Conner’s Critique: Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1

Check out our review of last season of Bridgerton Here. We’ve been following this show since it started and we’re interested to see where Season 3 goes!

As always, we break down our review into story, acting, and overall. So let’s jump on in!

However, before we do, I do want to say that this review will cover a lot of SPOILERS, as we will discuss the events of the full season. So if you do not wish to have major story bits spoiled for you, I recommend you wait to enjoy our review.

Story 6.5/10

Where did last season leave us? Eloise and Penelope had a major falling out that led to them no longer being friends, when Eloise found out that Penelope was Lady Whistledown, the gossip monger of the Ton that has plagued her family and many more during the previous marriage seasons. Matters are made even worse for Penelope when she overheard Colin telling other men that he would never consider courting Penelope.

As always, with every season of Bridgerton, there is a time jump between marriage seasons. The families spend time in their country properties managing their estates. Much to everyone’s surprise the Featherington, Penelope in tow, are able to once again stave off bankruptcy and political ruin, and return to the Ton specifically for the wedding season. However, now with their status in jeopardy, due to the failure of having a male heir. The two Featherbottom sisters, having recently married last season, now compete to see who can produce the first male heir for their family title.

Colin Bridgerton returns from his overseas adventures. Having visited many countries and cities, he has become more well-rounded with the world. Upon seeing this actor return, his transformation is stunning. It looks almost as if they’ve cast a brand new actor for the season, but rest assured it is still the same actor.

Once again another Bridgerton enters the marriage court, and while Francesca gains the Queen’s favor, Francesca Bridgerton is not like other women as she cares more about music and less about marriage. She seems interested to go with the flow and pick the person best suggested to her by her family and the Queen. That is, until a mysteriously shy nobleman catches her eye.

Through a series of attempts to aid Penelope and find a husband, Colin and Penelope become quite entangled and are finally able to see eye to eye with their feelings from one another.

The first part of season 3 closes with everything set in place for Penelope, with Francesca Bridgerton torn between two suitors, and so many threads that need to be settled. But while things might look said and done and set in stone between Colin and Penelope, there is the shaky ground of whether or not Colin will find out that Penelope is Lady Whistledown since he held so much anger for the damage that that gossip monger has done to his family in the past years.

Who are we kidding? This is a dramatic show. Of course, Colin will find out that Penelope is Lady Whistledown, the question is will his infatuation and desire to be with Penelope outweigh his issues with her alter ego.

Acting 8/10

Colin Bridgerton, played by Luke Newton has done such an amazing job preparing for this role between seasons. He. Looks as if he has brushed off every single dessert and has not skipped one day in the gym knowing full well that his body would be almost on complete display this season. His face is so incredibly chiseled, I think it may be able to carve ice. That being said, it must be fun for the character to be able to play the role as they’ve set this season to have almost every single female fawn over him for his glow-up.

While Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley reprise their roles from last season, in the first few episodes, they quickly run off in efforts to make a Bridgerton heir. Leaving only those with remaining issues to run through the episodes of the season.

The energy between Claudia Jessie who plays Eloise Bridgerton, and Nicola Coughlan who plays Penelope Featherington is well played out through the season and is tragic if not amazing drama. It is nice to see more of Jessica Madsen, who plays Cressida, allowing her to be more than just a two-dimensional bully/monster in the back of the cast.

I also must give attention to Hugh Sachs who plays the assistant to the Queen, played by Golda Rosheuvel. Their banter and asides are very fun throughout the season.

Overall 7/10

When all is said and done, This is Bridgerton, a show about people getting married, they are going to start to run out of characters within the show of marrying age. That being said, the storyline focusing on Colin and Penelope this season has actually been a very interesting one, and almost for a split-second, I forgot in the final moments of part one that there would be strife and turmoil between the two when he discovers her alter ego, Lady Whistledown, but I can be forgiven because of how passionate and deep the characters are.

Conner’s Final Thoughts

I would normally mention something like this during the acting section, but I feel like this needed a standout location to talk about it. Luke Newton, who plays Colin does an amazing job presenting himself as uneased throughout the season. There is almost a forward-leaning angle shifting body language that he is presenting through all of it as he acts like a man who is on the cusp of bursting forth with so many things to say, but can’t seem to find his footing, let alone the words.

It really makes Newton come off as a stand-up performance through the season. That being said, I am angry at him for what he did to my boy Lord Debling. He’s too good for this world. Hopefully Cressida will sweep him up and they’ll find some solace in each other since Colin ruined his courtship with Penelope.

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