The Netflix original series Emily in Paris 3, written by Darren Star of Sex and the City fame, best compares to a cheese croissant for the mind as it offers a sense of indulgence while watching. However, the benefits of it are still debatable. The series lacks strong, intelligent, and complex female characters. However, it is delightful to watch, thanks to the pitch, the vibrant French setting, and the diverse representation.
Join Emily Cooper on her Journey of Love, Self-Discovery, and Career Challenges in the City of Lights
In Emily in Paris, Lilly Collins plays an American woman named Emily Cooper who relocated to Paris for a brief work assignment but ended up staying after finding love, life, and herself there. The first two seasons showed how she got around the city, the culture shock it offered the challenges she faces in her career as an outsider. The series’ third season is just as dramatic, boisterous, and struggling to conclude as the first two seasons.
Emily is juggling between the two boss ladies, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and Kate Walsh, and she is affectionate to both of them. Madeline and Sylvie collaborated on projects for Savoir, but the former left to start her marketing firm. She is now Madeline’s business opponent, and she is still struggling to balance her duties as a new mother and the difficulties of maintaining the French office of her marketing company without any French-speaking staff.
Questioning Representation of Strong Women in a Show that Claims to Champion Them – Emily in Paris struggles with Love, Complexity, and Strong Female Characters.
It’s surprising how few solid female characters are in Emily in Paris for a show that champions women in all leadership roles. Emily, the main character, is unsure of what she wants from a love connection. There are a few heartwarming moments in Darren’s attempt to recreate the Ross-Rachel relationship from the classic American sitcom FRIENDS in the post-millennial period. Still, it may be distressing to see a pair care for one another so much that they might push one another away.
Emily is still determining whose side to take in the conflict between Sylvie and Madeline. She generates some of the most creative marketing concepts and tests them on other entrepreneurs, but she never asks for credit or payment. On the other side, Sylvie and Madeline are equally indecisive, but theirs can be attributed to a lack of options and the constraints their circumstances place on them. Nevertheless, it’s worth waiting for the new season because Emily in Paris is undoubtedly raising its standard.