All that's well and good, but does the inexplicable allure of the Emily in Paris first season hold up for this second season? Reader, it does. As prepared as I was to dismiss Emily and her whole regarde (tacky) wardrobe as last year's midwinter binge fling, I'm surprised to admit that thanks to tight scenes, tonally correct details (except in her wardrobe, which we'll come back to), attractive characters and doubly attractive locations, Emily in Paris season deux is a delight, a guilty pleasure that comes at just the right time. Because we all need something to watch for distress tolerance when we're gathered with family for the holidays.
Revel in the useful French customs (take a Euro for the restroom attendant, madame papi). Get hip to French luxury products (bonjour, covetable Rimowa luggage). And board the impossibly expensive Orient Express to the white sand beaches of the Riviera, where Emily is headed alone after Mathieu learns Emily had just got cheffed. It's all a sugar rush of dessert...with perhaps a bit too much meringue when it comes to Emily's wardrobe. While mad respect is due New York legend Pat Field, who did the costumes for Sex and the City and creates Emily's looks here, we're wondering if perhaps the costumes don't take us out of the flow of the action a bit too much. For example we're super-distracted studying a satin dinner coat Emily wears over a tiny sequin mini-dress to a drag show, or wondering how she sits down in her impossibly short dresses as she swans around the office.
But that's not our Emily, and it's not this bon bon of a fantasy Euro island. We'll be downloading episodes for the plane trip home and watching her sur la plage in our childhood bedroom.
PUREWOW RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS
At the start of season two, Emily in Paris gives the viewer more of the sweet story and sublime settings that made the first season so popular. It's not perfect—there's no added layer of sophistication or knowledge we're coming away with—but this is solid escapist fantasy. Plus, she's going to the beach!
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