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Big Love 5 Seasons 2011

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Season 5
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(527) IMDb 8.2/10

1. Winter TV-14 CC

Season Five Premiere. In the aftermath of his election, Bill faces an uphill battle to win over his constituents and employees, while his family copes with psychological and physical traumas close to home.

Starring:
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Runtime:
1 hour, 0 minutes
Original air date:
January 16, 2011

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By ChaCha on March 22, 2011
Format: DVD
In a very a parallel way, Sister Wives, a current reality show about a polygamous family presents us with a family who choose to live their lives in the open. Unlike the Hendrickson's however, the patriarch of the family did not run for public office nor have a business that depends on public support.

This final season of Big Love was much better than the cartoonish and improbable episodes from Season 4. It takes a very dramatic turn towards the reality of their lives and there is no longer anything remotely humorous except dead on issues that can no longer be run away from. It's mostly about Senator Bill Hendrickson's refusal to put his religion in the closet. While he has noble intentions, the political, financial and emotional toll it takes on his family is overwhelming. This is also the season of self realization for all three wives, no longer able to do just what's best for their family but to meet their own individual spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth that can no longer be suppressed.

Like many, I sure am sorry this wonderful series has concluded. I can only hope and pray that one day, maybe we'll see Big Love, the Movie (which I'd much rather see than another Sex in the City installment). Big Love you will truly be missed!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stink Eye on February 5, 2012
Format: DVD
As an atheist I have been thoroughly captivated by this show because of its authentic struggle with fundamentalism and faith. While my own faith is firmly planted in the here and now and has evolved from a Catholic upbringing into one that sees most organized religions as manipulative, superstitious, patriarchal, and hypocritical, "Big Love" struggles with all of these considerations, but digs more deeply into the nature of faith beyond the here and now and surprisingly finds the true relevance of faith in the here and now. (Spoiler) When Paxon's character, Bill Henrickson, finds his own church built upon the principles of pluralistic marriage apart from the cult pedophilia that had characterized the elders set adrift in the Juniper Creek Compound, his gathering sermon recognizes that faith does not rain from above but emerges from our connections with family and friends. This is such a tremendous revelation for him. In this final scene, souls are repaired, covenants are remembered, and a vision of a once forward-looking church reveals itself. While I abhor the idea of polygamy, taking a wider view of history and a view of woman as healers (which is not impossible for an atheist), maybe it takes many wives to tame the irrational, aggressive beasts that are most men. This may be too generous and too slight, such is the dichotomy of the genders blessed and cursed by compassion and cruelty. When Barbara, Bill's wife, assumes the Priesthood and gives Bill his final blessing, his new understanding of faith is sanctified by virtue of the connection he makes with his equal.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Conlon on December 15, 2012
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1. Alby Grant - Best Bad Guy Ever. Matt Ross is now tied with Ralph Fiennes, with his performance in Shindler's List, for the Best Bad Guy Performance Ever.

2. Favorite Scene - There were so many it's like choosing amongst your children, but one that stands out for me is during one of Louis and Frank's bird smuggling escapades. The two of them are sleeping in the back seat of the car, their mouths hanging wide open. Jodeen gets a wonderful gleam in her eyes and proceeds to get out of the car, open the trunk and release the birds. Mareille Enos brought a quiet, enigmatic lusciousness to Kathy and Jodeen Marquart. Jodeen doesn't say more than a few words during the entirety of the series, but Ms. Enos instills her with a beautiful stillness and inner life.

3. Opening Credits Sequence - Loved the Beach Boys one for Seasons One through Three. Also loved the Engineers one for Seasons Four and Five. The Sequence used for Seasons One through Three is emblematic of what Bill and his wives believe will happen to them in the afterlife. They are connected now and in eternity. But they are skating on thin ice. By Season Four they are starting to drift apart, being pulled in different directions. Though they strive mightily to connect, it is becoming more and more difficult. Home, by the Engineers, was haunting.

4. Stellar performances by Harry Dean Stanton as Roman Grant, Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow, Melora Walters as Wanda Henrickson, Grace Zabriskie as Lois Henrickson, Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant and Sandy Martin as Selma Green. The leads were all great but these are the performances that stand out for me, in addition to the two mentioned above.

5. The way that the writers never condescended or judged.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vincent A. Carter on March 11, 2012
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I said I wasn't going to do it, but it happened again with Big Love. I enjoyed the ride, but a tradition that began with the Sopranos, HBO writers don't end a series well. Final episodes seem to just "push us off a cliff" and it's just over! The final season of Big Love got to be a bit overwhelming with the story lines, but still riveting. Yet, on the final episode, instead of giving us a 90min conclusion to some intense stories, they crammed everything into the same time frame as the series format and just abruptly stopped each story line, cold! Oh well, I enjoyed ride, just the same!
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