Hulu’s “Maggie”: TV review

You might suppose that a gift for seeing into the future would make dating easier: you could avoid the wasted time and heartache of investing in flirtations destined to go nowhere, or double down on tough times with the confidence that your efforts will bear fruit. According maggie, you would be wrong. Hulu’s half hour centers on a chipper but emotionally reserved 30-something (Rebecca Rittenhouse), whose glimpses of a potential future with a cute guy named Ben (David Del Rio) only complicates her love life — especially once that Ben moves into the other half of his duplex with his high school sweetheart, Jessie (Chloe Bridges).

It doesn’t take a fortune teller to imagine the ensuing hijinks, though. maggieThe amiable tone of lands closer to sympathetic than irresistible. To put it in terms its love-seeking heroine could understand: this series is a great summer adventure, not a once-in-a-lifetime love.

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The essential

Not a single love, but a pleasant weekend.

Broadcasting date : Wednesday, July 6 (Hulu)
Cast: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Nichole Sakura, David Del Rio, Leonardo Nam, Angélique Cabral, Ray Ford, Chloe Bridges, Kerri Kenney, Chris Elliott
Creators: Maggie Mull, Justin Adler


Despite its magic-tinged premise, maggie lean less towards Harry Potter Where The Time Traveler’s Wife that Friends if Phoebe’s psychic powers were confirmed. Or perhaps a more accurate comparison would be to how I Met Your Mother, with Maggie’s visions taking the place of Future Ted’s wise storytelling. As with that series, its protagonist’s romantic destiny serves as the setting for a sun-kissed comedy that deals with the challenges of (rather) young adulthood, emphasizing the zigzag journey to the destination – while caring for remind us that we are headed to a specific, grand, and happily ever after destination, so don’t worry.

And a bit like in how I Met Your Mother, the romance angle can be both a draw and a drag. Rittenhouse and Del Rio share a pleasant chemistry that makes it possible to imagine them together for the long haul, though one lacks the urgent sexual tension that would turn their will into a truly dreamy affair. More fun is the unwavering devotion between Ben’s uptight sister, Amy (Angelique Cabral) and her more laid-back partner, Dave (Leonardo Nam), who have been inseparable since they literally crashed at Burning Man, and are so in love apart, they can’t even work out their wedding vows without breaking down in tears.

On the other hand, it can be hard to ignore the creak of plot machinations separating Maggie and Ben. They do a particular disservice to Jessie, relegated to the role of a human obstacle whose innocuous appeal is compared, at one point, to ketchup. Maybe the writers (led by creators Maggie Mull and Justin Adler) are worried about making the audience fall too much in love with her, lest we take her side when Maggie tries to take her man, or maybe They just weren’t interested in fleshing out a character that they don’t plan on keeping for too many future seasons.

In effect, maggie proves more interesting when it’s not focused on love at all, or at least not on the romance genre. Her richest and most rewarding relationship is between Maggie and her childhood best friend, Lou. This is partly because Nichole Sakura (Hypermarket) is blessed with a lively presence and precise comedic timing to keep her character focused several episodes before anyone else does; Lou is the only one who feels completely formed from the jump, and the premiere only comes together with her introduction.

But it’s also because their friendship feels lived in, like so few others do. It’s not just Maggie and Lou going back to high school, as we see in an episode that looks back at the girls’ prom. It’s that neither seems more herself than when they are together. In one scene, they put expired bugles on their fingertips to clack together like claws. It’s silly and totally unnecessary from a plot perspective, and it’s the funniest and most genuine moment of the entire season.

As for maggieThe most unusual twist of: while the series includes a handful of stories about the hows and whys of Maggie’s powers, or her place within a larger psychic community – which includes her psychic-obsessed mentor power, Angel (Ray Ford), and her teenage mentee, Abby (Arica Himmel) — her abilities largely serve as a cute twist on more grounded, familiar stories about young adult anxieties. His visions, accurate but often incomplete, confuse as much as they enlighten. She might get a glimpse of herself cooing over a baby but no context on what baby it might be, then spend the rest of the episode frantically trying to see more of the future so that she can find out.

From time to time, Maggie laments how her gifts make her feel out of place, and not without justification: dates dismiss her gift as an illusion, acquaintances become irritated by her well-meaning advice, and her loving friends can’t go. that so far in understanding his unique experiences. But Maggie’s journey is ultimately about discovering that she’s more like us than she thinks. As anyone who has ever entered a clearly doomed relationship or fallen in love at first sight can attest, foresight has its limits as a shield against vulnerability, uncertainty, or even grief. The only way out of your 30s is through – even for psychics who know exactly what’s coming next.


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