Big Love: The Complete Third Season
Oh, do I love Big Love. This is the twistiest, trippiest, wittiest drama ever.
I was talking about this show to a friend the other day and she turned her nose and said, "Is that the show about the polygamist Mormons?" You might not think such a seed would yield such a bumper crop of intrigue and devastation but you'd be wrong.
The cast, the writing, everything falls easily into place. Who but Bill Paxton could pull off a character like Bill Hendrickson, at times so childishly innocent, at others so doggedly ruthless. You can't help but root for him as he set upon on all sides, the ground shifts underneath this guy almost unceasingly. The deceits and betrayals pile on and viewers are happily caught in this tightly wound web.
Harry Dean Stanton shines in the role of a lifetime as Bill's nemesis the 'Prophet' Roman Grant, Grace Zabriskie tears up the screen as the homicidally wacky Lois, and Ginnifer Goodwin's Margene provides the sugar sweet contrast to the horrific proceedings. And you gotta love Mary Kay Place - remember her from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? Here she plays a character as devilish as she is clueless.
At one point I stood slack-jawed in front of the television over the events that collide around Nicolette (Chloë Sevigny) - that girl can get into the stickiest jams imaginable thanks to a never ending family of inbreeds and lunatic messiahs and her own astonishing hubris.
During season three Bill finally has enough of Nicolette's nonsense and takes a fourth wife which throws the family dynamic into turmoil.
This is a series that so far just gets better and better, one that will stand the test of time, making this DVD collection a must have.
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