“The Bridgerton Chronicle”, season 2: here we go again for a ball!

A new wedding season opens at court. The dance steps are the same, but the riders have changed. And are a little too timid…

Exit the star couple of season 1 , formed by the sublime Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). Their complicated courtship – based on low blows, frame-ups and hip thrusts – had nevertheless delighted Netflix subscribers at the end of 2020, making the costume series produced by Shonda Rhimes one of the biggest hits on the platform. At the start of the second season, we learn that the lovebirds are busy pampering themselves in the countryside and, unlike their London peers, have no intention of tearing themselves away from their bucolic bubble once the summer is over. The British-Zimbabwean actor Regé-Jean Page having refused the advances of Netflix, he never appears on the screen. Daphne, meanwhile, points the tip of her nose to pass the baton to the rest of the Bridgerton siblings of getting engaged age. Here we go again for a lap (of the track)!

This year, they are two looking for love (or to be sacrificed, it depends). For the youngest Eloise (Claudia Jessie), the aristocratic marriage market is equivalent to a cattle fair. Not only does she evolve there, like most women of the English Regency, in a position of weakness, but she hates the associated decorum. She would gladly trade her dance lessons and fashion fittings to spend more time reading the committed writings of Mary Wollstonecraft.

An ultra-coveted new bachelor

Especially since Lady Whistledown, the author of the most controversial gazette of the court (played in voiceover by Julie Andrews), has also offered herself the luxury of an extended summer break. As the queen remarks, interpreted with as much panache as ever by Golda Rosheuvel: “That can only mean one thing, she is one of us. » Bingo! The end of season 1 had revealed to the viewer (but to no one else) the secret of her identity: it is Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), the last sister of the deposed Featherington clan, and best friend of Eloise. By pushing back the walls of their golden prison, these two young women are a breath of fresh air in a rather heavy season 2.