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'Big Love' series finale: Parting thoughts on the ending the Henrickson women deserved

There was a lot to love in the final episode of HBO's "Big Love" -- a show that many fans and most critics feel went off the rails a while ago. We could rehash the worthwhile minutia -- Bill (Bill Paxton) becoming a modern day folk hero to polygamists, Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) abandoning her baptism, Lois' (Grace Zabriskie) heartbreaking assisted suicide, Sarah's (Amanda Seyfried) return -- but it's ultimately inconsequential in light of the ending.Bill's death, however grim, was an appropriate end-game for "Big Love." It's the only way his family could survive. His passing offers them sanctuary from the malicious outside forces -- backwoods mafiosos, manipulating politicians, homicidal brothers-in-law -- he constantly lured towards them, and allows the sister wives, all of whom he was holding back in one way or another, to reach their full potential.Barb spent the bulk of the series' final season receiving only rejection from her husband when she... //

BIG LOVE “When Men and Mountains Meet” Series Finale Review

BIG LOVE  "When Men and Mountains Meet"  Season 5   Episode  10 (Series Finale)  – Tonight was the end of a five year run with the Henricksons, polygamy, the Grants, the Greens, and   a family   who touched us in ways we never would have expected. From curiosity to sympathy, empathy, love and frustration,   Big Love   has taken its viewers on quite a ride and tonight’s final   episode   was no exception. Before I watched this   episode   I remembered the last three series that I loved and their endings. I am not sure if there are words to   express   how disappointed and angry I was at the ending of The Sopranos. No, I did not accept the many theories behind the ending. I am still bitter. Also disappointing was the ending of Lost as it veered off toward a more   spiritual   ending than the show ever even explored. A better finale, at least for me, was that of Sex and the City. I remember smiling at the end of that   episode   and knowing that it ended the way that it should. I have similar feelings about tonight’s ending of   Big Love . Before, I go any further, if you have not yet watched this   episode, please stop reading as there are spoilers (big spoilers) in this   review . Read More... //

'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 10 (Series Finale) Recap

What do you look for in a series finale? Resolution? Closure? Drama? Suspense? A twist? The return of a lost character? Death? Birth? Pro-polygamy legislation? If you answered "yes" to any, or all, of those scenarios you would have been mildly amused by the 'Big Love' series finale. I say that because, while the episode did hit all those major finale highlights, it didn't really hit any of them with much force, leaving the show's legacy somewhat up for grabs. I'm not going to let a great series be sullied with a mediocre finale; I will continue to pretend that it all ended with a three-way wifely mud-wrestling contest -- which is what we were all expecting, I'm sure. Read More... //

'Big Love' Series Finale: Farewell to the Henricksons

It's always hard to watch the finale of a great show. In the case of Big Love , which drew to a poignant conclusion last night, we're saying goodbye to one of the most original and well-acted shows to grace the airwaves in recent times. Despite getting sidetracked occasionally over the years with off-the-wall plots, BL's stellar final season focused on what mattered most to us: the Henricksons of Sandy, Utah, and their search for spiritual fulfillment and family love. But besides sticking to the basics, there were still a few surprises left. Read More... //

Big Love Series Finale Review: "When Men and Mountains Meet"

Tonight's series finale episode, "When Men and Mountains Meet," had some shocking scenes, but overall I felt disappointed with how the show ended. This was the final episode after all and I felt that the writers held out in some areas, while rushed to complete some storelines as well. For example, it was left for us to believe that Lois is killed by Frank. Throughout the years, Frank and Lois had been each others worst nightmare, but as the series dwindled down, they became closer than ever. Lois made Frank promise to end her life when things got really bad, but I was shocked to actually see him go through with it. I felt that the writers needed to prove that Lois and Frank really loved each other so very much after all, but really it just made these characters past storylines seem fake. Read More... //

BIG LOVE “Exorcism” Review

BIG LOVE "Exorcism"  Season 5   Episode  9  - With only one episode of  Big Love  left, the stakes are high and the drama is even higher. Of course the end scenes have been fantastic lately, but let’s first talk about the rest of the episode leading up to that point. The family finally realizes just how serious Barb is about her newfound belief in women empowerment in the church when they find out she has joined another church. Not only has she turned her back on Bill’s church, however, but she has a chosen a church that specifcially repudiates plural marriage. Bill wonders how she can reconcile the church’s beliefs with her own and, more importantly, with her ownlifestyle. That is a very good question indeed. In recent days, it seems Barb’s interest in becoming a priestholder overshadows her other beliefs and her marriage. Naturally, Nicki accuses Barb of prematurely trying to run the family. This time, however, I do not think Nicki is wrong. I wonder, does Barb have a little part of her that actually wants Bill to go to prison? She is the one after all that brought up the fact that she would need to find sex elsewhere while he is locked up. Read More... //

'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap

Which sounds better to you -- "Penultimate," or "Finale?" Penultimate, right? It's got "ultimate" right in it and it sparks the kind of excitement and anticipation of which a measly 'Big Love' "Finale" could only dream. Add to that the penultimate episode title -- 'Exorcism' -- and the stakes are raised even higher for the Henrickson family. Read More... //

Big Love Review: "Exorcism"

Big Love brought all the drama and left very little anticipation for the series finally on tonight's episode, "Exorcism." Alby became a wanted man, but that did not stop him from his one mission: to kill Bill. This feud between these two men had gone on since the beginning of this show and who did not expect it to end in a glorious showdown? They both knew that each wanted the other dead, but it surprised me to see Bill give away his perfect opportunity. Even Nikki begged Bill to just go ahead and be done with it, but Bill did not shoot him. This action clearly proved that Bill is in his right mind and is not madly acting out. He probably realized that having Alby thrown in jail would cement to his followers the type of monster he really is. The hardest character to understand is Nikki. She has always been a bit nutty, but never would I have thought she would say such horrible things to her daughter. Even the way she did it was beyond creepy. Poor Cara Lynn. She had to wake up in the middle of the night to find her mother waiting to make her feel worthless. Read More... //

'Big Love' Season 5, Episode 8 Recap

It turns out that in the world of Mormon polygamist senator, Bill Henrickson, not only is the love not big, it's pretty much non-existent, and the only love that might be in his future is of the unlubricated prison variety. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Every woman on 'Big Love' is going in a different direction: One toward death (Lois), one toward empowerment (Barb), another toward personal success (Margene), and yet another toward eliminating all the others (Nicki). Bill, whether he knows it or not, is powerless to stop it. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, then what doth hell not hath like a woman trapped in a plural-marriage with two crazy women and a megalomaniac? Read More... //

Big Love Review: "The Noose Tightens"

With only two more episodes left, I wasn't expecting anything but the best and most craziest hour of TV from Big Love and boy was I right. The writers of Big Love were able to cram over five different storylines into "The Noose Tightens" without it feeling too overwhelming. In fact, by the end of the episode, all I wanted was for it to be next Sunday so I could see what will happen next! Read More... //