Lovin’ Big Love

I’ve been a huge fan of Big Love since it began, even through the rocky final episodes of Season Four. The new season has given us two episodes so far, and I’m intrigued by the direction. Bill has been humbled and about time. All three wives are trying to figure out who they are, now that the cataclysm has passed and they’ve been outed to the public as polygamists. HBO’s Big Love.

I’ve also been watching the second season again on DVD, and I noticed that in one episode, Bill said to his brother, Joey, that he wished he could just have put a pillow over Roman Grant’s face. Later, in Season 3, Joey does just that. As a writer, I can’t help but wonder whether they had already planned this method of eliminating Roman, or whether they got the idea AFTER writing Season 2. In rewatching the first couple of seasons, I see lots of places where things mentioned in a minor way end up becoming bigger story points later. (I noticed this in the early books of Harry Potter, too). When writing the first season or two, or the first book or two in a series, the writer(s) don’t know how much further the series will go. How much is planned ahead of time and how much is ‘mined’ from the earlier episodes?

As a writer myself, I know that sometimes something that was relatively insignificant in an early chapter suddenly turns on in my brain as a lightbulb moment and I can build on it. Just as in real life, an experience you have at one time becomes a turning point later. I’d just love to know what the writing process is for professional writers.

Anyway, I look forward to the rest of the season. I love all the characters, especially Nicki and Barb, and will hate to see the show end.

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One Response to Lovin’ Big Love

  1. Roxanne Kroll says:

    Yes, I’ve wondered the same thing. All of my favorite tv series are filled with their own internal historical references. Seemingly small threads of story line come back into play in interesting and unexpected ways in subsequent seasons.
    I’m a big fan of “Big Love” and also of “Mad Men”, and I’ve loved how bits from seasons 1-3 play out in season 4 of “Mad Men”…all against the historical/cultural events of the 1960′s.

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