Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Big Love

Season 2 premiere was on last night. Man, I forgot how good this show is. For those not in the know, Big Love is about a Utah businessman Bill Henrickson, played by Bill Paxton, who is a fundamentalist Mormon. As such, he believes that family (and by extension, plural marriage) is the key to heaven. He has three wives, Barbara, Nikki and Margie, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny, and Ginnifer Goodwin respectively. Together, they have several children (six? seven?) and live in three houses that share one backyard.

For the most part, the Henricksons are a fairly normal family (apart from the 3 wives/mothers). They worry about money. They wonder if their family can stick together when they're hit with hard times. They worry about what the neighbors think (though perhaps not for the same reasons many others do). Individually, he has fairly normal relationships with his wives. Except for the fact that he rotates nights between houses and between beds. And, of course, the dynamic of the hierarchy between 1st, 2nd and 3rd wives is always interesting.

If you have HBO, enjoy good writing and subtle performances, check it out. It's worth a look.

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