I was recommended this series almost half an year ago by my professor. But I just couldn’t/didn’t watch it. If I like any series, I end up binge-watching it. So I am scared to start watching TV series now-a-days. Perks of being a PhD scholar!
Then I read an article recently on the season 2 of this particular series. I skipped the reviews and the spoilers with a hope that someday I am going to watch it myself and I did not want to ruin the experience.
Finally, with two days of respite from my mundane routine, I sat down and binge-watched the series over a weekend. And I cannot thank my professor enough for recommending me this. It is a piece of sheer brilliance.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, an English actress, writer and director in her thirties is the mastermind behind this project. One cannot fathom the depth of her intelligence and talents. She is THE epitome of a clever, talented and strong modern woman.
Fleabag is a story of a modern young British woman played by Phoebe herself. She rolls and bounces back with what life has to offer her in the busy and expensive London city. It could have been just any other generic story of the idea of modern living and love. But Waller-Bridge’s clever and most humourous lines carry the story far, far beyond average.
The most significant of the crafts in the series is the fourth wall-the audience/us/the gaze (as you will). I am reminded of the Bertolt Brechtian (a twentieth century German playwright) tool of the fourth wall to alienate the audience from the audience while watching a play. Through such alienation, he attempted to provide the largely working class audience to think and ponder over the issues being portrayed in his plays.
I have also seen this tool of the fourth wall in the series House of Cards.
But the use of the fourth wall is by far the best in Fleabag. You will realise you are a part of this real life drama. You can even relate to Fleabag’s anguish and suffocation in a busy London metropolis.
The second season very cleverly breaks this fourth wall. (You will know why!). Thus, exposing the materiality of us audience in the process. I just loved this bit.
This series may at points in time appear pessimistic but if you really delve into the metaphors, you will realise that actually this is a fantastic example of a very optimistic piece. It depicts life as we know it. And it teaches us that no matter what, no matter how broken we are, we NEED to overcome through all our weaknesses and problems. We NEED to move on.
Here are some of my favourite lines from Fleabag. They describe life for us. I hope you like them too.
If you haven’t watched this series, please do. Let me know how did you like it?
Which are your favourite TV series?
I would like to hear from you.