Oo la la! The second season of Netflix’s hit comedy picks up right where it left off: with drama galore.
Chicago marketing executive turned honorary Paris girl Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) thought she dodged a bullet when her handsome not-so-single neighbour Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) told her he was moving home to Normandy. After they shared an amazing night together, Emily thought she’d never see Gabriel again and wouldn’t have to worry about their secret romance getting out. That is until Gabriel changes his mind and stays in Paris to open his dream restaurant and to be with her.
Emily’s friend Camille (Camille Razat) is still in love with Gabriel and is hoping to get back together. Only Mindy (Ashley Park) knows what happened and Emily is determined to keep it that way.
Unfortunately, things get complicated when the drama from her personal life seeps over into her job at Savoir. Once again, Emily finds herself at odds with her colleagues and her boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) over potential clientele. She does her best to navigate the dynamics of the fashion realm, albeit chaotically, juggle friendships, discourage Gabriel’s feelings, and prove herself to be a knowledgeable professional.
And the icing on the cake? Her French still hasn’t improved. L’horreur!
Sex and the City meets The Devil Wears Pravda in season two of Emily in Paris. Like the first season, it’s a fun, light-hearted comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously and asks little from viewers. Each season is 10, half-hour episodes, making it perfectly binge-able.
Lily Collins doubles as the show’s star as well as a producer, and her talent, freshness, feminine charm, and excitement for the project itself shine through the screen. After all, she did score her very first Emmy nomination for this role last year.
The supporting cast is great too – any chance Ashley Park graces us with her fabulous singing chops is a treat indeed. Sylvie, Julien, Luc, and Mindy’s quirks and backstories are more developed this time around, which provides more depth and further plot points for the show to explore if it continues to be renewed.
The natural Parisian landscape and the surrounding locations that the characters visit is stunning, and almost outshine the actual story at times.
The show’s largest downfall is the costuming. It’s hard to believe that, with the entire cast being gorgeous themselves, that anyone would consciously choose to style them as they have. Talk about kinda, not-so-chic instead of totally luxurious chic. Vibrant colours and intricate patterns aren’t enough to hide how mismatched the wardrobe is, especially Emily’s (they were definitely better in the first season). Thankfully, Collins, a known fashionista herself, manages to pull it off anyway. Paris is known as the City of Love and one of the fashion capitals of the world; at least the show stays true to one of the two.
Emily in Paris doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is: a flirty, welcoming escape, perfect for breaking up those long, monotonous days. Vive le Paris!
Emily In Paris is available to stream on Netflix.
by Kacy Hogg
Kacy is an English Lit student living in the Great White North (no not Winterfell unfortunately), Canada. Her favourite films include the Harry Potter series, Cinderella, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hangover, and Lady Bird. She’s also an avid binge-watcher of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. You can follow her on Twitter here: @KacHogg95