Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 5 review: The perfect beginning to Midge’s last hurrah as the series takes a new approach in storytelling!

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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The first three episodes of Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 5 are out and blend Midge’s past, present and future while bringing out various emotions in you as an audience!

Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 5 shows Midge (Rachel Brosnahan) in a light that it has never shown in before. You will be surprised as well as taken aback in the first episode itself because in this season the story goes back and forth between the future Midge and present time Midge. There's an angle of jumping timelines that has never been approached in this series previously. Season 5 not only focuses on Midge as a world renowned comedienne but also Midge as a mother. Her children, Ethan and Esther finally get more screen time. You see them as kids when they often were left to just watch television without neither of the parents looking over them and that shows in their personalities as adults as well. Both of them completely steer away from being like their parents. The older version of Esther sounds like Midge while older Ethan sounds like Joel when he talks but that’s pretty much the only similarity they have with their parents. The distance Midge has in the relationship with her children is clearly felt. 

There are parts of the story that are set 20 years in the future from the current scenario, where Midge has become a living legend, a world renowned comedienne, owns Grammys and Emmys but you will feel astonished to see how she leads her life now. Maybe because we’re not used to seeing Midge as a successful comedian or maybe because showbiz has truly consumed her. And the same goes for Susie, (Alex Borstein) she has gone from only representing Midge to representing biggies like Liza Minelli. Susie truly can find the finest of diamonds in the rough. We’ve seen Midge and Susie’s banter throughout the 5 seasons of the story but we love their relationship the most because they are literally each other’s backbone. So the haunting question that’s dropped this season is will their 25 year long friendship make it till the very end? 

Also Read: Marvelous Mrs Maisel recap: A summary of Midge’s journey so far before you binge the eagerly awaited last season this weekend!


Coming back to present time, the era where the two were still best friends, a big gig does land in Midge’s lap. She gets to be one of the writers for the Gordon Ford show. But she is a woman trying to make it in a man’s world and it takes them a month to even digest the fact that she can be funny. Meanwhile, her parents and Joel (Michael Zegen) are going through issues of their own. Mei (Stephanie Hsu) decides to choose her career instead of starting a family with Joel and that totally messes him up mentally. Their break up feels a bit rushed and it feels like it has to happen because it's the last season and maybe Midge and Joel could have something again. Midge, who always has men around her, has Sylvio (Milo Ventimiglia) from the previous season and now Gordon Ford (Reid Scott) too wrapped up in her charms. So what is going to happen in her love life still remains a mystery to us.

Her mother, Rose Wiessman (Marin Hinkle) is out to become New York’s finest matchmaker even after being threatened by her fellow matchmaking women. And her father, Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) is still adjusting to the world of journalism. Her in-laws, Moishe (Kevin Pollack) and Shirley (Caroline Aaron) are realizing things about their marriage which come as news to Joel. With every character going through so many changes, it keeps you hooked and also makes you feel nostalgic in places. Like in the scene where future Midge is auctioning some of her best outfits, you can see the very first dress she wore as a standup comedian which takes you way back to season 1.

Hollywood classics like I love the way you say goodbye by Dorris Day, or Relax Max by Dinah Washington give the show the vintage feel it's going for and the highly colourful and era appropriate production design just adds to that. In the first 3 episodes itself there is so much to process, you’re so into the story but it also leaves you curious about what’s going to happen further or why certain things in the future timeline are the way they are and hopefully the remaining six episodes will give us that closure and answer the many questions that we have. Makers of the show Amy Sherman Palladino and Dan Palladino take risks by trying something new in their final season but only the series finale will tell whether that sticks or not. 

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