31 October 2019 17:16
Warning: this review contains spoilers for season one and season two, episode one of Big Little Lies. Meryl Streep in the new season of Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic) almost makes me believe in homeopathy. Big Little Lies recap: season two, episode one - What Have They Done? Here, she plays Mary Louise, the mother of Celeste's (Nicole Kidman) abusive late husband Perry, who – unconvinced by the story of an accidental fall off the balcony by her blue-eyed boy – is now gliding round Monterey like Mrs Danvers in sensible slacks, seeking the truth. Among the rest of the characters/cast it was, for the opening episode at least very much business as usual.
Madeline (in slight danger of morphing entirely into a grown-up Tracy Flick) is dealing with her post-accomplice-y feelings by becoming ever more frenetically busy and controlling, making it the very worst time for her daughter to reveal that rather than go to college she wants to take up a job offer with a start-up building homes for the poor and vulnerable. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Business as usual: Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern in Big Little Lies. Perry is as present now – in Celeste's guilt and rubble-strewn psyche, in Mary Louise's grief for a monster (though her ability to gaslight Celeste and her friends where necessary suggests where he learned at least some of his skills) and Bonnie's suffering – as he was when he was alive. In addition, there is also a rather rewarding – for the viewer at least, less so for the men involved – relationship developing between Madeline's ex-husband Nathan and her new one Ed. In an oblique but neat commentary on the sexes' personal/emotional lives, the women (who have become known locally as "the Monterey Five") have each other to call on even in cases of murder, while Nathan (James Tupper) has only Ed (Adam Scott) to call on for advice when he finds himself baffled by Bonnie's sudden change of mood. The fate of Celeste and Perry's twin boys, who showed early signs of violent behavior in Season 1, hangs over the show's second season.
In a gorgeously lit scene late in the premiere, Celeste asks Jane why she's not cashing checks, presumably for back child support, from Perry. "It's rape money, you know I can't do that," Jane offers, and Celeste reminds her of a financial fact that doubles as a treatise on inheritance: "Ziggy's entitled to it. The Perry-shaped wedge in her marriage leads to one of the more revelatory discussions between the men of Big Little Lies. Big Little Lies season two is officially back on our screens as we reunite with the Monterey Five while they deal with the aftermath of Perry's death. The HBO show is known for its stellar cast with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep.
HOW TO WATCH BIG LITTLE LIES SEASON 2 ONLINE Big Little Lies Season 2: Who plays Corey in Big Little Lies? Corey is Jane Chapman's (played by Shaleine Woodley) new co-worker at the Monterey aquarium. He asks her if she's part of the Monterey Five, the moniker given to the women questioned over Perry Wright's (Alexander Skarsgård) death at the end of series one. The scene does not make it clear whether Corey knows more of the truth than he's letting on at the moment. WHO IS IN THE CAST OF BIG LITTLE LIES SEASON 2? Big Little Lies Season 2: We see Corey in the first episode We also don't know how his relationship with Jane will develop, but there is a hint in the trailer of romance between the two. "He's one of those people when he's talking to you, you can't tell if they really like you or they really don't like you but there's something just a bit off." The actor also admitted that he hadn't seen the first series when he went for his audition. He said: "I auditioned and I waited until I got the job and then I binge-watched the whole show before showing up for work." HAS BIG LITTLE LIES SEASON 3 BEEN CONFIRMED? Big Little Lies Season 2: Meryl Streep has also joined the cast The Monterey Five will have their work cut out for them with arrival of Perry's mum, played by Meryl Streep (Picture: HBO) Big Little Lies is back. HBO's hit series will return to TV screens tonight (10 June) in the UK and we're poised for an even more dramatic season, with Meryl Streep joining the already star-studded cast. She's taken on the role of Mary Louise Wright, mother to Perry (Alexander Skarsgard) and is on a mission to find out what really happened to her son – and rumours are already circling that an Emmy could be in the works for her superb performance. Where is Big Little Lies season 2 set? Monterey is the name of a city on the central coast of California in the US, and it's where our main characters – Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Renata (Laura Dern), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoe Kravitz) and Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) – call home. Meryl Streep as Mary Louise in Big Little Lies season 2 is already the most exciting moment of 2019 (Picture: HBO) In addition to Monterey, where the majority of the season was filmed, other California locations used include Los Angeles, the aforementioned Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Malibu and Pasadena. When will Big Little Lies season 2 air? MORE: Big Little Lies fans are already tipping Meryl Streep for an Emmy as she steals Season 2 opener with a scream MORE: Big Little Lies season 2: Can the Monterey 5 really get away with murder? MORE: When does Big Little Lies return for season 2 in the UK?