| Three years after the disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from New York struggle to continue their lives, while they cope with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

“Nothing is answered. Everything is answered. Then it ends.”  This show isn’t for people that want the plot and clues spelled out. This slow-placed study of human nature and spirit comes with a full package of extremely well written dialogues, top notch original scores laced with always the most adequate song selection from more mainstream music, and great camera work. It will bring you to tears and laughter, it goes straight to your guts and leave you there on the threshold of the deepest feelings you can muster. And it gives you time to process this in the most beautiful manner.

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The first season was the cause that nearly nobody watched the show. I think people completely misunderstood on what the show was trying to do and tell. As viewers we are used to be fed as babies. Most of the shows make sure we understand every bit of it. They treat the audience as if we were 3 years old. The Leftovers doesn’t do that. It has an ambiguous halo throughout the whole series in the most Lindelofesque way possible. It believes in a smart audience that isn’t expecting a very good “Why did they disappear?” but a very good “How do people deal with this?”. It’s not about the ones who left but about the ones who didn’t. And that’s why it’s so good.

The creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta made a bold and fantastic choice to switch in the second season, that by far was one of the best season’s in television history. Season 2 is one of the greatest displays of art ever to be put on screen. Beautiful, thought provoking, powerful and intensely epic. The Leftovers has completely its own style and tone through amazing production value and direction. Not to mention, the writing and acting are both phenomenal and mind blowing. The depth and range of the characters and the actors playing them are beyond remarkable. The way it is shot, edited and the way they incorporate both the show’s amazing score (beautifully haunting beyond measure) and outside songs into it make Season 2 into one totally cohesive and extremely powerful piece of art and it made this show so special beyond any comparison and moves you upon its own merit.

The Leftovers Season 3 revisits the sweeping successes of Season 2 with an added observance and a contemplation on parallel worlds. In transitioning to a more homegrown surrealist narrative, the show abandons considerable fractions of its human nature to tackle a more formidable theme; a theme which the show has been teasing at since the very beginning, that only in abandoning what makes us human and living can we discover the essence or truth of that function which drives us. Lindelof absolutely landed a perfect ending for the show and I was more than satisfied with it.

What ‘The Leftovers’ did as a series and as a concept for me was to learn to enjoy the journey. Even with all its mystery, the viewer was forced to do that – and that is why it was so beautiful to watch. It reminded me that doubt and fear and craziness is all just us trying to make sense of the past and to control the future. Almost all of our human drama comes from trying to understand things and not being patient with what the universe- the unknown- is doing with us. And that answers about where we are, are often making total sense when we don’t question them, and go along with them.

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Even though it’s low ratings was the reason they ended the series after 3 seasons, I honestly think it was the healthiest thing to do for this show. When a series tries to stretch their longevity, usually we see a decreasing in their final seasons, so even when HBO didn’t wanted to go even further with the series, I’m glad we saw a great show at its highest peak, and not the other way around.

‘The Leftovers’ Season Ratings:

Season 1: 8.7/10

Season 2: 10/10

Season 3: 9.5/10

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Written by Dani

Gallego/Español 🇪🇸 | Writer & Director for Film | Editor in Chief of http://Shoton35.com | Supporter of Celta de Vigo | Fan of DC Comics & Vertigo

6 comments

  1. I have to admit I gave this show a try because of your words above. Thank you very much, Sir.

    What a powerful piece of work. You’ve already mentioned the main points and keys to approach this show so I’ll only add that the performance delivered by Carrie Coon is simply heart-taking IMO (in line with her work in Fargo). But, as you say, the rest of the cast is also very good, impersonating this complex characters in a quite believable way.

    Keep up the good work! I try to read most of your reviews in my spare time and I think you definitely have an eye for this.

    Is there a future ‘Movie review & analysis’ in the horizon? Maybe some Nolan film that you are rewatching this days? I kind of miss that sort of entries but I’m aware they take a lot of your time and there are many things to review.

    Regards from Spain (A Coruña)!

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    1. I didn’t mean “impersonating […]”. I meant: “bringing this complex characters to life in a quite believable way.”

      Sorry about my english!

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    2. Benvido Dikoobras,

      Thank you very much for your kind words and how great to see someone from Galicia here on this site!

      As for a new analysis, I hope I get to do it again some day. I just need to find the right movie and feel the need to analyse it (not sure yet, but I might do a Blade Runner one before the sequel). I’m also working on some quite different things for the site at the moment, just don’t feel like its good enough yet. I hope to release that soon.

      It’s funny that you mention Nolan, because I’m actually rewatching his entire filmography this week before I get to see Dunkirk this Thursday. On Twitter I wrote that I’m thinking about making a “worst” to best list of all the Nolan movies and I might do it after reviewing Dunkirk.

      Thanks again for following and feel free to comment anytime.

      Not sure if you originally from Coruña or just living there, but I’m from Vigo (now based in Amsterdam) and even though on “football terms” we are enemies, it’s great to see someone from my home region on this site! 😉

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      1. I was born in Coruña. A true ‘Deportivista’ haha. But you know… I have two friends who are Celta de Vigo supporters and we happen to get along quite well, so it’s always a healthy rivalry.

        Talking about movie analysis I do agree with you on the ‘feel the need to’ importance. I’ll be looking forward to reading that Dunkirk review and other coming stuff you are working into.

        Saúdos!

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