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In The Weeks Ahead on THE LEFTOVERS

By Jef Dinsmore on Jun 29, 2014 to The Leftovers

TheLeftovers_titleAnd so the story of THE LEFTOVERS begins. HBOWatch will be with the series every step of the way as a team of writers will be reviewing each and every episode. Give them a day or two, okay then check out what they have to say. Before we show what is ahead in the series here is a clip stating what national critics have to say about the Damon Lindelof’s series for HBO. Trust us, if you haven’t felt any of the descriptive adjectives used by the critics featured in this piece give it time because you will soon enough. 


We also want to share a meaningful moment from the series that will drive those feelings home with the viewer and have chose the clip called “Sermon” to do it.



This writer thinks that is one great clip! Finally, a look at what is ahead in the weeks to come on THE LEFTOVERS.



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  • Eleonora Iafano

    I’m hoping it will be a slow burn. Perhaps the forthcoming episodes will slowly begin to explain what exactly is going on in Mapleton and why the residents are either up in arms, desperate, depressed or straight out apathetic. Fingers crossed, this has the potential to be a good series.

  • Eleonora Iafano

    I’m hoping it will be a slow burn. Perhaps the forthcoming episodes will slowly begin to explain what exactly is going on in Mapleton and why the residents are either up in arms, desperate, depressed or straight out apathetic. Fingers crossed, this has the potential to be a good series.

  • Texanne

    I was disappointed in the first episode. It was dark, slow, and went in several different directions. The acting is very good, but the story is ludicrous and doesn’t seem to connect the dots. Who are the people in white and why are they smoking and not talking? Better yet, WHY are the people in white even existing? Yes, something terrible happened. But why would that make people join a strange cult rather than stay with their surviving family members? The Police Chief is a total mystery. The worst scene of the night: He meets his daughter and she says “Why is the dead dog in the trunk?” and he just stares at her. REALLY? Let’s see….he’s a police officer and he (might have) shot a strange dog and neglected to take it out of the trunk because he got distracted by his duties and his crazy wife? Or….uh…he could just stop staring into space and give her SOME kind of answer, as any normal person would- especially a guy who’s been given some power as a police chief (so he must have some common sense, don’t ya think?). The police chief’s son is involved in some kind of situation with a black guy in the woods, and yet, neither one of the chief’s kids seem particularly neglected, so I’m wondering- with Mom walking around speechless in white, was this ever really more than just a TV “pretend” family? Because seriously, actual humans do NOT act like that. Something’s off in the Leftovers. I almost want to watch it again just to see what silly road it takes off on next. None of this is explainable in the actual, real world. But if you like satire and people who just stare into space rather than having actual conversations with other people, I suppose it could work. This is the VERY FIRST HBO series that I haven’t loved loved loved with all my heart. It’s completely tone-deaf. So far.

    • I completely agree. I haven’t read the book the show is based on, so I don’t exactly know what happens there, but the way the first episode played out was a textbook example of Damon Lindelof’s writing. He did it with Lost, and I really hope he doesn’t do it here.

      He sketches out paper-thin characters, who frustratingly have the potential to be extremely interesting. Then he puts all of his effort into “the mystery”, which the entire story eventually revolves around, even becomes. It’s a cheap and annoying way to get the viewer’s attention, and I feel like it won’t work as well here as it did with Lost; the premise is too immediate, and demands at least a slow leak of information.

      What are we supposed to come back and see? What is supposed to have hooked us in until the next episode? I don’t know…the dog situation? The Guilty Remnant? Walt? It’s not enough, because we don’t know anything about them yet, so why should we even care? Now, I love slow-paced shows (Boardwalk, The Wire etc.), so that’s not my issue. My issue is this:

      None of what we saw was intriguing enough to warrant a decent level of interest, or pique our attention until the second episode. Keeping us guessing about trivialities doesn’t count.

      On top of this, perhaps what annoyed me most was the complete misinterpretation of teenage life, notably at the party. This is simply not how teenagers, human beings even, act. And that’s just the point; too many writers paint teenagers as either weak or monstrous. Why can’t they just be, you know…normal? Also, the notion that the event of three years ago “changed” them to the extent that they nonchalantly burn themselves is ludicrous, so it must be down to, yet again, poor writing, whether from the source material’s author or Lindelof.

      Of course, I could be forced to eat my hat next week if the second episode proves me wrong, but until then, I’m sticking to my guns.

  • TV Broad

    Watched it last night. Will not watch again. Acting was so good, characters developing well. Grabbed me from the first frame. However — in my opinion, there was not one character I could identify/empathize with. Assuming this was the Rapture, everyone left has no redeeming qualities. I loved “Lost”, and I really like Peter Berg. So sorry.

  • loco73

    Just saw the pilot last night. It was interesting. Have to watch it again and pay more attention to the details…
    The show definitely has potential. Peter Berg is a hit-and-miss directo (loved “The Kingdom”, “Battleship” was horrendous) and Damon Lindelof has had his share of hack work…something that cannot be overlooked!
    I hope they can both stay on point and keep the show in check and not let it go all over the place, something which might happen, because there are a lot of storylines and also quite a few of characters to keep track off.
    And while the show is about the aftermath of what is called “The Sudden Departure” (a Rapture like event?!) and the people that have to cope with the new reality brought on by that event and the changing nature of the wold in its wake, I hope Berg and Lindelof don’t completely abandon the underlying storyline about the event that starts off the show.
    I get that this is more of a character study of how people would exist in light of such an overwhelming happenning…still the event cannot be completely discarded and then resolved in some sillly and completely arbitrary way, as Lindelof tends to do when his writing goes off the rocker…
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed…

    • allexx

      If you watch it (at least a little bit) for the ‘event’ you should really reconsider that. At least if they’re sticking with the original novel this was adapted from. It’s mind boggling to me that some people are not capable to enjoy something like this without knowing. ever, what the event actually was. Get over that and you will enjoy the show more. This (and the novel) were clearly not designed to be mysterious. It’s the story of the aftermath of a tragic, global, unexplainable event and the impact it had/has on a certain amount of characters. Nothing more. It’s not Lost or it’s countless ripoffs.

      • I don’t think most people’s problem is the lack of explanation about the “event” (quite frankly I’m ok with never finding out), but rather the complete lack of anything to be invested in so far. The pilot gave us nothing of substance.

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