I’ve been seeing these funny gifs and photos with Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Tumblr for a couple of months now. Laughed at its reliability, reblogged it on my blog and that was it. It was stuck on my mind so I did some digging and finally found out the name of the show those gifs were from. Fleabag. In one day I finished both seasons of BBC’s show written by and staring already mentioned Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I can safely say Fleabag is the best show I have ever seen.
Let me tell you why.
Phoebe Waller-bridge plays the main role of a woman name Fleabag in Fleabag tv shows. It’s just 6, 20 minutes long episodes per season. The key element of the show is four-wall breaking. Fleabag is constantly talking to us. Her audience. Either she explains the current situation to us, the background of the story, or just some witty, sarcastic comments.
She’s blunt and honest. Her thoughts or facial expressions in random life situations is something every woman can relate to but is forbidden to express. The fact that the show about a woman is written by a woman has never been more visible and I’m so grateful for that.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is incredibly talented and so funny. There is no doubt in that and she’s proving herself in this work of art. I don’t think I ever related to a character as I do with Fleabag.
But it’s not all fun and games. Shit gets real.
The quotes expressed in the show resonates with me on a deeper level and I can’t stop thinking about them. To have someone voice your deepest thoughts is a gift.
Fleabag is always acting. Always performing. Always entertaining the imaginary audience. That’s what it’s like being a woman. You have this tiny voice at the back of your head reminding you to keep it sexy, keep it pretty. What if someone is watching. Even alone in your apartment, what if some guy is watching you through a peephole. Can’t put your walls down.
Can you imagine how freeing it must be not to perform all the time?
Fleabag is performing even at her therapy sessions and she keeps her face up until the very last moment of season one. That’s when we discover the truth about her past and what she did that earned her a life of misery.
We have a feeling we know her. She talks very openly about her sexuality and we think we know her because of her honesty. Truth is she hides her true self behind this honesty. She’s in control of what she shows and how she breaks the 4th wall. Until things get real and she’s developing romantic feelings. She doesn’t need to perform anymore because the one person who matters the most is the only one who can see through her act. The only one who crases the 4th wall with her.
The hot priest.
To be fair, if I got my own tv show where I would play the main role, I too would cast Andrew Scott as a hot priest so I could snog him. Most of the people I know had or have a little crush on Andrew. We can all collectively as a group agree that he is a very attractive man and an incredible actor. Here is fleabag he’s playing a priest. Very unconventional, a hot priest with vulgar vocabulary that makes his character even more interesting. He’s a dork and fleabag falls for him.
Fleabag has a profound way of fucking everything up.
Her relationships with people in her life are very complicated just like the real-life is. The realness of the character is what brings the audience to her. She’s our messed up friend.
Fleabag is a love story. A true love story where love is not always nice. There is this quote said by the father himself and it goes like this:
The show is full of great writing. Most of the time I was either stuck with the realness of that stuff or laughing out loud for the same reason. Anyway, I was mesmerized by the mare talent to put that amazing script together. I’m gonna show you two quotes I liked the most from 2 of the most intense moments of the show.