Emily In Paris Revival with Honesty
Updated: Mar 2
The first season of Emily In Paris evolved into a second season with more drama and dramatic scenes of how Emily is cultivating her life in Paris. The series had some significant changes with the outfit choices included in the Emily Family. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely a series you don’t want to miss out on. No spoilers will be exposed here!
Previously from season one, viewers and critics called out the lack of diversity within the casting of the upcoming Netflix series. Especially when Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country, Lilly Collins, who also serves as a producer on the show, told Glamour that she had “lots of conversations” with other producers and Netflix executives to ensure the sophomore season had a more diverse cast and crew. Aside from the cast selection, French viewers also weren’t in favor of the portrayal of Paris and its culture. Collins did not expect it to all of a sudden be something that people were upset [about]," she said. "And we do poke fun at America too. Emily is just as willing to mention things about where she's from, and they joke about her as much as things have joked about her coworkers or the way of life there. And so when it was little nitpicky things about deep-dish, or that I messed up from the age, I laughed about that. I messed up; I’m so sorry."
People, especially on the digital side, aren’t afraid to speak their minds and comment on Emily’s ‘cringe’ moments concerning the dialogue or the character’s outfit choices. Emily’s life decisions revolve around her refusal to engage with the concept of actions having consequences. For instance, the show's tone can be seen as the result of its endless pursuit of showing us the following charming setting, the subsequent delirious misunderstanding. It’s television that is genuinely episodic; staging situations and resolving them with close to as little long-term change made, as on an episode of The Simpsons. Throughout the show, there was also criticism of the choices of her age and how the character is styled. Emily's channeling of '90s Barbie meets JoJo Siwa fashion that is so unfathomable that people couldn’t resist saying something. This comes from her non-casual looks in the beginning scenes as well as the adaptation of ‘French style.’
Viewers have a love-hate relationship with the series. Collins and her team have taken steps to remedy the perception of the show with their second season. So far, there has been a better overall reception, with viewer numbers keeping them in Netflix’s Top Ten since its release. Will Emily In Paris make a comeback for a third season? Lily Collins hopes so. There has not been an official announcement about a third season, but we should get a chance to see how everyone progresses! After all, who wouldn’t want an escape from the pandemic world with something eventful yet adventurous?