ELeave the first season’s star couple formed by the sublime Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings (Rare Jean Page). Their elaborate courtship based on low blows, fakes, and hip thrusts nonetheless delighted Netflix subscribers in late 2020, making the Shonda Rhimes-designed costume series one of the platform’s biggest hits. At the start of season two, we learn that the lovers are busy pampering themselves in the countryside and, unlike their London peers, aren’t about to come off their bucolic bubble once the summer is over. British-Zimbabwean actor Rare-Jean Page, having turned down Netflix’s flirtations, never appears on screen again. Meanwhile, Daphne points with the tip of her nose to pass the baton to the rest of the Bridgerton siblings, who have reached engagement age. Here is the circle again (along the track)!
This year, the two of them are looking for love (or sacrifice, it depends). For the younger Eloise (Claudia Jessie), the aristocratic marriage market is the equivalent of a cattle fair. She not only develops there, like most women of the English Regency, in a weak position, but also hates the decorum connected with it. She would gladly trade her dance lessons and fancy clothes for more time reading the dedicated writings of Mary Wollstonecraft.
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Especially since Lady Whistledown, the author of the court’s most controversial newspaper (played offscreen by Julie Andrews), has also offered herself the luxury of an extended summer vacation. As the Queen remarks, interpreted by Golda Rochevel with the same panache as ever: “That can only mean one thing: she is one of us. » Bingo! The end of season 1 revealed to the viewer (but no one else) the secret of her identity: this is Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), the last sister of the deposed Featherington clan and Eloise’s best friend. Pushing back the walls of their golden prison, these two young women are a breath of fresh air in a rather rough Season 2.
READ ALSOBridgerton Chronicles or Jane Austen with champagneThe second candidate for marriage is Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). This is not surprising, as he is the subject of the follow-up volume to Daphne in the rosewater historical romance saga, signed by Julia Quinn, adapted by showrunner Chris Van Dusen. If his sideburns have been shortened since season 1, then his arrogance has only grown. The head of the most prominent court family is aware of his status as an ultra-desirable bachelor. So he decides to interview a dozen potential lovers, but none of them seem to meet his strict criteria: “Tolerable, devoted, hips suitable for pregnancy, and at least half a brain. This last point is a personal preference, not a requirement. »
Saddened by her father’s untimely death and the broken heart he’s carried with him since the end of the previous season (remember the opera singer’s full sex scenes), the older Bridgerton has lost her faith in “love.” Before…
He meets the Queen’s new diamond, Edwina (Charitra Chandran), who has just arrived from India with her mother and older sister Kate (Simone Ashley, featured in the series sex education) that acts as a strict maintainer. We’ll let you guess which one fills the cause field and which one fills the feeling field in Anthony’s mind. Impossible love, sentimental triangle, class differences… Here are the cards shuffled for a season that feels more like a reboot than a sequel.
This time, the fever of anticipation has subsided, and the story uses less sensual scenes, unless you are tickled by two hands touching each other. It’s a shame, because the contrast between the hectic antics and tough mores of the time became the hallmark of the television version. Bridgerton Chronicles. We let ourselves be seduced by these languorous episodes no matter what, because the soundtrack, costumes and pseudo-historical dialogue are always so delicious.