Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ is full of elegance, drama and toxic relationships

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The new hit TV show “Bridgerton” on Netflix certainly has the hype, but is it worth the watch?

The series is set in the early 1800s during the Regency era of England and focuses on a few wealthy families living in London during “courting season.” I was jealous of the carefree characters, whose lives are full of dancing, parties and elegant gowns.

The series is one season long, with eight 45-minute episodes, but Netflix announced in late January that the show will have a second season. Each episode is jam-packed with drama and is centered around Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, which act as a kind of “gossip blog” in the era. These papers are passed out daily to the high society in London, who follow the author’s word like the bible. Throughout the series, one of the main characters attempts to uncover the mystery surrounding who exactly is the writer of these papers. The main plot line of the show, however, is the romance between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, played by Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page, respectively. The romance developed by the two outstanding actors seems almost too real to be fiction.

The one concern that I have with the show is the romanticization of the clearly toxic relationship between Daphne and Simon. Almost every person I know watched this show, and to idolize something like that, especially to younger generations, seems extremely harmful. Daphne and Simon’s romance is focused mainly on their inability to resist one another. Although they are lying to and constantly manipulating each other, they stay together because they have a good sex life. After their wedding, before which Simon repeatedly tells Daphne that he does not want children, Daphne forces Simon to impregnate her. This was not only crossing the line, but is an incredibly toxic situation that Netflix should not have included in the first place.

Another point of concern is how quickly events were rushed at the end of the series. Not only does Daphne give birth only one episode after she gets pregnant, but Lady Whistledown is also revealed to be a friend of the family, Penelope Featherington. This eliminates almost all of the mystery that would potentially surround a second season.

Even with all of the show’s noticeable flaws, I still couldn’t stop myself from watching “Bridgerton.” If you are going to watch this show, it is important to recognize its shortcomings. However, in terms of the drama and elegance in each episode, it truly is binge-worthy.