Saturday 15 June 2019

A recap of the biggest moments of Big Little Lies ahead of Season 2

School yard fights, extra-marital affairs and acts of vengeance - there’s no denying that Big Little Lies has provided a lot of memorable TV moments since it first appeared on our screens back in 2017.

Set in an idyllic seaside town in California, the show contains a potent mix of intrigue, witty barbs and likeable characters.

Big Little Lies - which is based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name - is not your average drama series. It’s smart, honest and brutal when it needs to be.

While viewers may have been attracted to the show by the impressive cast (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern) they stayed for the gripping storyline and realistic portrayal of female relationships.

The show will finally return to our screens this summer with episodes streaming weekly on NOW TV from June 10. Before we rejoin the Monterey Five, we thought we would take a quick look at their best bits from season one (spoilers included).

Episode 1: School drop-off

This scene sets the tone for the entire show. When Madeline (Witherspoon) drops her daughter off at her first-grade orientation, she quickly sinks her claws into a teenage driver that is blocking her way.

After her triumphant put-down, Madeline twists her ankle (stilettos might have been a bad choice for the school run). Hurt and embarrassed, she turns to new mum Jane (Woodley) for help. Immediately, we can tell that Jane is different. She doesn’t have a perfect curly blow-dry, designer clothes or a spotless Range Rover. She is the outsider and this fact will play a key role in the episodes to come.

Episode 2: The yoga class

In this scene, we see Madeline and Celeste (Kidman) practicing yoga at their local studio. It’s supposed to be calm and serene but when Madeline spots her ex-husband Nathan with his new wife Bonnie (Kravitz), her Zen is quickly broken.

She spends the entire class dishing out insults. When the class is finally over, the teacher suggests that she join a premenopausal yoga class, which provokes the kind of reaction you’d expect from Madeline. Let’s just say it included hand gestures and a whole lot of cursing. Not the kind of mantra you’d expect to hear in a yoga class.

Madeline doesn’t hate Bonnie - she is simply jealous of her youth and passion. This resentment could possibly lead to more drama in season two, especially as the two women work together to parent wild child, Chloe (Darby Camp).

Episode 3: A human side to Renata

Big Little Lies highlights a universal fact - being a mother is hard. This is clearly evident in the scene where Renata swallows her pride and rings Madeline. She knows that she needs to make peace with her rival if she wants her daughter to have a great birthday party.

Before this episode, Renata seems like a one-dimensional villain. Afterward, the audience begins to see her true nature. Yes, she is sometimes rude and out of touch but she is also just a working mother who is trying to ensure the safety of her child? Will we get to see more of Renata’s good side in season two?

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Episode 4: Madeline’s denial

In episode four, we find out more about Madeline’s past. Up until this point she is depicted as a razor-sharp, cutting individual who is not afraid of anyone. However, as the show progresses we start to see her vulnerability.

Madeline is trapped in an unhappy marriage. In fact, the only thing that seems to bring her joy is the school production of Avenue Q. Her storyline gets an interesting twist when she is kissed by Joseph, director of the Monterey Theatre group.

The editing of this scene is fantastic. Just when Joseph leans in for a kiss, the show cuts to a shot of Celeste’s shocked face as she listens to Madeline recount the story. The shots bounce between Madeline recounting the story and what actually happened, perfectly demonstrating that not all friendships are truly honest.

Will the affair come to light in the upcoming episodes? We can’t wait to find out.

Episode 5: The therapy scene

Control and violence are key themes in Big Little Lies. One of the most emotional scenes takes place during Celeste’s therapy sessions. While she refuses to say much, every head shake, hand tremor or sideward glance seems full of pain.

Viewers feel helpless as they watch this vulnerable woman reveal the pain she has endured. Throughout it all, she defends their relationship, further highlighting the complexities of abusive relationships. Celeste’s storyline is a key component in the season finale and no doubt karma will have a big part to play in season two.

Episode 7: Closing scene

One of the best moments in season one has to be the closing scene. Following a very dramatic turn of events at the school fundraiser and the subsequent police interviews, we see the Monterey Five walking along the beach with their children.

This is a changing point for the women. They are now bonded together for life thanks to the tragedy they have witnessed. As the Rolling Stone’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” plays in the background there is a sense of satisfaction but also intrigue. Will the world find out the truth in season two? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

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