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Despite its wonky editing and overreliance of soap opera tropes, Nicole Kidman's searing performance as the broken but embattled Celeste helps anchors, "The Bad Mother."
Each emotional crescendo, as the season draws to a close, might have offered new observations about the trauma that hovers over these characters, the way fog lingers over the crashing waves of the Pacific. Instead: Melodrama wins the day.
Without a single grounding force, Big Little Lies has gone totally off the rails, running out of story at the same time its audience has run out of patience.
It is odd that series two of Big Little Lies has not become the talking point that series one did. It is just as good, and [Nicole] Kidman is delivering one of the performances of the year. May prizes rain upon her.
To have these six women appearing in a series together is an absolute gift, and the series still looks beautiful, with Monterey's volatile waves reflecting the inner lives of our conflicted cast of characters.
Zoë Kravitz deserves an Emmy for many moments throughout this season, but the confession scene on The Bad Mother blows everything out of the water.
It's most clear, I think, in last night's penultimate episode of this season, The Bad Mother which again careens us between moments quite fantastic and cathartic and others that continue to suspend our greatest disbelief.
Even when Mary Louise is quiet, her presence can still be felt.
As excited as I am to see Celeste and Mary Louise face off, Celeste's time in court is heartbreaking to sit through, and that fits in with the overall theme of the episode.
The most heartwrenching moment of the episode however was Bonnie's confession to her mother, calling her out for the abuse she endured from her as a child and holding her responsible for making her lash out and kill Perry.
When it comes to Big Little Lies, we're all aware that there are lots of questions still unanswered this season. But throughout the season, one problem has remained constant: Perry Wright.
With only one episode left in the series, it doesn't seem possible to get a resolution to all of the stories, so the focus seems to be narrowing to the final fight between the two women in Perry's life.
With all the melodrama stripped away, Big Little Lies is really about how society doesn't trust women.