By - IcyGold316
This review does contain some spoilers on the sisters' relationship (although it might just be the author's perspective).
I think how people watch this season (just like any show) will depend what you like. I for one prefer slow burn and sexual tension over immediate romance and more “graphic” sex scenes, so I feel like I’m going to like this season better than season 1. I’m also a big fan of the enemies to lovers trope so I felt the duke and daphne were kinda boring in comparison to Anthony and kate. With regards to Edwina, I’d read varying responses about her expanded role. So I’d say don’t worry too much about what the reviewers think just go in with an open mind!
Personally I think Daphne and Simon didn’t have much in terms of chemistry so they put a ton of sex in it to hide it. It sounds like Kate and Anthony are the opposite and I’d rather have that than a ton of sex scenes
Honestly what I thought!
Whereas I can already see the chemistry between Kate and Anthony through the trailer.
They had chemistry but Kate and Anthony are the best
100 percent...absolutely agree. Daph and Simon were kind of my least favorite parts of S1, while the family dynamics outclassed them
Absolutely! You’re spot on.
There’s no point in sex scenes if the couple themselves are not developed well.
As someone who enjoys angst, drama, and slow burns, and is used to being in a community that appreciates the same, reading reviews complaining about the lack of lighthearted fun and sex this season is so disorienting.
You're right, it must really just be a matter of preference, and what people expect Bridgerton to be. I'm just hoping that these mixed reviews won't affect the success of the show.
I don't think I've ever shouted at a show for people to kiss so much or say you love them etc than I have at this. So infuriating yet addictive. My boyfriend wondering what the heck was going on, found me watching it and he was like "ahh i see, typical granny and her telenovelas now" I'm 27 😅 in my personal opinion this season was by far the best.
this is why I was kind of hesitant to read reviews lol. That review says that the Edwina/Kate relationship >!isn't good!<, but [this review](https://collider.com/bridgerton-season-2-review-jonathan-bailey-simone-ashley-netflix/) says that t>!hey share some of the season's most tender scenes lmao!<. But yeah, most the reviews seem to be praising the chemistry between Simone and Jonathan, but think that it was too much of a slow burn, which is pretty much what I was expecting based on the stills etc.
Having said that, I've read enough and I'm super excited to watch for myself. It all sounds lovely and I'm happy that Jonathan and Simone are getting a lot of praise.
That's a well-written review. These lines do concern me a bit:
> The issue is when that prioritization happens at the expense of the plotlines that deserve to be, and should be, positioned at the very center of everything else.
> Now that the future of Bridgerton is all but secured, though, it would behoove this show to focus more on the compelling, seductive romance it has in the present rather than setting sights too far ahead to next season's drama.
I really hope Kate and Anthony aren't sacrificed for setting up future stories 😬
One says this another calls them a delicious slow burn.
Yes - I think the reviews make me more excited but also, different people get different things from romance. A slow burn building to passion is something I prefer personally, and if their attraction is still obvious then I can’t wait!
See once the show airs, people might feel the complete opposite. Im just happy they slowed down on the sex scenes. This aint game of thrones
Well yea it doesn’t need to get gratuitous - I think they probably made a conscious decision to ensure it was t gimmicking. Also the reviews said even if there are less they are still really steamy and intimate
Yep.. sex scenes are not the be all to end all. And Im happy they took a hard left on that
>I really hope Kate and Anthony aren't sacrificed for setting up future stories 😬
Edwina sounds like a Lydia Bennet without the running away part.
Oh good comparison! Though I never liked Lydia Bennett but I’m hoping to still like Edwina
Is anyone else a bit worried that this says Kate gets humiliated a few times?
Yeah I am 😬😬
I really don’t want kate to be humiliated in any way but it sounds as if it’s very public
Me either I’m hoping Anthony feels for her
I am honestly so disappointed that they changed Edwina's character on the show, her relationship with Kate is one of my favourite relationships in TVWLM and their sisterhood shone through.
It was really hard to watch some scenes, I had to pause it to just control my fume
Was it because you compared her to book Edwina or was she simply not written well?
Both. The writing for her wasn’t great and there isn’t any sisterly bond from her side. There is with Kate but not with Edwina
That’s very disappointing. I feel like book Edwina could have used more development but it’s a bit upsetting they went in the direction (apparently) of making her just plain unlikable.
**(Spoilers based on what’s in this thread and the review!)**
Alright, I have thoughts.
1. Unpopular opinion, but I’m not 100% against a potentially less “likable” Edwina. I think there were a lot of things in the book about her that were clearly Kate’s biases because she’s her sister. Such as the fact Edwina was always sweet. It’s incredibly easy to be sweet and charming when the world isn’t ignoring you. I don’t necessarily like the idea of a horrible, ungrateful Edwina but I do think some more complexity to her character might be refreshing.
2. I’ve seen some comments on this thread and I’m not 100% sure if I like how slow burn it appears this is going to be. You can argue that Kate and Anthony’s relationship is a bit of a slow burn but there’s still plenty of romantic moments (including kisses) that happen before they get married and then the book has a bit after they get married with stuff happening too.
3. The lack of complexity (according to the review) in the library scene is a bit disappointing. I love a good vulnerable moment that isn’t 100% romance focused and I think that’s the turning point of Kate and Anthony’s relationship so it’ll be sad if it misses its mark.
The review mentions the library scene to be controversial, but could that possibly be a reference to the study scene instead of the library scene? I don’t see what’s controversial about the library scene as written in the book.
And I completely missed the controversial part in the review!
Yeah I assume Library scene is Anthony and Kate with the nightmare and study scene is the…Anthony and Kate moment 👀
this season is getting mixed reviews mostly bcoz of less sex scenes
almost all articles are complaining about the slow burn but praising JB & SA chemistry
I'm completely down for a slow burn. Love them.
I *love* that this season was less R-rated. Who doesn't love a good slow burn?
I saw reviewers who loved Edwina/Kate…
Now I am just confused
Its all subjective...all that matters in the end is what you get from it. Dont rely on reviews, rely on your overall enjoyment.
Thats why, ill look at a review, give a lil thought, but atill push it away so it doesnt cloud my judgment.
This is so true. For instance I liked Simon and Daphne in season 1 but I did not care for them as much as I did for the entire Bridgerton family dynamics and season storylines as a whole. I liked different things in the whole season. There’s always going to be something missing for person or another.
That review criticizing Edwina coupled with the other Twitter comment saying they liked Edwina better in the book makes me think she'll be this season's Marina (their names even rhyme!) in that people will either love or hate them. I will be upset if she's annoying because I loved her in the book.
Connellschains: okay embargo’s finally been lifted i guess i can now safely say that i 100% preferred kathony in the show to the book...
book edwina is a sweet girl but show edwina is a much more complex, realised character. there are certain kinds of people who won’t like her but i wasn’t one of them. show edwina for me!
Can you say ANYTHING about Colin? He was such a goof in the book and I am 100% sure they gave all that away.
I wrote the review in this original post and I will say, now I’m a colin fan because of this season!
OOO okay!! You are not a Colin fan just because of his Pen related scenes right? Like did they actually made his character enjoyable as an individual?
Would you say he is one of your favs?
I don’t care for Polin at all and I didn’t like how Nicola made every interview about them. I can say that Colin is great this season. He has some really good moments and moments when he is put in his place that will influence future seasons. The entire Bridgerton fam are more fun and wind each other up this season
I mean Nicola is doing her job of hyping up her future S4 partner/other half. While also praising her costar. There is nothing wrong with that.
I didn’t say I didn’t like it, just that I don’t care for it. It’s just an opinion and I get Nicola doing her job but to make *everything* about Polin when this season is not about them and at every interview it was a little tiring
I mean, be mad at the journalists for asking Nicola those questions. She is answering them, shpwing her jpy and love for her romantic pairing and her time with Luke.
A lot of the time they weren’t asking them, she would just bring it up but it’s all good. She’s excited for her characters ship and when it’ll be her season
Im glad Nicola is excited about it. And how those two are their biggest captains. Give me that shit.
ooo I love that for us. Thank you so much!! :)
Really looking forward to it. The huge strength of the show over the books is how far it extends the ensemble family and social group beyond the couple.
Oh I didnt watch anything yet...this was just something I saw on twitter
Thank you for putting that lovely tweet though!
I didn't find the sex scenes in season 1 that appealing (idrc for thrust thrust come lol) so I'm good with sexual tension 🤷♀️
Legitimately, I laughed at thrust thrust come every time! I love sex scenes when they are personal and incredibly intimate- like someone is baring their soul first and their body second. I think that season 1’s scenes were appropriate for the plot, but it would’ve been jarring in a slow-burn ETL situation.
I prefer a touch of a finger or a sexy spoon lick to a sex scene.
No thrusting....the way you word that is weird and also happy they dont have that shit. i am glad they slowed down on the sex scenes. Romance to me , shouldnt be predicated on an amount of thrusting, nudity...give me that Pride abd Prejudice level smoulder. I take that romance over how they did Simone and Daphne. Cause those sex scenes were bot appealing st all
Give me what they do with Kathony...slow burn and relying on the acting to shine through.
Its is ..but ths way they present it last season was just too much. It didnt scream anything to me. It wasnt sexy at all.
You can present a sex scene and show it being nstural without taking the sizzle ojt it and making it gratuitous like with S1.
Im all for showing it from a female gaze but how they did it last season was not the right way imo.
What would be the right way, in your opinion?
I dont know hoe to descrube it, bit the way the approach it last season...I felt nothing. I didnt feel a spark, just nothing. It gave me Game of Thrones esque way of how they pepper in their sex scenes.
They need to find a nice balance. So to hear that we see a more developed and balance relationship with Kate and Anthony is awesome. Thats what I felt was so lacking with Simon and Daphne. There was more sex montages then actual build up of a strong foundational relationship
There's a difference between game of thrones and bridgerton. Game of thrones had sex scenes peppered in, but did not contribute to the plot. The sex was there simply for it to be there.
On the other hand, the sex in Bridgerton is a key part to the plot. We the audience are seeing it through Daphne's eyes and experience. We need to know that while she's having sex with him, he's preventing himself from having children with her. That's why it's peppered in like that, to show that it's not that he can't have children, but he won't have children. We the audience need to see that, and we need to see the contrast in how much he knows about sex, and for her, how little. Realistically speaking, for that time period, who is she going to talk to about sex for us, the audience, to know that Simon is doing that through exposition? For one, it would be improper, and two, she doesn't even know how to describe it!
In terms of the sex montage in episode 6, it's also there to show their intimacy and honeymoon phase and that Daphne does enjoy sex (again, female gaze). And also to contrast how un-intimate their sex is later, when she finds out that he had been pulling out the entire time.
As I said in my prevous post, to each their own. If you feel that Bridgerton is on par with Game of Thrones, that's your right. As for me, taking in all things considered for season 2, it's definitely a huge contrast with season 1, and they shouldn't market it as they did with season 1.
>"not your grandma's period drama,"
You're not a perv. The show is based on romance books, where sex **is** one of the main ingredients. As you said, perhaps they are changing directions going forward.
That said, sex ed and withdrawal was the plot for Simon and Daphne, so it made sense that we saw the whole thing to completion. This might also explain the different direction this season.
Idk if the tension is good I ultimately think that a lack of sex scenes isn’t going to hurt.
I mean if you come for the plot this should be ok.
This just makes me realize how different people can be, for me the sex scenes were the worst part of season 1 and was genuinely considering to stop watching they just felt pointless
I understand that but some of the scenes felt a little too much, I don't mind some sex scenes but that many in the span of one episode felt pointless with a few was enough to explain the point also I wasn't just talking about simon and daphne the constant anthony sienna scenes felt just for the shock value, like with showing lying down was enough, also the orgy benedict gets into? Like what was the point? To say oh they are gay that's why they are more promiscuous? There was literally no point for those scenes
>EDIT: I guess I'm the only pervert in this thread LOL. All
am i the only one sad there won’t be thrusting??? i remember reading somewhere s2 would be steamier than s1, this is so disappointing
Is the study room kissing scene in this season? The reviews make it seem like Kate and Anthony don't lock lips till like episode 7 or something
Now *that* is disappointing
What?! That’s very late wtf 😫
> please do not leak these spoilers outside if this thread.
The thread is open to public, it would most definitely leak. Perhaps edit?
Is the forced marriage element in their relationship still a thing?
I'm good with that change. And it's nice it's something us book readers also won't know until we see it
Sure, I won't say a thing. Btw, your spoiler tags aren't properly working for some reason
Heads up but in the past individuals have posted info from this subreddit on Twitter and Tumblr.
Yes was going to say, definitely be careful!
okay no thrust thrust but will there be moaning and stuff?
Not the only pervert lol but we'll see what's to come - I find it interesting they chose to go the route of massive slow burn (ie not even getting married until the end of the series when half the book was marriage) I think if they had done it that way it would have more sex don't know if it's positive or negative yet til I see it Friday but that is another reason why there's less sex scenes I'm assuming.
I do think with the other series they might see all the reviews that are basically like "give us more sex" and turn it up for future seasons lol hard to say
This one is more descriptive. So probably all are going to hate Edwina.😅
Aww…that would be unfortunate if >!Edwina and Kate’s relationship is different from the book. There really is no reason for the show to have changed that. I loved how in the book, Mary and Edwina really loved Kate and wasn’t the usual trope of evil stepmother/half-sister.!<
I read a few and other reviews are liking her. We’ll see!
Especially because next season is supposed to have that trope. So it would actually be nice this season to see what a healthy family with step/half siblings looks like.
"Phoebe Dynevor shines". Of course she does, our sunshine duchess <3
She is such a good actress. Love her.
Phoebe took a character like Daphne whose whole story is happening internally, which this sub loves to dub boring or bland (I disagree), and told us everything we need to know via her breathing. Simply marvelous.
Omg yes to everything you've said.
What I loved most.. that hers was a role we have seen in SO MANY period dramas before but she managed to elevate it into something entirely else.
With one look she could subtly convey so many emotions. It was truly one of the most notable acting performances in the last couple of years and she should have gotten all the awards for it.
She didn't get any awards as the role wasn't "the talk of the ton" lol BUT if you look at her blooming career, she has so many roles down the pipeline. The girl is busy!
I am happy for her! She is definetely going places.
I'm a proud stan 😎
I LOVED her this season she was so good. She was a lot freer in her performance and she really did shine
Well I fell in love with her from S1, and watched all of her other stuff, so I expect nothing less from her! As much as I did not want to watch Daphne trying to justify her husband's absence, it's good to read she has some material to go!
She has plenty to do without him and to be honest, without him she is happier and much better it looks. She’s more fun!
>without him she is happier and much better
She was always fun, and ofc she's happier because she got her HEA. I can't wait to watch her as a mother.
Please say something about Thomas Dorset.
How was it like seeing jealous Anthony?
I LOVE that character. He isn’t in it loads but he is great
Was Anthony seething you gotta tell us lol
Yesss, this is the only thing I wanna know about. 😭
It’s so sad that they’ve changed Edwina so much in so many ways but great review, very balanced
I'm so happy about what the reviewer said about Penelope and Eloise's friendship. They were my favorite part of season 1, so happy the show expanded on their friendship ( definitely bummed by what they said about Kate/Edwina though, considering I love them in the book more than any duo :/ )
** Book spoilers **
Also "There are many layers to their friendship but the tribulation they endure throughout the season concludes in a way that was never shown in the book but a change and climax that will have audiences talking about it until season 3 airs"
I have a feeling Eloise might get to know who lady Whistledown actually is at the end of the season, with the anticipation of her confrontation with Penelope in the next season
I just wanna know one thing, do we get to see a jealous Anthony of not? None of the reviews talk about it. 😭
There’s a whole list of things we weren’t allowed to talk about
Oh damn :(
Thanks for the review though 💛
I'm not trying to jump on you, but how did you get to review this season early? Aren't you that fella/gal who runs a spoiler account for The Boys?
I asked Netflix if I could have screeners for review and they said I could
I see. I used to run a film/TV blog (quite small, like 2000 views per month), and I've been wondering how much clout should you get in order to get screeners
The approval process is quite long tbh . You had to apply for media access, apply for approval, apply to get something linked and then apply for screeners
Thanks for jumping through the hoops.
Thankyou for not giving into us ravenous wolves.
I thought I was going to enjoy this season way more than season 1, and this review confirms that! Season 1 was great but at the end of the day it feels like season 2 has more scope for the maturity, depth, and complexity that season 1 did not have, so I’m very excited. We are dealing with older people after all. I think a lot of people who were bored with season 1 will actually be pleasantly surprised with season 2!
Well, those last few slides certainly are interesting…
Do we get to see Marina happy and are there any hints about Sophie?
You do see Marina but there’s no Sophie
IS SOPHIE SET UP THO
KATHONY liberary scene is said to be disappointing? is it?
hopefully no cheating involved in the triangle anywhere? i don't want to ship cheater leads while the ignorant sister suffers 😬
This made me laugh:
@LadyJenevia I've recorded but haven't yet edited my #Bridgerton review on the non-Kate/Anthony characters and stories but I'll just say this for now: I like Edwina, I want her back in season 3, and if you've seen screeners and are trash-talking her, you're weird! 😊🤷🏻♀️
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I feel it is a much greater romance story when two characters keep wanting each other even there is nothing sexual taking place. Their chemistry was through the roof. I loved every single minute and season 2 was definitely better. It just proves gratuitous smut is not needed to have a great story but it is used to embellish one when it is lacking.
I’m with you on that. I felt their chemistry more than I did Daphne and Simon
Loving the Lady Whistledown tone 😏
There are still steamy scenes they just aren’t sec scenes. It’s a really great season despite Edwina