FLEABAG

The smut and smarts from the ace BBC Three sit­com

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -

1 COMIC ASIDES

Phoebe Waller-bridge’s Fleabag was per­haps the most com­pli­cated char­ac­ter on TV last year: sex­u­ally vo­ra­cious (she mas­tur­bates to obama talk­ing about democ­racy), an­gry, mis­chievous and griev­ing. From the get-go we are given in­sights into her psy­che from con­spir­a­to­rial asides to cam­era.

2 TUBE TALES

Episode two opens with Fleabag on the Lon­don Un­der­ground. A beat starts on the sound­track and the other pas­sen­gers con­tort their faces into silent screams, then go back to nor­mal. The sur­real cy­cle re­peats un­til Fleabag turns to cam­era and quips, “I think my pe­riod is com­ing.”

3 SMALLER THINGS

For all the sex talk, Waller-bridge’s writ­ing is also touch­ing and pro­found. When Fleabag at­tends a well­ness re­treat, she runs into the Bank Man­ager (Hugh Den­nis) who turned her down for a loan. on a vow of si­lence, she can only lis­ten to the small things he wants in life, per­fectly de­liv­ered by Den­nis.

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