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Armed with a killer bob and a quietly unhinged personality, Mary Louise proves to be an intimidating force for the Monterey Five in the season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies.
Season 2 doesn't feel like a necessary addition so much as an enjoyable epilogue - but it's still proven this group has plenty more to say.
Big Little Lies, which has so often been framed as a show about women behaving badly, reframes its characters' actions and motivations not by offering new plot points, but by slowly peeling back the motivations of the men who surround them.
On the basis of this first episode, it is very much top-quality business as usual, with an added and welcome garnish of Meryl Streep at her absolute Streepiest.
Big Little Lies, essentially, turns the eliciting of schadenfreude into an art form.
For now, just one episode in, it more than satisfied, if only for the chance to see these exceptionally well-drawn characters again.
Despite the heaviness of the undertones and the sinister implications of being found out, the first three episodes were highly entertaining.
You get the sense that [Mary Louise] could explode, literally or figuratively, at any moment. Which is to say: She makes a perfect Monterey resident.
Thus far, [Meryl] Streep, playing Perry's mother Mary Louise, is bringing a perfectly unnerving energy; it's not cruel, it's not violent, it's not malicious -- it's simply unpredictable.
Whichever way this season goes, the opening episode has done enough here to prove this show was worth resuscitating for another run.
At 39 minutes excluding catch-ups and credits, it's a very short episode that nevertheless packs in a lot of re-establishing detail about the lay of the land.
It's beautifully done, but much of the emotional action here is disjointed place-setting for what's to come, a mesmerizing retreading of what we know and an introduction to a world we have already been introduced to.
Forget closure. Forget questions. The premiere of Big Little Lies Season 2 delivers on what's really important about the show: spending time with our five wonderful wives.