I want to love this show, but I only like it. It has the costumes, interesting filming techniques that keep your focus and interest, beautiful colors, great acting all-around, a compelling female lead who fits the role perfectly, etc. and yet I don’t know why it nor Rachel Brosnahan do not completely work for me. I think there’s a real lack of depth probably, not that I need all of my comedies to have depth, but it seems this show wants to be deep and character-driven and really be about something.
I think outside of Brosnahan’s great and rapid-fire line deliveries, she’s sort of missing something deeper with her characterization. I also think the writing’s strong point is clearly the dialogue but like GG, it can get old fast but then it gets interesting again…over and over in one episode. That said, outside the dialogue and clever premises, I’m not sure there’s much to the writing. It does do a good job bringing me back to New York City during that time period though. I’d give it nominations and possible wins for the technical categories.
Something that I struggled with is that I cannot tell how much self-awareness the show has about its main character. Neglectful parenting is to be expected on television, but remember when she want to that rally? Was the show proud of her or was I supposed to note how out of touch she was, given her privilege? I also rolled my eyes at the manner in which she was continually thrust onto the stage. It is certainly not an all-time great (yet), but it is a fine show for its year.
Emmy campaign starting early. Savvy move.