Rating (2.5 out of 3)
Summary: After such a fun and whimsical Season 1, Season 2 of “Big Little Lies” is a giant let down. The show slowed dramatically compared to the previous season and lacked key humor and pithy moments luring me to Season 1. I caught myself rolling my eyes constantly at flashbacks and other random scenes. “Big Little Lies” became a chore to push through to the end. I pray they let this be the last.
Plot: The Monterey 5 as they are known, each face their own separate crisis, while struggling with the guilt from their involvment in the the death of Celeste’s (Nicole Kidman) husband.
Detail: The show focuses on Celeste’s battle with her mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Meryl Streep). While her court case battle with Celeste was the high point of the show, and Celeste was an excellent replacement for Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). However, the schtick became old, when the other woman consistently responded poorly to her ploys.
I found the big final court case, even a bit overly dramatic, staged and gimmicky. With knowing how the season ends, this was a prop then to setup the third season. Season 1 flowed effortlessly to a perfectly natural conclusion, whereas this season forced an end.
I missed Madeline (Reese Witherspoon). She made the first Season. Her being a sad sack, really brought down the show. Even when things worked against her in Season 1 she was a fighter, and that was missing.
Renata (Laura Dern) was always intense. After her husband forces them into bankruptcy and cheats on her, she moves over a line from intense to insane. The two characters change in tone was an example of what happened throughout the show. This character tone change irked me the whole way through the show.
I was profoundly disappointed by this season.