Life must be hard for Anthony Bridgerton what with managing family finances, micromanaging his siblings, cold-bloodedly shopping for a suitable bride, drinking, whoring.
“Did you tell the viscount about the bee?” Oh, he knows, he knows very much about the bee sting.I just . . . like . . . how everyone is so either “discerning” if they notice or just gradually “putting it together” that Anthony actually likes *Kate.* As if he isn’t smoldering at her all the time. Yes, I’m sure the reason why he’s staring at Kate 90% of the time its out of hatred, and that other 10% when he can’t, he’s being boring and insipid with (the boring and insipid) Edwina because he cares for Edwina. Right.Oh. And he’s reeeeeallly, reeeeeeallllly fighting off his feelings too. That’s what following her around, staring some more, shoving aside any other men, etc. That, that is what that means.I just don’t get that he thought they wouldn’t immediately have an affair when he married Edwina. I mean if his this “restrained” now. That maybe, just maybe, possibly, just might be more scandalous than a simple breaking off of a courtship. Nope, let’s propose to the sister he doesn’t actually want. Let’s go and try and marry her and look at her sister. Because of “avoiding scandal” and “being honorable.” Honorable my eye. Honorable, because affairs are honorable. Yep, breaking an engagement, fleeing a wedding would totally be more scandalous than coming home from a super quick honeymoon and having an affair with her sister.And then once the wedding is off they have to do this farce and dilly-dally. Seriously run away and marry her. The extramarital stuff with a lady is 10000% worse than anything you’ve yet done dude. Also made NO sense for her. None. She had WAY too much self-respect for that. This scene and the weird shilly-shallying instead of getting married rather a buzzkill. Y’all we know they had the hots for each other. Avoiding a scandal would have them GET married.Honestly the book (which I skimmed and which is super disgusting, also Kate is a pushover) part where they have to get married because of the bee sting part (which . . . is just an absolute gem of scene in the move) would have made much more sense. He keeps saying he is a gentleman (I do not think that means what you think it means). And dude, when has that stopped you?It’s funny, this season had less actual sex scenes but WAY more thirst ones.
When I saw the previews back in December 2020, I wanted to watch it and just should have immediately done so because after it came out, everyone on the internet, ew folks, don’t embarrass yourselves. So I will never fully rid myself of that icky feeling. And I couldn’t avoid it. I’ve actively avoid reading opinions, but this was just everywhere. Plus I already get a reversal of interest when things are too popular at times.
I’m just going to touch on the fluffy stuff (i.e. most of it). Any mere mention of anything else is verboten, please and thank you.
Yes, I know it’s not supposed to be historically accurate, but they did pick a time period, and I am a history person.
When I was thinking about the costumes, particularly the Featheringtons (as they really reminded me of the step-sisters in Cinderella 2012) I realized that the difference between Cinderella 2012 being sort of historical fantasy and Bridgerton feeling a bit more like, bad history, is the attempt to set Bridgerton in a specific time. Whereas Cinderella was much more vague. I think that would have been a bit better.
And as to the costumes, yeah, the Featheringtons obviously were totally inaccurate in every way. I think the Bridgertons and Marina Thompson (before Mrs. Featherington gets her clothes) were most accurate.
And the corset thing, seriously, did they do some inaccuracies deliberately on purpose to be annoying? Tight lacing corsets as a common thing is a Victorian myth, and then they put that inaccuracy onto Regency during which such undergarments were called STAYS (like all the centuries before) AND during which fashions didn’t need small waists as they were hidden? Surely they are trolling.
Which leads me to:Was it supposed to be as funny as I found it?The duel scene was when I really felt the ludicrousness, and I lost it. I mean the duel was so deadly serious, melodramatic, and stereotypical with the penultimate ludicrousness with Daphne’s dramatic entrance and tumble. All the Georgette Heyer duels play on the absurdity for humor. But this seemed like it was supposed to be serious?I was crying with laughter when the f-boys in 1813 meme bit came in.