3 reasons to watch The Leftovers

01 Jul

The Leftovers

Just in case you missed my earlier post about shows to look forward to this summer I thought I would follow it up with this one on HBO's The Leftovers.

I said it was one to watch and it did not disappoint. I won't be telling you in this post what happened in the pilot episode of the series however, instead I will be giving you 3 reasons for you to watch it just in case the trailer from before wasn't enough.

Story

Just to refresh your memory the story is as follows:

Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, ‘The Leftovers’ follows Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), a father of two and the chief of police in a small New York suburb, as he tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy when the notion no longer applies.

When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to come to terms with what happened. Three years later, the HBO drama series, ‘The Leftovers’ is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut.

For those wondering what 2% of the world's population is that's 140 million people or there about. But anyway...

My Top 3 reasons to watch

Reason 1

Damon Lindelof You're probably wondering who this guy is. Pretty normal looking right? Well what if I were to tell you he was responsible for a plane full of people crashing onto an island.

Oh and there were polar bears and smoke monsters!

Yes, that's right this is writer and producer Damon Lindelof who is best known in TV circles for his work in Lost a show that tormented us with questions for much of the early 2000's. As annoying as the ending was to that I still stand by the show as it was actually pretty great in drawing the audience into it's crazy "what the hell is going on" world.

Well the person who's in charge of the post rapture world and I for one am really excited to see how he takes us as an audience and spits us out.

After watching the first episode I am hooked on the mystery of it. I have high hopes that he can keep it up.

Reason 2

Character lifespan. Looking at IMDB and having not read the source material I cannot actually comment on how long characters are supposed to live. However at this point in time it looks like we will either be subject to a lot of mass killings or certain characters will be focused on more in some episodes.

Who knows at this time other than those working on it. Personally I'm hoping for the former (wow that's grim). I'll just have to keep watching to find out.

Reason 3

For those who have been reading my blog religiously since the start - hi mum! (she doesn't really read my blog) you will know that I was a huge fan of Friday Night Lights.

Well you can guess how overjoyed I was when I found out that Peter Berg (the guy who created the TV version of Friday Night Lights) actually directed the pilot as well as another episode.

But that wasn't all as none other than Brad Leland makes an appearance. For those who haven't watched Friday Night Lights, his portrayal of Buddy Garrity in the series was one of the things that made it so good.

Having two Friday Night Lights alumni connected to the show sold it to me even more. It probably won't for most of you if you haven't ever seen the show but looking back on the pilot I can clearly see Berg's style of directing shining through (albeit a little darker than FNL).


So in summary these are my top 3 reasons to watch The Leftovers. The combination of Damon Lindelof and Brad Leland in one show along with the (presumed) high mortality rate, this is a show that can't be missed.


I hope you enjoyed my brief blog on why you should be watching The Leftovers. As always I will sum it with a little gif.

This is the end

Yeah it's like This is the End without the laughs. Seriously if you're laughing watching the show something is very wrong with you...get help. If your partner is laughing...run.


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