Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS, which airs Sunday night at 10:00pm, is leaving everyone talking. Some like it, some don’t and many find it confusing. Where do you fit on the topic? Surely, by now, being five episodes in, you can say whether you like it or not. But, for those just confused maybe there is help – via a website.
HBO has been running a blog site entitled www.watchingtheleftovers.com and this writer for one has been checking it out. This post not only provides you the link but now gives a brief rundown of some of the articles posted there. Check it out for yourselves.
The first post was up a few days before the show’s premiere. On 06.25 it all started with “Fight or Flight? The Leftovers Cast Weighs In” which offered quotes from cast on what they think of the series. For example, when asked if the world depicted here was a reality would you want to leave or stay Tom Perrotta (producer & author) answered – “It would suck to be left behind, but that’s where I belong.”
Co-creator Damon Lindelof is also quoted on the site. He offers a great quote in the “Close Encounters Connection” piece written by Tanner Stransky from Entertainment Weekly.
“We don’t want to tell people how to watch this show. What would be very exciting for us is for there to be a wide-range of reactions in terms of what they’re supposed to be looking for. It’s not our place to tell you how to watch it. That’s the great thing about any kind of writing: It doesn’t come with a set of instructions, it just is.”
[Close Encounters of the Third Kind] “has a big mystery: Where the aliens come from, why the aliens are behaving the way they behave and what they want. Those are questions the movie never answers. They just want to make contact and drop off some people they’ve abducted over the years. It’s our investment in Richard Dreyfus and his family that powers that movie. I think we’ve tried to do something similar here.”
For his part, Perrotta adds:
“I just hope that people want to live in the world. It will be a show that people need to acclimate themselves to. To be open to trying to find their way into the world would be better than coming to it with some agenda.”
There are a number of cool topics worth a look on the site that just might raise your level of interest in the show. There is discussion about Jamison’s Newsletter and the crazy update of the Spin The Bottle game. Plus, there is speculation on the animals in Mapleton and talk of penguins and bagels.
There is also talk of each episode and even chats with the music composer, Max Richter, and a dream analyst discussing Rev. Matt’s dream. There is even one where Tom Perrotta explains why the date October 14 was chosen. They all vary in length, but each article gives viewers a bit more insight and some clarity about the series as it goes forward.
I suggest if you like this additional content and editorials that you keep an eye out for upcoming blogs for other HBO shows. TRUE DETECTIVE had one. TRUE BLOOD has two of them. They are TrueToTheEnd.com and Jessica’s Blog. More shows might get the same treatment down the line. So, go check out watchtheleftovers.com and be enlightened because you don’t want to be left out, do you?