Bridgerton: Season 2 ★★★★
Tricia Brock. Alex Pillai, Tom Verica, Cheryl Dunye
Starring Jonathan Bailey, Simone Ashley, Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Nicola Coughlan
Dearest reader, I do believe there will be little-to-no disappointment after viewing the latest story that has graced The Ton.
Wealth, lust and betrayal set against the backdrop of Regency-era England is seen through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family, but this time following Anthony, the eldest of the siblings.
The plot itself is frustratingly clever, lacking the raunch that built the foundations of the pilot series and instead using sexual tension and incredible character chemistry to keep audiences hooked. The new series has already hit Netflix records which proves this tactic has certainly worked in terms of binge-worthy ability.
The spotlight performance of Anthony, portrayed by Jonathan Bailey, is worth the watch without all the romance and memorable moments in the series. His emotion is so natural it leaves you feeling more than connected with his journey to marriage alongside equally sensational female leads Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran as Kate and Edwina Shama.
There is a slight lack of pace to begin with and the story feels rather familiar in comparison to the previous series, however the 'will-they-won't-they' style of relationship trope being effortlessly displayed here keeps audiences hooked without needing too much more.
After Season 1's Daphne and now Anthony's stories have presumably come to an end, I am sceptical to see how this show will withhold yet another 4 stars from Focus Film. No other sibling in series 2 has enough character development to potentially carry their own spotlight storyline.
That being said, this could bring a refreshing move to the series; and although the second season has some fresh plot points, it does feel rather familiar to the breaking traditions and family conflict tropes we were introduced to in season 1.
Make haste, and start bingeing season 2 before spoilers appear elsewhere online!
Bridgerton available now on Netflix