Laura Stone (stoney321) wrote,
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TV talk - Big Love, Dollhouse now with bonus Oprah/Elizabeth Smart!

I just got the idea to contact a scientist/citizen in Antarctica to see if I can get them to send me back a coin I'd mail them to add to my son's collection. (And to see if my father in law can ask one of the astronauts to carry one to the ISS, and maybe I could mail one to the White House? Hmm.)

Okay, TV. Spoilers a go go, yo.
BIG LOVE

Holy sheep shit, this show has been full of crazy people this season, am I right?!? It's making me so sad, so crazy, and so angry. I'll just hit some highlights, feel free to remind me of things I'm missing.


Bill Hendricks This is the lead villain in the show, and if you've not cottoned to that, what show are you watching!? The guy is such a controlling son of a bitch, so hypocritical, and if I may, completely spot on for the type of man you'll find in that region. He gives me the rages, I won't lie. "Everything I do is through divine inspiration that only I can receive from our Heavenly Father." Fuck you, dude. His Judas behavior to Don is just despicable. I mean, Don's no saint, but he's such a lap dog follower. Bah. Bill's father is a righteous son of a bitch, too, but he's at least upfront with it. You know what you're dealing with right off the bat: a jackass extraordinaire.

And HEY-O with the kicking out your son (Ben beat him to it, but you knew it was coming) when that was exactly what was done to you, Bill. And why? Because you were a young, desirable male that was catching the eye of young, pretty women that the older men wanted for themselves, even though they already HAVE wives. GROSS. I hate this character. HATE him. It's excellent TV, mind, I just see the character for who he is, and I don't like it.


Alby OH MY GOD, the crazy! The sadness!! Y'all get that he's Warren Jeffs, right? I mean, we've talked about that many many times. And that Warren Jeffs was gay but closeted? Also, I cannot stress enough how amazing it is to me every time they show the actor in profile that the man looks EXACTLY like Joseph Smith. Kudos on the casting. But seriously: the picking up men in Memorial Park (lol, that's pretty accurate), I lived two blocks from there - it's a BEAUTIFUL park and totally smack dab in the gayborhood. And three blocks north of Temple Square. Ha ha. How sad is his behavior with this man? the breaking in? The weird ass gifts? The creepy pictures he's taking of themselves in bed while the guy is asleep?!?! I wonder if there's a precedence for that in Jeffs' past, hmm. I know Jeffs had all sorts of accusations being made about him and young men at Colorado City {real life Juniper Creek.}

Random, but it bugs me: they always have the folks up in SLC [Hendricksons] zipping over to Juniper Creek [Colorado City.] That's a good 5 hour drive. I just have to keep mentioning that. Whatever, small mention.

Back to Alby: Jeffs really DID assign his mother (and spirit mothers) immediately to other men, including himself. WEIRD. Anyway, Alby is making me sad. He's reprehensible, but he's also a tragic figure, trapped in his own making.


Nikki OH MY GOD, NIKKI. First of all, her sobbing at the wedding made me so, so sad. She has never known chosen love, and never will. I think. She came so close to finally being her own person, and then it was all ruined by her background. So typical for that region, too. :( On the other hand, I was so amused at her in DC with her handgun and the threat of those people being completely horrid sinners ready to rape and murder her and her daughter. They really are taught that in the compound, and that's one of the reasons why they won't leave. (They have no real access to the outside to show how ludicrous that is.)

Also hilarious: her building the log cabin in two days, I love that they always showcase her compound/Juniper Creek skills of knowing how to do things. Fix a generator? No problem. Cook for 150 people? Piece of cake, she calls that Saturday lunch. Build a facade for a political campaign? Done, please go to my peg board and bring me the following supplies, carefully labeled and stored in the right place, lol. essene mentioned that she eye rolled Nikki once again being undercover because of how she looks, but I have to say that it REALLY isn't an issue. Nikki has some of the compound trappings, but since she wears her hair down in the back and wears two pieces instead of the pastel dress or calico, she really fits in with a LOT of people in Utah Valley. She fits right in up there in Provo, doesn't need to change a thing.

Also, who's more devious and good at ferreting out information than Nikki? Perfect job for her.


Margene I find that I'm really bothered by Margene as a character. One, she clearly doesn't fit in with the polygamous lifestyle of SLC - meaning, the RELIGIOUS aspects of it. The way she dresses is completely unacceptable by those people's standards, for one. Two, I don't get why she's staying. I don't think she will much longer, but I kind of feel like her storyline is about played out. She's going to figure out how to be on her own and leave, I think that's what's coming. I see her in the family as a person wanting companionship in the form of sisters and friends, but eh. I think the writers made her too carefree and non-area designed enough that I've never bought her being in THIS family. And is she originally from Utah? That just makes it harder for me to believe, if so. It's almost like Pamela Anderson joining a muslim family in India. Uh... huh?

Also, the actor that plays Ben skeeves me out, so I'm not interested in that storyline AT ALL.

Off topic, slightly, Amanda Seyfried has massive cans, jeez. I don't want to see that, though, she was a baby on Veronica Mars imo. Ack. I'm uncomfortable with teen actors growing up, that's all. And her husband continues to gross me out and amuse me as he looks PERFECT for the BYU drop out type. Bleh. Bad memories of living up there, I suppose.


Barb She's so typical Type A LDS mom, I just don't have anything more to add. Everything must appear perfect, or she'll drive herself crazy trying to make it just so. (And Teeny can go right the fuck back to where ever she was, I'm not a fan of the bratty little sister gig.) She reminds me of just about all of my LDS friends' moms. Trying to not let judgment show on her face, but judging all the same. And actually being a loving person. But still with the judgment and the "MUST BE PERFECT!!!" mantra. Exhausting.



Joey He's the ONLY man on the show that I don't want to stab. I think because he so clearly struggles with his religion and what it requires of him, and he really does love Wanda, even if it wears him out.

Wanda I LOVE THAT CHARACTER. She's scary as hell, and such a tragic figure, and I kind of want her to kill her brother. I mean, come on, you're all wanting it, too, right? I love the reminder of her relationship ties with Nikki, as well. It's not just them living together on the compound, but their fear and loathing of JJ.

So yeah, I'm salivating for the next episode, even though I feel like I know where all of this is going. (And if I could make it through ONE episode without singing along/praying along every time they go back to Mormon roots, that would be super. Jeez, the indoctrination is strong, yo.)




DOLLHOUSE


On one hand, I got choked up with Topher's story line. I know that one of the big reasons some of you hated him was that he had no moral compass in regards to what he was doing, and I assumed they would make that his arc. I wasn't disappointed, and I thought the depth of sorrow that he sank to was pretty awesome.

There were tons of plot holes/plot lines that got changed because I guess they wrote this before they did season 2? IDK. Um, Paul [Ballard] had his affection for Echo/Caroline removed, one, so her whole "I can't let you in" line didn't work because they made it the opposite by the last half of the season. Also, the child that played the revamped Echo was the same girl that played Mellie as a younger person, right? Hmm, just mentioning that.

I didn't buy Adelle being the earth mother, but then, we did lose quite a few years. It felt like they forced that on us. Ditto with Tony/Victor being a tech-head. Eh, I found that mildly interesting, but that's all. Um, what's with Alpha being a huggy friend? A little more exposition there was needed, since last we saw him he wasn't the "I'm in it with you!" guy. Unless I'm missing something?

Joss has GOT to come up with new tropes, I'm pretty much over it, now. He's beaten me over the head with:

  • mothers are twisted and will attack if you mess with their cubs in disproportionate measures/dads don't give a shit and leave

  • the strong woman will always be alone

  • do you love this person? Do you? BAM, how's about a bullet in the forehead, sucker!

  • thin nerdy girls

  • the crazy person in a hole drawing theorems over and over and over again

  • the switcharoo evil guy

  • hot lesbians for the geek guy turn on and not to just have them be characters that happen to be lesbians. And hot.



I mean, we GET it, Joss. Quit telling the same story over and over again, try something new, please.

I think this show had a lot of promise and I would have liked it stretched over 3 seasons, but what can you do.


[ETA] GUYS! I totally forgot that Elizabeth Smart (and more importantly, Wanda Barzee) will be on Oprah today. When they showed her after she'd been kidnapped, I KNEW it was polygamy. Why did he want HER? She looked like a literal [Mormon] angel. Blonde, small, demure, played the HARP. OMG. Oh, and she was from a wealthy family, too, because the holier you are in the LDS faith the more money God blesses you with. *cough* I'm waiting breathlessly for this interview, I won't even lie. even though I'm sure Oprah will cock it up with stupid questions geared for creating "A-ha!" quotes.
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