‘Bridgerton’, an Enchanting Period Drama with a Twist

2020 has undoubtedly been the year of digital content, thanks to the several over-the-top (OTT) platforms out there. Haven’t you simply loved binge-watching a wide range of shows, lauded stellar performances, revisited classic hits and so much more?

Now, as you and I continue to follow the same in the New Year, I cannot help but talk about a show that premiered in the last week of 2020. Yes, I am talking about the much-awaited, and now the much-loved series, Bridgerton.

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My period-drama spree is what got me interested in watching this Netflix series. Having watched The Crown, Colette, Little Women, The Other Boleyn Girl (just realized how rich Netflix’s period-drama content is) and other such shows and movies, I wanted Bridgerton to be my year-ender in this category.

While the show’s description spoke largely of gossip and romance, I seriously didn’t expect it to be such a fun ride. Bridgerton, is loaded with drama, SCANDAL (we love you Shonda Rhimes), gossip, romance, chaos and exciting twists. You witness Royalty and the world around it, but it’s nothing like what you’ve seen before. Even though this is a period drama, its presentation is extremely lively, full of color, character and charm. I was amazed to see a chilled-out queen, who loves to gossip, entertain and stay entertained. She is hilarious and adorable.

5 reasons to watch Bridgerton

Lady Whistledown, a scandalous author: The mysterious character of Lady Whistledown, the author of a newsletter full of scandal is the life of the show. She keeps her readers, i.e. all the characters in the series hooked throughout. She is notorious in her ways, full of gossip and causes quite the chaos in the lives of the characters. Even though they reveal who she is in the end, I feel there is more to this revelation. Let’s see… Season 2 soon please!

Choice of casting: Enough has been said about the casting of the show. Many have called it , ‘colorless’, ‘color-blind’, ‘diverse’ etc. and have even credited the success of the show to the choice of cast. Well, I feel you cannot miss the fact that the casting stands out, but it’s not just the faces–every character fits in perfectly, and I see it as a refreshing choice.

A costume drama: One social event after another means a whole lot of costumes, jewelry and drama. The costumes in the show speak a great deal about the characters. While the Bridgerton’s keep it sophisticated, the Featherington’s are loud and colorful in their choice of dressing. New dresses mean new ways of attracting the right match and reflect the larger goal of this society. Fashion lovers are sure to pick quite a few points, as you cannot help but notice the line of stunning and embellished costumes. 

Women take the charge: From the scandalous newsletter author to the most relaxed Queen ever, women rule Bridgerton. The two main families, Bridgertons and Featheringtons too have women taking key decisions as opposed to the men who seem rather confused. Even the young women, who are made to dress up and present themselves in front of potential suitors, have the final say when it comes to accepting a proposal.  

Old yet modern: Bridgerton is a period drama, set in an age of a Queen long ago, but it feels extremely modern. While the concerns of the characters and the plot are period-centric, the approach seems rather fresh. Right from how open and regular the Queen is, to the choice of pop music (did you sing to the tune of Maroon 5’s, Girl Like You, playing in one scene) or the sex interests of the characters, this isn’t your regular Regency period drama. It’s fun to see how the old world charm and characters are presented with a modern twist, even if it’s playing in the background.

Join me in the wait for Season 2 if you have seen the show, and if you haven’t, it’s time to do so now.       

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