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The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

Artistic creativity is something to be expected of The Leftovers, including its metaphorically heavy song choice for the opening credits. This week’s episode treated us to a feverish French prayer, likely the prayer being uttered by the man who set off the nuke later in the episode’s opening. (Here’s a link for those interested in the translation of the French prayer in the opening credits, alluding to the departure and apocalyptic extinction.) All of the openings segments on The Leftovers thus far have been open to interpretation and are highly telling of what is to come. This episode’s opening tells a tale of a man who believed...

The Leftovers: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

The Leftovers: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

The Leftovers has built up phenomenally from its start, as we’ve come to connect with its array of duplicitous and damaged characters. As watchers of the series, we’ve come to expect character-centered episodes—a major factor in how The Leftovers has excelled in character development for three seasons. This week, we focus on Kevin Sr. in Australia, picking up on the timeline left off in last week’s episode. There is no doubt The Leftovers is expanding its lore right now, and with the direction the series has taken, who can argue with that? However, I feel as though “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” may have been the weakest episode of...

The Leftovers Season Three Premiere: “The Book of Kevin”

The Leftovers Season Three Premiere: “The Book of Kevin”

Before dissecting the incredibly dense and heavily metaphorical season opener of The Leftovers, it only seems right to start with my brief yet longing love letter to the series. There is truly nothing on television even close in similarity to The Leftovers. This series has done more in 21 episodes than arguably any other series currently on television. That is, of course, largely due to the show’s incredible source material for Season One and a massive jump in intellectual creativity and intensity in Season Two.  This season presents its third and final chapter of the tale in a highly allegorical manner, in classic fashion for the...

Girls: “Goodbye Tour”

Girls: “Goodbye Tour”

With the series finale of Girls upon us, there has been a major tonal shift in the series as of late, with both beautiful and heartbreaking moments. The penultimate episode of Girls does something the series had not done in quite some time—reuniting the four girls in one room together. This is one of the most emotionally crushing scenes Girls has ever done. It is incredibly raw and brutally honest. As the seasons have progressed, it has been hard to truthfully say that Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shosh are an enviable group of close-knit friends. (In millennial vernacular, they’re not #squadgoals.) We have seen them consistently argue,...

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies has been a tour-de-force on a weekly basis, and with only two episodes left, the plot continues to thicken. It must be stated: it is not helping that many of the clues are left to ambiguity, but as I’ve said in my previous review for the series, I have high hopes for the big reveal as I haven’t read the novel. (However, I undoubtedly intend to after the series is complete.) For the murder-mystery and social statement the series has established itself to be, it’s been a bit of a problematic nuisance that Big Little Lies is riddled with red herrings. However, I have my theory which I’m quite sure will come...

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