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Dan & HBO

2006-03-15 02:35:10.400214+00 by TC 13 comments

One of the pleasures of popping back into a blog community after a hiatus is that non sequiturs are allowed…. So why doesn’t Dan have HBO. I figured the Real Sex documentaries would have been enough alone but not a peep. Now with their latest series Big Love I thought certainly there would be chatter on Flutterby….. <crickets> …… is HBO too mainstream to watch?

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-15 15:29:47.542441+00 by: ziffle [edit history]

HBO? Hold nose and sign up - but only for this - :)

I think it will open the ability to discuss this - the bulletin boards for big love are a good start - emotions are high!

I wish the plots were happier - its like they load all this weight upon the husband - day to day hassles are not heavy if you have the right frame of mind.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-15 17:37:18.73092+00 by: Diane Reese

I watched, TC! Somehow it didn't seem TV shows were ripe for discussion here, unless they were science fiction. Oh wait, maybe "Big Love" *was* science fiction? :-) I was thinking that with 3 wives, getting some every third night might be OK for each of them, but for him, he has to be up for it (literally) every night. Wouldn't that get sort of, um, challenging after a while? (Hence the arrival of Viagra Blue.) There are many logical inconsistencies in the show (Are there any neighbors in the community? Hasn't anyone figured out yet what's going on with those 3 houses? He seems to always go into his "original" wife's house and then split off for another of the connected homes/wives if it's someone else's night, but doesn't anyone wonder about those two seemingly "single moms" with little kids? Don't the younger kids blurt out weird things about their home life at school? How come all 3 families show up at the same events, separate but together, and no one notices? and I could go on...) and one can smell some of the plot lines a mile away, but I found it different enough that it was entertaining. For some definition of "entertainment".

BTW, I subscribed to HBO several years ago specifically because I wanted to watch "Six Feet Under". I was an SFU junkie and watched it religiously. It was worth every penny of HBO, for me.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-15 17:43:46.191437+00 by: Nancy

We have TV. We have cable. I don't know if we have HBO. Would I know if we had it? Should I know? I can barely OPERATE our TV, it is so geeked out. Anytime I hear/read a conversation about tv-pop-culture whether it's American Idol or Dances with Stars or big love or whatever I always feel so clueless and disconnected and out of it.

I'm not snobby about not watching TV -- I do watch TV, but would be hard pressed to say exactly what shows. No 'serials' - too hard to keep up with /bother with. I guess I just have no idea what's going on with anything TV related. I've never heard of Big Love before or the Real Sex documentaries. I did watch the Disney Cruise Line special on the Travel channel last night though!! [smile]

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-15 18:21:54.014521+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

I've never subscribed to HBO, first because of the price, and then because of the interface (I refuse to add another box and remote to my stack of electronics just because they want me to). On occasion I hear about HBO-only shows that I would be interested in watching (this is one of those times - thanks for mentioning these shows), but otherwise HBO is completely off my radar.

My TV watching habits have gone up and down over the years, but as with most things I usually wind up catching the tail end of everything. Right now I'm using my MythTV[Wiki] to get caught up on South Park[Wiki], Futurama[Wiki] and King of the Hill[Wiki](which I always wanted to watch, but never got around to for a variety of reasons).

At the moment, Democracy TV is what's really got me excited.

[meta]Does the Flutterby wiki no longer work, or did the syntax change? The italicized items in my post should have been wiki links.[/meta]

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-15 18:50:03.782609+00 by: Dan Lyke

Diane, I try not to be snobbish about TV, it's just that I don't watch much, so it doesn't come up. HBO doesn't make my radar because for the amount of time we're willing to devote to being entertained in a TV way, it's not cost-effective. Much better to rent or buy the DVDs later.

Sean, click on the little magnifying glass question marks.

But, yeah, that accompanying video does have some interesting hooks in it, this looks like a fun one to keep on the radar.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-16 01:25:32.13601+00 by: TC

Sex in the City was the reason we bought into HBO a few years ago and have never looked back. SFU was a pleasure to watch and was perhaps the best story arc wrap up I have ever seen (cried). I am somewhat of a TV junky since tivo came into my life. I used to watch live TV for news but that seems to have gone away (due to google news). Currently my favorite series is "Deadwood" followed by "Rome" but I have Iron Chef, Good Eats, SG-1,Battlestar Galactica (yes I forgave the sci-fi channel when they wrapped up Farscape),Full Metal Alchemist(anime), Desperate Housewives(yeah yeah guilty pleasure)all snapped up by the magic tivo box

But HBO original programming seems to be the Lance Armstrong of production the quality is sooooo far beyond what else is out there. Though Shotime's L-word, Weeds & Penn & Teller(bullshit) do not feel like time wasted. Most of these series come out on DVD the season after they air.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-16 15:26:48.401285+00 by: Shawn

[Shawn], click on the little magnifying glass question marks.

No magnifying glass was showing up when I posted my comment from work, but they're clearly there now. Hmmm... I'll double-check my javascript settings.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-16 15:41:02.819618+00 by: Dan Lyke

They're just inline images wrapped in links, they shouldn't be JavaScript specific.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-20 16:56:31.904249+00 by: ziffle

Watched 'Big Love'last night - wow! Makes me want to go there -- except they mix in the evil 'community' which has something against the father and thats ominous. But we get to see that the children have consistent care, and they are better able to be home schooled it would appear. The new wife wants a car - so what else is new? And the thought of paying for all those wives does make me sit up a bit in my chair, but I paid for three wives anyway just sequentually so maybe I should not be so quick to dismiss three at once.

This may be the time that became the begining of the tipping point for acceptance. I remember the 60's when the girls adjusted quite willingly to multiple open sexual experiences and life was just fine for all of us. So its not too far fetched to see a culture where polygamy, or polyamory even, is fully accepted and the women like it just as well especially once they see the advantages.


#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-20 17:04:59.090306+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, for the counter view I can recommend Under the Banner of Heaven[Wiki], not because the events chronicled in it are problems specific to polygamous communities (although any time where you have a surfeit of males there are issues), but because it shows some of the ways in which Utah culture is not all sweetness and light.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-21 19:00:21.390494+00 by: polly

why can't there be THREE MEN AND ONE WIFE????? has there EVER been a tv or HBO show that did that??!!!! come on, not fair! AND i am willing to offer my services as the willing wife :>

on the other hand, if it isn't CSI or the weather channel, i don't watch it. found an author, laurell hamilton, who writes about a licensed vampire hunter..the anita blake chronicles. now there is my kind of woman, she "raises the dead and slays the undead"...plus sex with the head of the vampires, a werewolf who is also a science teacher, and a few male strippers who morph into leapards and other interesting critters...group sex, yep, my kind of reading <laughing>

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-28 19:40:03.495736+00 by: Dan Lyke

Here's a New York Times article on Big Love, in the context of a viewing with five women who were in a current or past polygamous relationship.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-03-30 06:34:26.108927+00 by: TC

This series hasn't grabbed me as hard as Deadwood or SFU but the depth is there and I am starting to empathize with the characters and care about what happens to them. Thats entertainment for me. Barb is the one I think I understand the most and Roland is the most delicious antagonist. I am already looking forward to bad things happening to him.