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The Sage Publication is the student news site of Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, CA

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The Sage Publication is the student news site of Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, CA

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Emily In Paris: So Bad It’s Good?

Attention: Article contains spoilers

Season two of Netflix’s hit show “Emily in Paris” has just hit the “small screen,” and main character, Emily Cooper’s wild adventures in France’s capital have taken the world by storm. 

The first season of the show, released in October of 2020, focused on Emily, an American marketing executive based in Chicago, but when she is given the chance to work in Paris for a year, she drops everything, long-term boyfriend included, and heads across the Atlantic. 

Throughout the course of the first season, Emily is confronted with an American-hating boss, a Chinese heiress turned Paris au pere and an attractive downstairs neighbor/chef. 

Emily struggles with fitting into a highly stereotyped version of French society and creating connections in her new city. 

Season two, released Dec. 22 of last year, has a larger focus on Emily’s romantic life. Emily and Gabriel, the chef downstairs, made a connection in season one, but when Emily found out that her new friend Camille was in a relationship with him, she backed off, for a while. 

In one of the most controversial acts of the debut season, Emily, thinking that he would be leaving Paris soon, sleeps with the newly single Gabriel. Season two takes off from the heels of the first season, jumping straight into the action. 

A season full of twists turns, and drama in both Emily’s personal and professional life ends with Emily unsure of who she loves and where her professional loyalties lie.

Throughout both seasons, Emily’s style and exaggerated personality have been a point of criticism for many viewers of the show. But it is these unique attributes that make each episode so riveting and unique.

Unlike her French counterparts, Emily lacks a certain finesse, dressing in over-the-top, gaudy outfits. But this doesn’t mean she is downright unfashionable. Her sense of style catches the eye, and throughout the course of both seasons, her managing expertise and obvious talent for gaining clients overshadow some of her questionable outfit choices.

Another major critique of the show is its general implausibility. It seems that every man that Emily meets falls desperately in love with her, and some of her clients are persuaded to hire her company’s management after a single witty speech from Emily. The series of unbelievable events can often be comical, but at times the nearly magical nature of Emily’s life in Paris is what makes it so binge-able.    

Despite the obvious flaws of the show, it still serves as a well-needed escape for many viewers. The crazier and more tangled the plot becomes, the more we are compelled to watch. 

What will come in season 3 is yet to be revealed, but if it continues on the same path as its two preceding seasons, fans and new viewers can be sure to expect ten more episodes of magical fun. 

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