TV Review: Bridgerton (Netflix) – Season One

Based on Julia Quinn‘s novels and created by Chris Van Dusen, Bridgerton premiered on Netflix in December 2020. The series centres on the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, her prospects initially seem to be unrivalled. Enter the highly desirable Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), a committed bachelor and the catch of the season. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable.

Rating:

Even writing the synopsis for this series gets me a little hot under the colour. A promiscuous period drama with an alluring Duke – I was so ready to love this. But GOD it made me feel old. Old and grumpy and boring.

I had so many people telling me to watch this series, one of them being my mum. So I was expecting this series to go above and beyond in humour and romance and to have me desperate to return to these characters. And If I’d watched this a few years ago, I think I might have felt that.

But instead of loving it, this series has made me feel my age. The sex scenes made me feel awkward and I couldn’t help but laugh, the dialogue was pure cheese, and all that going out in fancy dresses just made me look at myself in disgust in my joggers since I haven’t been able to leave the house in a whole year!

The cast is brilliant, the costumes and set designs are fantastic, and I love the whole production of the series. There’s so much that it does well, bringing together a fantastic cast of new talent and making a period drama interesting and exciting. However, I didn’t feel many emotions. I wanted to laugh at dry humour, but the only time I laughed was during the sex scenes. I wanted to cry in desperation for these characters to have their happily ever after, but there was only one small moment that made me feel sad and that was quickly wrapped up.

Aside from the stellar cast, I really don’t see what all of the fuss was about. It’s like people have never seen Pride and Prejudice, Marie Antionette, or The Duchess. Of course I can see its appeal, but it was too hollow for me. There’s the odd quote that I like. And yes, I do like the “I burn for you” speech. But it’s just a posh 50 Shades Of Grey in that uses sex to distract you from a much weaker story.

SEE! It’s made me grumpy, because I really didn’t dislike it. I just didn’t love it.

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