Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Diggin' on Polygin'

So another fabulous HBO drama has bitten the dust. I'm still quietly fuming over the end of Deadwood (cocksuckers!), and I feared I'd be suffering from severe Sopranos withdrawal. I needn't have worried - the creative team at the cable network has come to my rescue again with the second season of Big Love. It's a fascinating look at the Mormon practice of polygamy (both in traditional and nontraditional sense) and how it's viewed by the majority of the Mormon population.

I will admit to being extremely skeptical about the show when the first season started. Who wants to watch a show about folks who can't even drink a Coke, much less add some sizzle by getting hooked on blow? But I was drawn in by the amazingly complex relationship between all the Henricksons and the blatant hypocrisies of the Grant family at The Compound. Intrigued by gay henchman polygamists, former Mormon support groups, and backlash skinheads? Big Love is for you. Anyone who can resist being drawn like a fly to shit to a family where, as Adaleen Grant says, "I am my own grandmother" or to a culture where sex outside of marriage is forgiveable but being a surrogate mother is not has a stronger will than I.

I hear the creator of Deadwood has refocused his attention on John From Cincinnati, so I'll check that out. The spousal unit says it's weird, which given my love for Six Feet Under and Carnivale is a good omen.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

Big Love, I've only seen a few episodes of this due to my lack of wanting to have an even higher Comcast bill. So I've signed up to get them on NetFlix, so I just have to wait for them. The episodes I saw were interesting and the social dynamics were so different than my own that it sucked me right in. Have you seen the Dateline specials on the polygamy groups in southern Utah/Northern Arizona. They are quite interesting as well. 1 Guy and 8 wives and 50+ kids...

I enjoyed Six Feet Under and Carnivale as well. In fact I kept HBO just to watch them. Once they were done, I dumped HBO.

Slave to the dogs said...

Kevin -

Right with ya on the social dynamics. Haven't seen the dateline specials, but....

There's a guy on my softball team who grew up in one of these compounds in Mexico. He has 20-30 brothers and sisters. Totally freaky.