I didn't write a review of the first season of The Leftovers because it was bad. Really bad. I read the book, thought it was an interesting presence and strongly disliked it for many reasons. It was incredibly slow, it wasn't really showing me a story that I was interested in watching, and the Guilty Remnant. I hated them. And I get it, they were meant to be hated but my God they were, in my opinion, a complete waste of my time. All if needed was the briefest of explanations, the smallest amount of exposition and I got nothing. I also didn't find any of the characters remotely interesting, especially the daughter, played by Margaret Qualley, and her weird friends and the two twins. Just even recalling all of this is giving me flashbacks. But season 2 is a soft reboot with the some of the same characters in a different place and it is fantastic! Watch the trailer below!
And the best part about this show, is you don't even need to watch the first season. Just watch the recap and know that a lot of people vanished from Earth and nobody knows why. The reason I love this season is because it has a compelling story line, fantastic acting, I'm looking at you Regina King and Kevin Carroll, and it is a study into religion. How is religion made? What compels human beings to pray and go to church every Sunday or sometime every day of the week? Why do we believe the things we believe? And I absolutely love it. It isn't a jaded or satirical, I believe that the writers for this show understand human nature quite well and show that through how their characters interact.
Also, the first two episodes illustrate the same day from two different perspectives, allowing the viewers to understand who the Murphys are and why the Garveys left Mapleton. The third episode has a fantastic reveal within it that gave me chills. I want to tell you more but I want you to watch this show. I want you to tell me what you think of the beginning sequence and what happened to the bird in the box. I seriously haven't been this excited to write and create theories surrounding a show since Lost, which, funny enough, the creator of this show, Damon Lindelof, was involved with as well.
So please please please, check this show out and let me know what you think about it!
Written by cwm on Oct 30, 2015