Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris Cast: Lily Collins, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, Camille Razato
Emily in Paris Maker: Darren Star
Emily in Paris stars: 2.5/5
After audiences are divided over her material for the first season, Emily returns to Paris for a second season and does her best to correct her mistakes from the first. The show, starring Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, became a character that some found painfully upset, while others raved about her fashion and her impeccable American nature. The first season, set in Paris as the title suggests, got a lot of response for its stereotypical portrayal of the French lifestyle and while the producers promised the second season would save past mistakes, is that really the case?
The first season of Emily in Paris ended on a cliffhanger as Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) struggles as she becomes intimate with her chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), her Parisian boyfriend, Camille. Good. Razat) lover. The second season picks up where it left off as Emily begins to deal with the aftermath of her decision, which comes with a lot of guilt about being a bad friend. While Emily is busy correcting her mistakes, this time she takes her French life seriously for the first time as she enrolls in French language classes.
In the new season, Emily also finds a roommate in the form of her friend Mindy (Ashley Park), whom we got to know in the first season as the failed reality show singer from Shanghai, who works as a nanny in Paris. it. After her breakthrough last season, a more confident Mindy is ready to face the world as a singer. As for Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), who takes up the offer of Antoine Lamberts (William Abadi), founder of perfume magnate Maison Lavaux, to invest in his restaurant in season one and then run his own kitchen, it eventually becomes a reality, but he gets no taste. It has a lot to do with their conflicting feelings going back and forth between Emily and Camille. In a new addition, we meet London’s most cynical banker, Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), who becomes Emily’s acquaintance in her French class and when the spark doesn’t fly at first glance, a gradual progression that leaves her Leading to the four corner, Emily’s love triangle with Gabriel and Camille turns into a square. After love and friendship, Emily walked into the cliffhanger finale with a major career dilemma.
Without going into the details of what’s happening this season, all I can say is that if the whole world revolved around Emily last season, this time it’s the supporting characters that get their own story. . Ashley Park benefits the most from this, as she has been allowed to sing a lot this season and is happy to hear her voice. Even more insight develops into the character of Emily’s boss in Savoir, Sylvie Grateau (Filipino Leroy-Beaulieu), who may be eternally displeased with her American employee, but that’s because she’s joking with a lot of balls in the air. Kate Walsh’s Madeline also returns after her brief appearance in the beginning, but this time she also gets more screen time and more punchlines. Walsh’s Madeline also becomes the parameter that makes us realize how Emily has really grown compared to the first season.
Despite the criticism the show received, many cited Emily’s dichotomous nature of Paris as a selling point. One of the most beneficial elements for the show on that front is the timing of the episode. Thirty minutes of time investment for a show that follows a main character who dresses up in fashion, has a predictable love life and a job that allows him to approach ideas and challenges with strangers with a willing demeanor. Well, Emily Comes to Life as a perfect watch for a viewer who doesn’t view everything that happens on screen as reality, or at least is fascinated by the idea that it’s nothing short of fantasy. Once you’ve put your logic away, Emily in Paris can easily develop into a show that’s a sight to behold.
Having spent the past two years amid a pandemic that has changed many things, Amelie’s Paris is a non-COVID-19 affected world where all is well and finally feels like a good escape. I’m not sure if this is intentional, but there’s no experience here that feels authentic enough, reinforcing our belief that Emily’s life might not be all that different from other fictional characters, other than their challenges might be battling CGI villains and other elements, but in this case it’s just a homemade mess. There’s no point going into the details of things, but cutting out clichés is arguably the best thing about this show. In Emily Cooper’s world, the French enjoy a sip of wine and a kiss at the same time, Americans are busy answering video calls in their platoons, and the British have more love during the day than drinking beer and watching football in the pub. . Emily in Paris is a show that may well be at the top of the guilty pleasure list because, for all its troubles, the show has the ability to make you gobble up if you find yourself involved in a rom-com style show.
Referring to the earlier works of showrunner Darren Star, although a parallel can be drawn between Emily and the head of her other famous show, Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw, when it comes to the chaotic life, Emily’s in Paris There is a sense of depth. When it comes to his hero, he is completely missed. However, in the case of both shows, there’s no denying that the appeal is more about superficial matters.
Even Lily Collins does her best to present Emily as the lively, go-getter, not because of her fault, but it’s the writing that holds her back. For me, Ashley Park stars in the second season. From her vocal performances on the show to her emotional moments, Park makes Mindy sympathetic and meaningful to her. As for men, while Lucas Bravo continues to captivate the way we listen, Lucien Laviscount also has enough influence for netizens to broadcast Alfie and Emily’s romance.
In short, Emily isn’t a huge step up from the first in Paris’ second season, but there are definitely fewer selfies and French clichés this time around. For those seeking mild entertainment and in a mood to immerse themselves in the escapist reality of things, this show will suit your taste, expect something different and you will be disappointed.