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Bridgerton: Netflix Series Review

Synopsis

Bridgerton is a Netflix mini-series, narrating a story about the family dynamics of the Bridgerton line and the marriage market in England during the Regency Era (1813). It is adapted from Julia Quinn‘s series of eight novels featuring the 8 children of Bridgerton and their quest for love while in safeguard their family’s reputation.

“All is fair in love and war, but some battles leave no victor, only a trail of broken hearts that makes us wonder if the price we pay is ever worth the fight. The ones we love have the power to inflict the greatest scars. For what thing is more fragile… than the human heart?”

Lady Whistledown

Characters

Daphne Bridgerton, The Diamond of First Water | played by Phoebe Dynevor

Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings | played by Rege’ Jean Page

Anthony Bridgerton, Viscount | played by Jonathan Bailey

Lady Violet Bridgerton | played by Ruth Gemmell

Lady Danbury | played by Adjoa Andou

Eloise Bridgerton | played by Claudia Jessie

Penelope Bridgerton | played by Nicola Coughlan

Queen Charlotte | Golda Rosheuvel

Critique

Oh, your grace, everything is worthy of praise. Bridgerton brought “a perfect escapism” among the series on Netflix. It was all hyped on the date of release last December 2020. It has shown a whimsical glimpse mainly about the life of high society during the Regency Era in England 1813.

//The Diamond of First Water; Source: Auckland News

Focusing on the debutante Daphne Bridgerton in 1st season, it highlights the standard demeanor and priorities of a young woman during that time. The number one goal should be marriage. Fortunately, our female protagonist manages to catch a big fish during the tide of the marriage market though it was never easy as scandals and conflicts arise in the middle.

A-ton of Family Dynamics

// The Bridgerton Family; source: HOLA!

Known as a reputable family, Bridgerton is one sought-after bloodline in high society. Lady Violet, the widow of Viscount Bridgerton, trains her daughters to prepare for their debut in high society especially Daphne, the eldest daughter. She is all supportive and caring to her 8 children. Along with the series, the Featherington line also experiences all the family traditions and follows expected standards during this era; however, they faced more struggles and humiliation because they are not as fine as the Bridgertons.

I like the way how the series presents side by side the similarities and differences of Bridgerton and Featherington – the opportunities, problems, fashion, marriage market status, and wealth. Netflix laid them all flawlessly in a variety which made the series more enticing to watch.

Duke of Hastings and The Diamond of First Water

Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset are a fantastic power couple for the first season of the Bridgerton series, The Duke and I. Your grace, it is a delight that Daphne ended up as a “Duchess”, and not a “Princess”. Or else, I might think this is just another Disney princess story. Most audience of this series loves the chemistry of the couple. On my point, they are just perfectly fine but I did not totally root for them. Because in the first part, I still question the sincerity of Simon to Daphne. Eventually, he has proven himself. The progress from the attachment they formed together, a comfortable friendship to the burning love for each other is so beautiful to watch.

The Intimate Daphne and Simon ; source: insider

Their married life revealed more of themselves, especially for Simon Basset. Daphne made him realize that he deserves more joy in life than holding on to prolonged resentment. In terms of lovemaking scenes, it is highly spirited and shown in the series explicitly. The romance is steamy and passionate, my good lord.

Viscount Bridgerton and the Assertive Spinster Sister

The bane of my existence and object of all my desires; source: marvelous geek media

Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma are the vexing lead couple for the second season of Bridgerton, The Viscount who loved me. Though tension and hate came first between the two, you will know there is always this magnetic force dragging them closer. Both of them tried to hold their emotions to each other but in the end, they popped out boldly enough to break 10 wine bottles.

The slow burn strategy in romance this season can make the audience impatient but worth the wait.

Depiction of Regency Era (Language and Fashion)

The Bridgerton series has shown how exquisite and lavish fashion must be in the England Regency era. The audience will find it obvious especially in the first episode when young women dress up for social gatherings and introduce themselves to high society. Wearing corsets hurts much, indeed. More than the quest for romance, the aim of social gathering is more of a political move. According to Los Angeles Times, marriage markets are traditionally orchestrated in order to keep the wealth within a fairly small society (among noble and influential families only) by controlling a pool of suitors.

The conversations are eloquent. It is music to the ear of a literary junkie. And, I fall for it among all. One simple example here explains it all. πŸ™‚

β€œPrince Friedrich: Miss Bridgerton, I find myself in raptures over your acceptance of my invitation to the palace.

Daphne: You flatter me, Your Highness.

Prince Friedrich: I cannot help it. You are perfection itself.”

Season 1, Episode 4 β€œAn Affair of Honour”

prince friedrich | Tumblr

Celebrity Trivia: The Duke of Hastings and Prince of Prussia, spotted on Harry Potter Films

Anthony Bridgerton: “I am a gentleman. My father raised me to act with honor, but that honor is hanging by a thread that grows more precarious with every moment I spend in your presence. You are the bane of my existence and the object of all my desires. Night and day, I dream of you. Do you even know the ways a lady can be seduced? The things I could teach you …”

Season 2, Episode 5 “An Unthinkable Fate”

Quartet in Modern Music

The moment I recognized the orchestra playing a modern song, I was mindblown as I stand up all of a sudden from my seat while watching. Wise choice of songs (my good grace!) suiting every scene.

Listen to it by clicking the links below. Do you feel the same?

Lady Whistledown

Lady Whistledown acts as the narrator of the story that carries an intrigue making this Netflix series an episode-turner. How come she knows everything by the way?

β€œIt has been said that, β€œOf all bitches dead or alive, a scribbling woman is the most canine.” If that should be true, then this author would like to show you her teeth. My name is Lady Whistledown. You do not know me, and rest assured, you never shall.”

I burst out of laughter in episode 1 after listening to this monologue of Lady Whistledown. From that moment on, I already knew that this series is a binge worth. Indeed, I am in madness to unmask who is this Lady Whistle down, like what Eloise Bridgerton felt. The ending of the season revealed it! What an ultimate surprise?!

The Best Bridgerton GIFs | POPSUGAR Entertainment

Eloise and Penelope’s Friendship

This is what I truly ship in the Bridgerton series – no other than the Peneloise! Eloise and Penelope came from different families – ton, Bridgerton, and Featherington to be specific. When they are together, their conversations are witty and casual about their misfits in the society they live in, where romance and marriage are overrated. Eloise loathes the system because her goal is something more than marriage like having to live on her own terms; while Penelope dreams of romance yet she is often overlooked because of being the youngest and their family’s financial struggles pull down her self-esteem.

//Peneloise!; source: Den of Geek

In Season 2, the peneloise friendship is broken because Eloise discovered Penelope’s secret. They need to recover this in the next season.

MY SEASON RATINGS

The Duke and I | Trailer

” Started with forming an attachment, confidant to real passionate lovers…”

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Viscount who loves me | Trailer

” An intentional slow-burn romance that surprisingly came from a side-by-side vexing”

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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21 Comments

  1. I absolutely loved Bridgerton as well! I stayed up too late and binged it actually. It was so fun to watch, and was perfect to escape into. And the music! Such a fun way of incorporating familiar music into that timeline.
    I was all ready for raving about it until that one controversial scene towards the end which left a sour taste in my mouth and hence I didn’t speak about the show at all. It has enough hype anyway haha.

    Great review!

    1. Hello there Sumedha! πŸ™‚ Thank you for visiting my blog.
      I am glad that we have the same thoughts about the Netflix Series, Bridgerton.
      Yeah, I know the hype is worth buzzing all over my timeline before.
      I see. scandals and controversies here are all an intended plot. :p
      May I know who is your favorite character here? haha.

  2. Great review! Thank you for sharing this! I am yet to watch Bridgerton but I’m looking forward to watching it because loads of people have said it’s really good! I’m glad you enjoyed the series.

    1. Hi, lifestyle season! πŸ™‚
      Yes, I highly recommend that you should watch it.
      Most of my reviews have spoilers, but I hope it did not spill everything for you. hehe
      Share your thoughts about it after watching! πŸ˜€

  3. I absolutely loved Bridgerton! Can’t wait for a second season πŸ™‚

    Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com | http://www.thegrownupsclub.com

    1. Thanks Katy for visiting the blog. I concur!
      Definitely will watch the second season too. πŸ˜€

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  5. Bridgeston is vibrant and fun. They deliberately mixed up historical eras and added a modern beat by turning a Shawn Mendes tune and other pop music into their ball room scenes. Absolute magic, thanks for a detailed and positive review.

    1. Thanks Jamie! πŸ˜„ I agree that the series is absolute magic. πŸ’–
      Hahaha, you know what thanks for reminding me that there is a Shawn Mendes tune here because I did not notice. I need to edit my post now.
      Thinking about it, I bet Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” can suit well the Bridgerton. haha!😝

  6. I saw this show on Netflix, I just love how the way they connect, even music turning all popular music into old theme ones is amazing. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Farah for your thoughts. Yes, the music production incredibly suits the theme and narratives of Bridgerton. πŸ˜„πŸ’–

  7. I really enjoyed Bridgerton and I loved how other people got so invested because they needed escapism- and it was so important at the time it aired. Thanks for sharing x

    1. Hello there Eleanor! πŸ’– Thanks for being a constant reader of my page.
      So true, everyone needs an escape in a middle of a pandemic. We all need this! We both enjoyed it!πŸ˜„

  8. Bridgerton was such a good series! I watched it all in one day πŸ™ˆ Especially loved Penelope & Eloise’s friendship πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Caroline! πŸ’– Hahaha! Yes, we both love their friendship.
      I’ll be updating this post after season 2. 😘😏

  9. I haven’t watch Bridgerton Netflix series or even read the novels yet. But reading your review makes me interested in it. You make me curious babe!

    1. Hi there Fadima! Oh yes, they said the novels are great reads as well. Some avid fans are spoiling it on Twitter. haha
      You must watch it, babe! πŸ˜„ πŸ’–

  10. Great review! I’ve seen these books on TikTok and you’ve definitely made me want to watch the series too! I love the eloquent language and Penelope and Eloise’s friendship, they both sound great. Thanks for sharing x

    1. Hi there Ceri! πŸ’– Oh really the books are on TikTok. haha. It is fantastic! You must watch the series. πŸ˜„

  11. Bridgerton certainly is a spectacular show! I was not sure I would enjoy it, but I watched it with my sisters and mother and it was a visual delight as well as a charming story. I expect there will be a season per book, and hope to see more of Eloise and Penelope soon. Such strong young women!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚

    1. I concur, Jaya! πŸ’–
      Thanks for also sharing your thoughts about it. Everything is a visual and music delight. 😍
      Peneloise is the best. I will update this review soon after season 2. 😊

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