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Big Love Season 4: Premiere

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I’m not giving a detailed analysis on this ep, because this was all just them getting their ball rolling. Although, if there are any Mo’s out there (or former Morg) didn’t it bug you that they didn’t get Testimony Meeting right? Then again, they only have an hour to tell a story, lol. (They’ll get that joke.) Continue reading

Big Love Season 3: the Endowment Ceremony

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Big Love/LDS Church show-down in the making?

The Endowment Ceremony is the first big temple ritual you get to perform as a Mormon. It’s your big rite into adulthood [not what it’s about, but what it is.] Continue reading

Big Love Season 3, the one with the road trip

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Oh, the last two episodes have just been heartbreaking.  Kassie once asked me how on earth I could watch this show, given my opinion and crusading against polygamy. Well, I think I figured it out. Continue reading

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

Big Love Season 2: Meaning Behind Intro

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I realized that a lot of you watching Big Love might not get the second half of the opening sequence, and what all of that “sealing” nonsense was in the show last night. *Cue the Beach Boys* Continue reading

Big Love 2.1-3

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OKAY. Who’s still watching? I confess to DVRing it and watching multiple eps in one swoop. I did watch last night and can I just say that they have done their research? And they don’t have to come up with story lines? Not ONE of the story lines involving the “Greens” or “Roman’s” people are created, which is fine. Just letting you know.  It’s all based on reality. Continue reading

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

Big Love 1. 1- 3

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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.