I kind of feel that way too. I strongly suspect that the most of Bonnie's mom plot was left on the cutting room floor. I think there is a reason we got 45 minute episodes, and it hurt.
The other plots, the things I care about along with watching Meryl and Nicole chew the scenery? Things like Madeline telling Ed the truth, or Ed finally having good sex, or some explanation for Bonnie's mother, or her marriage, or watching Renata do more than rage? Not there, and I strongly suspect it's because they were the cuts Vallee made.
I kind of got that. Bonnie was done with lies. I don't think her intent was to hurt him, but simply to not drown in yet another lie. As for her husband? At least now he knows how his first wife felt, and really, maybe he will grow from that. At heart, Bonnie was a very truthful person, and sometimes, truth does hurt, but in the end, it's better than lies.
Hello! It's also idiotic to not have them each show up WITH their attorneys. She's a lawyer, she KNOWS THAT. (sigh)
I feel like the story was there, but it was cut to ribbons, and so none of it held together. Style over substance, and incredible acting, but in the end, it's empty of substance, or logic.
Well said, and I agree, except I seriously think the "abandoned plot threads" were because of the slash and burn editing. I think the characters and their decisions were probably much more fleshed out, but Vallee had this stylized dreamy vision in mind, and wanted this to be more of a homage to his work, than to make any real sense.
They didn't even USE 7 hours. As Rolling Stone says in it's finale recap, "But my goodness, did it become frustrating watching these world-class performers give their all to such sketchy material. Too often, Season Two felt like a very long and expensive collection of deleted scenes from Season One — only displayed because they existed and the acting was wonderful, not because it was necessary, or at times even good, storytelling. Episodes tended to clock in around 45 minutes, on the extremely short side for pay cable, yet the amount of time devoted to characters staring at the ocean made them feel padded even at that length." That works out to 5 hours and 25 minutes! HBO would have given them as much time and as many episodes as they wanted.
I really wish they would release the "original directors cut" of this thing, because something tells me, we would know and care about Bonnie's mom, and the rest of the cast much more, and that it would make a certain kind of sense.
Maybe there is a scene of the women discussing turning themselves in, for example, or at least Maddy telling her husband what happened. SOMETHING. Or Detective Franny would be more than a hulking presence out there in the dark.
I did too, and it might have made the wedding plan actually mean something. More than that though, I wanted to see Maddy really love him, all the way, and mean it.
Did we even get a resolve to Tits Magee?
At the very least, I would have enjoyed seeing the resolve to that, whether or not actual sex happened.
I'm not satisfied with them all just walking into the police station either, it's corny and pat beyond belief. WHY? Where are their lawyers? Why no conversation about that? Why didn't we see them make that decision together. What about the ramifications for each of them, they will be admitting to obstruction of justice at the very least.
Again, style over substance, which? Pahfooie.