[SpoilerFrontSecondSeasonof Big Little Lies . If you have not watched yet, you might want to stay away from this post!]
The first season of Big Little Lies was perhaps the best thing that has happened to television in the last five years. Take some of Hollywood's hottest actresses, place them in a beautiful spot with all the leading roles, have them recreate a bestselling book, and finally make a big turn. It was a recipe for the success of pop culture and it was So.Damn.Good.
When the first season ended and more people saw them thanks to HBO's streaming platform, the fans became desperate for a second. The entire Internet seemed to know what happened after Perry's murder. We needed answers.
The problem with this mentality is that the first season was perfect, the performances were unbelievable 'The writing was unbelievable and an important conversation began in Hollywood about female-dominated television programs Spoiler Alert: We Need More Of It.
It also brought the necessary attention to the subject of domestic abuse – people like Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Talking about the topic and becoming emotional during the nationwide televised awards speeches was a big deal.
By adding a second season, HBO caused a great potential misstep. As a fan, it was easy to believe that the second season would be just as good as the first, because the same people were running things ND they added Meryl Str eep, literally, what could go wrong?
Apparently many things. Season two felt completely and completely aimless. Why did not they let Jane be a rape victim? What was the goal of this "twist" from Corey at the Police Station? We've gone through all the custody-conflict stuff for Celeste to … end up with her kids as if it had not even happened? Most importantly, WHY did JANE GET THESE BOWLS? When it ended, the general feeling was, "What was the point of it?" and I immediately regretted that I wanted to have a second season at all.
Not to mention that HBO has made another round of BLL just because the fans wanted it . Let's be real: It was about money and probably also about awards. And it's not that the whole season was bad. Streep was damn great as Mary Louise. Perhaps HBO should have made a spin-off of Mary Louise instead of putting her in an unnecessary BLL S2. She was so good.
But we should be able to see, as in the internet in general and fandom general, if something is too perfect to touch. We have to let a cliffhanger end be just that – an end.
As an example, take Sharp Objects which was also created by HBO and is based on a separate book by Gillian Flynn. From now on, the network has maintained this show. In April, HBO Program Division President said another season was unlikely. It's good. It can be considered a really great eight-episode miniseries in the history of pop culture, in which Amy Adams absolutely killed. That will stay that way forever.
BLL does not, however, since these seven episodes were so far removed from the excellence of the first seven. Do not get me wrong. Streep, Kidman, Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern were still playing their asses. This scene with Renata, Gordon stuffing the tissues in the mouth, will go down in the meme story. HBO's competing for the star power of the cast created incredible ratings and, yes, a truly iconic scream, but not a second act for an already phenomenal show.
When the fans are thirsting for a THIRS season of this show, I ask them (and the forces that are with HBO) to please them. One season was incredible, two squadrons were questionable, a third would be a terrible idea. It was fun while it lasted, but out of love for God …