DVD Review: The Leftovers
You know that when Damon Lindelof is writing a TV show it’s going to be interesting. Not just, oh that was interesting, more like, well fuck me, what the hell just happened interesting. And that’s exactly what we get with his latest penmanship, The Leftovers. Essentially set three years after the fateful afternoon on October 14th when 140 million people departed from the planet, and set in the small fictional town of Mapleton, Lindelof keeps the story tight and looks at how one community is coping with the loss of so many of it’s residents.
Sure, we see glimpses of the bigger picture, but the show works because we are introduced to a tight group of people that we can relate to, sympathies with and get extremely angry at. Every one has been touched by a loss, some more than others, and with no answers from either the religious or scientific communities, strong cult forms in the town and serves as a lightning rod for the community as it simultaneously starts to steal people away from their loved ones, and creates a growing wave of anger through their acts of cruelty.
Of course it’s not all about the cult, we have the small town Police Chief would was already going through his own issues before the lady he was having an affair departed midway through a little motel rendezvous. Then we have the mayor who only became mayor because the incumbent didn’t hang around for election day. It’s these stories that drive the show along at a blistering pace.
But in typical Lost style, the pace becomes uncontrollable and jumps the track in the penultimate episode where we are forced to watch a mostly pointless flash-back episode before the big mind fuck final episode. This final cliffhanger episode will leave you reeling. It will leave you with more questions that the rest of the show had presented, and will possibly leaving you unsure of if you want the show to return for a second season.
After a week’s reflection on that final episode, I’ve gone from not caring about the show, to can’t wait for season two to come out on DVD.