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Gilbert Speaks on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

13 Mar

I am a faithful fan of the Amazon Prime comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but I can’t stand the main character. I love the actress who plays Mrs. Maisel, but it is the secondary characters who have won my heart and keep me coming back for more. Why is that?

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an American comedy set in the late 1950s and 60s. It follows Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) a Jewish Upper West Side housewife who, after divorcing her husband Joel (Michael Zegen), learns that she has talent as a stand-up comic. Midge and her two children move back home with her parents Abe (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose (Marin Hinkle) Weissman. Their apartment is the size of a small castle…and comes with the most patient maid in the universe, Zelda (Matilda Szydagis).

Although her husband, Joel Maisel is a standup comedian during the night while working at his father’s clothing manufactory during the day, Miriam immediately steals the spotlight from him. While working her comedy routine at the Gaslight Café, Miriam becomes friends with the manager, Susie (Alex Borstein) who over the next few seasons becomes Miriam’s frustrated business manager.

Rachel Brosnahan is amazing as Miriam, especially when Miriam is doing comedy on the stage, but Miriam is the type of character that makes you scream at your TV in frustration. Miriam is selfish, and impulsive, and leaves the raising of her young son and infant daughter to her parents and the poor maid. Maybe this annoying character was written this way for a purpose. What I do know is that the secondary characters step up to the plate to save the day in every episode.

My favorite character is that of Susie Myerson. Alex Borstein plays her character with the cutting edge of a surgeon’s scalpel. We’re never sure of Susie’s sexual identity, but Susie is a streetwise entrepreneur who recognizes Miriam’s talent and tries to find jobs for her client. Susie’s comments are hilarious and the situations she finds herself in during all four seasons are some of the funniest moments on television. She is the best friend that Miriam has although Miriam doesn’t realize it.

My second favorite character is that of Abe Weissman played by the amazing Tony Shalhoub. There is still a bit of his Monk persona as he plays the patriarch of the Weissman family. He tries to go with the flow, but between his self-centered daughter and his wife taking off to France in season one…Abe is forced to change both his views on his daughter’s secret life and his own job. He does change, and we viewers are offered some of the funniest comedic scenes, ever.

Another favorite character is Miriam’s nemesis, Sophia Lennon, played by the insanely talented Jane Lynch. The cutting-edge tit for tat fights between Susie and Sophia are legendary. You really need to pay careful attention to the machine gun speed jokes between these two. Jane and Alex have honed their characters into fine art.

There is one character that has stolen my heart and made me do research on the life of comedic hero, Lenny Bruce. Luke Kirby is amazing as Lenny Bruce. Lenny Bruce was a rebel who spoke out against the social injustices of his time and got punished for it. Truth hurts the rich and powerful.

Luke Kirby plays his Lennie as a gentle soul with a sharp tongue. Lenny comes to Miriam’s rescue several times after she gets thrown into jail for nudity and raunchy jokes. I have always suspected that Lenny cared for Miriam, but in season four, they finally get to sleep together after his show at the Carnegie Hall.

Conclusion

A great comedy series depends on the strength of the supporting characters. Comedy series like Seinfeld, Cheers, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have succeeded because they allow the main character to be an annoying entity while shining a light on all the supporting cast members. Seinfeld would be nothing without George, Elaine, and Kramer. Same with Cheers…and more distinctly, with the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

By Rachel Brosnahan playing her character as an annoyingly spoiled, selfish person, she allows the comedy to shine bright because the secondary characters are given the chance to not only step up to the plate, but to make the character of Mrs. Maisel…more loveable in a fragile way.

If you haven’t been watching this series, please do. You can find all four seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. Let me know who your favorite character is.

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E08

25 Nov

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There is a traitor among Team Michonne. On this episode of The Walking Dead, we learn about Dante’s past before he befriended, then murdered Siddiq. There is tension at Oceanside, and a high-stakes mission at Alexandria. What can possibly go wrong on the mid-season finale? Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks On MHz Worldwide Broadcast

19 Nov

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I have a confession. I am hooked on foreign TV shows. I have Comcast Cable and I was searching for something different during my many bouts of insomnia. I happened on a show called “The Mafia Only Kills in Summer” and was so involved in the first two episodes, that I began to watch the other series that were offered on WPPT. I wrote about “Mafia Only Kills in Summer here. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead”S10 E07

19 Nov

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On this episode of The Walking Dead, our cookie baking, flower smelling Ninja priestess is pushing the boundaries, and dragging Daryl along for the ride. This is definitely Carol’s year to kick Alpha’s butt, but she better keep her eyes wide open because the Whisperers have a new batter on the team…and there might be a traitor at Alexandria Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E06

11 Nov

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Negan and the Whisperers! What could possibly go wrong with this situation? I still trust Negan to do the right thing, but in this episode of The Walking Dead, Carol and Daryl go on a mission and Siddig plays Sherlock Holmes. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E05

5 Nov

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On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Negan escaped. We don’t know for sure who is responsible, or if they will later regret the good deed, because in my travels I have learned that no good deed goes unpunished. There is trouble brewing between our protagonists, and that is bad news. A divided team is easily conquered Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E04

28 Oct

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The good folks of Alexandria are scared. They have every right to be, but poor Negan gets the worst of it. Did we ever think we would feel sorry for Negan? On this episode of The Walking Dead, Hilltop deals with safety issues, while Judith imparts some wise wisdom on Michonne. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E03

21 Oct

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On last week’s episode of The Walking Dead, Carol and Alpha stared each other down, but tonight we have a face to face. Carol is dealing with loses and she wants revenge. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on “The Walking Dead” S10 E02

18 Oct

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I am really late with my recaps for the first two episode of S10 of “The Walking Dead” but I was on a cruise of a lifetime to Greece and Italy. I am back now with some serious questions. Who is Alpha, and how did she meet Beta? Alpha makes Mother Bates look like Mother Theresa, but even monsters need a sidekick. Continue reading

Gilbert Speaks on Fear the Walking Dead S05 E16

30 Sep

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On last week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, Team Morgan’s dream of finding a permanent home at Humbug Gulch turned out to be a dead end. Morgan was forced to ask Ginny for help. On this week’s season finale, Dwight thinks he hears Sherry’s voice on the walkie and someone gets married. Continue reading