More Wonderfully Ridiculous Than Ever
The French have a saying, a sentence that perfectly fits a program like Emily in Paris:”Plus il ya de pandémonium, mieux c’est.” In English, this roughly translates to “The more chaotic, the better.” Why not have a confrontation at the top of the Eiffel Tower, wear a bunch of mismatched colors and make McDonalds burgers on baguettes?
ride bicycle. That quote is completely made up, but it’s the phrase that popped into my head while watching Season 3 of Emily in Paris. It comes directly from Google Translate; I do not speak French. But here’s what I’m watching Emily in Paris now feels like after three seasons: Star Darren invented his own version of Paris and sent it through a translator that worked 50% of the time. And you know what? Somehow, it works.
Every new season of Emily in Paris somehow it feels like the same story is being repeated all over again, but somehow it’s a completely different show. The plots are the same – every character is in a love triangle at this point, with Emily ((Lily Collins)/Gabriel (Lucas Bravo)/Camille (Camille Razat) is ongoing—but the format continues to be reinvented. Emily was obsessed with being an influencer and posting to Instagram in the first season, but by Season 3, we rarely get to see her iconic chunky camera phone case.
Sure, Insta posts about chocolate croissants were missed (and so were Emily’s verbal captions), but the evolving recipe will give way to silly new prison breaks with same Emily in Paris shiny.
Emily’s boss, Madeline (Kate Walsh) is still pregnant. Everyone goes on vacation together in the South of France. Camille and Gabriel are together, but Gabriel can’t deny the chemistry between him and Emily. Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) hates Emily very much. One can compare Emily in Paris for an epic poem: There is a reliable narrative formula and extraordinary characters with almost no human characteristics.
You may want to know more about the plot for Emily in Paris Season 3, but depicting the wild new plot feels no more than stealing the Mona Lisa. Let’s start where we left off: Emily’s Chicago boss Madeline fired Sylvie, who now plans to start her own marketing agency with clients she met in Savoir. Emily will join Sylvie’s company and leave Savoir, but has yet to tell her (very pregnant) boss and fears bad news. New season opens on this scene. Her two bosses confront her on top of eiffel tower—so chaotic and at the same time brilliant.
Without the spoilers, by the end of the season you would have completely forgotten about this conflict. It is resolved in just two episodes, so that we can get to the real attraction of the series: the romance. Gabriel and Camille are completely back together, while Emily and Alfie are rearranging their fledgling relationship. Mindy (Ashley Park) is still dating the guy who happens to be a performer in her band. Even Sylvie had two men, her husband and another younger. At the end of the season, you’ll be shocked to see how variable these are all around, like tectonic plates disrupting the entire Paris dating ecosystem.
While you can imagine a show as vibrant and fun as this one would never be taken too seriously, Emily in Paris have faced series of controversies in its two seasons at Netflix. The first part got a response because of it cliché and cliché depiction of Parisiansas well as its controversial nominated at the Golden Globes (which it is said to have received after voters flew to France for a lavish party).
The reaction after the second premiere was even worse. One scene involved a Ukrainian character stealing from shops, earn a lot of backlash for promoting negative stereotypes. Even Chicago Lou Malnati starts a fight with Emily, who beat their hearty pizza in the very first episode. Without a doubt, Season 3 will face some problems—thankfully, however, nothing was deeply irritating on my first viewing. This is the way Emily in Paris should be: no problem, stupid and fun.
The campaigns Emily does are always interesting, from booking a bedroom in the Louvre to “le vagin n’est pas masculin!Season 3 was no different, with marketing stunts that ranged from the launch of McDonald’s “McBaguette” to the trusty Champere account (the show’s fictional cheap champagne), into the closed world of cocktails. box through the delicious Kir Royale drink. Just like Emily, Netflix has also ramped up its marketing for this new season, with pop-up market in NYC and an official companion book. It’s a bit surprising to see that, besides big hits like Strange thingsThis eccentric show became one of Netflix’s Most Outstanding Movie Titles.
There’s a good reason it ranks among series like Bridgerton and Squid game in terms of popularity, even if it’s not traditionally “artistic” as they’re hailed.. (For example, seeing Emily show her belly in every episode with a crop top and sparkly miniskirt isn’t is the ultimate fashion design, but those kooky outfits are so lucky!) Watching Emily in Paris It’s like playing The Sims, where your character (in this case Emily) enters a society, meets its inhabitants, and becomes the center of attention. These characters have no other friends, and Emily instantly becomes one of their closest confidants. Why? Who cares? Nothing makes sense. And thank god.
Emily in Paris does not measure the intelligence and wit of White Lotus, but, my god, I laughed out loud when I watched them both. There’s not much of a difference; In both, we’re watching stupid people go stupid and commit adultery, all while roaming Europe with a glass of wine in hand. There is something special about Emily in Paris that no other program has. Maybe it’s the number of times the characters scream “Emily” at the protagonist, or maybe it’s the rest of the dialogue that’s completely bogus. We should all be grateful to live in a time when “I need the whole crepe” into our mother tongue. Now, let’s see what spreads from Season 3.