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Big Love -- Season 3

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Double Down, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I did a search, and the previous thread we've had died off in the middle of Season 2, so I'm rebooting it and starting a new one. I know there are some people who watch and enjoy this show, even for reasons beyond Ginnifer Goodwin's hotness, so I think we need to have a place to discuss it, especially after "Come, Ye Saints" the most recent episode.

    I've had some mixed feelings about this show, but I think "Come, Ye Saints" was as good as anything I've seen on television since The Wire and The Sopranos ended. Just a tour de force of humor and heartbreak. While I understand that the stuff about Juniper Creek is necessary in order to have a villain and to have the true dark side of polygamy thrown in your face, and while I really like Harry Dean Stanton, the fact that this episode was just about the Hendricksons and their problems and secrets was incredibly powerful. To see all the families secrets come tumbling out over the course of the cross country trip really elevated this show to another level for me. I'm so glad I stuck with it, because in Season 1, I kind of felt like meh, it's ok. I could keep watching or not. But Season 2 was solid, and Season 3 has been exceptional.

    Great scenes included...

    1. Nikki's kids playing in Margie's mom's ashes.

    2. The "You can get Tony Orlando?" thing on the riverboat casino with Jim Nabors daughter.

    3. Margie sensing that bill needed a little "boost" before getting it on with Nikki after losing his Viagra pills (which we hadn't seen since the first episode), so she comes in wearing a polka dot bikini and gives Bill a little blondie tongue. Meanwhile, Nikki buys Bill a cardigan so she can fantasize about her boss.

    4. The look on the face of Sarah (Amanda Seigfried) when Bill told her the two of them could spend the day together, just them, in Chicago on the way home. Made me want to cry, it was so heartfelt and well acted.

    5. Margie dressing down Ben for saying that he had real feelings for her, and cursing him out like a real mother might, trying to put and end to his silly fantasies.

    6. Bill having to walk with the time capsule after the family left him behind.

    7. Nikki saying she was "addicted" to birth control pills.

    8. Bill's crisis of faith at the end, and the fact that the fake angel was rising behind him.

    9. Mostly, and this is really what did it for me, the very last scene where Sarah has to tell her parents about the pregnancy and about the miscarriage. Just heartbreaking. That really did make me, quite literally, cry.

    I don't know where the show will go from here, but I believe HBO already ordered a fourth season based on the critical praise it's gotten this year, and as someone who likes good TV, I'm thrilled.
  2. spup1122

    spup1122 New Member

    OK, DD. We may not agree on Greys (I'm crying inside about this Dempsey rumor), but we can agree on Big Love. It was a fanastic episode. I was also crying in the last scene where Sarah tells her parents. I loved seeing Nikki take on that warm role of being there for her, too. So often, Nikki is cold and traditional, but her warmth and comments about being there for Sarah.. it was heartwarming.
  3. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    The duality of Nikki is the most interesting part of the show. You don't see if often, but you do see it. I think Cloe Sevingy is a very good actress, and she plays it just right. She has to be unlikeable and shrill, but the few moments where she sticks up for Barb or Margie against some outside force are always my favorites.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Not looking to rain on the parade, and whatever floats your boat . . . but my brief
    exposures to this venture have left my epidermis in full creepy-crawly mode.

    Carry on.
  5. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    I've watched this show from the start, just because I keep believing they'll find a plot or a purpose, but it just feels like a long slow skid off the road into a muddy ditch.

    Nothing HAPPENS. Even last week, when Nikki nudges Roman down the flight of stairs....he just gets up! Walks away! I mean, break the fucker's neck, or leave him paralyzed! DO something.

    Overall, I am convinced that Bill is just mentally ill.
  6. spup1122

    spup1122 New Member

    E! online had an article the other day hypothesizing that someone will die this season. The writer gave predictions on who he thought it might be and the highest percentage was Nikki, if I remember correctly. I could actually see that. Between Albie and Roman, both have it out for her. I certainly hope that isn't correct because I think she has more depth than anyone.
  7. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    I'll concede it's not a show packed with action. I feel like every season sort of builds to a slow boil. I guess in its defense, I would say that it's greatest strength is that it's an interesting examination of marriage that manages to offer me insight into my own marriage despite its unconventional way of doing so. I'm not sure marriage is particularly "exciting!" on a day-to-day basis, but it's certainly interesting. When the show debuted, the initial reaction (mostly by people who had not seen it) seem to be: Three wives? How pornographic. Typical male fantasy.

    The show has shown, I think fairly cleverly, that one marriage is exhausting, much less three. It pretty quickly shredded or debunked the idea that this should be anyone's fantasy. Bill seems like the most stressed out person in television.

    I think it also manages to treat religion -- no matter how bizarre -- with a respect and a dignity that few other shows manage. And I'm absolutely not a religious person. Paxton's acting is sort of meh. But the three women who play his wives are so well acted, and so different, it creates a dramatic tension that I think makes up for the lack of rapid plot development.
  8. bagelchick

    bagelchick Active Member

    I have enjoyed the show since the beginning. It has its ups and downs, but part of me really believes that how the family lives is real. The whole thing with adding a 4th wife/Anna was lost of me, and I'm glad that ended up not working, although I'm not convinced she's gone. Nikki flirting with her boss, is certainly also a potentially interesting plot line.

    Sunday's episide I had to watch twice. It was so out of the realm of what the show is usually like. I too, enjoyed all of the symbolism, especially the angel rising over Bill's head as he was searching for an answer he can't find. And Sarah losing the baby was especially heartbreaking, but nice to see Nikki step up with support.

    I'll continue watching for sure.
  9. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    There's very little "must-see" TV left for me. This is one such show.
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