First off, I want to start by saying that this show made me want to slap someone in their ear hole. The concept of the show (I've never read the books) sounded like something I would be into. It's a story that could've been something great. The two main problems I see with The Leftovers is that none of the characters are memorable and the show doesn't reward you for your time. You want to cheer for the main character, the police chief, because he lost his wife, until you realize that he's not doing much for you to care about him. You assume his wife disappeared during the "rapture," only to find out she has joined a cult of silent protesters. Why did she leave her family? Her husband, son, and daughter did not disappear. Her family, unlike many depicted in the show, are still around.
But anyway, these cult members do not speak, not even to each other unless someone new is joining the group. Which doesn't happen until the last few minutes of the pilot. They communicate by writing on notepads. Why? What purpose does that serve? And what's with the cigarettes? These cult members do nothing but follow people around and smoke all the time. A fight scene broke out during a protest and the cult didn't fight back. They took a beating from an angry crowd and left viewers pondering "what the hell is the point of this cult?"
Now on to the daughter. I understand her mother left, for absolutely no reason I can think of. Therefore, the daughter is stressed out. Her and her father curse at each other and argue in every scene together. So what does she do to let off steam? She goes to a party and chokes a guy while he masturbates; due to a variation of the game "Spin the bottle." She's silently crying while doing this and staring up toward the ceiling. I was hoping she would get attacked by the dogs. That would've made me smile at least once during this episode. But I'll get to the dogs shortly.
Next, the son of the police chief is off working as a driver for some mysterious man, presumably someone dangerous. Every time his father tries to call him, the son doesn't answer. Kind a of a d*** move, considering the son should be helping his father take care of the younger sister. With a little effort, maybe she wouldn't end up on the pole right after high school. But when your father curses all the time, doesn't try to hold the family together, and just comes off as a generally unlikable person, I don't really blame the kid. But the son brings absolutely nothing to the table. He's a coward. He too left his family. Why? So he could skinny dip at his bosses house at night? Yes, he did that after a stern talking to from the boss man.
Back to the mother. In the end of the episode, the police chief is begging for her to come home. She doesn't say anything of course. She just stands there crying. The world has lost 2% of its population, still has her family, and she leaves for no reason. Mother of the year right there. No wonder her daughter is doing drugs and playing slap and tickle at a party with some random guy.
Then there's the bald guy from Jericho shooting dogs. He drives around town, spots a dog, then shoots it.
Now on to the dogs. Apparently, majority of the town's dogs have gone rogue and form packs. Why? I'll tell you why. Because chasing down deer and tearing into them like some wanna be wolves is a lot more fun than chasing sticks and licking their b**** all day. But we have no answer as to why they are doing this.
I almost forgot Liv Tyler. Throughout the entire episode, she is being followed by cult members. They show up everywhere. Her driveway, when she's out to dinner with her man. They even wait for her to come home so they can smoke cigarettes and stare at her until she smacks one of them. Which of course gets no response from the cult member. So after Liv Tyler gets tired of all these people stalking her, guess what she does? You guessed it, she joins the cult! What the? Why would? Are you kidding me? But the old saying rings true I suppose. If you can't beat 'em...
Did I confuse you? Did I give you any insight into what this show is about? No? That's because I have no clue myself as to what is going on. There's too many questions and zero answers. After an hour the only things I know is that the cast is a bunch of douche bags, 2% of the population is gone, and that I wasted over an hour of my life that could have been spent doing something productive, like dropping a deuce.
In closing, I would just like to say, come on HBO. You gave us Band of Brothers, The Wire, The Sopranos, Generation Kill, The Pacific, The Game of Thrones, Entourage, Deadwood, and OZ. How can a network do something so brilliant as those shows and then toss a turd at us in The Leftovers. Give the viewers something to sink their teeth into. Give us a reason to tune in again. Give me a sliver of hope that this show is going somewhere. Give us something! If you asked me to describe this show in only one word, I couldn't. I would just stare at you and smoke a cigarette.
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