Big Love Season 3 is set to start on January 18th. HURRAY! Here’s a link to the official HBO website:
Tired of the same old emergency room and police dramas? Sitcoms telling the same old jokes? Starting to wonder how real that reality TV show really is?
Big Love! The most unusual family drama ever produced.
For those not familiar with the series, this is the 3rd season. Big Love is about a fictional, independent polygamist family that lives hidden in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. Bill Paxton plays “Bill Henrickson,” a highly successful entrepreneur in the hardware/home-improvement business. He has three wives: Barbara, Nicki and Margene. He and his first wife were at one point traditional members of the LDS Church. Due to some circumstances in life, they sort of fell into polygamy. Nicki, the second wife, is one of the many children of the corrupt prophet/leader of Juniper Creek, a fundamental polygamist group that lives on a closed compound in a remote part of Utah (a lot like Warren Jeffs and the FLDS). Margene (3rd) is the youngest wife. She was not raised in any form of Mormonism, but wanted to join the family as the third wife after getting to know them. They all live on the same street, each wife having their own house next to the others. They share a common backyard area complete with a barbecue and swimming pool — what could be more ideal? Hehe. The show is both uncomfortable and amusing. Nobody can really “get” this show like Mormons. The producers did a lot of research and like to throw in little tidbits of Mormon culture.
The show’s drama revolves around the constant threat of being discovered. Bill has business ties (that he regrets) to his mafia-like father-in-law on the polygamist compound. Roman Grant loaned him a lot of money when he was desperate to get started in business. Bill and Nicki have dysfunctional family members with all kinds of problems that still live on the compound. They are always being threatened. The Henrickson family is constantly being forced to deal with their fundamentalist past, their desire to fit into normal society, and all the ups and downs of just being a family with young children and teenagers.
There’s simply nothing on T.V. like Big Love!