Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag: The Near-Perfect TV Show About Female Bonding and Desire

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It has been more than three years since Phoebe Waller-Bridge Flea Bag ended on a bittersweet note. The untitled protagonist, referred to as Fleabag by audiences, showed us what it was like to be a modern, out-of-this-world young woman in her twenties. Fleabag’s foot was stuck in the present where she lived in complete surrender and tackled the struggles of everyday life with what seemed like a lot of easy charm and good humor, even as she privately processed this heartbreaking moment of her past that had riddled her with guilt. Believing she was the cause of her friend’s death, she tried to fill the void with sex, thinking she could distract herself by forming random affairs or relationships, or being nonchalant about her responsibilities. , like earning a living and running your cafe. But the past has a way of catching up.

Through the show, creator-writer and actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge held up a mirror to most of us Millennials of what it was like to be confused about your personal and professional life. as you navigate between desires, dreams and death. Fleabag is interesting because it has so many people in it. When she’s alone she’s different, when she’s trying to flirt with someone she appears different, and when she interacts with her sister Claire, she puts on another version of herself. This it’s us most of the time. Through this mirror of humanity, Phoebe represents a young woman in love with herself and who still hates her choices. She brings up this dichotomy time and again through the character’s actions and conversations with the people around her. That’s why she might be a bit hard to like at first.

You, however, learn to love it with each passing episode. You love her for her clear statement of how much she wants sex, you love her for all those honest, multi-layered feelings she has for her godmother (an excellent Olivia Colman). You can’t help but love her for the amount of love and pain she has for boo, her late boyfriend. And finally, Phoebe, with the utmost conviction and honesty, gives insight into what it’s like to have a sister (an instantly likeable Sian Clifford). A sister/brother you admire, but also envy.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the show, Phoebe previously told BBC4 that the inspiration came to her when she was feeling her most cynical. “When I was in my twenties and felt pretty cynical, when I was on the verge of being too cynical or getting a little depressed from the pressures of society, and I was starting to realize the reality from the pressures that women are under – men too, but mostly women – I felt that if I looked up at the precipice, in the chasm below, at the bottom was Fleabag wearing lipstick and staring at me. was the worst-case scenario of some sort of spiral of self-loathing and judgment,” the writer-actor said.

It also helps that Flea bag is dotted with the most beautiful lines everywhere. Funny, charming and unpretentious, like its protagonist. Remember when she gave that little speech about the importance of hair, after Claire’s disastrously hilarious haircut? Or the moment when this banker from whom she wanted a loan, talks about starting over with his wife. Or when Andrew Scott’s handsome priest says those meaningful lines about life and love?

In 12 episodes lasting 30 minutes each, Phoebe Waller Bridge took us through a range of emotions that we are capable of feeling. And did it with honesty and hilarity. A combination that’s hard to find in life, let alone on a TV show. If that’s not a nearly perfect TV, what is?

You can stream both seasons of Fleabag on Amazon Prime Video.

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