Big Love’s Final Season - On DemandFebruary 04, 2011

Big Love’s Final Season - On Demand

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On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: "Big Love" (HBO).
By Jean Tait
 
Last season, viewers, reviewers, and famously, Chloe Sevigny, all complained that “Big Love” had gotten too fragmented and spread out over too many subplots. The producers and writers promised to rein that in for Season Five, bringing the focus back on the Hendrickson family. That they have done. 
 
In dealing with the aftermath of the election and the outing of their polygamy, Bill (Bill Paxton) and his wives and children are isolated together, with little or no support from anyone else. As Bill tries to start his time in the State Senate, and convince other polygamists to come out, disaster looms. Bill’s wives, Barb, Nicolette, and Margene, are also finding the outing difficult to deal with, and their relationships with Bill, each other, and their children are all showing the strain. The tight focus on the Hendrickson clan starts to feel a little claustrophobic.
 
BIG LOVE (HBO)
Bill Paxton / BIG LOVE (HBO)

 

It’s almost a relief late in the second episode when the show finally does open up a little to include other characters. Barb (the marvelous Jeanne Tripplehorn) reaches out to her mother (Ellen Burstyn) which does not turn out well. But, oh the delight in watching Tripplehorn and Burstyn playing off each other like the two finely tuned instruments they are! And I can’t help but enjoy watching Paxton’s Hendrickson squirm as his attempts to control his company, his family, and his senateship continue to flail. 
 
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Jeanne Tripplehorn / BIG LOVE (HBO)
                                             
However, watching Chloe Sevigny’s viciously intense Nicolette starts to go over the top. Can just one person on this show find a moment of comfort or contentment (I’m not even looking for joy!).   If this mood keeps up, I hope there is at least a little humor to lighten it up.
 
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Chloe Sevigny / BIG LOVE (HBO)
 
Somehow, I doubt there will be. “Big Love” isn’t meant to be fun. It’s meant to be an exploration of human relationships, which only become more complex when the mix not only includes sister-wives, but the group relationship to their beliefs as well.
 

- Jean Tait

Jean
Jean Tait is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. Currently the Director of Programming for the Connecticut Film Festival, Jean has programmed for the Jacksonville Film Festival and Sundance Channel.


"Big Love" is available on HBO On Demand.

 

Check out previous reviews by Jean Tait:

Eddie Izzard at MSG

Matt LeBlanc's Episodes

Bon Jovi

 

Showtime's Big Year

Pillars Of The Earth

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