Cue the corsets, the slow-burn romance, and the orchestral version of Beyoncé’s “Deja Vu,” because Bridgerton is back, and it’s just as lush as ever.
The latest installment in the Shondaland and Netflix series based on the books by Julia Quinn is a prequel to the youth of Queen Charlotte (India Amarteifio) and her marriage to King George (Corey Mylchreest). In Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, we travel between past and present to witness the politics, romance and scandal that made a young girl into a ruling monarch. The prequel is Bridgertonthe most ambitious season yet, including the fiery romance we all adore but also new and darker themes that make the world of Ton even more captivating.
Although Charlotte’s origin story includes some fun tidbits, like how she became best friends with a young Lady Danbury (Arsema Thomas) and pre-Bridgerton Lady Violet (Connie Jenkins-Greig), she also includes more serious storylines regarding her race and position as the first woman of color to join the royal family. We begin to understand all the sacrifices she made to stay with George, and how much more she is than the queen bee decide on the diamond of the season.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story East Bridgertonis the most political season to date.
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A widespread criticism of Bridgerton been race management through spectacle(opens in a new tab), namely his color blindness and neglect of the real reality of race during the Regency era in England. In Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, the show finally tackles the race head-on and isn’t shy about illustrating the harsh realities of people of color at this time. The latter is primarily explored through the Ton’s reaction to George and Charlotte’s marriage.
With the news of their marriage, Charlotte is alternately symbolized and separated from BridgertonThe high society of: On the one hand, her stepmother (Michelle Fairley) treats Charlotte like the poster child of a newly modern royal family and is willing to appropriate her marriage as a sign of their inclusiveness “deep”. On the other hand, the Ton is just as racist as ever, shamelessly calling Charlotte “too dark” and reluctant to participate in her royal affairs.
Bridgertonthe lord and the ladies eventually start calling Charlotte’s marriage to George “The Big Experiment”. In their eyes, the issue of racial equality rests solely on Charlotte’s ability to prove her worth, that is, to create a group of heirs and carry on George’s line. For them, the success or not of The Great Experiment depends solely on Charlotte. In the current timeline of the prequel, we realize that The Great Experiment is a figurative ghost that still haunts an older Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), who is desperate to have grandchildren and show that she has done her part ever since. three generations.
Although it is commendable that Bridgerton finally addressed the race of its primary monarch, the navigation of Charlotte’s race is still quite superficial and unrealistic at times idyllic, such as when Charlotte’s court suggests throwing a ball to finally unite the people – slapping a band-aid on centuries of racism without accountability – and it actually works.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story shines with its incredibly tragic, yet touching love story.
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Charlotte and George’s relationship is by far the most painful, yet most rewarding, wooing we saw in Bridgerton so far. Charlotte and George’s love blossoms into something real and unsullied by all outside noise. As the pressures of their world surround them, Charlotte and George manage to create their much smaller, more intimate world – a haven where they only exist, where every touch or look is a subtle “got you”. .
Their relationship ticks off all the tropes you’d want a slow romance. Incessant desire? Check. An adorable first encounter-cute? Check. Good sex? Check. Dramatic fights that simmer with a secret urge to hold each other in place? Check. And to the delight of all hopeless romantics watching Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Storythere are even more exciting relationships throughout the series – and yes, one of them is finally queer.
Through the prequel’s many relationships, there’s a common thread that asks: what is love? What is duty? When are the two allowed to overlap? And when should one sacrifice one for the other? These questions and their answers infuse incredible stakes into each of the series’ relationships and leave you desperate to see them all thrive. The final moments of the show’s finale are guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes – and they prove, once again, that there’s nothing greater than loving and being loved back.