Emily in Paris still the most annoying show on TV?
Overall, the brief for this season seems to be to “make Emily less annoying.” Collins even admitted that his on-screen alter ego might be an acquired taste in an interview with Nylon earlier this year. âA lot of Emily’s qualities, if you put them on paper, would seem so boring,â Collin said.
One of the biggest criticisms of the first season was that Emily showed little interest in learning the language. Above all, she seemed shocked that people in France only wanted to speak French. Language that is, in Emily’s own words, “Seriously erased.” “
This season, Emily is finally starting to take French lessons, and watching her try (and fail) to master the language makes the character more accessible.
A scene featuring Emily writing a letter of apology in French will hit home viewers who have fallen for tricky translations: Do you think I miss me? I love you the most. I’m sad to be mean.
To counter that, in season two, they added someone even more squeaky: his new love, Alfie (Lucien Laviscount). The couple meet in French class and we soon learn that Alfie is a real guy who loves football, guys and a few quiet pints. What he doesn’t like: the French.
A London banker, Alfie is forced to spend a year in Paris by his parent company and has no interest in taking advantage of his stay abroad. When Emily tries to lock Alfie up to work on a group mission, he abandons her, claiming, “I’m totally French for the day, Luv.”
When he finally accepts an hour, he demands that they meet at an American diner-style cafe. âI like being able to order coffee in English. Of course, we might have rolled our eyes when Emily said, “The whole town looks like RatatouilleÂ», But at least she was delighted to be in France.
The show also moved away from Emily’s angle as the influencer she flirted with last season.
For those who remember, Emily started the show with 48 humble followers (less than my mum’s herb garden account, for the record), which seemed very low for a supposed social media expert. Emily’s social media grew more in three episodes than she did in 10, and it didn’t take long for the target audience (which includes the basic timeline for building a #personalbrand) to call the representation unrealistic.
Season two of Emilie in Paris cleverly avoids Emily on Instagram, and we see her a lot more in the know how to do real work offices. Well, it is. There are always more parties than meetings, but this is a step in the right direction.
Ultimately, this is a production of Darren Star, so of course, Emilie in Paris remains a French fantasy. Emily continues to brag about having a wardrobe that most marketing interns could only dream of.
COVID is non-existent despite Paris being hard hit by the virus. Her love interest with Chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) seems to have the most flexible reception hours in the world.
But at least an effort has been made to portray Emily as a suitable person, someone whose life we ââcan empathize with, instead of fantasizing about. If the first season worked because it provided an escape during a difficult time, the soft-touch realism of the second season may be appropriate for now.
Emilie in Paris is streaming now on Netflix.
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