Little Fires Everywhere to Burn Up Your Boredom!

By Ashtyn Britt
abritt@lc.edu

For those of us patiently waiting for Big Little Lies Season 3, it can be a bit frustrating to find some good television in order to fill the void. Well, look no further than this show on Hulu, “Little Fires Everywhere.” Based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng, the story centers around the events leading up to the arson of the perfect Richardson family’s home, and the complicated lives of everyone involved and connected to one another.

It more specifically follows the feud of Elena Richardson and Mia Warren, whose daughters, Izzy Richardson and Pearl Warren, are drawn to each other’s family lifestyles, Pearl wanting stability and Izzy wanting bohemian creativity. Things become complicated when Mia’s coworker finds her lost daughter, who had been adopted by Elena’s friend. Things get even more messy when Mia’s coworker starts fighting to reclaim the baby, with Mia’s support.

Meanwhile, the children involved have their own stories going on as well, Izzy having to come to terms with her sexuality, Izzy’s brothers Moody and Trip fighting for Pearl’s affections, and the other Richardson sister Lexie worrying her boyfriend also has an interest in Pearl.

It is my hope the show follows the book closely, and for the most part seems to have stuck pretty faithful to the source material. The season has only aired five episodes so far, so it will be very exciting to see the direction they go.

This show is very well done, and captivating as issues like class, race, sexuality and motherhood are all tackled. Reese Witherspoon does a fabulous job playing Elena Richardson, and Kerry Washington really steals the spotlight whenever she appears on screen as Mia Warren. I could not recommend this show more if you are interested in mysteries and dramatic shows. “Little Fires Everywhere” airs every Thursday on Hulu.

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