It is an American television series created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, based on the novels by Julia Quinn, each of which follows the love story of a different Bridgerton brother and is set in the world of London high society during the Regency Era. The series premiered on December 25, 2020, on Netflix.
the second season has also recently been released, however with the absence of the duke of hastings, but despite this, it is said that this season has been better than the first. this new couple appears much more complete from a narratological point of view. Thanks to the charisma of the two actors, Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, respectively Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma. The situations that arise in their relationship also recall the airs and atmospheres of a genuine comedy of misunderstandings.
However, if we consider the whole script, I think there is a ‘big no’ to analyze. Because the structure of the second season seems to almost repeat itself compared to the first, which in this sense was able to enjoy greater horizontality, among all the mystery of Lady Whistledown, missed and badly renewed in this second season.
Then we find a new Anthony: the second season brings back to the public a young viscount committed to fulfilling the responsibilities that the title and the company impose on him, between a centuries-old reputation to protect and an abundance of accounts to bring back. In his life, there seems to be no room for love. Instead, it is urgent to find the right woman to take to the altar. For a solid, lasting, and respectable marriage.
Light years away from the naive romanticism that had characterized his sister’s marital research, Anthony makes pragmatism his selection criterion. He is not looking for a lover capable of breaking into his heart, but a reliable and serious companion: suitable for building a family and guaranteeing a succession to his noble surname.
Guided by a deep and rigid sense of duty, Viscount Bridgerton has no intention of taking his feelings into consideration. But the meticulous list of characteristics required of the new viscountess ends up dragging him into an endless series of rather disappointing “first dates”.
Destiny takes care of it, or rather Julia Quinn (author of the literary saga that inspired the TV show), messing up the cards by questioning her certainties.
Now I would say enough spoilers, then all that remains is to sit on the sofa, relax and dream again with the fairytale atmospheres of the eight new episodes of my favorite series.