The Big C: Season 2
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Laura Linney returns in her Golden Globe®-winning role as Cathy Jamison in “The Big C.” Following the medical diagnosis that rocked her safe world, Cathy finally shares the news with her family and decides to pursue experimental treatment. She quickly bonds with her fellow patient, Lee (Hugh Dancy) – and his wine collection – but isn’t so sure about her new doctor (Alan Alda). Co-starring Oliver Platt and guest-starring Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Nixon and Parker Posey, this inspirational and bravely funny second season celebrates a life worth fighting for.
Laura Linney is nothing less than stupendous as Cathy, the suburban mom living with stage-four melanoma in season two of The Big C. In fact, the entire cast is, as in the first season, excellent. Oliver Platt is believable, and occasionally frustrating, as Cathy's husband, Paul, from whom Cathy hid her diagnosis for months in season one. Back again are Cathy's son, Adam (Gabriel Basso), a pool of conflicting emotions--resentment, raw grief, depression--and Cathy's living-off-the-grid brother, Sean (the hilarious John Benjamin Hickey). Also back are Cynthia Nixon as Cathy's longtime pal and (rather unbelievably) Sean's baby mama, Rebecca, and Gabourey Sidibe as Andrea, Cathy's former student and little-sister stand-in. Season two adds more excellent cast members. Alan Alda is Cathy's new doctor, who enrolls her in a new treatment, along with fellow patient Lee (Hugh Dancy), who becomes a confidante--and maybe more. Yet while Linney and the cast are excellent, and the direction and writing are top-notch, season two feels like something of a letdown after the excellent, heart-wrenching first season. While it mirrors real-life medical advancements--that stage-four cancer patients do in fact live longer and fuller lives than they once did--the open-ended nature of Cathy's health makes for less-compelling viewing. Which does not mean that the viewer wants Cathy to die; far from it. Fans can continue to cheer Cathy on as she makes some less-than-respectable life decisions, and The Big C continues to be some of the best storytelling to grace the small screen. The DVD boxed set includes some funny outtakes and extra and deleted scenes. --A.T. Hurley
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I love Laura Linney in this. She makes the character believable even when she's a little over the top. And where do you find a brother like that? Oh, yeah, off the deep end.
I've enjoyed this trip and can't wait to see what comes up in the next season.
This show is for Mature Audiences. Don't forget it's Showtime.
I started it over again just recently and I downloaded Season Two as soon as I was was done Season One. I watched it straight through and it really was very good. I still think they talk about her boobs too much, but she does have nice boobs.
I definitely recommend this series!
While this story line may sound like a downer, it is far from it. It's TV at its best. Don't miss it.