So Big Love, the drama about Mormon polygamy (and polyamory) running on HBO, has a great cast and a nice pace, but there are a couple of central questions that just haven’t been answered, and the lack of context is undercutting the impact of the show for me.

I get the circle of wives and understand their small social network, but I want to know:

  • Why does the main character have 3 wives?
  • Is it a religious conviction?
  • Does he love them all, or is it that he wanted to have more sexual variety?
  • Or prove he could afford more families?
  • How does he get emotional fulfillment from three relationships? (Seems like all he does is rush and worry, cept when he is having sex with the wife it’s his turn to be with)
  • Does he see women as chattel? Surrendered wives?
  • How important is his faith in his life–and does it make him feel entitled? If so, how?
  • And finally, is this guy having any fun?

I am enjoying the show, but more because of the interplay between the actresses and the Gee Whiz treatment of the (beyond the pale) sect the hero was raised in–but there could be much more depth if the writers addressed these questions.

So Big Love, the drama about Mormon polygamy (and polyamory) running on HBO, has a great cast and a nice pace, but there are a couple of central questions that just haven’t been answered, and the lack of context is undercutting the impact of the show for me.

I get the circle of wives and understand their small social network, but I want to know:

  • Why does the main character have 3 wives?
  • Is it a religious conviction?
  • Does he love them all, or is it that he wanted to have more sexual variety?
  • Or prove he could afford more families?
  • How does he get emotional fulfillment from three relationships? (Seems like all he does is rush and worry, cept when he is having sex with the wife it’s his turn to be with)
  • Does he see women as chattel? Surrendered wives?
  • How important is his faith in his life–and does it make him feel entitled? If so, how?
  • And finally, is this guy having any fun?

I am enjoying the show, but more because of the interplay between the actresses and the Gee Whiz treatment of the (beyond the pale) sect the hero was raised in–but there could be much more depth if the writers addressed these questions.