Bridgerton Season 2 Review: A Slow Burn That Both Sizzles and Satisfies
Netflix‘s original series Bridgerton is only days away from premiering the follow-up to the high society drama and romance that swept away so many viewers in season 1. Although our season 1 protagonist Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dyvenor) takes a back seat to her older brother Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and season one’s leading man Rege-Jean Page is no longer attached to the series, the series manages to replicate the sizzle and satisfaction that made the series a breakout hit with Anthony in the limelight.
Most fans who follow the loose anthology of the book series were not surprised to see the focus shift as each installment of the book series follows the romances of one of the Bridgerton family members all while veering in and out of the happenings within the glamorous circles they partake in. What could be seen as a concern for some fans, could prove to be an exciting formula for others and it certainly brings a wonderful dynamic to the table that allows us to keep tabs on the beloved characters of seasons before all while introducing some fresh faces and new avenues to explore the sizzling romance of London’s eligible bachelors and bachelorettes that live among the most privileged.
As we got glimpses of in season one, Anthony differs from his sister Daphne in many ways, both in life and in romance. Daphne being the romantic who eagerly awaited her turn in the marriage mart all while Anthony, the eldest of the Bridgerton siblings always showed the toll the burden of being eldest son took on him, and his overzealousness that nearly sabotaged Daphne’s chances with any suitor certainly painted a picture of arrogance.
This transpires more in the second season as Anthony seemingly seems determined to sabotage his chances at true love many in his romantic woes with sisters Edwina (Charithra Chandran) and Kate (Simone Ashley), but through the frustration he is sure to cause viewers. Anthony Bridgerton emerges into his own man and brings a determined and enthusiastic charm to the series that will leave you undoubtedly rooting for his success.
As Kate and Edwina enter the glamour of London’s elite, they are the new outsiders who bring mystery and confidence to the ball but is it all for appearance, or could there be more complicated motivations in the works? One thing is for certain, Chandran and Ashley give thorough and breakout performances in the second showing of Bridgerton and the family values and devotion the sisters showed for one another among the complications that arise and build throughout the series, emit an undeniable warmth that can only be found in a familial bond and this is where the second season of Bridgerton found its true strength.
Overall, even without Simon and Daphne’s steamy romance at the forefront. The series finds its bearing with Anthony Bridgerton and his turn in the romantic wheelhouse that has him crossing paths with Edwina and Kate. The formula is different, but the magic is still there in the fantasy that is Bridgerton. With enticing romances, luxurious gatherings, electrifying performances, and the newfound chemistry among the series stars. Bridgeton will grip the audience just as strongly as it did in the first season as we peek into the developments of the Bridgerton family once more.
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