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Big Love 5.10 When Men and Mountains Meet, Series Finale

I don’t think we need to do a line by line analysis, this was a pretty emotional and visceral episode. But first off, never underestimate the fans, right? We all totally called the Carl scene. (Then again, they laid the foreboding on pretty thick.) I will just say that my husband didn’t see it coming, but then, he’s not the most… observant of people, bless him.  Continue reading

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Big Love 5.08 The Noose Tightens

It might just feel like it’s getting tighter from all the story lines that were crammed into this one, hoo boy. Are there really only 2 episodes left? It seems impossible. Also, the intro’s song seems more and more relevant as this show winds down: “Home – is this my home? Been starting over, bathe in the water.” I don’t know what baptismal font is big enough to wash all of their sins away at this point. Continue reading

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Big Love 5.7 ‘Til Death Do Us Part

Bill Hendrickson’s “Home Plus” (“it’s us!”) reminds us that everything has symbolism. Bill builds homes. Not just that, he sells what you need to make a home. Nice touch, writers. And yes, I realize how dumb I am for not getting that until the final season. (Hey, did any of you get why they changed the intro and what it meant for their eternal souls? Didn’t think so.)

One nice touch I’ve noticed this season is the gender role swapping. Continue reading

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Big Love 5.06 Bridge Over Troubled Waters

When pain is all around… Hooboy, this show is just becoming an exercise in sadomasochism. Everything is just dreary, hopeless, and unfair. But then as William Goldman wrote, “Life is unfair. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” Speaking of, would you like to join my Goji upline? Continue reading

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Big Love That Special Relationship 5.05

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FINALLY. The show is finally back on track, and we’re at the halfway mark before it’s over. I did notice that this episode had a lot of LDS dogma in it, things that the average person wouldn’t pick up on. When you get why it was a big deal that Alby said “Alby-ite” and why the intro was changed last season, and you see how it all fits in, you realize how clever this show can be when they do their homework. Continue reading

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Final season of Big Love is…hmm. Are you feeling it?

Mormons, ERA, and Barb Drinking Booze

Big Love, Season 5, eps 1 -3

I caught up on this new season of Big Love yesterday and I have a big “meh” growing, even though there are some good things happening. 1) It feels reeeeaally forced in a lot of ways and 2) it seems like it is a midget practicing witchcraft away from being Passions. Oh, that there was a magical midget on this show. And of course the religious stuff they got wrong (or off in places) just bugged the hell out of me.

Lemme ‘splain. (And for new folks since the last season of Big Love, I am a former Mormon, my ex worked for Merril Jessop – he runs the YFZ Ranch in Texas, and my family was one of the first “out” polygamous familiess of SLC under the leadership of Brigham Young. Hit my “polygamy” tag for further reading, if you’re interested.) Continue reading

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Big Love: Well that should explain why the LDS church fought Prop 8.

Season 4, Ep. 6 “Under One Roof”

If you didn’t know that Alby was based on Warren Jeffs, well. He is. Because Jeffs had rumors swirling about him for YEARS that he was gay. And that’s one of the reasons he was so brutal to women, because in his sick, twisted mind, that’s how you show your manliness. WHATEVER, the guy’s in jail getting taught daily (I’m sure) that same lesson.

This is going to be very blunt about the LDS’s treatment and views on Homosexuality, so be aware. Continue reading

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Big Love Season 3: the one with the forged papers

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I won’t post any real spoilers for this past week’s Big Love, but I will say that my jaw DROPPED when the C-story line with the “papers” that the Good Mormon Brother In Law wanted to collect from the Juniper Creek folks started. Guys, that stuff really happened. Continue reading

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Big Love 1.4 – 5

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Holy CRAP I am loving this show. I really, really didn’t think I would, but it so obvious the amount of research the writers did, how sensitive and careful they’re being, yet not holding any punches. Two things brought up that are “inside” knowledge. I literally jumped out of my seat, so shocked at them being acknowledged. Continue reading

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Big Love 1. 1- 3

This post originated on another journal and is being added to HDJM’s canon.

Watched HBO polygamy satire last night, had to chew on it for a while before I decided that the whole point of the show isn’t to normalize polygamy, or garner sympathy for polygamist as I had earlier believed, but to make the Bill Paxton family seem normal, and just as soon as you get caught up in the soap opera element, BAM. Little visit down to Colorado City/Hilldale. Oh, excuse me. “Juniper Creek.”

Harry Dean Stanton is playing a caricature of Warren Jeffs’ father, Rulon Jeffs. Don’t know who he is? He’s the guy running the show. Oh, and his son Warren (who is now in charge as Rulon is dead) is on the FBI’s most wanted list and currently hiding out in Eldorado, TX with about 50 wives, their kids, and guys with guns. They can’t be touched yet because they are just “practicing their religion.” That, by the way, is how these people have gotten away with marrying their preteen and 13 year old daughters to old men for property gain, “spiritual gain,” etc for over a century. Religion. By the way, Jeffs has his own wikipedia page. (*cough* if you read that link, did you catch how the women are “invited” into heaven by their righteous husbands?)

I was glad to hear Paxton (who I can just NOT get behind seeing naked all the time. Argh! It’s Bill “game over, man!” Paxton!) tell his dad he hated him for running him off at 14. Yep. All boys – with the exception of possibly the Prophet’s boys – are run out of town. Don’t need the competition. Or they’re killed if they get too vocal about things. There’s a quiet little problem in Utah with gay male prostitution. Guess where these boys come from? And the sad thing is, so many of them have been so deeply indoctrinated in all the religious hullabaloo, they’d go back in a heartbeat.

Another little detail that was meaningless to most people, I suspect, but was my first clue as to what the writers were REALLY going for, was the “prophet’s” son doing the books. The header? United Eternal Brotherhood – UEB, a bastardization of UEP, which is the financial system for the plygs. And which owns EVERYTHING. Every house, every business, every blade of grass that any polygamist member lives on. And if you don’t tow the line? Meaning, question how things are done, fight an arrangement be it marriage or business, well, the bank just revokes your “ownership.” And you are out. As in, step over the town line and it’ll be the last thing you do. They are violent people, and I was glad to see them hint at this on the show.

In other words, I’m still watching. Still trying to make sure they aren’t glamorizing or normalizing this lifestyle, because it is NOT the same thing as a group of adults living in California or Canada or New York who are going to make group living a go. This is a Higher Calling from God, and even Bill Paxton’s character on the show is In Charge. Anyone else noticing that? Okay.

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