Olsen and Scheffer have wisely stripped away elements that distracted and detracted from the family at the show's emotional core. They have channeled their energies -- and the show's focus -- back onto the Henricksons themselves
Big Love was many things... But it was always at its most compelling as an indictment of the mindless spiritual avidity and the bizarre displays of self-exoneration that can go on in the name of faith.
In a way, the very act of taking part in worship is something eternal and mysterious... The series finale of Big Love abruptly re-engages with these questions in a way that's occasionally satisfying, often erratic, and ultimately moving.
It has always been a slog, Big Love---its much-criticized fourth season was the breaking point for most... but the sheer audacity of the whole enterprise and the class and talent employed to pull it off is a marvel, looking back.