My introduction to Phoebe Waller-Bridge? That feckless Solo movie where she was that idiotic droid that Lando was fucking (!).
Which is why I hesitated to check out the highly acclaimed Fleabag – which Waller-Bridge wrote and acted in – to my detriment. But as they say, better late than never.
The series is told from the perspective of a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy – her dire circumstances not helped by her dysfunctional relationships, whether with her family or various beaus. With voice-overs and the breaking of the 4th wall, Fleabag achieves a unique intimacy that is utterly engrossing TV.
The series is funny, risqué, emotional and traumatic with Waller-Bridge’s titular main character – we never find out what her real name is – able to run the gamut from witty to pathetic, from charismatic to unlikable – keeping the audience fluid as to how they feel about the character.
The main thread of the series revolves around Boo, Fleabag’s deceased BFF & business partner, who is the subject/object of her innate brokenness. The finale reveals her dark secret – a traumatising moment of weakness that she is unable to overcome.
Do not miss Fleabag! Now for season 2!!
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