It took eight episodes for MRS. MAISEL to end on a cliffhanger that wasn’t entirely worth the journey. I complain on SpoilerFreeReviews about TV shows using filler, “the Netflix sag.” The fourth season of MRS. MAISEL had a lot of it. If creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, tightened the story to five episodes and eliminated some of the backstories, this season and my opinion of it would be a 🤩. Instead, S4 was the most technically impressive and least remarkable when it came to the story.
Another thought. If you ask someone if they like a TV show or movie, and the first thing they discuss is something technical (ex., sound, cinematography, set design, wardrobe), you have a problem. All of that should be top-notch in content, but the first thing people should talk passionately about is always the story. Followed by what they felt and why it made them feel that way. If you go into technical, you have something like THE POWER OF THE DOG, DUNE, MANK, and BEING THE RICARDOS (to name a few).
With MRS. MAISEL this show is technical “marvelous.” But what did I actually feel while watching it? I felt boredom and had a slight smile on my face throughout. I was impressed by every technical aspect, but until the final episode of the season, I did not care about Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) nor Susie (Alex Borstein). However, that last episode was spectacular and needed to “go forward” with one more to stick the landing.
I’m still down for season five of MRS. MAISEL. Yet, my excitement has gone from “urgency (that) may cause a heart attack” to patiently waiting for it whenever it’s ready. So here’s hoping Amy Sherman-Palladino narrows the scope and doubles down on women “discovering one day that they were always the ones in charge.”
All of S4 is available on Amazon Video.