Monday, January 17, 2011

Big Love Back and North to Alaska

Big Love opened its 5th and final season tonight on HBO with "North to Alaska" - sung at first by Bill, at the end by Johnny Horton (one of my all-time favorites) - the show had Lobo's "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" in there, and Gregory Itzin (ex-Prez, 24) playing another one his choice vicious politicians.

Winter will be the theme, this season, and the show ends with a snowfall.  There's a little fall from grace for all three wives, too.  Barb buys a bottle of wine - not against traditional Christianity, as Barb points out to Nicki, but contrary to Mormon teaching, as Nicki points out to Barb.  Nicki has shorter hair than last year, and a still short temper, but I didn't blame her one bit when she verbally lashed out at a kid who wrote all over her son.  Margene's feeling the heat, too, as she loses her hard-won job, and curses out a guy on a news crew who sticks a microphone too close to her face.

All of this, of course, is due to Bill's going public with his polygamous family at the end of last season.  His family's suffering, he's suffering, his store is suffering.  The tension between him and Don continues, and it's likely to get only worse, given the romance starting between Don's son and Nicki's daughter.   (Romantic that I am, I'm glad to see it.)

But there's political hope at the end.  The Henrickson are having an open house.  No one comes by.   And then ... a few people do show up, appreciative of what Bill has done for them, by going public.

I expect a lot more than a few viewers will love this final season of one of the best shows ever on television.

My favorite line in tonight's episode:  Bill doesn't "give a flaming heck about the Boy Scouts." And here's a little North to Alaska for you ...

See also Big Love Season 4 Start with Casino, Psycho, and Birds ... Big Love 4.2: Politician or Prophet?  ... Big Love 4.3: Super-Compressed, Super-Fine ...  Big Love 4.4:  Bill and Don
... The Potential for Brilliance in Big Love 4.5 ... Big Love 4.6: Barb Ascendant ... Nearly Gunfight at the OK Corral for Big Love 4.7 ... Big Love Breakout Season 4 Finale

See also: Big Love, Season 3 ... 1. a 4th ... 2. Two Issues Resolved, Two Not So Much ... 6. Exquisite, Perfectly Played ... Big Love Season 3 Finale: Bigger Love ...

And from Season 2: 2: Oh, Happy Day, and Not ... 3: Sons and Mothers ... 4. Help Me, Rhonda ... 5. The Waitress and More... 6. Just Lust ... 7. Margene's Mama ... 8. Polygamy and Misgivings ... 9. Swing Vote Margene ... 10. Polygamy as the Ultimate Cool/Bad ... 11. Family in Crisis ... Big Love Season 2 Concludes

                 Special Discount Coupons for Angie's List, Avis, Budget Car, eHarmony, eMusic, Mozy, Zazzle

The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"a Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

"Sierra Waters is sexy as hell" - curled up with a good book
Post a Comment