Arielle Bernstein
ariellebernstein
I write about TV, film, art, empathy, culture, and our digital lives.
Mar 9
46

Even though I read the book when it came out, I’m genuinely worried that, as a Jew (from Roth’s area of NJ, no less - my hometown was featured in a couple of his works - though I now live elsewhere), watching this in the current environment might be too much to handle. It’s very close-to-home in substance; I haven’t Read more

Dec 11
5

It’s clear to me that the audience of this show are in two groups: those who empathise with Midge and see her as a progressive character doing her best with the circumstances, and those who understand that outing is a decision only you can make (even a suggestion of it) and that the show view of queer characters is Read more

Dec 10
9

I loved Rose’s conversation with Midge. Rose is a woman who had dreams of her own - think of the Paris storyline in season 2 - and has had to sacrifice so much for her family, only to watch her husband blow it all up because of his pride. But she can’t start a comedy career and go on tour with a famous singer; apart Read more

Dec 10
21

Yup. She could have made fun of his clothes, being spoiled, arrogant and even make-up. Then said something like “and that’s why he’s so picky with women, it’s hard finding a lady who can compete with his wardrobe/make-up and all the food you bring him” etc. Yeah that’s an old fashioned view of a woman’s role, but read Read more

Dec 10
7

I call shitty direction and writing on this one. So what if Mei shouts out she’s going to be a doctor? I was telling everyone I knew that I was in grad school when I was because no one in my family had done it before. I was proud of it. And if my current boyfriend’s ex was telling me she was opening for someone, I’d Read more

Dec 10
12

Having Midge face her privilege against a backdrop of the 60s civil rights movement has always been one of the wider themes in the show, and it’s the kind of thing you can only really develop slowly over a number of series. Hell yeah she’s a good person deep down, but she’s going to have to get her comeuppance Read more

Dec 9
46

I have watched the ending set twice. As painful as watching Midge talk about Shy the way she does, it’s painful because I’m gay (and from my life experiences back in the 70s and 80s), not because any of it was meant to out, or harm Shy. Midge was freaking out about the Moms situation, her not being right for the Read more

Dec 9
14

I loved that line from Abe. He so often talks without saying anything germaine to anyone but himself, but that was so on point about Midge needing to use her voice carefully. It’s a lesson we all need to remember from time to time.  

Dec 9
13

Boy, that was hard. Re: Midge’s Apollo set. Ok, I don’t think she was trying to out him. I think she was just a bull in a china closet, thinking she was dancing up to the line, not realizing she was trampling all over it. I’m not defending her, she deserved to get fired. You don’t do jokes like that about someone Read more

Dec 9
38

Oh man, watching Suzie realise that she’d lost Midge’s money fucking broke me. Alex Borstein should really have equal billing by now. Read more

Dec 9
17

Luckily, Midge and Susie pulled out of the commercial for the terrible, racist politician. Read more

Dec 9
20

Prior to her performance just when it’s mentioned she’s performing at the Apollo I thought oh no. Well she fucked it up in an entirely different way than I was expecting. She got in the audience’s favor by picking on the other minority group he was apart of. An example of shitty punching down humor for easy laughs. Read more

Dec 9
17

I still think Midge is good deep down, I think she’s just so tied up in who she used to be and who she is becoming that she gets muddled up sometimes. Her worst tendencies are from her entitlement her whole life(still trying to fit The Catskills in, maintaining her status at her old apartment, etc.), but she is often Read more

Dec 9
20

I think you really nailed Midge's character in this review perfectly. She isn't a bad person, but she is selfish and some of the things she wants, she only wants because the era and her family tell her she should want them. I feel like she and Joel would be fine 50 years later, as long as they decide they don't want Read more

Dec 9
33

I’m fine with the show turning on Midge.  She is after all based on Joan Rivers, and for all Joan Rivers talent and her importance to women in Comedy she was also a narcissistic asshole who’s entire late career was saying terribly awful things about people.  Of course they could have called Suzie to cancel her Read more

Dec 9
9

Great review! I thought the pull out on the radio ad was a bit of a strange lesson to learn for Midge about the responsibility of having a platform and then *MILD SPOILER* forgetting that lesson at the Apollo the next episode (I know her intentions were never to be cruel). Just seemed that was something that could Read more

Dec 8
16

Sigh.... I wrote about a paragraph about this exact scenario at the end of last season. You are absolutely correct, it makes no sense for midge/Lenny to happen at this point in her story. But, (oh god that butt), I was really hoping maybe they’d just get it out of the way and then have it be weird the rest of this Read more