‘Bridgerton’ Season 3 series review: Back in the Ton for sex and style 

Once again, we step into the dazzling world of the Ton, following 2023’s touching interlude, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. After Antony Bridgerton’s romantic saga in Season 2, the third installment pivots to focus on another sibiling from the prolific Bridgerton family. This newest chapter delves into Julia Quinn’s fourth novel, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, shining the spotlight on the musically inclined Francesca Bridgerton, with Hannah Dodd succeeding Ruby Stokes in the role.

Bridgerton

Season 3 (Part One)

Episodes: 4

Run time: 52 to 57 minutes

Creator: Chris Van Dusen

Starring: An ensemble cast including Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews, and more

Storyline: The Bridgertons and Featheringtons navigate the complexities of love and marriage in high society

Amidst romance and societal machinations, Francesca, the practical sixth child of Violet Bridgerton, seeks a husband to escape her mother’s looming influence. Marriage is portrayed as a journey towards autonomy, a sentiment echoed by Eloise Bridgerton, the outspoken feminist of the family, who provides a witty critique of the nuptial pursuits around her.

Judging high society’s scandals and events with her sharp pen is Lady Whistledown, masterfully voiced by Julie Andrews, who introduces us to the most recent society intrigues.

The discerning Queen Charlotte remains unconvinced by the season’s debutantes, while Lady Danbury tries to coax her favor towards Francesca. Over at the Featherington household, the women strive to secure their social standing, with Penelope Featherington resorting to seeking help for her romantic prospects.

Season three weaves the tale of Francesca’s matrimonial quest, the blossoming relationship between Penelope and her lifelong friend Colin Bridgerton, and the various dilemmas faced by the other Bridgerton siblings as they each come into their own.

The narrative also introduces Mondrich, a retired boxer turned gentleman’s club owner who enters the elite circle upon his son’s ascension to nobility. Meanwhile, the Featheringtons navigate a peculiar will, with their housekeeper offering unconventional assistance.

A host of intriguing new faces are surfacing in society, such as the infatuated Earl of Kilmartin (portrayed by Victor Alli), Lady Danbury’s sibling Marcus Anderson (played by Daniel Francis) who is a prosperous vegetarian curator, Lord Debling (portrayed by Sam Phillips) whose botanical interests have led him to pursue Penelope, and the wealthy widow Lady Tilley Arnold (performed by Hannah New), who has attracted Benedict’s attention.

(L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 303 of ‘Bridgerton’

(L to R) Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 303 of ‘Bridgerton’

Within the racially diverse landscape of Regency society, no one bats an eye at Mrs. Khanna who runs the Mondrich household, or the elegant Miss Malhotra (Banita Sandhu) making her debut. The sartorial displays are breathtaking, with Penelope dazzling in her transformation, while Queen Charlotte’s hairstyles boldly speak before she utters a word. Especially in episode four, an ornate hair accessory featuring shimmering swans gliding on a luminous lake diverts attention from a captivating ballet.

Discussions on Violet’s decision not to vacate the Bridgerton residence for Kate, the new Viscountess Bridgerton, might have been more explored. However, the series continues to deliver everything it promises – from thrilling encounters to romance that makes the heart flutter, along with lavish costumes and entrancing music. We all eagerly await June 13th for the second part of the third season.

‘Bridgerton Season 3 Part One is now available for streaming on Netflix.’

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