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BIG LOVE Is Back, Baby

January 14, 2011 by  

BIG LOVE is back this Sunday… in more ways than one.

Though the fourth season of the acclaimed HBO series earned quite a bit of criticism for a few subplots that seemed to explode into absurdity toward the end of its run, this weekend you’ll find that the show has returned to the quiet (yet always impactful) drama longtime fans adore it for.

Sticking with the new theme song that was introduced last year — which is appropriate, as the characters seem more confused than ever about their path and their place in life — BIG LOVE season 5 opens with Bill and his three wives camping out with their youngest kids, striving to portray a sense of calm after what they’ve been through: a clear storm.

We learn that, since Bill won election to the state Senate and came out publicly as a polygamist, much has transpired — though nothing we couldn’t have anticipated: the family has been splashed across the tabloids and the consequences of their big reveal is more than just difficult.

Margene is an emotional mess and only gets worse when she’s fired from her job at the home shopping network.

Barb — who has sent her youngest daughter Teeny away to live with her eldest Sarah, so she can enjoy a normal existence — has opted to stay in the marriage but continues to struggle with the revelation that she doesn’t need Bill anymore.

Nicki, who is now free to live out in the open as Bill’s wife, is deeply angry with Barb who covertly attempted to derail Bill’s campaign last season and she flies off the deep end when one of her boys is beat up at school because of the family’s beliefs.

Meanwhile, Bill is dealing with aggressive anger from not only his campaign volunteers and employees at Cost Plus, but from Don as well.

In the midst of this mess, however, there are still several light moments — best of all, the subtle humor that comes from the passive aggression between Nicki and Barb.

But in addition to everything that’s going on with the four main characters, there are equally compelling storylines this year coming from the supporting players, including Bill’s mom Lois, Nicki’s mom Adaleen, Nicki’s long-lost daughter Cara Lynn, and Nicki’s closeted compound-bound brother Alby, who has really lost it since the tragic suicide of his lover last season.

This will be the final season of BIG LOVE, friends, but as a fan, I’m pleased to say that it’s off to a more than satisfactory start… which will just make it all the more difficult to say goodbye to this spring. Sigh…

BIG LOVE season 5 debuts Sunday, January 16th at 9PM on HBO. Will you watch?

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