Big Love Season 2
The first season of Big Love introduced us to the Henrickson family; a polygamist family made up of a husband, three wife’s and numerous children. It showed us the struggles they faced trying to live a normal life whilst keeping their polygamy a secret. It also showed that any relationship can work, so long that everyone involved worked together. The religious concepts that drove the desire for polygamy were treated with respect – at least for the normal polygamist , and the dangerous ‘compound polygamist ‘ were shown for what they were; a dangerous, manipulative cult. The Henrickson family definitely had the moral high ground over everyone else.
The season didn’t end so much on a must watch cliff hanger, more of a ‘I wonder what will happen in season two’ twist with the outing of Bill Henrickson’s public wife.
Season two opens with the reoccurring them of Bill claiming that he can ‘fix anything.’ This claim encompasses everything from a child’s broken toy through to the compounds attempts at control, extortion and general harassment.
But thing seem to go from bad to worse in more ways than one, as Big Love seems to wander off the course it set in season one, with Bill’s family heading down the road of self destruction. Big Love seems destined to go the way most TV programs do when they run out of inspiration; bring nothing but trouble to the characters we love.
The wives get a real nasty streak on, as they seek to control Bill, and backstab each other as they vie for dominance and Bills favour. Bill takes a running leap off the moral high ground as he seeks out retribution against Roman; the compound leader, by going after the very business opportunity that h was seeking for himself. This business opportunity comes at a personal price as the religious wives and business partner (and fellow Polygamist) don’t think it’s a good business to be in, but strong headed and determined Bill has blinkers on and can’t see what he’s doing to his family, especially not when he has wife number four in his sights.
For all it’s flaws – namely the un-welcome change of plot direction – Big Love is still as compelling as Season One and has plenty of drama, tension and plots twists to keep even a cynical reviewer happy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R13 – Contains Violence & Sex Scenes.
Duration: 616 mins.
Genre: Television Drama.
Actors: Bill Paxton, Chloe Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Joel McKinnon Miller, Amanda Seyfried.
Release Date: Available now.