After a few weeks at the top, Julia Child’s biography has just been dethroned by the return of this HBO Max period series.
Among all the series available on HBO Max, one that is one of the best streaming platformsthere was one that had achieved leadership as the Portuguese favorite, the series “Julia”which has just returned with its second season.
Created by Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”), “The Gilded Age” depicts a period of great change Many fortunes were made and lost, and opulent mansions occupied the entire length of Fifth Avenue, from the perspective of its protagonist Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), a young woman from a conservative family who embarks on a journey to try to infiltrate the richest family in the neighborhood, led by the ruthless mobster George Russell (Morgan Spector), his son Larry (Harry Richardson) and his ambitious wife Bertha (Carrie Coon), who faces difficulty in being accepted among the most powerful families.
HBO reveals that the second season “begins on Easter morning 1883, with the news that Bertha Russell’s proposal for a box at the Academy of Music has been rejected. Throughout the eight episodes of the season, it is possible to see Bertha challenging Mrs. Astor (Donna Murphyy) and the old system while trying to not only gain a foothold in society but also potentially take on a leadership role. George Russell has his own struggle with a growing group at his Pittsburgh steel company. At Brook House, Marian continues her journey to find her way in the world, secretly teaching at a girls’ school, while, to everyone’s surprise, Ada (Cynthia Nixon) begins a new relationship. And of course, Agnes (Christine Baranski) does not agree with anything. In Brooklyn, the Scott family begins to recover from a shocking discovery and Peggy (Denée Benton) explores his activist spirit through his work with T. Thomas Fortune (Sullivan Jones) at the NY Globe.”
It is worth noting that the second season was better received by critics, reaching 93% approval in the Rotten Tomatoescompared to 79% of the first.
Among the main praise, the critic highlights the power of entertainment and escapism that the series offers, even though it is not particularly complex, as the author says. Boston Globe “Is it an extraordinary, intricately written period drama? No, it’s not… But I still like seeing it.”
A Rolling Stone also highlights the talent of the cast of this HBO Max series, “The way Baranski delivers each line continues to be a delight, and the writing continues to find effective ways to show how Agnes is not always the headstrong traditionalist she seems. And the lightness of Nixon’s performance as Ada is always very welcome to see.”
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And you, have you seen “The Gilded Age” on HBO Max?