Series Review: Big Little Lies, Season 2

big little liesI like limited series. Sometimes it’s nice to have a proper closure to the story with no cliffhangers, which is what the ending of Big Little Lies, Season 1 is all about.
Unfortunately, series and movie makers these days rarely let go of an opportunity to milk an old idea, serving us reboots of kiddies movies such as “The Lion King” as well as more seasons of series that don’t need them.
Even when the following seasons are still good I often have a feeling that they’re unnecessary and this is my main complaints about season 2 of “Big Little Lies”.

A quick recap of season 1 is that Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) in defence of her friend, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) kills her abusive husband, Perry (Alexander Skarskgard). He s also raped Jane (Shailene Woodley) and unknowingly fathered her child. Apart from the three ladies, there are two other women present at the crime scene – Madeline (Reese Whiterspoon) and Renata (Laura Dern). All five of them decide to testify that the man slipped and fell off the stairs. Sorted, bye bye, the limited series ends here.
In season 2 it turns out that the detective in charge of the case is more than unwilling to accept the results of the investigation. She knows something else happened that night and she wants to prove it. Perry’s mother (Meryl Streep) who moves in with Celeste to help her with her children after the tragedy agrees with the detective’s theory.
Apart from the main storyline there’s some additional drama from the previous season to deal with: Jane struggling with the rape trauma and Madeline having marital trouble. There’s also some added tension in Renata’s and Bonnie’s life to top it up.

All in all, it’s a decent series to watch. We learn more about the characters we met in season 1 and it’s all more or less psychologically plausible. There’s some action and some excitement to even potentially make you binge. There are also some overly dramatic elements to it and season 2 gets soapy at times in the way that season 1 didn’t.
The significance of female friendship is the most important recurring theme. It’s nice to see it as it’s contrary to the usual stereotype that women are being horrible to one another.

Still, it all feels a bit pointless and repetitive. It’s like eating a double portion of chocolate pudding, when you felt satisfied after one.
I don’t want to give any spoilers but the ending is even more definite in season 2 than it was in season 1. This is why Season 3 isn’t really on the cards as the producers don’t see an obvious story line for it (duh!).

Final thoughts: Meh, next!

Have you seen “Big Little Lies”? Do you like limited series? Do you agree that often producers keep some series going for too long? Let me know what you think!

9 comments

  1. Have watched the S1. Have not watched S2 yet but I’m downloading the episodes to binge watch later. Kinda disappointed that Alexander Skargard was killled in S1 would liked to hv seen more of his character in a victim role like being convicted of rape and a divorced broken man.

    Agree with you in lol the recycled story lines. It’s like everyone has writers block no one coming up with original story lines or ones tha rally blow your mind. I am kinda impressed with Jordan Peele’s work. Like how his mind works in an Alfred Hitchcock kinda way.

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    • Yes, I think it would be nice to see how Perry coped with that. Perhaps he would even manage to grow as a person? We’ll never know. I won’t spoil it for you but you’ll see a bit of him in S2 🙂 Let me know what you think when you’re done.

      I LOVE Jordan Peele. He’s absolutely amazing and his movies are so much more than just horror movies: they’re full of social commentary and there are so many references that you can never find them all, even if you read many interpretations. He’s also so unpredictable! A lot like Hitchcock as you say.
      Unfortunately, I think a lot of young artists like him never manage to break through because of safe decisions of producers and film makers who prefer to recycle stories…

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      • So true, I don’t see any Peele’s work as horror. Like you say they are full of social commentary. People labelled Hitchcock as master of Horror but I don’t see his work as Horror either, he wrote fore his time.
        I’m using all the will power I have to NOT dive into Big Little Lies S2. But I’ll wait because I can’t wait a week to see what happens next. 🙂

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      • It’s okay to give up to temptation sometimes 😉

        Re Peele and Hitchcock – I agree. I think that horror is just a label for “contains scary elements” and is often treated like sci-fi and fantasy as genres that are not really “serious” and therefore dismissed even though you can find real gems there.
        Have you ever tried reading Stephen King? He has a bad rep but his books are actually full of great human drama that’s relatable. I think “Under the Dome” and “The Stand” are the best examples of great writing that’s scary on many, many levels.

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      • Have I ever read Stephen King? Is that a trick question? I’m his number 1 fan😉 Have been reading his books since high school. The Ines you mentioned are my favourite among others 🤗🤗

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