Sunday, April 23, 2006

Jealousy and polygamy

For my fellow Big Love fans out there (or for those of you who just don't get it or who dislike it or are even repulsed by it without even giving it a chance), here's an interesting analysis of a key theme by William Saletan at Slate.

He's right, more or less, yet I wonder if he quite grasps the show's intentional irony.

The show is immensely entertaining, but beneath the thin, soap-operaish, occasionally melodramatic veneer it also says a great deal about human nature, about what is truly universal even in the particular, even in the eccentric, the bizarre, the socially and morally peripheral.

And that's why it's such a great show. If you haven't yet seen it, you really must.

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