The second season of Emilie in Paris Has only been on Netflix since December 22, and it has already peaked at Netflix’s Top 10 shows this holiday season. This season 2 sees Emily continue to struggle to adapt to her new Parisian life. Emily is as “cheesy” as she was in Season 1. But isn’t she? Emilie in Paris, the show itself, as “cheesy” as it claims to be Emily?
If you haven’t watched the first season, if you missed the hype last year, this review may have spoilers.
Season 2 of Emilie in Paris continues where the first season left us. Now a little more familiar with life in Paris, Lily Collins’ Emily can now navigate the French capital better, but she still has trouble understanding the peculiarities of French life. Falling into the arms of her warm neighbor, Gabriel the Chef (Lucas Bravo), Emily betrays her first and only true French friend, Camille (Camille Razat), and inadvertently, the series suggests, falls into a love triangle – a ” household to three “how very French it is! Although Emily tries to concentrate all her attention on her work at Savoir, her life is getting more complicated by the day. This season, however, Emily decides to take French lessons, She fails miserably, and it is there that she meets an expatriate colleague who both exasperates and intrigues her.
The first season was battered by critics. According to Netflix, however, Emilie in Paris was one of the streamer’s most popular shows. The series even won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy Series, to the dismay of many, especially since Michaela Coel’s far superior HBO / BBC series I can destroy you received no nominations.
Emilie in Paris’ the second season continues Emily’s theme as “nerdy”. She continues Pierre Cadault’s “old-fashioned line” through a new collaboration with another account in Savoir. She meets Alfie, a British expat, who describes her as obsessed with her work, not fun and wearing fun clothes. Emily is always “cheesy”, even for a British expat. The word “ringard” in French is used in a pejorative manner. To be “old-fashioned” means to be out of date, to be out of fashion, out of date. If you are “cheesy” you belong to a time ten or twenty years ago, a time when you would have been called a trend, but now that trend is long ago and really gone. When fashion designer Cadault (Jean-Christophe Bouvet) calls Emily “cheesy” in the first season, he’s basically saying that she’s neither trendy nor ahead at all.
But it’s not just Emily’s fun outfits that look outdated, the show itself and its story also seem dated. The series perpetuates an all-too-familiar perception of Paris seen through rose-tinted glasses. One thing in particular that jumped out in the eyes of the French Secretary of State in charge of rurality, Joël Giraud, was the train that Emily takes to Saint-Tropez, which seems millions of kilometers from reality. As LCI reports, the politician scoffed at the cliché, showing how the series’ luxurious Orient Express-style night train looks nothing like real SNCF trains. The city of Paris in Emilie in Paris looks like an embellished backdrop, the one tourists dream of, where a riverboat ride is considered romantic.
Everything that happens in this second season feels like a movie or a series that could have been shot ten, twenty or more years ago. There is nothing surprising about what happens between Emily, Gabriel, Camille and then Alfie. Every dialogue is predictable. I endlessly found myself figuring out what would be said or what would happen, even the supposedly big twist at the end was no surprise. Some plots also don’t make sense. Without wanting any spoiler: why, for example, Madeline (Kate Walsh), the pregnant boss of Emily from Chicago, is she flying to Paris, when the whole intrigue of the beginning of season 1 was that she couldn’t go to Paris because she was waiting.
It doesn’t mean that Emilie in Paris season 2 is not entertaining. This series continues to be a series that can be pleasantly binged. This is a great series to help you dream of an idealized Parisian trip. But for that, the French series Call my agent (also on Netflix) is better.