I caught the powerful trailer for the new HBO series, THE LEFTOVERS, and waited until it became available on Google Play for my joyful binge watching.
Wow, the show delivers everything the trailer promises and then some. THE LEFTOVERS is about people living in a town three years after 2% of the world’s population simply disappeared.
The Rapture? Religion doesn’t have an answer, particularly since many of the departed weren’t good people, and there was no single preference in religious belief among those taken. Some bizarre event? Science doesn’t have an answer either.
Three years later, people are still living with loss, shock and a sense of despair resulting from being confronted with something this big that simply can’t be explained. For which there doesn’t seem to be any meaning.
THE LEFTOVERS centers on a family–a police chief who lives with his daughter, his teenage daughter, his wife who now lives with a cult created in response to the event, and his son who works for another cult out in the desert. These and other characters populate a world rife with anger, violence, despair and religious hysteria.
The show perfectly captures the post 9/11 zeitgeist, and I’m finding it deeply affecting. Great characters, dialog, tension, musical score. I’m very curious where it’s going to go.
I’m on episode 4 now, and it’s holding up, though I wonder if the show creators will be able to sustain the premise. The show was created by one of the co-creators of LOST, and we’re already starting to see strange signs that portend some deeper meaning. I just hope that, like LOST, it doesn’t all add up to us, the viewers, getting punked.
I’ll write more about the show as I plow through it. For now, I’m a happy camper.
Here’s the trailer for Season 1:
Here’s the trailer for Season 2: