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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 |
( 3/28/2006 11:57:00 AM ) Bill S.
"AS LONG AS THERE ARE STARS ABOVE YOU" – Still tryin' to wrap my head around HBO's Big Love, but the show's definitely got me in its thrall. The story of hard-working Salt Lake City polygamist Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) and his ultra-extended family is a tricky blend of the comic and disturbing – with the latter achieving prominence in the person of seedy ol' Harry Dean Stanton's Roman, patriarch of an isolated Utah compound and father to Bill's second wife Nicollette (Chloe Sevigny, playing ultra-needy). Watching Stanton wrap his tonsils around "Big Rock Candy Mountain" at his grandson's birthday party was creepy in more ways than I can count. And though Paxton's more mainstreamed polygamist papa is depicted as the less shady of two family heads, as this week's ep made clear, he's also not averse to playing the threatening patriarchal card. Not the most endearing Teevee Hubby around – three entries in and my wife has already announced that she's giving up on the show – but I'm curious as to where creators Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer plan to take this assertively off-kilter series . . .