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  1. jeansheridan

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    As I feared, David E. Kelly loves courtroom dramatics. This sucked so hard other than Kidman did her best and I love the character actress playing the judge. And Renata's snarled comment to Celeste's crappy, silent lawyer. I do like that Perry's death didn't "heal" Celeste and that she is clearly working through some major issues. The random sex would be okay if it made her feel better, but bringing strange men home and getting blackout drunk/drugged around the boys is concerning. She needs a lot of help. Jane gives me hope. She does seem the one who can take on Mary Louise. But damn, how on Earth did she get Ziggy to tell her about the gun???
  2. jeansheridan

    Big Little Lies in the Media

    I don't really feel a major tone difference. If the story is accurate it is a pity and unfortunate any director was treated that way. She is getting good performances out of everyone. It may explain why Renata is all the place but everyone else makes sense to me. I just think there wasn't enough story for a second season. I am enjoying it but Kelly clearly loves courtroom dramas which is my least favorite television trope. I don't think Moriarty has any courtroom stuff in any of her novels. She is much more domestic/doctor focused. I deeply hated what the director did to Sharp Objects in the cutting room. How he ended that show was a serious error in judgement.
  3. jeansheridan

    Fleabag

    While I understand wanting more, I hope PWB resists. In my opinion the problem with television is that there is a temptation over a long series to make a character likeable. So, sure, there can be a redemption arc but after that is complete? Where do you go? The character spins her wheels either growing bland or not making sense any more. With two and done you can have her father say Fleabag is the only one who can really feel everything and it feels like a lovely summary of this character. And I like imagining Claire running through the airport, but I don't need to see Klare again. Sure, Phoebe can write something but do I need to see it? Would it make me love Claire more? Nope. It's a very different show but if you are longing for a small, short gem, try Spaced by Simon Pegg. It is mostly geeky but also oddly romantic. It's his first show. He's very young. It has elements of Crashing in it.
  4. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    So this supports the theory that ML is just trying to put pressure on everyone to find out the truth about Perry's death. It doesn't matter if she has a realistic chance. And Celeste is so stressed she can't see straight. I wonder why the show keeps opening on the aftermath of his fall. I know it is partially to show they are all preoccupied with that moment (except Madeline, right? She seems square with it). But are there possibly clues we are missing? Or do I watch too much Westworld?
  5. jeansheridan

    Small Talk: PTA Meetings

    Moriarty has had at least two big hits--What Alice Forgot (which would suit Reese as a solo project) and this one and I never thought Big Little Lies was all that great of a book. It has a weird tone problem. Slapstick at first and then it gets heavy. And I didn't like the Husband's Secret either. She is very readable and I love the Australian setting a lot. And her sisters write too which is neat. Very Bronte. I had a weird idea for the show. Would you watch one episode primarily from the kids' POV? Because they are all going through big changes and stresses as well. And I think the kid actors could manage it. The older actors would still be in scenes but we'd hear overheard conversations. And see Chloe holding court with all her gossip. And find out if both twins really are cool about Ziggy (I don't they both like him).
  6. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    That's true but I think of Ed as being there for Abigail since she was 8 or so. He even said he saw her like his own daughter. I wish the show would give them one scene together because I think Abigail cares about him. She is a bit of a "cool" kid towards all the adults in her life so it doesn't show as much. It's probably her age. I think Ed was deeply hurt she knew about the affair and was so casually talking about it. Then again if her mom and Ed split it doesn't impact her all that much. It would completely change Chloe's world. Chloe has a lot more at stake. All the kids have a lot at stake this season really.
  7. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    She is outstanding with child actors. She was good in Lion too. She is so alert in her scenes, even when her character is passive like when Renata was having her magazine article meltdown. Celeste clearly did not give a shit but she needed to make sympathetic noises. Kidman is not phoning it in this season.
  8. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I liked this moment too. Jane is casually brutal talking about her trauma to the wife of her rapist. They have a deeply weird relationship. And Celeste just...takes it. You can see her absorbing Jane's comment and accepting her own weirdness for loving Perry. So then you get Bonnie's parents. Her father clearly loves her mom. He has forgiven her for the violent years. But Bonnie still has those scars and she rather appropriately is angry with him as well. Parents are supposed to protect their children. I feel like only Ed has done a good job protecting his daughter. That silent hug when she was just a regular, silent kid was telling. She will pick him. Abigail will pick her mom. One last thought. Out of all the ladies, I think Jane can handle Mary Louise the best. She knows her truth and she doesn't back down. She's not overly aggressive like Madeline or cocky like Renata. She's direct and calm. She didn't run from her but took the time to look at pictures, to listen. I hope it adds up to something.
  9. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I think this is the best theory this far. I loved this quiet ep. I liked seeing how people dealt with various forms of anger. How the assistant tried to appease Renata, how Nathan got frustrated with Ed, how Bonnie spoke with her father, how the boys beat the crap out of that bully, how Celeste pulled back her anger when Max (?) called her a bitch. BTW, I thought her response in that moment was great. Controlled anger. For the parents on this thread, has your kid ever called you a nasty name and how do you respond? I honestly don't think I would respond well. The other thing I loved was seeing Nathan working on his marriage, mostly off screen. He is running, got a treadmill, is being supportive at the hospital. This is in contrast to Madeleine is trying but maybe won't take up golf. And then Renata's husband who does listen to her while she rants. I don't think he is a potential suicide like someone suggested. I think he is made of tougher stuff. Renata picked him for a reason.
  10. jeansheridan

    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I think this is the best theory this far. I loved this quiet ep. I liked seeing how people dealt with various forms of anger. How the assistant tried to appease Renata, how Nathan got frustrated with Ed, how Bonnie spoke with her father, how the boys beat the crap out of that bully, how Celeste pulled back her anger when Max (?) called her a bitch. BTW, I thought her response in that moment was great. Controlled anger. For the parents on this thread, has your kid ever called you a nasty name and how do you respond? I honestly don't think I would respond well.
  11. jeansheridan

    S02.E04: She Knows

    I get your point given we know Perry had the money but Meryl nailed the Northern Californian grandma look. And I never knew if Perry had old money or if he was self made as well. He didn't have Renata's hustle and his name sounds like inherited wealth. Maybe the money is from Dad's side. Honestly Renata is the most over the top fancy in her outfits but Laura Dern is just naturally plain (Not ugly but not glamorous even in gowns, in my opinion.) Central California is pretty chill. I think that's why the end of the year fundraiser was fun for them all. A chance to wear gowns and feel fancy.
  12. jeansheridan

    S02.E04: She Knows

    I don't disagree that it's her husband's fault but the fact that she got her rings back in the end means that the trustee was making a point and he wasn't gentle about it. The other stuff didn't bother me. Just admit to the Botox. No shame there. They don't need a Tesla or a Rolex (although if it had been a family heirloom...) But he made her surrender her rings because she was too arrogant in my opinion. He took her down a notch. He didn't appreciate her self made comment. The scene is great. The dynamics of this public servant coming in on a Saturday so they can have privacy (gross privilege) and her husband's resigned listing of assets and her emotion barely in check...Laura Dern should have this on her Emmy reel. Compared to how shallow she played the scene with the ER doctor last week...night & day.
  13. jeansheridan

    S02.E04: She Knows

    I know this show is soapy but this would be too much for me. I am okay with Mary Louise being a passive aggressive evil. The kind of woman who does serious damage because she means well. I think her take on Jane's rape is bizarre and wrong headed but not out of the realm of a woman who just can't believe her son is a creep. I also like Bonnie's mom's stroke because that is a totally realistic healthcare scare for a woman of her age. That sort of extra tension, Bonnie jumping to the wrong conclusion when the cop was at the hospital, Bonnie trying to smooth things over with Ed at the party and show the kids that there is no trouble here, just grown ups being silly, those are the details I love. I really want Jane's fellow to just be ordinary. I loved Renata's reaction of delight when she saw him and her joke to Bonnie that she can't be cool. Laura Dern was so on in this ep. Same director and writer too. Maybe she prefers doing crowd scenes?
  14. jeansheridan

    S02.E04: She Knows

    The gun is in the season 1 credits too. A gun that never showed up. I have disliked Renata all season and then boom! Every scene was brilliant. The humiliation at the bankruptcy hearing and the indignity of having to surrender your wedding ring. Yes I know this was a one percenter's problem, but Dern sold that ring moment. Plus it did feel very mean spirited. But also watching her play hostess, being warm to her guests, enjoying her daughter, breaking up the fight...Renata had a good night. Plus I liked seeing her the next day talking to Maddie about Celeste's custody problems. I liked that lived in friend feeling. Renata would know the best lawyers. Maddie was right to ask her. I don't know how I feel about Ed and Maddie. While I don't love Maddie, I see her trying. Ed seems checked out. And maybe he has a right to be. But I see Renata actually engaging with her husband, even when she is pissed. They talk to each other. He betrayed her in such an epic, public way but I feel like she would slug anyone who.attacked him. At least the Renata in this episode.
  15. jeansheridan

    Big Little Lies in the Media

    I haven't but there feels like a lot less buzz. Reese has her other show and Nicole has Goldfinch in December. I feel like their steam is gone. But David E. Kelly shows often fade in the 2nd season. I think conditions were perfect last year for a culturally relevant hit. Not so much this year. Chernobyl is the water cooler show at my workplace.
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