Well, I saw an episode of HBO’s Big Love tonight and I was nonplussed. Okay, maybe nonplussed is too strong… maybe I just haven’t used that word in a long time and was looking for an excuse. I wasn’t really surprised that the show has had success – I mean it did benefit from quite a promotional campaign. What has me really stumped is why it is still on the air.
The writing is unoriginal, the subject matter is vaguely interesting but very poorly handled. There appears to be a complete lack of knowledge about many of the key themes – bigamy, the LDS church, heck – even home improvement stores. If it is comedy they are shooting for, they missed. If it is drama they are after, it escaped them. If it is social commentary… not even close. Regardless of the goals – Big Love is a Big Stinker.