[REVIEW] Bridgerton season 2 (Netflix) – Still romantic but a step back from the first season


Bridgerton’s season 2 is a step back from season 1.

Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton returns with a brand new story that shares the same universe as the first season. This time, the devoted brother of the family Viscount Bridgerton plays the main character.

Another pairing season has come. The Viscount family, after the wildly successful debut of their daughter Daphne – now a Duchess, became the most prominent object in the eyes of mothers with daughters of adulthood. And as fate has mercy on the heart of a parent, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) – who is remembered by the audience as Daphne’s handsome brother in the previous season, decides to find himself a Viscountess. “suitable” for this pairing season. Unlike Daphne, Anthony has given up on love – which is quite ironic when this guy is a famous girl killer.

As a sequel to a major series and with an impressive opening, it’s hard not to compare Bridgerton ‘s season 2 with Daphne’s story – a love story full of flirty nuances, intense love, and a strong element of authenticity. meat in a context almost no different from a fairy tale. Besides, among the books of Julia Quinn, the original of season 2 is The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is considered the best part that the female author has ever written. That makes us constantly look forward to seeing the main couple’s flirting to the explosive  climax.

Teen Vogue
That’s the main keyword of that movie, “flirting” not “love”. So it is understandable that Daphne and the Duke Simon Basset are no longer the main characters. Because if in the opposite direction, love with all levels of intense emotions and passion is more core, the love story between Anthony and Kate (Simone Ashley) here will be unmatched. If you really have to compare, Bridgerton ‘s first season is as pure (to some extent) as a dreamy first love, the Anthony/Kate couple has a much more mature look.

After all, both are the eldest children of the family. And even in today’s modern times, this is a position that is always associated with considerable responsibility. It is not surprising that the obstacles the couple face is not only limited to thinking “fit or not”, but also the obligations to parents, bloodline and the honor of a respected aristocratic family. hope. However, perhaps because of that, Bridgerton ‘s season 2 is a bit inferior to the first season in terms of novelty. Both people are planning to find a marriage partner, haven’t we all seen this motif on the screen from West to East? Focusing on the two oldest children also means that the dreaminess of love is reduced to a minimum. In turn, we gain insight into the less gratifying realities of an aristocratic marriage.

The Guardian
After all, the most important question is whether season 2 Bridgerton is worth watching? The answer to this question is complicated. Let’s talk about the good side first. The love triangle between Anthony, Edwina and Kate has a certain attraction. Those are the segments where a “player” Anthony has to humble himself to pursue a very meek lady like Edwina. That means he must learn poetry, a humble attitude and bury all negative thoughts about women. What season 2 does well is highlight that Anthony and Edwina don’t “fit” at all. Apparently the Viscount just wanted a proper wife. That made him sloppy, even though he was acting like a decent man of the nobility. And they give the series a comedic and romantic charm.

What season 2 does even better is to give us a deeper look at Anthony. Beneath his tough, perfect exterior and rigid demeanor lies an early-grown Anthony who is still haunted by his father’s death. Waving to shoulder the family in the pain of his mother’s cry, when his father was not yet buried, Anthony had to put aside all his impulsive teenage years to fulfill his duties as a Viscount.

The Wrap
Without these factors, Bridgerton fell into disrepair. The catalyst for an intense Bridgerton is relationships with chemistry that explodes after a period of repression. But Anthony and Kate seem to be playing the game of suppression a bit too much, making their chemistry appear a bit reluctant and overdone. This could, of course, be justified by the fact that they were both no longer as childish as Daphne and as callous as Simon (straw can’t burn together). The lack of drama in the love story of both is completely visible and no amount of perfect beauty of the character can satisfy this. Not only that, but Anthony is taken care of, but sisters Kate and Edwina are not given much of the same depth. One thing that is easy to recognize is that Edwina is quite pale.

But perhaps, the biggest minus point of Bridgerton season 2 is that the film revolves around the choice between duty and love with the intention of letting these two factors contradict each other. But the love story here has nothing to do with this. Anthony was clearly advised, by his sister Daphne and more importantly by his mother, that he should choose to follow his heart. Kate can completely direct her sister to pursue another love affair if she decides to be honest with Edwina. Even Edwina was willing to step aside to make up for the two of them. That’s how I see the “wrong” situation where the film o forces the main characters to be unconvincing at all and there is nothing called against the obligation to choose love or vice versa.   The sentence that best describes the situation should be “stubborn male lead who refuses to follow his heart like everyone tells him and neither should the heroine”.

The side story arcs suddenly became the salvage point for season 2, while they were the spice that added to season 1’s suspense. Somehow, Eloise’s first love regardless of class took on a layer of meaning. More than his brothers, Eloise and Pen’s friendship is the driving force behind a character we all love, promising a future with even more drama exposed. And Anthony personally was suddenly saved when he let his true self live. But the main love between Anthony and Kate lacks the flavor to really explode with the repression they show in the first place.

So, if you’re expecting a movie to surpass its predecessor’s shadow, you’ll be disappointed. At least the movie satisfies the romantic soul in us, just enough.