Review: Fleabag Series Two
Just watch Fleabag series two already.
I know you’re probably bogged down with Netflix and Amazon series suggestions to occupy weeks on end, but please place Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark yet insightful series and the start of your list.
Without giving spoilers, season one of Fleabag has one of the best plot-twists I’ve seen in a while. Treading the fine line between comical and cutting, the series effortlessly deals with grief, guilt, mental health and family relationships while maintaining a sense of insightfulness that seems to ripple throughout Waller-Bridge’s other works- I’m sure we’ve all been gripped by Killing Eve.
Now, with sequel seasons there is always some hesitation. Will it be as good as the previous? Will it mark a downward spiral for the series plot-line? Heroes, I’m looking at you. I can happily say that in the mid-point of the series, Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy maintains its appeal, still tentatively representing the highs and lows of life following loss but, this time around, with an increased awareness of Fleabag’s sex addiction and religious beliefs. Though the cast is lacking in terms of diversity, something that really shouldn’t be ignored as there is nothing in the script/context that suggests all of the main characters are white.
The cast is guided by strong, female leads with Olivia Coleman giving a superb performance as the annoying, over-bearing godmother-turned-stepmother. Waller-Bridge is superb in the titular role and we find ourselves flippantly supporting and then being appalled by her actions as she tries to navigate reality and relationships.
When I say that the series is hysterical, I mean it in the very happiest and saddest sense of the word, we laugh and cry with Fleabag as she tries to make sense of everything that has happened in the past few years.
So, while I know you must have been told this a million times already, please take this million and one suggestion and watch Waller-Bridge’s new series, and the old one if you haven’t already, because it is completely hysterical.
You can watch Fleabag on BCC IPlayer by clicking here.
Photo credits: Waffle TV, CC BY 3.0.]