The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 *SPOILERS*

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  1. billboard_NE

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    They lost the apartment because it belonged to the university, not because they were broke.
    Don’t think they wanted to admit they are in financial trouble just yet.
     
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  2. jdfs

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    Most of her stand up is not very funny anyway.

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  3. mr.unnatural

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    I know. It's like he never took off the padded suit he wore in Shazaam

    Susie is starting to remind me a little bit of Arnie on the Larry Sanders Show, but with a lot less confidence. She's one of the best characters on the show.

    They were indeed broke because Abe left his job at the university and Rose cut herself off from her family. They had no source of income after that.
     
  4. Mikeguy

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    That's interesting--I enjoy the stand-up bits, in a dramedy sort of way, and am amazed at Rachel Brosnahan's performance in the bits.
     
  5. jdfs

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    I enjoy the show and I know mostly she and Bruce are doing commentary rather than a straight up routine, but I never find the audience reaction matches up with the material. I have been slow to get into this season. So far it has taken me 3 sittings to get through the first episode. Not sure about the communist storyline either.

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  6. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

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    The standup and story had me laughing to tears and stitches. If this is not for you, then don't push yourself.
     
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  7. warrenn

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    Overall I liked the season. I even liked the artistic fluff they added. But I'm getting really tired of her parents. It's almost like they belong in a different show. I thought they acted like terrible guests and their friends should have kicked them out for being so rude and ungrateful. Especially since the mom willingly gave up her trust which really put them in a financial bind. I was starting to get tired of them in season 2, and season 3 really ramped up the stuff I didn't like about them. I typically just tune out when it comes to their storylines.
     
  8. Anubys

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    I agree. The arc they took with the father was really implausible and silly.
     
  9. mooseAndSquirrel

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    Agreed about the parents. Last season was also bad with the ridiculous time in Paris.
     
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  10. madscientist

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    IMO there's no question that it was Shy who wanted her out. He came out to her and then she was the ONLY person in the world he could be completely free with: even though Reggie knew, Shy still had to hide it from him. Then she goes on stage and all but outs him... I'd be surprised if he ever talked to her again after that. Devastating betrayal.
     
  11. Cainebj

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    I have to say that was my biggest takeaway this season. She's not that funny. I still like her from a story telling point of view but if I put on a Mrs. Maisel Netflix stand up special, I am not sure I would make it to the end.

    I thought the season was OK.
    It has not been living up to how good season 1 was.
     
  12. Ruth

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    Yeah, this season was pretty disappointing for me.

    As a period piece, as a visual feast, it remains great. The costumes and cinematography are fantastic and it's fun to watch.

    But honestly, I don't like any of the characters much, and none of them have displayed any significant personal growth or change at all during the show's tenure -- which makes it easy to feel like the show is stagnating.

    I do find the stand-up funny (if unrealistically polished, as it has been from the beginning). But Midge as a person, beyond being attractive, lively, and funny? Really, not much there that's great. She treated Benjamin horribly, she treated Susie horribly, she's stringing Joel along, she lacks any self-awareness whatsoever about her privilege, and what she did to Shy Baldwin in that routine was truly horrible -- and I don't for a second buy that she is so naive and clueless that she had no idea what she was doing. She's 100% willing to sell anyone out for a laugh, always has been, and when there are consequences that result from her decisions, she only thinks about herself -- like in that last scene. Is she upset that she's outed and personally betrayed Shy (a man she thought was a friend), what it means for him, what it means about her as a person? Is she remorseful? Has she learned anything? No. She's 100% only upset about her career.

    And really, the writing has taken all the parents and turned them into nothing but comic relief in subplots that don't make much sense and aren't funny and are given waaaay too much airtime. A real waste of interesting characters and some talented actors IMO.
     
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  13. Anubys

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    I do have to admit that the part about "if you hurt my daughter, I'm going to punch you in the mouth. It's not going to hurt. I'm not a strong man. But you will have to live with the embarrassment that you were punched in the mouth by a not-strong mathematician" had me in stitches.

    I may not have gotten the quote just right and I'm too lazy to look it up :p
     
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  14. Steveknj

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    I agree with a lot of this. But in many respects, it reflects a lot of what we see on TV these days. Even shows that are ostensibly comedies are dark. I think a lot of what this show is about is privileged, and how shut off from the world someone who's wealthy and has no idea what life is like without money should and shouldn't behave. We see it in most of the characters. I think the only one who kind of "gets it" is Joel. The rest of self absorbed snobs, and each in their way, you have to hope, ends up getting it. For Midge, she's upset about her career but maybe she comes back next year realizing what she's done. But that's been her character from the beginning. She spends little time with her kids, she's always pushing them off to someone else, parents, ex, whoever. I think her comedy is funny, but I agree it's too polished, and it's also very borscht belt in approach too.
     
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  15. Philosofy

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    Here's a theory (well, more conjecture, actually.) What if this is the stand up version of Breaking Bad? Remember how Shy's manager told Susie she would be in his place someday? And the selfishness of Sophie? Is that foreshadowing to Midge becoming a huge star with a big head and insufferable ego?
     
  16. madscientist

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    I don't disagree with Midge's character flaws, but just to say I don't think Midge tried to tell anyone she had no idea what she was doing.

    Reggie told her that these were Shy's people, they knew him like no one else, and she could talk about Shy here in ways she couldn't ever talk about him anywhere else. She interpreted that to mean they knew enough about him to allow for some ribbing of his more "feminine" traits, even if they maybe didn't think he was outright gay. Obviously she was badly mistaken and if she'd any amount of real thought to it she'd have seen it.

    But, I don't think she threw Shy under the bus just for her set. She misunderstood what Reggie meant.
     
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  17. wprager

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    Exactly. This was Harlem. She would never have said any of that unless she heard that speech from Reggie.

    Also, hey standup is, by-and-large, very funny. If you don't find it funny, well, is not for you. But the vast majority think it is funny. So, it's not us, it's you.

    People, for God's sake, it's a tv show, and a comedy, at that. Stop saying how implausible specific story lines are. My wife kept saying "who's minding the baby" several times every episode. It was beyond annoying. Don't be like that. Just turn up your funny receptors and turn down the others.
     
  18. Mikeguy

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    I think they need to dedicate a full episode to the "who's minding the babies" theme, it's so prevalent. :p
     
  19. Steveknj

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    Agree. I rarely care if something is implausible, or spend a whole lot of time on those types of things. But we come here and we all tend to over analyze. We've all become minor league critics. that's fine, and I usually take what people here say about a show much more seriously than i do from a professional critic. But still, as you said, it's a TV show, and while I might point out something that makes little sense, it almost never "takes me out" of a story.
     
  20. Steveknj

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    That would actually make a pretty good episode! You can show the kids being passed around from this person to that, first Midge, then Joel, then her parents, then his parents, maybe to the landlord at Joel's club, then in the end to Lenny Bruce :)
     
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