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EntertainmentBig Little Lies’ season 2 finale ends on a lackluster, disappointing note

07:05  22 july  2019
07:05  22 july  2019 Source:   vox.com

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The note that Big Little Lies ends on simultaneously says that when a woman is genuinely bugged about something, there’s no way she can let it go. But it also speaks to the fierce way that women rally around each other in a crisis and push petty rivalries to the side for the sake of each other and their

That said, Big Little Lies does feature a climactic death in the final moments of its final episode. Though the series ends with an idyllic beachside picnic featuring every one of our heroines—Monterey has become such a feminist utopia that Celeste and her friends can brazenly drink wine on a public

Big Little Lies’ season 2 finale ends on a lackluster, disappointing note © Merie W. Wallace/HBO

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Big Little Lies capped off a controversial second season with a self-destructive finale that ripped apart the tenuous bonds of the “Monterey Five,” so the city has dubbed its conspiratorial suburban moms.

Throughout season two, the show has never seemed to know exactly what its theme really was or, more crucially, how that theme might relate to its ensemble of characters. With Meryl Streep joining the cast, all other characters — with the meme-able exception of Laura Dern’s Renata — seemed to be pushed aside for her character Mary Louise’s personal battle with her ex-daughter in law, Celeste (Nicole Kidman).

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Giving Big Little Lies a second season was always a bit bizarre. Originally constructed as a limited series, the show from David E. Kelley and Liane Moriarty told a tight and gorgeous tale of abuse, anger, murder, and secrets starring If Big Little Lies Season 2 ends on a death, it better be a big one.

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That lack of attention elsewhere meant that the drama lagged so badly in spots that it seemed to mirror the ways in which the production itself reportedly suffered behind the scenes; the season’s directionless writing was unable to be salvaged by a strong directorial hand. Ironically, director Andrea Arnold may have been subjected to the same kind of male interference, in this case from her producers, that the show’s women characters have spent most of their time trying to escape. And in the last episode, boy, it showed.

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Season 1 creator, writer and executive producer David E. Kelley will be tackling each script, based on a story by best-selling author Liane Moriarty. What’s happening behind the scenes? Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as executive producers for the series — Kidman through Blossom Films

The 31-second promotional preview for “What Have They Done?” apparently seems to indicate that Big Little Lies will tie up a lot of loose ends to many While all the deep truths hopefully unravel on Big Little Lies , a look at the Season 2 finale in the fresh promo below does not really tell too many tales

The custody battle took up too much focal time and left the show struggling to remember what it was doing with the rest of its characters

Because the secret of season one’s sorta-murder is extremely flimsy, this season has tried — and mostly failed — to build tension through the custody battle between Celeste and Mary Louise. But the last-minute gambit of “I Want To Know,” in which Celeste decided to turn the tables and personally interrogate Mary Louise, was flat-out ridiculous. The much-threatened courtroom drama over Celeste’s husband’s death never fully materialized, and the reveal of the oft-hinted-at details behind the death of Mary Louise’s other son turned the in-court boxing match between the two women into the kind of over-the-top soap opera theatrics this show has never quite learned how to balance with its straight-faced tone and deeply earnest acting.

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Tonight is the season 2 finale of " Big Little Lies ". Get the rundown on how to watch the show Tonight is the season 2 finale of Big Little Lies , which airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. CT, on the Season two was a chance for everyone involved to end [the franchise] in a way that feels satisfying.”

Big Little Lies ended its seven-episode run with the finale premiere viewership +64% above the February debut. There are currently no plans for a second season of Big Little Lies but HBO is said to be leaving the door open if the creative team behind the limited series, which includes writer David

As for the other members of the Five, the episode seemed to hand-wave their storylines into the sunset. Renata continued to get mad at her horrible husband without actually leaving him. Madeline’s storyline got a nonchalant resolution. Jane finally had sex with her new boyfriend, Corey — and the less said about that plot point, the better. Bonnie, who was stuck most of the season in the hospital staring at the walls, was the one member of the Five with the most to lose and the least support. This episode saw her lackluster, whatever-ish storyline simply dissipate, all of the strange symbolic foreshadowing that’s accompanied her throughout the season completely abandoned in the end.

And as for the titular Big Little Lie? It, too, is resolved without much fanfare — which means it also carries no emotional weight as a season-ender.

While the performances were as solid as ever, the writing in this finale continually turned into a slog that often seemed like self-congratulatory circle-jerking on Kelley’s part. The writing overall has been this season’s biggest weakness — tied with the apparent clash in vision between this season’s director, Andrea Arnold, and last season’s director, Jean-Marc Vallée.

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Arnold reportedly lost her authorial stamp over the season after Vallée allegedly took over the show’s direction and overwrote much of her work without her knowledge. To a large degree, the lost dramatic threads of this season, particularly where characters like Jane and Bonnie are concerned, have felt like casualties of Arnold’s sidelining — as though somewhere in-between Vallée’s choppy editing and jump cuts are scenes where we could have gotten a richer sense of each character’s internal stakes.

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By this final episode, it certainly seemed that season two had spent more time romantically remembering and humanizing Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), Celeste’s abusive and violent late husband, than it had spent with most of the other women in the ensemble. We’ve definitely, inexplicably, followed the men of the show around as they navigated their rocky relationships with their wives and each other more than we engaged with the erratic trajectories of these women and their friendships.

The irony of Bonnie declaring in this episode that her mother, who’s spent the last half of the season in a coma, “is a good listener now” would be funny if it weren’t so painfully obvious that Kelley hadn’t been listening to the elements that made its first season so successful. Even Celeste’s ultimate courtroom victory feels perfunctory, its moments of poignance and dramatic irony weighted down by the season’s palpable disinterest in its own characters.

“The lie is the friendship,” Celeste tells Madeline, regarding the five-way friendship formed out of Perry’s death. But the real lie seems to be that Big Little Lies was ever really committed to exploring those friendships meaningfully for longer than a single season to begin with.

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