Bridgerton sets Netflix viewing record in the first 3 days of release. The romantic regency era original series created by Shonda Rhimes collected 193 million hours of viewing time; second to one of our favorite series Money Heist (get into that one too).
The second season packed a punch in a different way-slightly shifting the focus from the Bridgertons to the Sharma sisters. The quest to marry off the youngest Sharma (Shelley Conn) sister to save the family from financial ruins becomes complicated as the oldest sister (Simone Ashley) develops feelings for the same man equipped to solve their problems; Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) is one of the city’s most eligible and wealthiest bachelors.
The new season delivers the shadiness, quick-witted sarcasm, deceitful schemes coupled with beauty, decadence, drama and self-actualizations, in the name of love. Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) and Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) teamed up this season to achieve certain “outcomes” ensuring the reputation of the Queen remains spotless; especially after Lady Whitsledown AKA Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) takes a few shots at the throne in her ever popular gossip mag. On another note, the foreseen friendship break up between Penelope and Eloise Bridgerton was hard to watch but grew to become one of the story’s interesting subplots. (no spoilers). We are rooting for a resolution next season.
Many of this season critics have discussed how this season felt forced, lackluster modest and somber per Firstpost. Yes, this season includes many trite storylines: a love triangle, a stoic man on a quest for bride to further his legacy but softens as he begins to fall in love, the single older sister committed to the family before herself and the struggling family that must marry the daughter off to save the family. Remember the show is a romantic fantasy series centered around in love all forms (people, use your imagination) not based on a true story or a reflection of real life events, sheesh! Overall, this season various from its predecessor but keeps an appreciated familiarly.