Gossip Girl in Victorian Times – Bridgerton (2022)

I was scrolling through Facebook earlier this year and Bridgerton kept popping up on my feed. I would see video clips of the seasons along with cast interviews. There was so much hype around Bridgerton and it seemed like everyone loved this show. I was going through Netflix the other day looking for a new show to watch and guess what popped up. I’m not normally a fan of Victorian-era content, but I figured I’d watch one episode of Bridgerton to at least see what it’s all about. From watching that first episode, I was enthralled by the series. Bridgerton is so good and I cannot wait for season #3.

Bridgerton takes place in the 1800s and centers around various famous and rich families. Each season centers around one member of the family and finding love in the London social scene. In season #1, the story centers around Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon (played by Regé-Jean Page). In season #2, the story centers around Daphne’s older brother; Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey), and Kate Sharma (played by Simone Ashley). In between all the romance and the balls, there’s a gossip column published by Lady Whistledown who repeats the gossip she hears in a pamphlet. This is where the Gossip Girl comparison comes in. The voice of Lady Whistledown is Julie Andrews who has the most lovely and soothing voice which adds to the mystery of Lady Whistledown and her identity.

While the romances are the main draw of the show, I personally find it more interesting to keep track of the side characters. There is Eloise Bridgerton (played by Claudia Jessie). Eloise is shortly coming of age, but she clearly pushes back on what is expected of her. She’s a voracious reader and wants someone to have an intellectual conversation with. She has no interest in holding down a household and I find that Eloise gets more character growth in the second season. Besides Eloise, there’s Penelope Featherington (played by Nicola Coughlan) Penelope is one of Eloise’s best friends and there’s a lot more to her than what is initially revealed. The third season of Bridgerton will focus on Penelope finding love. Throughout the series, Penelope was infatuated with Colin Bridgerton (played by Luke Newton) Anthony’s younger brother. I hope Penelope’s romance is with someone else because, towards the end of season #2, Colin makes some cruel comments about Penelope which she overhears. I can’t see the two of them romantically linked and Penelope deserves someone who authentically loves every part of her.

Speaking of the romances, I think I enjoyed watching season #2 more. While Daphne and Simon’s romance had a lot of chemistry, I liked how Kate challenged Anthony. It felt more like a tug of war between the two of them which was more satisfying when they finally linked together. Kate and Anthony were couple goals and I’m looking forward to Penelope’s season.

I did not think that I would like Bridgerton as much as I did. Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix and season #3 hasn’t been given a release date thus far.

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