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‘Emily in Paris’: a disaster in paradise // Season embraces scantily clad scandals

Emily and her boyfriend Alfie gaze at the French countryside while on a work trip on a chateau. The season premiered Dec. 21 on Netflix. Photo courtesy of Netflix
Emily and her boyfriend Alfie gaze at the French countryside while on a work trip
on a chateau. The season premiered Dec. 21 on Netflix.
Photo courtesy of Netflix

NINA BANKS
campus editor
nina.banks@my.tccd.edu 

Mon Dieu! Netflix’s favorite problematic expat has returned for a third season. Lily Collins reprised her role as Emily Cooper in the hit television series, “Emily in Paris.” 

The show starts with a bang — quite literally, with Emily cutting herself a pair of existential crisis bangs. Despite the new hair, Emily’s fashion remains outlandish and wildly expensive for the salary of a marketing executive.

With outfits surpassing thousands of dollars per episode, the designer label does not excuse the often extreme cases of pattern mixing. Unlike past seasons, there were quite a few pieces this season that were très chic.

In the first episode, we see Emily in French class. The teacher asks Emily to read a quote by Sartre, which translates to not choosing is still a choice — highlighting Emily’s poor choices thus far and foreshadowing the eventual future. 

Season two left off with Emily at crossroads in both her romantic and professional life. Emily’s tension with her downstairs neighbor Gabriel, lovingly referred to as the “hot chef,” persists even with Emily’s relationship with British banker Alfie and Gabriel dating one of her best friends, Camille. 

In past seasons, the show has caught heat with the perpetuation of French stereotypes. However, the show turns a blind eye to this criticism and has almost every character participate in an affair.

Approximately four individuals cheated on their significant other — including Emily’s boss Sylvie cheating on her boyfriend Eric with her husband oddly enough. Perhaps most shocking was Camille cheating on Gabriel with her client at her art gallery, despite going behind Emily’s back last season in order to win him back. 

In her professional life, Emily is stuck between joining Sylvie, or staying with her boss Madeleine from her job in Chicago. Emily, however, does not make a choice and ends up working at both firms.

 But no matter how big or small the mistake, Emily always finds a way to rectify the issue. Regardless of this breach of trust, Emily is eventually welcomed back by Sylvie and Madeleine returns to Chicago — with Emily facing zero repercussions of her double agent activity. In the eyes of Dieu (God), Emily Cooper is incapable of sin.

Let’s be honest — no one tunes in for the well-developed storylines. Viewers are all so deeply engrossed in Emily’s shaky morals, and will continue to watch for many seasons to come.

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