Okay, as of tonight Im up to date on the episodes and Ive seen all the extras on-demand. I wont be able to watch this week's episode until later in the week but I just LOVE how the character development has really blossomed this season. Im digging this show even more this season than I did last. I feel like when I watch it Im transported to their world...and to me, that is a sign of a good story.
It is exciting that the concept of poly is being introduced to mainstream America through these characters. It seems like last year the writers really wanted us to identify with Barb and now that we like her, they are presenting some interesting and integral poly issues...and we are watching and relating to these people because the issues they have are the exact same ones that face any relationship.
It's just a darn good show.
Katy, next time you come up to WNY we are going to play Juniper Creek and put on our Best Whites and have a group picture taken :-).
you really feel like the writers wanted to make Barb likeable and relatable? that's funny because i've disliked her from the very beginning, she's just so selfish and flighty. she doesn't seem to care about the principle at all, and if she had her way she'd be the only one married to Bill and the other wives and all the children who she didn't give birth to could go fly a kite. i REALLY started detesting her when during that period when she and Bill had that "affair" last season, although he was foul for that one too. and then for her to accept a nomination for Mother of the Year, knowing the huge risks to her family, just the epitome of self-centeredness. that actually made me happy for her humiliation at the Mother of the Year ceremony, although i was devastated for the rest of the family.
although this season her character seems to be more focused on the family (so far), i hope that continues.
Im not sure I think they were trying to make her likeable, Im saying that they focused more on developing her character at first because she was number one and I imagine that many women have never thought about being in a poly situation, much less being anything but number one. So, all the married women out there who are not in plural marriages would most likely identify best with Barb at the beginning... as the existing wife, if they were to imagine "going poly", they would be in Barb's situation, so to speak, and so, I think they focused on her character a little bit more.
I also like how they focused on relationships in the first episodes before they introduced all the drama this time. I just think it's really intelligently written.
As for Barb, she isnt "about the principle" but she agreed to it and to me that says a lot about her love for Bill and her commitment to her family. If she had said "no" to bringing Nikki in, I dont think there would have been a poly situation. I cant see Bill doing it without her blessing. So, I disagree with you. I dont think it is an ideal situation for Barb, but I think she loves the other wives as best she can and that she is growing and learning as a result of the situation. In a new, potentially scary and unorthodox situation, that's really the most you can ask from a person, at least in my book.
I want the scissors to be sharp
And the table perfectly level
When you cut me out of my life
And paste me in that book you always carry.