Review of Fleabag’s First Season: A Refreshing, Binge-Worthy Dark Comedy!
Several people compare Ricky Gervais’ “The Office” to Phoebe Waller-dark Bridge’s comedy Fleabag. The story of a fearless woman in her early 30s is told in this modern London-based television series. When it comes to her thoughts about both herself and other people, the protagonist is highly outspoken. She doesn’t hold back when stating what she thinks, breaking the fourth wall and engaging the audience in conversation.
Fleabag, the owner of a struggling cafe, seems to apply for a business loan over the course of six episodes, engages in conflicts with her politely disgusting stepmother, has a love-hate relationship with her more experienced sister, and manages a clueless boyfriend and a hookup. She had flashbacks of a sad occurrence that included her late closest friend, who was also her business partner, throughout the course of the season. However, Fleabag rejects anyone who even suggests trying to help her since she is constantly angry and inconsolable.
Because Fleabag is based on a play that had its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2013, which served as the idea for the production, it doesn’t quite feel like a typical performance. Fleabag was created after Waller-Bridge was obliged to compose a script for a 10-minute piece right before a stand-up storytelling event.
Diverting attention is a skill at that Waller-Bridge excels. She captivates you with her amusing Fleabag stories, and then, just when you think you’ve become acclimated to the best cringe comedy scenarios, Waller-Bridge reveals the key to removing Fleabag’s armor. She is entirely exposed to the public as her guinea pig eatery struggles throughout the season, and we get an unfiltered look of a person attempting to deal with guilt.
Fleabag initially gives off the idea that she is in control of her life, but it gradually becomes apparent to us that she has no control over her insatiable sex urge. It actually seems to be out of control as it spreads. Fleabag also finds the ongoing unhealthy competition that exists inside gender to be both alluring and revolting.
The protagonist of the show has a slap-in-the-face attitude, and the show stands out for its rebellious intensity. Ms. Waller-Bridge is adept at mixing unapologetically confessional behavior with humorous theatricality, which enables her to tap into real emotional reserves of rage, terror, and especially profound melancholy.
Although breaking the fourth wall is a common storytelling technique, Waller-Bridge appears to be employing it in a way that makes you feel more than just like an audience member and more like a friend she may not know well but who she is clicking with. The main character captivates us by speaking straight to us and disclosing all of her disgusting thoughts and point of view. Due to the narration and humorous bits, you also feel rather close to the protagonist.
It’s used for commentary, but it also acts as a means to demonstrate some vulnerability and give the audience a peek into her most private thoughts. It gives the impression that you are taking the place of Boo because she seems to be testing whether you can laugh alongside her as opposed to laughing at her. If you stop to think about it, you’ll realize that she’s hiding some internal sorrow behind the onslaught of clever remarks she throws our way.
Another obvious indication that something is awry is Fleabag’s unquenchable craving for sex. She seems to be compensating for a life-altering incident that went badly wrong with unsatisfying sexual experiences with strangers. Not to mention that she is luring us in to support her delusion that all is well.
Waller-Bridge excels at developing people that aren’t very likable, much less beloved, but who are yet eminently sympathetic. The fact that our protagonist is a morally dubious character distinguishes the show since it makes her appear more sympathetic. Phoebe Waller-Bridge portrays Fleabag, the main character in the television series. Phoebe is great in her performance and masterfully combines wit, rage, and loss.
Another excellent actor is Sian Clifford, who plays the character Claire on the show. She portrays the perfectionist sister who is equally affected by her life decisions brilliantly and fully owns her character. Olivia Colman, who plays Fleabag’s godmother and stepmother, does a fantastic job in the part as well. She excels at playing the adversarial stepmother, who is valiant yet passive-aggressive.
The protagonist of Fleabag feels so compassionate, even though some of her mistakes are unforgivable, that we can’t help but root for her. Fleabag is an emotional roller coaster. The show is tragic, heartwarming, sad, and entertaining all at once. The plot, witticisms, usage of the fourth wall, and the different characters’ redemption arcs all flow together flawlessly. This is a fantastic watch.