‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ has drama, sadness, disappointment but no happiness

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Alexandra Der Boghosian, Content Editor

As Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hits Amazon Prime, expectations were made and met. The transition from the late ’50s to the ’60s reflects on the characters, style and ambition towards the new decade. The show still holds the glam and hustle of New York City but with the rise of activists and civil rights, the show gives a twist with modernized ideals in class and race.

Season Two leaves off with Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) being given an offer by famous ’50s African American singer Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain) for Midge to open for him on his tour. While Midge has given an offer that will change her entire career, her parents — Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle) — go through a dramatic change, rethinking their entire future. Abe has quit his teaching job at Columbia University and Rose is just realizing that her daughter is a single, stand-up comic.

Many expected Season 3 to have a more positive outcome on the Weissman’s’ future, but it shows the Weissmans’ moving out of their glamorous Upper West Side apartment and then moving in with their hectic son-in-law’s parents’ newly built house in Queens. For many who cherish the show, this change affected theories towards Season 3. 

With the Weissmans’ moving out, relationships damaged and families splitting up, Season 3 focused on change and disappointments in Miram Maisel’s life. At first, Midge is excited about the tour, a new journey in Midge’s career. However, during Season 3, Midge notices how race is included in reputation when a white working mother opens for an African American jazz singer. Besides, Midge struggling, Abe and Rose struggle to finance their entire world.

Rose seeks her hometown in Oklahoma, where she tries to beg her brother, the head of the family oil business, to loan her some money. Not thinking twice, Rose receives the money from family. However, Rose notices that the oil business comes with tactics and gender discrimination. 

As everything the Wessimans and the Masiels work for starts falling apart, the blame isn’t put on themselves, but with the split of Joal and Midge that seemed to change everything. Rose and Abe began to blame their daughter of all the madness that has been occurring in their lives. When was Midge was not the problem for her husband’s midlife crisis.   

Episode 2, “It’s the Sixties, Man!” foreshadows many changes that will occur in Season 3. Starting with Rose and Abe embarking on a new ideology and mindset toward their new lifestyle.

Season 2 was full of character development yet still positive change, while Season 3 includes disappointment and negative change . . . a little too negative, as everything audiences were excited about, since the ending of Season 2, seems to be falling apart. Midge’s comedy career,  and the Wessian’s new modernized lifestyle that towards the end of the season everything seem to be falling apart. And as things were getting too negative, politics were getting involved. In one episode, Abe and Midge discuss how a Republican senator was giving bad ideals in the American government. 

Towards the end of the season, however, viewers are left with a sad, yet riveting cliffhanger. By representing the barrier between career and personal relationships, Midge comes to the conclusion that her husband’s infidelity, although painful, ultimately sets up a better path for her and her life. 

Recently, the Golden Globes announced that The Marvelous Mrs. Masiel was nominated for two awards, the best comedy series and Rachel Brosnahan for best actress.  Even though the show is labeled as a comedy, the storyline continues to powerfully show the hardship of a single woman trying to make it in the unpopular business of comedy.