­ski’s boy­ish charm and se­ri­ous de­meanour are amorethan-ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion.

Hor­ror fans are also catered for with the smallscreen spinoff of The Purge. The tale is set an al­ter­na­tive, dystopian Amer­i­cawhere, once a year, 12 hours of le­galised crime is en­dorsed.

This 10-part se­ries clearly has am­bi­tions to be the next The Hand­maid’s Tale but lacks that show’s strength of cast or writ­ing.

But if you loved 24 or Prison Break, this might just be the hol­i­day binge treat for you.

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