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The Leftovers, from the man who brought you LOST comes an HBO series unlike any other. In a small town a group of individuals are trying to put their lives back together after what's thought to be a rapture event takes a swath of the world's population. This is the story of how the "leftovers" handle themselves in the aftermath. Starring Liv Tyler and Justin Theroux the show has some star power behind it as well. Premiering on HBO in the summertime we expect great things from this series and look forward to digging into the mystery.

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I have not suffered the sudden departure of a husband or children – and I would not be able to comprehend her grief and anger. She went from being an angry, lonely widow and grieving mother, to a  tougher woman who seemed to find some stability (in her relationship with Kevin Garvey Jr and her job) but at the end, she just spiraled into a dark descent. The fact that she wanted to go through with being zapped, just to be with her family, either...

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and his Identical Twin Brother)”

The Leftovers: “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and his Identical Twin Brother)”

Over the course of season three, there has been a massive increase in The Leftovers discussions across social media and even amongst my dinner conversations with friends and family. There seems to be a great divide between those that viewed The Leftovers as “more believable” and tonally serious in season one compared to seasons two and three. There is no doubt The Leftovers has crossed expansive genre tropes in its reinvention, but in the grand scheme of things, this is something to have been expected of the series, and the somber tone of The Leftovers has never been short of relentless. The Garveys and those close to them were reborn...

The Leftovers: “Certified”

The Leftovers:  “Certified”

Continuing to delve deeper into the human psyche, this week’s episode of The Leftovers display pain and trauma. The Sudden Departure did many things to many people: but most notably, we get an episode dedicated to Laurie Garvey and the pain she was forced to endure when the Departure took place. We get some insight into why she is the way she is. And it’s pretty sad. This episode sees Laurie, Matt, John, Michael, Nora, Garvey Sr. and Grace all gathering around a table to have a meal together. To the naked eye, it’s just a group of folks having a bite to eat, talking and spending time together. However, we know that this is no ordinary...

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: “G’Day Melbourne”

The Leftovers: “G’Day Melbourne”

A tale of two “Kevins.” A trip to Australia leads to more confusion, heartache and bewilderment. A relationship on the skids. I don’t know about you, but watching Kevin and Nora’s relationship begin to unravel was unnerving (was it starting to unravel or did it just come undone with lightening speed?). We see the mysterious return of someone who was previously thought to be dead. Is Kevin completely losing his mind? What’s with the television in the hotel room? And the television flickering off while Kevin is staring at a woman who appears to be Evie – creepy or what?! No, we need to play that out. Here. The further we get into...

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: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

The Leftovers: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

To say that this episode of The Leftovers was bizarre, as if something out of a feverish dream, is an understatement. In a very Nora-centric episode, we see her dealing with feelings of isolation, depression and finally anger, not to mention drifting in and out of some sort of parallel world. Is she going crazy? What the hell has really happened to all the people that suddenly departed? And what’s up with the return of a ’80s sitcom character, Mark Linn-Baker (remember Perfect Strangers?)?!  Oh, right, his castmates departed! Viewers will feel as though they took a plunge through the same rabbit hole that Alice did when she took...

There Are Plenty of Stories Left in THE LEFTOVERS

There Are Plenty of Stories Left in THE LEFTOVERS

I don’t know about you, but I thought perhaps THE LEFTOVERS could have lasted longer than three seasons. Here we are in the midst of the third and final episodes and I’m disappointed in seeing it end so soon. Though I do not know what all will be revealed in the final 8 hours of this series I found myself pondering what else could have been explored. Below are a few thoughts of possible plotlines the series could have examined in an additional season or two before where we are now. What I am not suggesting, because it was a clear principle of the series, is a thorough description of the Sudden Departure that inexplicably decreased the...

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