Emily in Paris: Season 2 Review



Poster for Netflix’s Emily in Paris

     After season one, which provoked a wide range of reactions, the second season of Emily in Paris has finally been released. Despite the backlash of the first season , I must say that I finished the entire series in about two days and somewhat enjoyed it.

     The first season was, without a doubt, underwhelming. Its effort to mock the modern American influencer went short with viewers that expected more charm from Emily Cooper, She series’ sometimes cranky and bizarrely dressed protagonist. Although not much has changed in the second season, it still manages to tempt me to keep watching.

     Emily becomes ever more conscious of herself and her role in Paris as the series’ writers lean into the criticism they’ve gotten from fans. Each episode creatively jumps from one crisis to the next, giving each character a chance to shine with their own disasters.

     To recap, Emily picks off just where she left off at the end of season one. Emily is still dealing with the fallout and consequences of her romance with Gabriel, and it’s affecting her friendship with Camille. Emily can’t help but feel a strong attraction to Gabriel, despite the fact that it violates every element of girl code. She makes an effort to rebuild her friendship with Camille, but it is tricky.

     The most disappointing aspect of this season, in my opinion, is Emily’s lack of character growth. She gets lost in a lot of immature relationships with men while attempting to fully immerse herself in French society. Although it provides a fresh perspective on Emily’s life outside of her stressful professional life, I wish viewers could have seen Emily as a single woman navigating her new life or forming a stable relationship.

     It’s hard to tell whether Emily Cooper was intended to be a dislikable character for the audience. Her ridiculous fashion sense is perhaps her biggest weakness in the entire show. Whether it’s Shein-inspired coats or Forever 21 heels, the majority of her outfits feature clashing colors and patterns with a tinge of tackiness.

     I’m not sure if her style is intentionally odd or if it’s just plain awful. In comparison to other French characters who dress to please with ease, her outfits reflect the weirdness of American style. 

     In the final two episodes, the most interesting scenes occur. Ultimately, Emily’s boss gives her a life-changing decision to make, viewers are treated to tension and thrill. Emily has a new connection with Alfie, a British banker, but she is still in a love triangle with Gabriel. Emily’s character may have developed further if she hadn’t been consumed by her romantic interests.

     Fans can only hope that the tiny progress made in season two will pave the way for something better in season three. Emily in Paris has already been extended for a third and fourth season, according to Lily Collins. So far, the series has had a few high points, so it has the potential to become something more engaging.