Thursday, March 31, 2022

What I’m Watching: Bridgerton

Bridgerton: Season 2, Episode 6 “The Choice” (B+)

I’ll admit that I hadn’t expected the MVP of the wedding episode to be the bride herself. All along, Edwina has been sweet and agreeable, and seemed to find a true happiness in what she thought she could have with Anthony. But in this episode, as soon as she finally understood the connection that her sister and her husband-to-be shared when she saw them close to each other, she allowed her true self to come out, finally championing her own happiness and her right to determine her own destiny. To his very belated credit, Anthony was honest with her, refusing to say that he loved her and rather arrogantly saying that he was her in a way, which I do understand even if it’s quite a stretch to compare the two in a patriarchal society like theirs. Edwina came through when the king suddenly appeared, and she got to relate to Queen Charlotte on a level that even Eloise hasn’t in the past. That passionate kiss can’t be the last that we’ll see of this couple that wasn’t fated to be, and it’s hard to believe that there are still two episodes left in the season. While Colin acknowledged that he might finally be able to see Penelope’s feelings for him, she was too distracted by Eloise’s desire to run off to see her forbidden crush, one who teased her for not finding words before giving her books he had saved for her. It was also a treat to see Lady Danbury and Lady Bridgerton bonding after their earlier steely interaction, and as if this drama wasn’t enough, now we’re going to have Cousin Jack courting Portia while defrauding his investors and pretending to be into her daughter.

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