‘Emily in Paris’ loses its campy charm in the chaotic third season

“Everyone loves to watch A story about two people trying to fight their natural attraction for one another,” says dashing chef Gabrielle (Lucas Bravo) while out and about after dark with Emily (Lily Collins) in the new season of Emily in Paris.

Gabrielle and Emily have just left a very uncomfortable outdoor screening of the French classic How to lose a guy in 10 days, and the two—whose will-it-energy had basically fueled the whole series—wand around the avenue, exchanging glances but nothing else. And it’s true: their chemistry is practically dripping off the walls of the bubblegum pink Instagram pin where they end up. But what once felt like a fun drift through a magical alternate universe has, by season three, become a stagnant decision no one is willing to make.

This frustrating indecision permeates nearly all aspects of the third season of the Darren Star series, which was released in full today on Netflix. The last time we left Emily W to know The Cast At the end of Season 2, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy Beaulieu) has just left her marketing company along with the rest of her staff, a radical (as we see this season) somewhat shortsighted display of loyalty to designer Pierre Cadolet. (Jean-Christophe Bouvet). Emily is depressed by her colleagues who she has become so close with, and is overjoyed to know that they want her to come too.

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However, as usual, Emily feels ambivalent. When we open Season 3, she hasn’t yet chosen whether she wants to work with her Chicago boss Madeline Weaver (Kate Walsh) at the new center. to knowOr a selfie in her yet-to-be-named company. Instead, she lies and works for both of them – which is not making up her mind. At the same time, she wants to commit to senior British banker Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), but finds herself distracted by Gabrielle. “Are you trying to have it all?” Makes fun of Selfie at one point. “This is very American.”

Camille (Camil Razat) and Mindy (Ashley Park), Emily’s best friends, also give out negative love interests – people who seem attracted to them, but are reluctant to pursue. For Camille, Greek artist Sophia (Melia Kreling) comes to her in confession doubling as an art installation. For Mindy, it’s Nicholas de Leon (Paul Foreman), scion of the JVMA luxury conglomerate powerhouse — someone who, unlike her ex-boyfriend, understands the pressures of being a very wealthy heir. Sylvie—Emily French’s undeniably sexy manager—wears her age and experience as a badge of honor, so it’s disheartening to see her take a hands-off approach to her love life, do little to stop her young photographer boyfriend from taking off, and then quickly get back to bed with her semi-detached husband.
However, the most frustrating part of the new season is that even when a character is pushed to make a decision, it’s predictable and devoid of consequence. Madeline—an American with raised breasts and an irritating French accent, though she falls short in the language—decides to return to Chicago and confronts Emily, saying she’s also booked a ticket. Finally making an active choice, Emilie said she wanted to continue her Parisian adventure — “running towards something,” as she puts it. Madeline seems on the brink of anger – he is Emily in Chicago Not far on the horizon? — just to embrace her little responsibility and tell her to have a good time. Likewise, when Emilie, Sylvie, and the rest of the French team cause a stir at one of Cadault’s performances, the anger she receives from Nicolas, who now heads up Cadault’s company, quickly dissipates. He’s angry for half an episode, then everything goes back to normal for Emily. When Mindy gets mad at Emily for putting her in the middle of an action drama, the anger doesn’t even last half coffee.

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Ashley Park as Mindy, Lily Collins as Emily, Camille Razat as Camille in Episode 301 of Emily in Paris. Commercial Record. Stephanie Branchu / Netflix © 2022

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Perhaps the only people who show any real agency are the guys on the show, and only when they’re fighting for professional gain. Cadault, an aging designer who is signing off on his company, and longtime rival Gregory Dupree (Jeremy O. Harris), vie for creative control of the fashion house. Gabriel fights so hard for a Michelin star that he puts a friend’s relationship on the line. (Emily, for her part, is still a workaholic—”You’re so good at your job,” her friends keep telling her, as she eschews the French levity of making every outing a business meeting—but with no actual goals other than to bring the brands she cares about into the world. ) Sylvie, as a strong character as she is, spends the season avoiding offers she doesn’t want, resorting to potential blackmail, if that’s what it takes.

Part of what made the last two seasons Emily in Paris Convincing was the show’s willingness to embrace its off-kilter sense of humor and larger-than-life costumes. This allowed everyone to surrender to normal life. This season should have leaned into the show’s situational absurdity, both in terms of demeanor and sense of style. By the time the finale brings together the characters for the season’s first real conflict, it’s too late — the show’s momentum has been lost, and even the scenes feel like a last ditch effort at drama. “Not choosing is still an option,” Alfie says in the first episode, and berates Emily for not choosing him because of her job. Star, by not opting for intricacy over his characters, lets them roam their world paradoxically: still Technicolor, still camp, but without the sense of adventure that made the show such a delight to begin with.


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