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Big Love Finale: Big Bang or Big Letdown?

March 21, 2011

Did the finale moments of HBO’s drama Big Love bring the polarizing series to a satisfying conclusion for you? [spoilers after the jump]

Did you think it was:

It was a perfect finish to an astonishingly ambitious show that often careened through genre, narrative structure and believability like they were false walls on a stage. To have remained a “perfect” show, “Big Love” probably should have ended two seasons ago, before the action began moving away from the original nexus of family drama, spreading voracious tendrils of subplot all over the place like so much bougainvillea.

via LA Times Showtracker.

Or was the terse indifference of The New York Times more your speed:

“Big Love” ended its five-season run on HBO on Sunday night, and if the show had achieved the resonance of the network’s other heralded series, the national conversation would surely be dominated now — at least for a couple of hours — by the events that transpired during the final explosive seconds.

I watched the first season of Big Love and wasn’t won over enough to continue watching, though I did pop in from time to time to see if it had gotten better. Usually I was lured in by an intriguing guest star or via the recommendation of a trusted pop culturalist.

Here are the final “shocking moments” of the series:

9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2011 12:51 am

    i haven’t seen this season yet. none were better than the first.

    • March 22, 2011 9:14 pm

      really? I mean, I really loved how seasons two and three went deeper into things. I just watched season four last week on DVD and it got a little wild, but still enjoyed it. I’m planning on powering through this season this week while I have access to them On Demand, and then I can actually read this post! I averted my eyes to leave this comment.

  2. March 23, 2011 2:02 am

    haha, there were no spoilers. Honestly, the first was the BEST for me, and then it started to get a little outlandish, like they were just trying to shock us more and more, kind of like E.R. had a new epic, world-class disaster every single week while I was still watching it (HOW DOES THAT SHOW STILL EXIST!??!). But I’ll be trying.

  3. March 27, 2011 8:37 am

    I powered through the last two seasons in two weeks, and I tend towards agreeing with showtracker, if they’d wanted a neater show, it’d have ended earlier, but I kinda loved the soapy rollercoaster drama that emerged in the last two seasons. It was my Desperate Housewives! And therefore I sort of loved the classic ending, where they plant Chekhov’s gun twice, so we know we will be ‘fooled’, we just don’t know when! And at 10 episodes per season, they got there pretty fast, which I appreciated.

    More importantly, now where will I get my Jeanne Tripplehorn fix?

    • March 28, 2011 1:33 am

      There’s always Basic Instinct!!!

      • March 28, 2011 7:42 am

        She’s too young for me in that – I prefer my Tripplehorn to have aged at least 40 years. Maybe she can make Basic Instinct 3 now. Wait, did they make that already?

  4. March 27, 2011 7:34 pm

    are we talking E.R. now? I haven’t watched it since childhood. I remember the last episode I watched having something to do with a helicopter crash. As far as hospital dramas go, Grey’s used to win for me, but now George is gone so honestly, why watch?

    • March 28, 2011 1:34 am

      I love Grey’s Anatomy without George and Izzy, honestly. It’s been rocky since Washington left, but it’s decidedly better these last two seasons. I never liked George much as a character and I wasn’t a fan of TR Knight and the drama he brought to the set either.

      • March 28, 2011 4:03 pm

        george was my favorite! buy he and izzie didn’t work. i mostly just liked his poutiness.

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