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BIG love – season 1 catch-up

Just watching the last episode of Big Love Season 3 and realised I hadn’t written about it!  Shocker…not often I don’t have anything to say about something.  Since I’ve already given a short brief of the background to the overall series in an earlier post, there now follows a short synopsis of each season in before starting on number 4!

Just to remind you though, Big Love is about a family of mormons who follow ‘the principle’ of polygamy. That’s it! That’s your recap!

Obviously any new drama needs to initially introduce the primary characters, which is exactly what this first season is about.  Meeting them, finding out what they’re about, how they live and a kind of general overview building up to a final episode which makes you want to watch the next season.

The series begins by introducing us to the family at home and work and see Bills struggle to expand his business as well as taking care of three wives and nine children!  During this time we’re also shown the contrast between life on the compound and life for others like Bill and his second wife Nicki, who were thrown out of or escaped the compound to live on the ‘outside’ where the whole family are forced into keeping their polygamous ways a secret.  A strained relationship is apparent between Nicki’s father Roman Grant as he tries to gain more and more of Bills profits from his successful chain of stores.  In order to stop him, Bill and his brother Joey, a former NFL player who has returned to the compound after an alcohol addiction, seek to gain a seat on the mormon churches board of directors.

 

Meanwhile the three wives at home are struggling with their own individual issues.

First wife Barb, is the only one who is married to Bill legally thereby empowering her with a particular status and rank within the family.  Barb struggles with the polygamy and it’s revealed that before becoming second wife, Nicki was actually Barb’s nurse, taking care of her through cancer.  So the suggestion is that at the time Barb agreed to the ‘sealing’ of her husband with a second wife, she was in a vulnerable state and may not have ever been fully on board.

Nicki herself struggles to fit in with life outside of the compound and develops a shopping addiction accumulating a large amount of debt.  She is intelligent and strong willed and constantly seeking to establish her values on the rest of the family which are a little more orthodox than the more relaxed attitude of the others.

Third wife Margene is very young, 24.  She has to cope with her opinions and ideas being somewhat dismissed by the other two wives as they have little respect for her, considering her immature and inexperienced.  Her positive disposition and to a certain extent her naivety, ensure that she perseveres however and slowly finds her place in the family.

The final episode (the one I said makes you want to watch season 2!) ends with the family being exposed as polygamists when Barb is nominated for a ‘Mother of the Year’ award.

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Next!

Finally finished my Mad Men marathon.  I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I double-clicked on S04E13 knowing that there were no more waiting to be transferred from my dropbox folder. It was a hectic couple of days, what with trying to fit in work (the kind I get paid for!), bathing, eating etc. around finishing Season 4.  I powered through however and now just have to sit twiddling my thumbs until summer (ish) and new seasons of True BloodSons of Anarchy and hopefully…Mad Men.   Or do I??

Of course not! There’s  a whole new w o r l d  of shows waiting for me provided by my HBO dealer who keeps feeding my FX habit….PLUS some other series that I found on Sky Atlantic – a channel I’ve only just, accidentally, noticed to be honest. They’re showing Big Love, another HBO offering about a mormon family headed up by Bill Henrickson,  his three wives and nine (combined) children, living in Utah, U.S. (where else?).  I’ve only seen the first episode up to now and it was pretty much an introduction to the family, ascertaining the individual members roles and basically introducing anyone who was unsure about it, to an initial overview of what polygamy involves…as accurately as can be done in a fictional tv drama created to entertain!  Drawn in enough to make me want more, I think it’ll take a couple of episodes to get into this one. Unlike the next little gem….Treme (HBO).

I was actually on my way to bed (after a hard nights MM drama)when I heard the music of the opening credits. Curious, I came through from the kitchen, plonked myself down on the beanbag (yes I know – ‘grow up’ right?) and then couldn’t actually drag myself away. The music may be what did it originally but the storyline had me hooked surprisingly fast, as well as the great cast.  A group of actors about whom I found myself saying (out loud mostly….to myself) ‘oh my god I love him/her’ but couldn’t name them. Apart from John Goodman of course, I knew his!

My inability to name them though was no reflection on their talent. It was simply because I’ve seen them in small roles, which have obviously had an impact, but also because……I’m sure there was another reason….oh – because I have a terrible memory.

Treme (pronounced tray-may – French accent entirely optional) is set in New Orleans 3 months after Hurricane Katrina.  It follows ordinary people living in Treme setting about putting their lives back in order after the devastation of the storm but also explores, from a political angle, the real-life issues and controversies surrounding the aftermath. It is not however, a documentary remember! It’s fictional drama based on true events. It is effective and emotive though. Not that any of us who have never experienced such a tragedy could fully understand…Treme certainly encouraged me at least, to empathise and be reminded of how fragile we are at the same time as being able to show amazing strength and an ability to pull together as communities when it hits the fan.

So there it is. Thats why I’m watching it anyway!

Now, as in right this minute,  I’ve gone and started watching The Closer. A little different to the other shows…I don’t usually go in for cop shows, but I really really like Kyra Sedgewick, so I’m giving it a go. Couple of episodes in and all is going well. More about that some other time though…

By the way…you can ‘Mad Men’ yourself here – if you’ve got 5 minutes to kill and want to create a Mad Men inspired avatar!

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