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Sensational performances aside, "I Want to Know" struggles to stick the landing with questionable writing and a lackluster ending.
Despite everything, Season 2 of Big Little Lies gave me much pleasure. And not only for its superficial aesthetic qualities. Mostly, it's because I love the characters, who are messy, flawed, damaged, and still frequently sympathetic.
Ultimately, the contentious follow-up season offered plenty of spectacle, but it couldn't deliver a cohesive story with believable, compelling development.
The electricity of the performances pumped into existence a thousand memes, but the currents were not strong enough to distract us from the weak plot.
But the drama's attempt to portray the messiness of marriages, the strange wisdom of children, the personal disasters hidden behind life's daily detritus is still sophisticated, curiously non-judgmental and, ultimately, powerfully moving.
I'd classify season 2 as a solid B compared to season 1's A high bar. It got to do some valuable things: flesh out the character of Ed, show the ramifications of life after abuse with Celeste and the boys, give us many more Renata memes.
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 [David E] Kelley's part.
Well. OK. So there was not a ton of plot, per se, this season, the last and almost certainly final chapter in a miniseries turned not so mini. But wasn't Big Little Lies always about the atmosphere?
Thankfully, the team behind Big Little Lies knew that less is more, and instead of going big or insisting on spelling out unnecessary details, we got an ending that remained true to the characters and didn't insult our intelligence.
As far as series finales go, it's been wrapped up in a neat (albeit just a little loose) bow, with most story line culminations satisfying and others being a bit of a let down.
Knowing that the Monterey Five decided to just show up -- to face their lie, and face it together -- can provide some much needed closure for such a big event in our lives.
The lies were weak, a little pointless, and not particularly compelling. What's the point of Big Little Lies if it's not all about fascinating, dramatic lies?
Bless Renata Klein [Laura Dern], the MVP of this finale episode and all of Season 2.