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I stopped watching Big Love circa Season Three because I got the sense that the narrative was spiraling out of control. This makes me think nothing has changed. It's tough deal. They'd created something great. But staying on top of the narrative, and being disciplined about your characters is hard. I also generally thought Chloe Sevigny was over-acting. I know I'm in the minority on that one, but once they made her the lynch-pin of the narrative, I couldn't really deal.

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