Hi TV friends, my next show is one that became hit within days of its release on Netflix. Based in 19th century Britain, it centers on the aristocratic Bridgerton family and features the Featheringtons as well. Like the young adult drama, “Gossip Girl”, every episode begins and ends with a narration from scandalous newsletter columnist known as Lady Whistledown. The period drama series was written by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes. It is based on Julia Quinn’s books – the first being ‘The Duke & I”.
1. Where would you rank it among your favorite shows?
Top 100? Honestly, it’s not one of my top favorites.
2. From 1-10, how obsessed are you?
Knowing that it was a Shondaland production, I had high hopes for it but I found it awfully underwhelming. I don’t know if it is because the hype made me quite skeptical before I started watching it. There was hardly any suspense for me to keep watching. I just wanted to finish and be done with it. I’d rate it at 5.
3. How did you discover the show?
I first read about it on an online entertainment news portal and I sincerely looked forward to watching it.
4. What was your initial thought of the show and did it change after watching it?
I have watched a number of period dramas and the plot and characters almost always captivated me right with the first episode. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really the case with this one. It was just…okay. I remained hopeful that my interest would peak at some point but it didn’t really.
5. Why do you like the show?
Although it’s not the show you’d find me raving about, I did get some takeaway lessons from it. So, I guess, there is something good about it after all.
6. Favorite episode?
Um…can’t think of one.
7. Favorite characters?
Lady Danbury – she was elegant and she stole the scene whenever she appeared. Maybe because I found out she was Ghanaian 😊. Does that make me biased? Hope not!
Queen Charlotte – She was also elegant in every way!
Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton – She was a sweet, sweet mother. Although she sucked at having a proper ‘adult’ conversation with her bride daughter, Daphne, she did give some valuable advice at the season finale on marriage.
Portia, Baroness Featherington – An ambitious mother who wanted the best for her daughters but was met with more frustrations than triumphs.
Eloise Bridgerton – I loved her independent spirit.
Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings – He had his charm, no doubt but not to the level that everyone was raving about online for me.
Daphne Bassett (née Bridgerton) – She wasn’t much of a memorable character to me. She was just okay.
Penelope Featherington – The one suffering from unrequited love. Was interesting that she happened to be Lady Whistledown although I was a bit disappointed about the reveal. I felt her mysterious identity would have kept the intrigue going throughout the ensuing seasons. But I guess, the writers know best.
8. Worst villain?
Baron Featherington, no doubt. Gambling away his fortune to the point of squandering his daughters’ dowries, that’s downright irresponsible.
9. Who is your crush on the show?
Don’t have one.
10. If you were to be a character, who would you choose?
11. Which of the characters would you like to meet?
Lady Danbury and Queen Charlotte.
12. What lesson(s) have you learnt from the show?
Every marriage comes with its trials but the sure of succeeding at it is choosing to love your partner every day – both their strengths and imperfections.
Greed is never the answer – it can cost you everything.
Deceit can only take you far but it usually ends in disgrace; it’s always better to be truthful upfront. It’s not easy but it saves you the anxiety of always having to cover it up and shame after the inevitable reveal happens.
We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of happiness as a score to settle with someone who hurt us in the past. It only gives them more power to keep us bound. Let it go and free yourself to love. Love indeed, conquers all.
Have you watched Bridgerton? Did you enjoy it? What did you like about the show? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2021