Finally back for a second season, La Chronique des Bridgerton focuses this time on Anthony, the eldest of the siblings. Are these new episodes, available on Netflix, up to the previous ones?
After the phenomenal success of its first season on Netflix, The Bridgerton Chronicle returns for a new burst of episodes this time centered on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest of the siblings who feels that marital duty calls him . That’s good, the new fashionable season begins, always commented on by Lady Whistledown, and suitors from India have everything to please the Viscount.
Wishing to make a respectable marriage, Anthony Bridgerton sets his sights on the young Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), who meets all his criteria, and will do everything to woo her and make her his wife. But the eldest of the siblings comes up against a strong adversary, Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), Edwina’s older half-sister, who watches over the interests and happiness of the young shoot.
Quickly, Anthony and Kate are looking for each other, bickering, scuttling each other and confronting each other. Through this game of cat and mouse, the duo offers comic, sensual and delicious moments to this second season of The Bridgerton Chronicle, which has the heavy task of making people forget the torrid romance between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé Jean-Page, who unfortunately left the series).
Pride and Prejudice the Bridgerton Way
And these new episodes take a completely different path than those of the inaugural season since it ventures on the path of slow romance and draws its main inspiration from a classic of literature, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Season 2 of The Bridgerton Chronicle is sparing in sex scenes and favors the rise of desire, frustration, repression of feelings and the weight of family obligations and societal pressure.
This choice for the couple Anthony / Kate could frustrate some and some who had liked the very hot and carnal atmosphere of the first season but will undoubtedly appeal to lovers of these passionate love stories which take time to develop. put in place and really reveal itself (perhaps a little too much here?) until a pleasurable and life-saving climax, very present here, don’t worry.
Before reaching nirvana, our two lovebirds torn between love and duty will offer us a very beautiful sex scene. Despite an expected and guessed outcome from the first minutes of Bridgerton season 2, we can’t help but get caught up in the aristocratic game of pretense, verbal jousting and repressed desires between the characters of Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, both excellent with an intense, funny and satisfying chemistry.
Female Gaze and complex sexuality
In an interview with Grazia ItalyJonathan Bailey had also explained that sexuality in season 2 of The Bridgerton Chronicle was rather treated under the prism of female gaze with a more psychological and sensory approach to female pleasure:
“Each of us loves differently. When we talk about love, we think that our friends or our families understand us because we imagine that everyone has similar experiences. But that’s not true: sex is a complex world, full of nuances and different paths to get there. Everyone perceives their own body, that of the other, in their own way.”
This is why this very Jane Austen and intimate approach is present in season 2: “In season 1, between Daphne and Simon, there was tenderness but also excitement when she discovers pleasure. This season, Anthony is a man of experience and his soul mate, Kate Sharma, a woman from world. Sexuality will be more complex, with a more psychological approach, but I’m sure it will fascinate the public.”
On other aspects, the romantico-historical series created by Chris Van Dusen for Shondaland continues to surf on the recipe that made it successful, with colossal resources implemented for the sets and costumes, which make you dream, and the delicious revisited pop music (This time, we hear hits by Harry Styles, Madonna, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Nirvana and Robyn) that accompany the key moments of the season.
Always more modern
The other strong point of season 2 of The Bridgerton Chronicle remains the place given to the other brothers and sisters of the siblings, with their own underlying intrigues which set up the next seasons, already ordered, which should follow the Julia Quinn novels and then focus on Benedict and Colin. We also appreciate the punctual return of Daphne and the fact that the series digs even more into the past of her main family.
Finally, what would The Bridgerton Chronicle be without its narrator Lady Whistledown, or Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) for close friends? His enjoyment of gossip in London’s high society is marred by quarrels, threats and misplaced jealousies. Her sharp pen, which assassinates the aristocrats, also makes it possible to question them on the norms of the time and on the place of women in society.
While the series is already very modern since it offers a very current and inclusive vision of London’s high society during the Regency, with black characters, and now from India, season 2 pushes the cursor a little further on feminism and avant-garde, which makes this soapy series a not so guilty pleasure.