The folks out at TLC sent us out a copy of Sister Wives 2 for review, and though this is easily one of the more controversial titles on TLC right now, it’s also surprisingly dull for the kind of sheer alien nature of what you’ll be watching here.
Sister Wives 2 follows the Brown family, a highly unconventional family in their own right. See, the Browns are a family of polygamists, meaning that there’s one husband Brown, and in this particular set of episodes, four wives. They just tacked on a fourth wife recently, and as such, it’s made a whole lot of problems in the home. A bigamy investigation, police matters, and plenty of internal struggles make the Browns’ life a difficult one. But will the sheer power of love–even a wildly unconventional love–be enough to overcome the variety of issues they’ll face?
Leave aside your feelings about polygamy–or bigamy, if you favor that angle–and just focus on the presentation itself. Sister Wives 2 is almost disturbingly boring. I know, it’s hard to imaging a show about polygamy being boring, but the problem is the way it’s set up. Large portions of the show are either the adult Browns sitting around and talking to the camera, or the Brown family doing something, but with a voice over from some of the various adult Browns. Basically, you’re going to listen to these five people talk. And for the most part, agree with each other. Talk and agree, talk and agree…over and over again for about forty minutes an episode. By the end of the first episode, I was getting so sick of that room and that couch where the five Browns are sitting and yammering about their family.
The politics of the situation are of course a bit bizarre–naturally the show is almost vociferously in favor of polygamy, and listening to the Browns talk about how high their morals are while they’re actively breaking laws that have been in existence off and on in one form or another since the mid-1800s or so is a trip in its own right (though the defense they seem to be using is in itself bizarre as only one marriage is a legal marriage while the rest are mere “commitments”)–and naturally, most people have an opinion about all this which is going to color their perceptions about this one. I’m just having a hard time getting past how dull and preachy the presentation is. They might as well stamp on the shows opening frame “WE BELIEVE IN POLYGAMY, AND IF YOU DON’T, YOU ARE AN INTOLERANT BIGOT” for all the preachiness of the show.
Sister Wives 2 is a deeply politicized presentation, and will in turn find you likely polarized in your response. But while polarization does well for inciting discussion, it isn’t exactly entertaining. And that’s the biggest problem with Sister Wives 2: it’s simply not entertaining.
And as such, the Screenhead Ten Scale gives Sister Wives 2 a three out of ten for offering up some heavily biased information and a whole lot of political leanings packaged in a shell of nearly endless conversation.