At the center of “Bridgerton” is Lady Whistledown, the mysterious scandal whose gossip is so hot that even Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) continues her column. However, Lady Whistledown isn’t just revealing juicy secrets – she’s a commentator polishing, jibing and suggesting conclusions, ensuring a reaction from London movers and shakers. The titular “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star may not be trading rumors, but if there’s one thing she knows how to do, it’s get a reaction.
Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) starts out as a quintessential 1950s housewife. However, all the perfectly cooked beef brisket in the world can’t stop her husband from letting her down. Midge is distraught … until she finds out about the stand-up. When she is on stage, she competes with Lady Whistledown for zinger supremacy. Midge rips through mid-century motherhood, cheating husbands, and parental pressure with enthralling villainy. Regency London is, in many ways, far removed from Midge’s New York City, which includes Jewish delis, bohemian nightclubs, and Columbia classrooms. But as viewers are seeing, the rigid mores of both worlds are ripe to be skewered.
Midge’s well-groomed mother Rose (Marin Hinkle) would be comfortable with the London shoot, and skeptical Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) would have a lot to say with Susie (Alex Borstein), Midge’s cantankerous manager. Fashions change, societal norms change and countries grow and shrink. But as’ Bridgerton ‘and’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ”, fatal burns remain eternal.