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"Big Love"is Back! Discuss

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by beardpuller, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    "Big Love" is back!
    Harry Dean Stanton is a prophetsicle!
    Kenny Rogers is a no-show for the casino opening!
  2. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    Interesting episode. Not sure I liked the new opening credit scene/music.
    The Prophet in the walk-in was a riot.
    I might have to watch it again.....there was lots to take in.
    I was trying to catch some of last season's episodes because it's been so long and I forgot what happened.
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I had lost track of some (or most) of the storylines during the long hiatus, too.

    Bill's toleration of Nikki's backstabbing and double-agent schtick has long ago passed the point of "suspension of disbelief." How many times does she have to almost torpedo the whole family before you quit putting her in position to do so??

    From skimming over some of the press coverage of the upcoming season:

    Apparently Roman is going to stay dead (HDS reportedly was not on set during shooting sessions); the sudden reemergence of Frank and the extra-batshit-crazy antics of Lois apparently will fill the gap for senior-generational lunacy. Bruce Dern did have the best line of the show: "What the fuck's with all the birds?"

    Amanda Seyfried is apparently going to be written out (married off) early in the season, lowering the show's hawtness factor significantly. Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) was also noticeably "dowdied down" in the first episode, which didn't help either.

    The first episode did seem a little scattershot and unfocused to me: too many minor subplots going at the same time.

    Supposedly Ana (Bill's now-divorced fourth wife) is going to return toward the end of this abbreviated 9-episode short season, "with a revelation which is going to change everybody's life." Gee, I wonder what that could be.

    Yeah, the new opening credits were weird.
  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    It's been inching that way for some time, and shark fins have definitely been spotted.

    Bill still does own three HomePlus stores, correct? When was the last time he was seen in any of them?

    And I thought the original opening song/credits were perfect. Creators flunked "Branding 101".
  5. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Well, we all said nothing ever HAPPENED on this show. So they turned it into Knots Landing.

    Hard to understand how Bill went from being a hardware peddler to bigtime casino owner, but it's more interesting that watching the wives argue about whose turn it is to peel the potatoes.
  6. beardpuller

    beardpuller Active Member

    Nikki is an amazing character. Not amny actresses could pull off that "guilty and remorseful but resentful at the same time" undercurrent. In fact, all three wives are really interesting characters.
  7. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    These really long layoffs are a major problem with some of HBO's top shows. Just too hard to catch up with all the things that have left the mind. And if Amanda Seyfried is being written out ... well ... just ... dammit!
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Dead on.

    If you're gonna make this show plot-driven, then you gotta leave us someplace and pick us back up someplace.

    I think I DVRed the reairs of the last couple episodes from last season. But that first episode left me cold...
  9. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    the first ep of every season should be an hour-long review of what went down the previous season. shouldn't be that diificult.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I don't think she's interesting at all: she's basically just a petulant bitch with no discernible redeeming qualities.

    I also hear people rave about Chloe Sevigny's acting abilities, and far as I've seen, she plays pretty much the same character in just about everything she's in.
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Second episode tonight (Sunday) -- even the characters commented about how chaotic everything is getting, one crisis pops up, next week it's forgotten, certain characters are pivotal figures in one episode then disappear the next, apocalyptic legal proceedings are going on, oh my god what's going to happen, oh never mind, they dropped all charges etc etc etc.

    Apparently somebody in the writing team either has a very subtle sense of irony, or else they have none at all. What they needed to do was say, "OK we have 48 minutes of screen time to fill up, how will we do it? Let's start listing crises to deal with each week." And when they get to about 20, STOP.

    For about 15 minutes in the middle of the episode, it was like one of those Alka-Seltzer speed-reading-guy commercials: the actors were spitting out their lines as fast as they could deliver them, in a frantic rush by the writers/directors to cram as many contrived melodramatic zingers as possible into the limited airtime.

    I'm getting fairly close to pulling the ripcord on this one. I see dorsal fins in the water.
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Although the man-on-man kissing in the middle of the street was an interesting event.
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