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Monday, April 10, 2006

Big Love - spoilers, praise and hyperbole abound

Bearing in mind that I've already claimed that Lost, Invasion, and the Sopranos (and about 5 other shows... Pasadena, anyone?) to be the greatest show on television, was I the only one who was blown away by tonights episode of Big Love?

All the reviews said that tonight, episode five - "Affair," was when the show really started getting good. Now, I thought that the first four episodes were very good. Besides incredible acting (especially from Amanda Seyfried aka the "I can tell the weather with my boobs" girl in Mean Girls), Big Love managed to make almost an entire program fascinating simply through preoccupation with domestic logistics: who does the laundry? who cooks? whose turn is it to sleep with Bill?
At first tonights episode seemed mostly the same old. A couple minor characters began sparring with each other, some threatening phone calls were made, and Bill began fucking Barb out of order. Then the last ten minutes turned amazing.
Chloe Sevigny's Nicki suddenly, as the boys say, grew a pair and showed that maybe she's not Roman's Pawn/sexual plaything afterall. This was followed by the most bizarrely touching family scene I think I've ever seen, when Nicki announced her plan to have another baby (did anyone else think she was going to suggest a fourth wife?)

So Nicki appears to be almost as Machiavellian a schemer as Al Swearengen on Deadwood. Let the battle of the boss ladies begin.

PS. Can I ruin Lilo and Stitch for you? You know Rhonda, Roman's creepy fourteen year old wife? That's Lilo. Yep. I warned you.


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