Marvelous fun with Mrs Maisel
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.