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Do You Love New 'Big Love' Opening Credits?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:45PM
Big Love on HBOFans of 'Big Love' were greeted last night with an unexpected change: the usual opening sequence in which Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) skates around with his three wives to the tune of the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows' was replaced with a much darker opening sequence.

In the new opening, which is similar to the season 4 teaser trailer below, we're greeted with Bill falling towards the camera, surrounded by nothing but black.Big Love on HBOFans of 'Big Love' were greeted last night with an unexpected change: the usual opening sequence in which Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) skates around with his three wives to the tune of the Beach Boys' 'God Only Knows' was replaced with a much darker opening sequence.

In the new opening, which is similar to the season 4 teaser trailer below, we're greeted with Bill falling towards the camera, surrounded by nothing but black. British shoegaze band Engineers' song 'Home' has replaced the Beach Boys, something that is probably a deliberate nod to the state of flux the Henrickson household is in- gone are the sunny days where everything was seemingly easy.

Watch the season 4 teaser trailer


Whereas the original opening highlighted the communal aspect of HBO's first polygamist family, for Season 4 there's an apparent disconnect. Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) looks worried, Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) looks seductive and maybe clueless and Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) appears to be grasping for anything. Close ups of the three wives are interspersed with their hands trying to connect to Bill's-a stark contradiction from the past three seasons.

In the end, we see all four characters fall away from the camera and float through nothingness, with shots of Bill trying to reach out to them. Obviously, whether or not this new opening is supposed to be thematic for the rest of the season remains to be seen. But if 'Big Love' has taught us nothing else, it's that juggling three wives is a concept that really is hard to hold onto.

For more on the Season 4 opener of 'Big Love,' read our recap of the first episode.


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