Love Some Big Love
I haven’t come across many people who have watched the show Big Love but maybe that’s because it’s an HBO show and even I can’t afford to have that channel (although I miss it :sad:). I wasn’t sure if HBO could pull me into another show like Six Feet Under but I was wrong…I was very wrong.
Big Love stars Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson (remember “Chet” from Weird Science) as a polygamist with 3 wives and 7 children. He grew up on the fundamentalist compound where the men there have many wives and some very young as well. He was kicked out as a teenager, which is common since the men like to get rid of the “competition.”
Bill started his whole life over and built a chain of home improvement stores. He married Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and had 3 children with her. When she got cancer it was Nicki (Cloe Sevigny) from the compound who came to help out and soon became a second wife. After that Margie became the youngest wife to join the family (Ginnifer Goodwin) and that’s when they had to really start hiding their secrets.
You see this all takes place in Utah where polygamy is illegal and banned by the Mormon church so they go to great lengths to keep their family a secret. Bill also struggles with mounting debt from his store, supporting 3 wives with their children and his father-in-law Roman (Harry Dean Stanton) who won’t quite let him live his life.
I just finished the first season and it really ended with a bang. I won’t tell you how it ended in case you decide to watch it (you can get it through Netflix) but one has to wonder how they can continue on a second season.
What is so interesting about the show is seeing a kind of life I know very little about and also seeing how beautiful the love they all have is even though it’s very much a struggle most days. I can’t imagine sharing a husband and the love we have but somehow they make it work…assuming their secret doesn’t get out.
If you want to discuss this further then come see the topic in the forum.