Monday, July 23, 2007
Big Love: Season 1
If you thought managing one wife was stressful enough, try three. A polygamist named Bill Henricksen (Paxton) and his three wives Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicolette (Chloe Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) along with all their kids are living in the suburbs. It's an odd premise that's ripe for drama and controversy. HBO took a real gamble with this show which almost pays off. Almost. Prior to this show the idea of polygamy was an alien concept and if there's one thing I have learned from watching it is that there is no way I'd be able to follow "the divine principle" of polygamy despite the idea of having the opportunity to sleep with three different wives sounds appealing. There's a misconception that the show makes clear which is that not all polygamists are sex hounds.
The acting all around is fantastic and it was also nice to see a few familar faces from Veronica Mars such as Mac, Beaver and Lily. My problem with this show is that it didn't really leave a lasting impression, several episodes were trivial and the season finale was predictable from a mile away. I don't regret watching it but don't think I'll be rushing out to see Season 2.