Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Who are the real Desperate Housewives? Big Love wins


I start out with two premises, but I'm open to suggestions:
There are a couple of suburban frisky family dramedies on the air - "Desperate Housewives" on Wisteria Lane and "Big Love" in an architecture marvel (three inter-connected houses with a pool) in Utah. So which show is worth watching? Or better yet is there a connection between the two and some fantasy that Americans covet? I don't know but some differentiators:

I haven’t seen more than five minutes of the "Desperate Housewives" - it was the pilot when I figured it wasn’t for me. There probably aren’t any good sex scenes in "Desperate Houswives" as it’s on ABC so maybe they are really "desperate." Then again the only nudity on "Big Love" has been Bill Paxson’s bum which is a bit disappointing.

Second, I need to clarify my title subject. The wives (and maybe the older daughter and mother) in "Big Love" aren’t desperate - they’re working to satisfy their family, financial, personal needs and are probably in control more than it seems.

I don’t know I might be fishing for something here, but I’m still sticking with "Big Love" for a while.

Besides, Harry Dean Stanton is the greatest actor of our age.


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I have to disagree with Adam's thought that Big Love woman are desperate. I’m a huge Big Love fan and am addicted and fascinated by the lives the characters lead … but I think they are all very desperate (perhaps that’s why it’s so fun to watch).Here’s why:

Barb – “Desperate to Rationalize” (not to mention get her husband back). She’s beginning to realize that she made a HUGE mistake by letting her husband Bill take-to-bed and marry two (younger) women. Barb is so desperate in fact that she is having an affair with her own husband, lying to her “wives” and children and meeting Bill in hotel rooms at all hours of the day and night. We know she wasn’t a huge fan of plural marriages, that’s one reason why she and Bill left the compound to begin with. She only began to think it was a good idea when she thought she was dying of cancer, and needed someone to take care of her and the children. Enter Nicky. Now, several years later, Barb busies herself with her family, her job and tedious schedules that detail what woman gets to sleep with her husband on what night. She was with Bill years before she had to share him – now that decisions have been made, she has to work very, very hard to make it work, to rationalize to herself that it is the right thing.

Nicky – “Desperate for Recognition.” Nicky’s got some major daddy/daughter issues going on. Daddy didn’t giver enough attention. The fact that she was basically bartered by her father to Bill in lieu of a loan that saved Barb’s life, probably didn’t help matters either. Now she tries to make herself seem like she is the glue holding everyone together … and plays everyone else off of one another. And, she’s a pathological liar. She lies to everyone, trying to work every situation in her favor – to make others feel sorry for her, gratitude towards her, affectionate towards her, etc. Last episode started with her and a naked “bummed” (as Adam would say) Bill trying to make a baby – “a boy baby” she shouted again and again. “Please give me a boy, I only want a boy, I’ve already picked out boys names.” Why? Because she knows Bill wants a boy (little does Bill know there will be no boy, or girl, because Nicky is secretly still taking birth control – this way she can get all the attention for wanting to bring another child into the family for as long as possible). The episode ended with Nicky gushing to Barb that she prays for girl, a girl for Barb. The perfect thing to make Barb forget the Nicky just recklessly outed their plural-family to half of the town and threw and temper-tantrum (complete w. kicking and screaming) in Barb’s car. Let’s not forget her $50,000-plus credit card debt.

Margene – Well, Margene is just desperate. The poor thing does not understand what lead her to into this life. She tries to make the best of it, but is lonely and thinks she’s not a good mother and gets picked on constantly by Nicky due to her lack of domestic abilities. I think she truly wants to make it work, but doesn’t believe it will and feels trapped. And, I think she’s going to hook up with Barb and Bill’s son Ben, which is technically her son now too.

On another note – I’ve found another way for Adam to connect Desperate Housewives with Big Love: Terri Hatcher was in Soapdish w. Sally Field who was in Steel Magnolias w. Julia Roberts who was in Knotting Hill w. Hugh Grant who was in Mickey Blue Eyes w. Jeanne Tripplehorn.

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Adam Zand said...

Brooke is probably correct (as always). I just have to pay closer attention to the plot developments. I am glad to hear there will be a season two - I'm fantasizing its themes will be "The Revenge of the Nicky" or "How Margene Got Her Groove Back" or "Barb Wire."

My other reason to watch Big Love is the amazing opening theme music:

"God Only Knows," by the Beach Boys

I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it

God only knows what I’d be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me

God only knows what I’d be without you

At 10:57 AM, Blogger KFW said...

Shouldn't you all be listening to WRKO on Sunday evenings at 9pm?


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