Emily in Paris S2

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Lily Collins in Emily in Paris.
Lily Collins in Emily in Paris.
Photo: Carole Bethuel/Netflix


Emily in Paris S2




2.5/5 Stars


Now more entrenched in her life in Paris, Emily's getting better at navigating the city but still struggling with the idiosyncrasies of French life. After stumbling into a love triangle with her neighbour and her first real French friend, Emily is determined to focus on her work — which is getting more complicated by the day. In French class, she meets a fellow expat who both infuriates and intrigues her.


I'm part of the vast majority of people who immensely enjoyed season one of Emily in Paris. It's an entertaining, fun series that's pretty to look at. But we also know that that doesn't quite equate to Emmy or Golden Globe status, but I guess it could go either way on the latter, all things considered. Season two is much of the same – Emily's documenting living in a beautiful city on social media with little to no consequences for her actions. And though you might find yourself similarly entertained the second time around, I'm not sure how much longer I can keep up with her antics before unfollowing her completely.

Lily Collins reprises her role as Emily in season two of the series. She's still working at Savoir, while her personal life sees her trying to get dreamy Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) and her close Parisian friend Cami (Camille Brazat) back together. Mind you; this is after a night of passion with the chef when she thought the two had broken up because he was leaving town. This whole situation is entertaining, no doubt, but very suspect.

Anyway, things get a little more complicated for Emily with a new love interest from across the pond, Alfie (Lucien Laviscount) (super hot, by the way), but he's a minor distraction from the chaos that follows our protagonist.

We also learn a little more about Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), Madeline (Kate Walsh) returns at some point, and Mindy (Ashley Park) gets more of a storyline this season. Mindy is the best part of season two – Ashley Park is brilliant as both a comedic and dramatic actor, and boy can she sing; her La Vie En Rose is breathtaking. But other than her, there's no one or nothing truly remarkable or memorable about this season, other than a fashion show at the end, and another cliffhanger to set up season three.

Darren Starr (Sex and the City, Younger) certainly knows what he's doing with Emily in Paris. As I've said in my review for season one, the series is the perfect combination of his previous hit shows, with quirky characters, a witty script and shorter episodes that are more comedic than they are dramatic, making it the perfect binge. You also fall in love with the food, the views, the music of the city, which, for the most part, makes it an enjoyable, almost easy, watch. You won't go wrong watching Emily in Paris, particularly if you're a fan of Darren Starr's work. So why then a slightly lower rating this time around?

As fond as I am of watching something mindless and entertaining ever so often, I struggled to get into this season of Emily in Paris – and that's saying a lot considering how short the episodes are and the fact that there are only 10 episodes per season. It also didn't help that Emily herself is as ditsy and obnoxious as ever – I don't know about you, but it's really challenging for me to follow a show where the protagonist is so infuriating.

So season two is honestly entirely forgettable, and I'd be lying if I said I understood the awards season buzz even with the show's first run in 2020. Season two is considerably less impressive; apart from the aforementioned and a killer wardrobe, everything else was, not merde, per se, but pretty drab. If there's going to be a season three of this show, it's got to be more exciting than this. Here's hoping a few months until season three – maybe a social media cleanse – will do @emilyinparis some good.


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