When Emily’s first season in Paris fell in October 2020, it was the show everyone loved to hate. The show’s understanding of French culture was considered a cliché, and Emily felt a bit bossy but let’s be honest here, despite all of that, Emilie in Paris is the kind of show you might start watching on a weekend and as you cringe at its antics and laugh at the silliness of the plot, you’ve made it through all ten episodes. Emily in Paris isn’t the show that will flex your brain muscles and that doesn’t promise either, it’s cotton candy and who doesn’t love that ?!
This time around, Emily in Paris continues to regale us with the things we have grown to enjoy in the first season. Emily’s restorative nature at work where she’s “won over” her coworkers, her confused love triangle situation with her friend and boyfriend, and her diverse love interests take us from episode to episode. Honestly, how she floats in her marketing work is beyond me, but this is the nature of the show where fantasy reigns supreme and there just isn’t room for real world issues. That’s probably why the show doesn’t even entertain the idea of a pandemic. For example, look at the costumes of Emily, and even of Mindy who is also living her version of a fantasy. Every item of clothing they wear, every accessory they wear deserves to be pinned on a Pinterest board. It might not be your personal style, but man, they bring their A-game even when things don’t seem to be working out for them in the paper thin plot.
Emily in Paris was created by Darren Star (also the creator of Sex and the City), which is probably why Emily’s many misadventures in the “city of love” lead us to an alternate timeline where Carrie allegedly moved. in Paris, and things wouldn’t have worked out for her (everyone deserves better than Aleksandr Petrovsky!). But Emily is an updated version of Carrie, equally involved and ignorant of what’s going on around her, but very much aware that she has a job with deadlines. In fact, she’s a little too conscious because even in this rusty world, Emily doesn’t stop working. Just like last season, every man she meets instantly wants to be with her, and we’re not complaining. Because remember, this is a fantasy and what good is a fantasy if you can’t even eat your cake and maintain that wrist size.
Lily Collins is a lovely lady and she does her best to make you love Emily, even when she’s considering breaking the heart of a good Englishman, for another good Frenchman. Ashley Park (playing Mindy) and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (playing Sylvie) are just as adorable as they were in the first season. The woman who steals the show this time around is Kate Walsh as US business executive Madeline Wheeler. Although her animated appearance is very funny, she strangely enhances Emily’s character arc. Her presence in the last two episodes actually makes you admit that Emily grew up a lot during her time in Paris, and you don’t want her to lose that just yet.
Emily in Paris isn’t the show where every shot or camera movement has a subtext, but it’s the show that feeds your penchant for sinful pleasures and in a world where something like Money Heist has developed a ” cult, ”Emily in Paris doesn’t deserve as much hate anyway.