‘Bridgerton’ has challenged the whole existence of the extravagant period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ and now hopes for another sequel movie is thrashed forever!
‘Bridgerton’ is anything but progressive, and is definitely more scandalous, something ‘Downton Abbey‘ lacked. In a world where streaming giants like Netflix are releasing great content with a diverse cast on an everyday basis, ‘Downton Abbey’ loses on all fronts. The show has a White-dominated cast and lacks the drama that can pull in new audiences. Whereas ‘Bridgerton’ has it all to win the game. Scroll through three big reasons why ‘Downton Abbey’ sequel won’t happen because of a show like ‘Bridgerton’.
- ‘Bridgerton’ offers much more scandal than ‘Downton Abbey’
- ‘Bridgerton’ is far more progressive than ‘Downton Abbey’
- ‘Bridgerton’ has a diverse cast
‘Bridgerton’’s offers much more scandal than ‘Downton Abbey’
A good period drama is defined by the amount and quality of scandal and intrigue. ‘Downton Abbey’ was great until ‘Bridgerton’ happened. Many fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ have admitted that ‘Bridgerton’ brings drama to a whole other level.
The comparisons also have gone to another level, with some comparing it with modern soapy television drama like ‘Gossip Girl’. There’s one common factor in between the dramas of contrasting timelines. If you observe closely, the narration in ‘Bridgerton’ is much like the narration in ‘Gossip Girl’. And, if you still haven’t watched ‘Bridgerton’, Julie Andrews takes over the role of the narrator as Lady Whistledown. If you have seen her on screen, this fact will instantly draw you to the show.
‘Bridgerton’ is far more progressive than ‘Downton Abbey’
The time period on which shows like ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Bridgerton’ take place are anything but progressive and female-centric. They play on the period when women were often treated as second class citizens. It is easy to see that the ladies of ‘Bridgerton’ are anything but decorative pieces, just after watching a few episodes of the series. But despite being set in the regressive era, it gives fans elements of feminism and progressive thoughts and attitudes which ‘Downton Abbey’ never did.
The plotlines of ‘Downton Abbey’ were generally oriented towards scandals of a sexual nature, but, it never carried conversations related to the topic. If they did, the discussions were proper, prim, and necessarily vague to maintain its PG rating. But, ‘Bridgerton’, on the other hand, follows the sexual struggles of its young and innocent characters. The characters on the show try to understand what sex is. The show tries to understand how sex was 200 years ago.
Although ‘Bridgerton’ maintains a sex-positive approach and is progressive, the 6th episode depicts sexual violence yet doesn’t treat it as such. This particular scene makes us say that ‘Downton Abbey’ did a better job.
In a scene on ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 4, Episode 3, when Mr Green sexually assaults Anna, the show delicately handles the situation. Anna’s traumatized state is so relatable. The series especially focuses on Mrs Hughes recognizing her pain. Later, Mary Crawley and Mr Bates assuring her that she is not at fault was heart-touching. On the other hand, ‘Bridgerton’ barely pauses to wonder and just moves on. It doesn’t pause to ponder upon the actions taken by the character in episode 6.
‘Bridgerton’ has a diverse cast
Undeniably, ‘Downton Abbey’ is a spectacular and extravagant piece of television art. Most of the people who have watched the show consider it the best period drama to date. But newbie fans of ‘Bridgerton’ have a better point to make for their show. According to them, this new series is edging out the old favourite because of its diverse cast.
Not only are the scores modern and edgy but the story focusses on diverse races in British society, something that ‘Downton Abbey’ failed to do. ‘Bridgerton’ is as feminist and progressive as it can be by maintaining its period drama style. Fans of historical dramas feel Shonda Rhimes (showrunner of ‘Bridgerton’) can do a much better job than Julian Fellowes in presenting diverse race in a period piece.
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