As someone who just jumped back into Big Love this year after abandoning it midway through Season 1, I've really enjoyed it, in a kind of batshit-crazy-things-happen-every-minute, Nip/Tuck kind of way. I understand that the show used to have deeper and more emotional explorations of faith and family and misogyny, but for now, more illegal parrot trafficking! Don't get me wrong, I've had a lot of fun watching this season (and honestly teared up a bit when Dale killed himself and when a purple elephant-costumed Margene apologized to Bill for kissing his son), but, you know, this is far from the brilliant drama I was promised before the season started.
I haven't pinned down exactly how I feel about this final season of Big Love, but I do know that it's a vast improvement on the embarrassing fiasco that was last season, and that alone makes me feel better about letting go of this show now. Am I thrilled about the possibility of it ending on such uncertain terms? I don't think I'll know that until the end of Sunday's finale. So let's talk about that.
The final season begins tonight, and this time the writers are reportedly going to take this show somewhat seriously and put effort into making it considerably less absurd than it was last year. Backlash can be a very persuasive thing, I guess. Depending on your perspective, this departure from last year's giant purple furry costumes, senior citizen-run parrot black markets and Chloe Sevigny running around in a biker bar hooker costume can either be a welcomed change or a deflating disappointment. Personally, I watch this show for the crazy (it kind of became my Nip/Tuck replacement last season), so I'm not thrilled about it. Hopefully they just can't help themselves and Nicki will end up with a hip hop recording contract or Barb will start Frankenstein-ing her Native American employees she likes to run over or something. Fingers crossed.
It's season finale night on HBO! I'll miss two of these three shows something terrible, but I have to say, my DVR will not. It gets really stressed out about Sunday nights when the Fall TV season is in full swing. But I digress -- here's what's on tonight.