The interludes involving the personalities around Midge, however, largely prove to be distracting detours, beginning with an unexpected sojourn to Paris. Even the terrific casting — including Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s parents, Alex Borstein as her manager and Kevin Pollak as her father-in-law — is challenged by the broadness of their arcs.
Amazon, obviously, has already scored fabulously with all the awards recognition, and “Mrs. Maisel” has plenty of room to operate as the narrative finishes out the Eisenhower years.
Season two doesn’t deviate much from the established routine, meaning those who wholeheartedly embraced the show initially should still find a lot to like. For others more unmoved by its charms, the choice is to accept “Mrs. Maisel” on its terms, or politely wish that the series and its fans have a long and happy life together.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” premieres Dec. 5 on Amazon.