I do think that regardless of our circumstances, we should be more mindful of how we treat others so that was an issue I had. Fleabag is dealing with the loss of her best friend and I do not know what I would do if I was in her situation. I ended season 1 absolutely hating Fleabag as it is revealed that she and her best friend’s boyfriend hooked up. It should have made me more aware of how I deal with trauma but it didn’t make me like Fleabag any less.
Season 2 begins about a year after the end of Season 1 and Fleabag, though still a mess, has her life more figured out. She kinder to herself and the people around her and I really appreciated her growth as a person. While I didn’t love her, I felt for her. The ups and downs of family, of sisterhood, and of love were all relatable to a certain extent. Overall, I liked Fleabag (the show and character) a lot more in season 2 as compared to season 1!
Claire, her sister
|I wanted this picture to be as big as possible so everyone could be as confused as I was to find him so attractive|
One of my favorite parts of this show is how Fleabag breaks the fourth wall (more on that below) and how *surprise* the priest notices when she does it! The first person in this entire show to notice that she takes moments to herself is the one person who she thinks understands her best. This aded another layer to their relationship and made certain aspects even worse for me to bare.
Fleabag’s dad and stepmother/godmother
Season 2, on the other hand, does not waste a single word or moment or scene. All of the cast deliver their lines with great precision and the story itself flows better. It’s clear that Waller-Bridge has become a better writer and has a firm understanding of the characters she is writing about. All of the characters are fleshed out better and feel even more real and I loved every second of it. The introduction to the priest as a love interest to Fleabag was very well done. Even though we can surmise what the ending for these two will be, his character doesn’t feel like emotional growth fodder. He isn’t there just to teach Fleabag something about herself because a good bit of their interaction also has to do with him and his wants and needs. Does he teach Fleabag something? Yes. Does she grow as a person because of him? Yes. But so does he. Fleabag is just as big a part of his story as he is to her and I loved that.
Breaking the fourth wall
I wanted to separately talk about this aspect of the show apart from everything else because it really brings the writing and the acting together. I did not know how well breaking the fourth wall could work in a television show but Fleabag manages to intergrade the aspect into its storytelling flawlessly. It was jarring at first when Fleabag does it for the first time but it soon becomes a regular occurrence to the point where I can guess who it will happen again.
I think having this story told from Fleabag’s open perspective is what leads to this aspect working so well. There is such a clear voice that Fleabag has (and kudos to Waller-Bridge’s writing and acting) that it’s not out of the ordinary for her to tell us exactly what she thinks when she thinks it. It’s her way of getting away and narrating her story as she sees fit. I love the idea of telling your story, taking a minute to pause and share your thoughts with those “watching,” and moving onwards. It’s refreshing and well done and I love it. This made me want more shows where characters break the fourth wall. I didn’t realize how much it adds to characterization.
And that concludes this post! My words don’t do this show justice and I hope that everyone will give it a chance. It is raunchy and very sexual but so heartfelt at the same time. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whose Killing Eve is also amazing, delivers such a poignant depiction of a woman dealing with grief and the turbulences of everyday life and it’s worth watching at least once (if not more).