Writing a review on the third season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has left this fan torn. There’s a level of loyalty when jumping back into a new season of a show that you’ve binged on in the past. We had already spent two great seasons together; the third was going to be inevitably great.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 3 review is spoiler-free.
The first season was a breath of fresh air. As a huge stand-up comedy fan, Mrs. Maisel was everything desired and more. Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino created characters we cared about, and then in Season 2, she made them twist. The second outing had uncertainty and conflict, so we were evolving together. However, this is where Season 3 goes rogue.
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Booing secondary stories
There’s only one thing worse in a show than filler plotlines, and that’s sacrificing good characters in them. Mrs. Maisel Season 3 does this, and in the process, turns some of its characters into annoyances, specifically the Weissmans.
For those who don’t know, the Weissmans include Abe, Rose, and Moishe. These are Mrs. Maisel’s father, mother, and brother. Abe is stoic and Rose is posh, a real contradiction to Midge (Mrs. Maisel) and the stand-up comedy lifestyle she has found. Yet, that difference made the show compelling during the previous seasons.
Despite Tony Shalhoub, who plays Abe, getting more screen time, the family’s storyline breaks up Mrs. Maisel’s journey. It frustratingly disrupts, making the Weissmans and other characters who end up in that secondary plotline nothing more than annoyances.
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Midge and Susie
Despite the issues, Season 3 remains entertaining when focused on Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) and her manager Susie (Alex Borstein). When they’re together on-screen insulting each other, Mrs. Maisel is at its best. There’s a zing to every line and the delivery pulls you in.
If Season 3 was only about their story, it would have been as good as Season 2. There is an undeniable star power about both of them, and watching their stories evolve each of the characters is a joy. We get to see new dimensions being added rather than being reset, like the Weissmans.
Every scene where Mrs. Maisel is on stage or where Susie is figuring out the managerial game is compelling. The question is, do the negatives outweigh the positives?
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Verdict: Binge
- Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
- Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino
- Starring Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein
When it comes to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the positives do outweigh the negatives. However, it is best summarized by saying the leads have outgrown the secondary characters. Hopefully, Season 4 can rectify this split, or just move on.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available on Amazon Prime Video and you can watch all eight episodes of Season 3 now. Check out the trailer for the latest season below:
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