Lady Parts Episode 2.02: Bridget Jones's Baby

"Can't go back and keep making same mistakes when I can make new ones."
What to do when your typically static lovelife takes on a new lease in life, and leads to an unexpected life choice? For Britain's favourite hapless single, Bridget Jones, there is never a simple answer.
Bridget is 15 years older and still unlucky in love, but gloriously is wiser and more supportive of her own needs, both in a relationship and career.
There's something compelling about this series. It's not beautifully shot or visually moving, but this series knows how to structure a story, how to complement it with pop music, and how to endear you to ridiculously annoying characters.

It's nice to see this character progress in a natural and realistic way. It's rare to see women in their 40s represented with affection and positively when it comes to pregnancy - rather than shrewish, desperate or shrill. It's also to see Bridget genuinely explore the idea of singledom. No more bound by the idea of the perfect relationship, she's making great choices about her own life. As she has grown and changed, so too has her support network. Friends with kids, friends with their own life challenges, friends whose lives continue beyond the screen and beyond Bridget.

There's a few elements missing that were established as a through-line for the series, such as the Jones's Christmas Turkey Curry, Bridget's diary writing, and the fighting of foppishly, awkward, middle-aged men, but gifts us with some new doozies like puppetry euphemisms, screaming children, and Emma Thompson's OB-GYN and Patrick Dempsey's Jack Qwant. Seriously, Jack is bloody glorious. His new-age man fantastically contrasts the uptight, zipped up Mark Darcy. Their bromance is a surprising delight and nice point of difference to most of the bullshit male characters that feature in romcoms. It is, however, bewildering to continue seeing middle-aged career folk completely oblivious to social media and the hatred for new-gen, professional hipsters. The biggest misstep in this fun film - rivaled only by the church election subplot for parents.

May be the best scene in the whole series
It's schlocky and rom-commy, but it works and is a lot of fun. More feminist that your Diary.

Check out episode 2.02 of Lady Parts Podcast online.


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