Imagine being sold to marry into the British monarchy without knowing who your future king would be. Charlotte wondered if her future husband would be a “beast or a troll” as she traveled across the seas to wed her mysterious king. That’s the distasteful yet thrilling beginning of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story’s masterpiece. Young Charlotte, who was betrothed to King George against her will, travels to London on the day of her wedding and is inspected by the monarch’s crafty mother upon her arrival.
It was assumed that because this was a spin-off, it would be inferior. However, Shonda Rhimes went above and beyond. The script is amazing, the play is well-paced, and the characters met, if not exceeded, expectations. Even though the show is lighthearted, it has serious undertones. It’s not quite as carefree as the main show, but it’s still entertaining to watch. In comparison to the original Bridgerton series, this spin-off is far less distracting. Consequently, you won’t find yourself getting lost in the middle. Queen Charlotte’s story is only six episodes long, yet there is a strong sense of care and no hastiness. Each character was carefully constructed with a specific purpose in mind.
The fact that this mini-series is not a documentary about the real Queen Charlotte will probably surprise many people who check it out. The leads have incredible, unmistakable chemistry, despite the cliche of an arranged marriage between true loves. India Ria Amarteifio was excellent. She embodied the older queen perfectly. She’s headstrong and will speak her mind, which doesn’t diminish her superb acting abilities. Meanwhile, Corey Mylchreest’s (the king) smile has won everyone’s hearts. Again, it does seem that every character was carefully cast and constructed.
Take Arséma Thomas, who portrays the younger Lady, Danbury; her character develops into one of, if not the strongest, on the show. She simply synchronized with her role (much like the elder Lady Danbury) and made the story her own. Sam Clemmett as young Brimsley is also another perfect casting choice. Their roles in Queen Charlotte gave the characters in the main show more depth. This cast is way ahead of its time.
Crow Jewels, Episode 6’s “You Did Not Go Over the Wall” has to be my favorite scene. The joyful ending Charlotte was waiting for—an heir to carry on the family line—is finally revealed. The older George, who is mentally sick but nevertheless obeys Charlotte’s voice, is another character we encounter. Charlotte and George meet under the bed to “hide from “the heavens,” and they morph into their younger versions. “You did not go over the wall.” He beams with happiness as they are both lying under the bed. That was the final piece of the puzzle we required. In addition, Brimsley’s dancing scene may have made me cry out more, but I wouldn’t be doing the series justice if I had left it out. What a tragically beautiful story!
The end seemed like an emotional farewell between long-lost lovers, but we can only hope there will be a season 2. This six-part series is one I’d suggest binge-watching.
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