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BIG LOVE
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:15:58 am »
The last episode is next week, and man, I've loved this show from the beginning.  It will be sad to see it go.

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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011, 10:28:52 pm »
This show is criminally underrated.

BIG LOVE is without a doubt one of the best series ever and certaintly one of the top shows of the past decade. I would put Season 3 of BIG LOVE against season 5 of THE SOPRANOS and season 3 of THE WIRE.

This is really coming off as an artificial ending. There was at least 2 seasons of exploration with all the plot lines.

The Walkers MUST make an appearance in the finale. 8)

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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2011, 11:30:07 pm »
In a wierd way, the show reminds me a lot of CASINO.  For a long time, I didn't get what CASINO was all about, until I realized it was about very controlling people who are completely out of control.  Same with BIG LOVE.  

Bill is man who can't get enough of anything.  Enough love, enough God, enough pain...he keeps pushing it all further and further.  But he's got this strong moral core that makes him appealing even has makes insane decisions. 

The last season was really rushed, but I still dug it.  I thing knowing it's coming to an end is helping this season.  They are pacing themselves better.
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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 11:46:06 am »
In a wierd way, the show reminds me a lot of CASINO.  For a long time, I didn't get what CASINO was all about, until I realized it was about very controlling people who are completely out of control.  Same with BIG LOVE.  

Bill is man who can't get enough of anything.  Enough love, enough God, enough pain...he keeps pushing it all further and further.  But he's got this strong moral core that makes him appealing even has makes insane decisions. 

The last season was really rushed, but I still dug it.  I thing knowing it's coming to an end is helping this season.  They are pacing themselves better.

I know the legalities make it impossible but when these shows are artificially terminated i.e. DEADWOOD, THE WIRE, BIG LOVE etc. I wished they could just migrate to Showtime or another venue and finish the story appropriately.

When season 3 ended( With one of the best finales of all time) they did it with the knowledge that the series was most likely ending. When HBO gave them a reprieve I think the notion of impending doom caused them to shift into high gear unnecessarily.

Season 4 and 5 are still great but nowhere near what they could've been.

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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2011, 09:30:41 pm »
I really enjoyed the finale but the ending left me with a bittersweet quality that diminishes my appreciation for the series.

I really wanted Bill to come out the other side alive. He lost his business, he was almost certain to lose his Senate seat, Home Plus was leveraged from under him; and most importantly, he lost his mom. The foreshadowing was there but I was hoping that was just the creators playing with our emotions, unfortunately, the hints turned out to be true.

The story of the Henrickson's perservering after they lost everything was the best option even if we never saw a single second of it on HBO again. I understand the creators may not have wanted to leave themselves any way out but just ending the series without killing Bill was a viable option.

In fact, it was the best option.

I'll remember BIG LOVE ending with Bill walking to the car with a sense of renewed strength and optimism and not dying on the road in a pool of his own blood.

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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2011, 01:59:06 am »
Bill's death was inevitable.  He was a man who refused to compromise.  He had enormous appetites, and a big heart, and that was his undoing.  He wanted his wives and his money and power and his total freedom and revenge on his enemies.  He gave until there was nothing left to give but his life, which kept the family together; he "drained the swamp of the compound";  the insurance money kept his family financially stable;  and his maytrdom and last minute acceptance of women as leaders will insure that his church will grow to one day challenge LDS. 

Bill was a man who truly lived by his faith, and had the courage to pay the price for his goals.  He was flawed, but he had courage and love.  Four years of truly inspirational television.

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Re: BIG LOVE
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2011, 05:11:23 am »
I watched the show since the begining it was my always my secret little show. Hey knew I had fellow HEFFAs!