Summary: Tommy is left with Christine's baby when she abandons him. Kevin calls Matt and they bury Patti before returning to Mapleton. On the way, Kevin finds a dying Wayne in the bathroom of a diner and Wayne grants him a wish before he dies. The GR place Loved Ones dolls of the departed all over the town and the townspeople destroy Mapleton in an attempt to get back at them. Kevin saves Jill from a burning house that the townspeople lit on fire. Tommy brings the baby to Kevin's house where Nora finds it.
The Good: This season has had ups and downs but the last episode delivered big-time and my interest for the show has never been bigger going into season 2.
Part of what made this episode work so damn well was the fact that there were a tremendous amount of emotional scenes. Every couple minutes it seemed there was another scene that really affected me and hit me hard and that made this episode top-tier television.
Where to begin with all the scenes? I'll start with the Tommy storyline since it wrapped up surprisingly quickly. It was a surprise to see Christine just abandon Tommy and leave him with the baby, but that also did make Tommy's predicament easy to relate to. I bought Tommy's final decision to bring the baby to Kevin's house as well. It fit because Tommy is bringing the child to a man who Tommy knows will raise a kid even if the kid isn't his own. Kevin did it to Tommy so he can do it for another child. It's good storytelling and brings Tommy's relationship with Kevin to a nice bit of closure this season.
Next is the Nora storyline which was incredible. Carrie Coon's acting was amazing as always and she really captivated once again as Nora. The scene where Nora walked into the dining room and saw the dolls of her family sitting right where they departed was utterly heartbreaking and the acting only made it that much better. The scene had no sound and yet Nora's devastation reached us through Carrie Coon's spectacular acting. This was really shockingly sad stuff. Then we go to the closing moments of the episode where Nora is writing what I presumed to be a suicide note. It is really powerful television and with the image of Nora sitting with her family before tucking in her children to accompany it, it's one of the most depressing scenes in this episode. But thankfully, there is no suicide and the episode ends on a surprising, but very welcome moment of hope once Nora picks up the baby. I couldn't think of a better way to close out the season.
Now onto the main Kevin storyline, and wow was it impressive. Justin Theroux delivered a next level performance in this episode and really made all of Kevin's scenes hit home. He has breathed life into this character in a brilliant way. Now as for the actual story, it was excellent from the get go. Including Matt in the story was smart as it let Kevin just release all of his emotions. It started with a lovely scene of Kevin reading Job 23 out of the Bible before they buried Patti. It was a remarkably touching scene that was acted to perfection which made the moment a lot more poignant than I would have expected. And yet that moment was one-upped just a few scenes later after Kevin's spectacular speech to Matt in the diner. This scene finally showed to us what Kevin took from Patti's suicide back in "Cairo" which cleared up one of the more confusing elements of that episode. But more importantly, the scene let Kevin release what he has been holding in ever since the first episode of this show. This was the catharsis of Kevin's character arc as he comes to terms with everything that's happened to him since the Sudden Departure and how he has caused his family to fracture. It's powerful and affecting television at its finest as we see Kevin come clean to Matt about everything that has been bothering him and it makes for wonderful television.
Next is the Wayne stuff which was also great. It was surprising to see the character die already as there was still a lot of mystery around him but we were given one heck of a death scene that closed out Wayne's story in a brilliantly vague fashion. To me there are 2 different stories possible for his character, depending on if he's real or a fraud. If he's real then the story is one about a man who had legitimate powers but nobody believed him or gave him anything for it and he was left so alone that he started to believe himself to be a fraud and wanted to grant Kevin's wish to try to see if he was actually real. On the other hand it could also be the story of a man so disillusioned that he convinced himself he was magical and it was only when he faced death that he started to realize he had no powers, but he refused to believe it an ultimately tried to convince himself he was real by "granting" Kevin's wish. The fascinating thing is that we may never have a concrete answer abut Wayne since he's now dead and we will just have to find our own answer.
Now finally we are onto the big climax of the episode in Mapleton. The scenes of chaos in Mapleton were stunning to watch as we were just as disoriented as Kevin while moving through the town, watching all of the uncontrollable destruction. It's tough to watch all the carnage and it's all eerily explained through Meg's brilliant "we made them remember". I was very happy to see a callback to "Pilot" with Lucy telling Kevin he was right about the people wanting to explode instead of moving on. It adds some more emotion to the scene with the town being in an uncontrollable rage and all the officials being unable to help or stop it in any way.
The scene where Kevin rescues Jill was also tremendous. It was brilliantly shot and I love the decision to remove the sound as we knew that all we would hear is Kevin shouting "Jill!" anyways. By amplifying the music it increased the immersion with the scene and also the emotion. A really superb sequence. And yet the stuff before and after the sequence was awesome as well. Laurie's first word in a year was tremendous as we understood how bad she would feel for being unable to protect Jill when she needed her. And with Kevin ultimately saving Jill and taking her away, it may be the perfect moment for Laurie to re-evaluate her life and save herself. Though, as Kevin makes clear with his look towards Laurie, returning to the family will not be possible and it seems Laurie will have to find solace in Tommy to move on with her life.
I was also really happy to here "Nothing Else Matters" played in this episode.
The Bad: There were a few small things that made this episode miss out on a really high score however.
It was very unclear how Wayne made it into the diner. It was explained on the radio that Wayne had just escaped a shootout with ATFEC agents, but I think that is a major detail that should have been incorporated better. I also don't see how Wayne could have made it into the bathroom without anyone noticing, which is pretty flawed.
This episode was even more depressing than any before despite the hopeful ending. There's a fine line between depressing television and powerful television and this episode toed the line a few times too many for my liking, which took away from my enjoyment.
The Unknown: A few questions from this finale.
Where do the characters go now? Who do they go to and how do they get on with their lives?
Does Wayne's baby have any powers due to being related to Wayne? Will they come into play next season? Will Wayne even play a role in later seasons?
What was Kevin's wish and did it come true? I believe his wish was to rebuild his family because he had just finished talking about the state of his family a minute earlier.
Will Tommy stay in Mapleton or will he leave? Will he stay with any other members of his family?
Best Moment: So many to choose from. I will go with Kevin's confession in the end. Honestly it's such a hard decision with this episode. Too many scenes were fantastic.
Character of the Episode: Kevin for finally baring his soul to Matt.
Conclusion: This was outstanding. There was plenty of emotion and The Leftovers couldn't have ended the season on a stronger note. I am more than excited for the next season.
Regarding the season as a whole, I think it had its ups and downs but it was overall very good. Definitely above average television and when the season was at its high points, it was must-watch. Really powerful season and I have faith that season 2 will fearlessly explore these dark themes in ways that are just as compelling.
Summary: Three years ago, on the day before the Departure the Garvey family is still together and happy. Kevin and Laurie begin to have issues. Kevin cheats on Laurie. Laurie is pregnant with a baby she isn't sure she wants to keep. Jill and Tommy are very close and having a great time at a science fair. Nora is struggling at trying to get a new job while also taking care of her family. The departure occurs and everyone's happiness is gone.
The Good: I have waited this whole season for an episode to make me care about all of these characters and the tragedy they are going through. And just when I think it isn't coming, I watched this episode, and holy hell did this episode satisfy my hopes. I care for the characters and their relationships and I am far more excited for the show now than I ever was before. This is how to do a flashback episode.
I was very happy that the show was smart enough to show us the Garvey family together and happy. It made me care more about wanting to see them reunite in the future. More than that though, it made me care about each individual member of the family by seeing them so happy in the past; now I want nothing more than to see these characters find happiness again, and with this show being what it is I'm not sure if it will happen but I sure as hell will hope.
Another touch about the Garvey family that I liked was that they were shown on the verge of falling apart with Kevin and Laurie's relationship starting to fracture. By showing us this, it makes it much more believable that the family would end up as broken as they are; they were hardly holding it together and the Sudden Departure was ultimately the driving force that split them apart.
I loved that there were some continuation of a plot thread from "Pilot" with the appearance of the deer. Back then I thought the deer was a confusing piece of symbolism, but now that I've seen more of the show I can understand what it represents: it represents Kevin. Kevin saving the deer symbolizes him choosing to save himself instead of others because he is trapped and confused, just like the deer. It's really superb use of symbolism that helps put us more into Kevin's head to understand that he's not happy with his life.
We also got some very important backstory on Laurie and a credible reason for her to join the GR. We see her relationships with Tommy and Jill which are very warm and loving and it makes us wonder why she would leave and join the GR. But then she has the fight scene with Kevin that would definitely hurt her, and then later that day she would watch her unborn child vanish from inside her. That tragedy makes her pain and her decision to leave her family more sensible and heartbreaking. It brings Laurie into a more sympathetic light for the viewers.
The Departure was used expertly in this episode. They told us the date early on and we realized the Sudden Departure would be coming eventually and that gave a layer of tension and suspense to the episode. It was one of the best uses of dramatic irony that I have ever seen. We see the happiness in the characters, something we don't see very often at all in this show, and we don't want it to end.. But it has to end, and it did in a beautifully constructed sequence showcasing the Sudden Departure (see: Best Moment).
It was great to see some appearances from Patti, Kevin Sr., Gladys and Mary before their lives were changed.
The Bad: I won't call anything in this episode bad. Though I do question why it took so long to show this episode. Surely it would have been better to show this earlier to make us care for the characters more throughout the last few episodes.
The Unknown: For once we got an episode filled with answers instead of questions! Though there are still a few things.
When Kevin was sitting outside and smoking, who as the person who asked if he was ready? What was she talking about? Also what was with the manhole explosion?
Best Moment: The moment of the Sudden Departure was spectacular. It was so beautifully shot and the use of music made it feel so emotional even though we knew what was coming. It hurt to see Nora look back at the table and see her family gone and it hurt even more to see the look on Laurie's face that confirmed our fears about what was going to happen to her baby. This was a stunningly good sequence that is one of the most affecting scenes on this show thus far. And on top of that it showed some strong messages. Jill and Tommy's is "even the best moments won't last forever", Kevin's is "a temporary pleasure won't help with your struggles" and both Laurie and Nora's is "don't take anything for granted". This scene had everything you could hope for from a scene in television and is a real master class of filmography.
Character of the Episode: Laurie for finally revealing some possible reasons for joining the GR and for becoming more sympathetic.
Conclusion: I've been asking for an episode like this, and when it finally happened it blew away my expectations. This was an enthralling hour with lots of emotion and storytelling that confirmed to me that this show is something special.
Summary: Nora goes to Kevin's house for dinner and Jill asks her about her gun, but finds that Nora doesn't have it. Jill finds Nora's gun in her house the next day. Jill and Aimee fight and Aimee leaves. Jill decides to join the GR. Patti is organizing a plan for the GR involving Loved Ones dolls for Memorial Day which is the next day. Meg lets her anger get the best of her and she attacks Matt. Kevin blacks out and wakes up with Patti tied up in a cabin; he abducted her. He is encouraged to kill her by the mystery man, Dean who is also there. Kevin frees Patti but she kills herself.
The Good: This was the best of the non-character-focused episodes so far. There were several enjoyable and emotional scenes, though this episode was also probably the most confusing so far (see: The Unknown). But first I'll go through what I definitely liked.
I enjoyed most of the Jill storyline though I do have to put a lot of it in The Unknown. It was a good take on her depression and inability to actually be okay after all that has happened. And because of that she believes others can't be okay either, especially Nora who lost her family. That explains why she was so focused on the gun since it symbolized the fact that Nora wasn't okay. Jill finding the gun was a powerful moment for her since it confirmed to her that everyone is still in pain but are moving on, hence why Nora has hidden the gun away. Jill has fallen far into her depression and by the end of the episode she is walking into the GR's doors and coming face to face with her mom. This is a great development and definitely sets the show up for something big.
I really liked the Guilty Remnant in this episode because we learned a ton about them. Patti's speech to Kevin was powerful and exposed exactly what the GR are: the villains who like Jill, can't seem to move on with their lives so they don't let anyone else move on. This episode's strongest element is how it subtly showed how somebody (in this case Jill) would make the decision to join the GR, proving that in the end they are essentially just a bunch of selfish teenagers who want attention because they can't face their problems. It's a genuinely sad take on this group of people, but also one that feels incredibly real and incorporates the idea that moving on from a tragedy is an extremely difficult task.
I also really liked Meg's anger in her few scenes. She doesn't fit in with the others because while the others are melancholy and depressed, Meg is bitter and angry and wants the people around her to suffer. She is quickly becoming a very dangerous individual and it's only a matter of time before she does something crazy.
Speaking of crazy, Kevin is forced to come to terms with his declining mental state in this episode which made for good television. We get a truckload of answers about what has been happening with the blackouts, where the white shirts went and why Kevin brought home a dog. It makes sense and really implies that Kevin is losing it and can't keep himself sane anymore. He has a great scene when he finds the shirts where he has to come to terms with what he has done and what it means for him.
Lastly, I really liked the conflict between Kevin and Patti. Kevin was ready to let everything go in the past, but Patti wasn't and was hell-bent on making Kevin understand that his attachments to life are driving him insane in an attempt to drive the GR's beliefs onto him. She talked a lot and it was really interesting to attempt to read the meaning behind her words and how they affected Kevin. I interpreted that Patti tried to make Kevin understand that attachments to life are driving him insane, but it's entirely possible that another person interpreted the scene as something else entirely.
The Bad: This episode won't work for everybody. Majority of this episode provides big scenes that can be open for interpretation depending on how you read each scene. There is no real answer to what the characters were doing. If you were wanting a more straightforward and easy-to-follow story, this type of instalment will be very unsatisfying.
I didn't like Patti's suicide at the end. it was painfully vague and a major scene like that needed to provide a proper reason for why Patti would do what she did. Was it the same thing like with Gladys? So she could be remembered? I'm genuinely unsure why she did it.
Jill and Aimee's split wasn't emotional because I really didn't care about their relationship at all. At least the scene helped with the examination of Jill's character and her depression.
The Unknown: Why did Jill do a lot of what she did? A lot of scenes in her storyline were tough to read. It took a lot of thinking for me to get an answer for her obsession with Nora's gun and decision to join the GR. But why did she free the dog or accuse Aimee of fooling around with her dad? And why did she say that she was fine? So many aspects of this episode were confusing and strange.
How did Kevin interpret what Patti was saying? That was another scene I had to think about before I understood some of it. Did Kevin understand what Patti was telling him? Why did Patti kill herself? What will the consequences of her death be?
What is the GR going to do on Memorial Day? I think they will use the stolen photos of departed people and dress up Loved Ones dolls according to what they were wearing and putting them in the homes of those who lost them. How did they get enough money to buy the dolls? How will the town react when they do this?
What else has Kevin done in the forest? He had a bucket and several pairs of boots so clearly he's up to something else too. Is this related to Kevin Sr.'s craziness in any way?
Best Moment: Tough to say. I'll go with Patti explaining the purpose of the GR since it gave a lot to think about and provided some answers on one of the show's most mysterious parts.
Character of the Episode: Jill for her struggle with depression which provided some compelling television.
Conclusion: As I've said before, The Leftovers is fascinating. This episode is more proof of that. It had good moments, but was quite literally unlike anything I have seen on television because of how ridiculously vague and open-ended it was. This is a really tough episode to score because of that, though I can safely say that it was the best of the non-Jamison sibling episodes so far.
Summary: Kevin Sr. escapes from his psych ward and runs into Jill. Jill tells Kevin who goes hunting for his father. Kevin Sr. gets Matt to arrange a meeting with his son where Kevin Sr. tries to convince Kevin that he's not crazy and that Kevin needs to help him. Kevin refuses and puts Kevin Sr. back into the psych ward. After receiving a phone call from Wayne, Tommy discovers that he's not the only guy who has to take care of an Asian woman who is pregnant with Wayne's child. He destroys Wayne's phone and returns to Christine, only to find that she's given birth to a girl.
The Good: After the superb "Guest", the quality dipped this episode as expected. But pleasingly, this was the best of the episodes that centre around several storylines. It had more of a purpose to it and didn't just produce a bunch of vague dialogue and attempted emotional scenes. There was a dedicated A-plot and B-plot which were given the right amount of time to make an impact and provide some decent, if unspectacular, television.
I liked Kevin Sr.'s return. He was a proper character in this episode and was given chances to shine in his scenes with Kevin and Jill. He felt real and I did understand where he was coming from with his crazy claims and attempts to get the book. Without going into if Kevin Sr. is crazy or not (see: The Unknown), I thought that he still had enough character to make me care at least a little about him and the relationship he has with his family.
Justin Theroux did a good job portraying Kevin's struggle in this episode as well. With the mysterious dream (see: The Unknown) and his quest to find his father affecting him, Kevin was under a lot of pressure and Justin Theroux showed that very well in every scene he was in.
I was also happy with Kevin's relationship with Nora. They are still careful around each other and a little awkward, but they can talk to each other which is definitely something the two of them need. And after this episode we can see that Kevin needs this a lot more than he may have expected.
The few small scenes we had with Laurie were good. It was consistent to see her moving on from Kevin. I also really liked seeing Nora hose down the GR members. They really do deserve it.
I enjoyed the Tommy story a lot for once. Though it is yet to have an emotional moment, the impact of Wayne on these characters was enjoying to watch in this episode. It was quite surprising to see that Tommy wasn't the only man who has to take care of a pregnant girl and told u a lot about Wayne. Though I'm still unsure about Wayne's superpowers, it is made clear that he is not a good person after what we see. He has used all these women and doesn't care enough about them to even see them and talk to them. This explains Tommy's phone call from earlier in the episode when Wayne didn't know who he was. At first I thought Wayne may be going a little crazy, but it's far more likely that he was just trying to remember which person he was calling since he clearly has many.
The Bad: I still hate the teenagers in this show. The refrigerator scene was idiotic in the same way all of the other scenes were so I guess at least it's consistent. It still annoys me to see that though. And did we really need that random butt shot? Also, Aimee is still annoying to me and I can't be bothered to care about her, so her relationship with Kevin does absolutely nothing for me.
Episodes like these still can't seem to engage me in the way "Two Boats and a Helicopter" and "Guest" did. Now that we have been introduced to most characters, I'm a little worried that this level of quality may be par for the course, with the show being unable to hit the highs that it already reached. I do hope I'm wrong though.
The Unknown: Lots of things to put in here again.
What was Kevin's dream? What is its significance?
We have confirmation that Kevin is blacking out and doing things at night. Why is he blacking out? What is he doing at night?
Why did Kevin get the dog? And what is it meant to symbolize? Is it supposed to represent the angry side of Kevin?
Tommy and Kevin had an unusual amount of connections in this episode. They both wounded their hands, had some experience at a mailbox and broke cell phones. Is this supposed to mean something or am I overthinking?
What is with Aimee? Does she just live at Kevin's because that's what is implied?
How many other girls does Wayne have? Why was he calling Tommy the second time?
Is Kevin Sr. actually sane and is hearing some guidance or is he crazy? This show continues to do a great job of blending supernatural with the ordinary. Also what is the significance of the National Geographic? What did Kevin Sr. mean when he said to accept it? Or is it all nothing and he's just crazy.
Best Moment: The restaurant scene between the 2 Kevins was very good. Kevin Sr.'s acting was also great as he could be read as both legitimate and crazy at the same time depending on how you want to watch the scene. I was glad to see Kevin refuse his offer since Kevin most definitely wouldn't believe the story just like that. The end of that scene was very well done with Kevin restraining his father. The music score added plenty to it.
Character of the Episode: Kevin Sr. for being so curiously mysterious and giving us plenty to think about after this episode ended.
Conclusion: A good episode. This show remains fascinating, even if it's inconsistent with its quality and I continue to enjoy it. While this episode didn't provide anything spectacular, it is still an easy hour to enjoy.
Summary: Nora lives her life unable to move on from the departure of her family and is in pain. She divorces her husband and runs into Kevin who has also divorced Laurie. Nora goes to a conference in Manhattan and discovers somebody is impersonating her. After a lengthy process, she exposes the impersonator who says that the DSD is a fraud and is wrong. Nora goes to a bar where she meets a book writer who wrote a book about what is next. Nora accuses him of not being in pain loudly and draws the attention of an acolyte of Holy Wayne. Nora is taken to Wayne who takes her pain away with a hug. Back in Mapleton, Nora meets Kevin again who invites her to dinner.
The Good: This was a much stronger episode than the last 2. Like "Two Boats and a Helicopter", this episode revolves around a single character which gives it a similar impact to that episode though I don't think it reached the heights that "Two Boats" did. However that's not a fault in the episode as what we got was still excellent storytelling.
I'll start at the beginning with that opening sequence which was tremendous. Nora has been an almost mysterious person in the past few episodes since she appears but we don't know a whole ton about her. This opening sequence showed us the daily life of Nora in a couple minutes, providing all the necessary details and answering many of the questions we had about the character. The sequence shows us the pain she is in and how she goes about her life knowing that her family is gone. It's really well done and tells us everything we need to know about the character in quick time. And on top of that, this opening sequence mirrors the end of the episode really well which helps demonstrate how Nora has changed after this episode's events.
This leads me to the next thing I liked, which was the transformation Nora went through in the episode. It's not very often in a TV show that an episode focuses on a character changing as it goes on which made this a fairly unique viewing experience. The events throughout the episode made me buy that Nora would want to change which was very important to show prior to her big scene with Wayne (see: best Moment). The decision to let Wayne take her pain away was huge and thankfully the show understood that and made us understand how the pain Nora has been in has been destroying her. From the scene with Margaret in the bathroom to Nora getting a prostitute to shoot her, it was clear that Nora's life wasn't good and desperately needed change. And Carrie Coon's performance made me really buy into her suffering as well. After all that we saw prior to the Wayne scene, it was completely logical for Nora to decide to lose her pain.
One scene in particular that stood out to me in this episode was the bar scene with Patrick Johansson. Nora's pain going into that scene was understandable after listening to what her impersonator screamed at the world about the DSD and seeing this man talk about moving on and being happy like it was that simple really got on her nerves, which led to a really emotional scene with Nora practically forcing Patrick out of the bar with accusations that he's not in pain.
One of the strongest aspects of this episode was really Carrie Coon's performance as Nora. She brought the character to life in a fantastic way, showing her pain and attempts to continue with life with superb facial expressions and execution of her character's dialogue. And of course she absolutely killed it with her final scene with Wayne by letting everything out slowly in a single scene.
I was also really glad to see Matt calling to apologize, which he has apparently done several times. It made sense following what he said to Nora a few episodes ago and definitely kept his character as mostly likeable overall. I thought it was a great touch to have Nora save the message instead of deleting it; he is the only family she has left and she does still love him all the same.
There were some nice small scenes in this episode too. I was happy to see Kevin and Nora get drawn too each other. I'm interested to see what their relationship will bring to the show. I liked the whole "question 121" subplot as it was a good metaphor to help us determine the change in Nora.
The Bad: Nothing from this episode was bad. Though I do feel this is the place where I must clarify why I think this episode didn't reach the heights of "Two Boats and a Helicopter" despite having a similar format and a lot of emotional scenes. Personally, I think this episode didn't do as good of a job at making us empathize with Nora as we did with Matt. Matt's story let us personally feel his struggles and gave us his extremely tense quest to keep something he cares deeply about. Nora's story didn't quite do that. It showed us her struggles, but it didn't have the same stakes as that episode and didn't make me care as much. As I said before, this isn't anything against the episode itself; it's just stating that the structure was different and didn't make for as satisfying of an experience as "Two Boats".
The Unknown: Not that any questions this week for once.
The GR existing outside of Mapleton was confirmed in this episode. How big is the cult worldwide and what is their impact on the world as a whole?
Does Wayne actually have powers to take the pain of others? He knew a lot about Nora from just looking at her. If he s a fraud how would he know that? Or is he just masterful at reading people and using the placebo effect to take their pain away?
Best Moment: The Wayne scene was television at its very best. Wayne slowly described what was bothering Nora after meeting her and Carrie Coon delivered a spectacular acting performance as she emotes that Wayne is correct about everything he is saying. The patient delivery of Wayne's lines, Carrie Coon's phenomenal acting, the superb music score, and the intrigue of seeing Wayne at work all came together to make this what I think is the best scene The Leftovers has provided so far. Excellent stuff.
Character of the Episode: It has to be Nora. No doubt about it.
Conclusion: This was gripping and powerful stuff chronicling a major change in a character. It was excellent to watch and while it's not as well put together as "Two Boats and a Helicopter", it is still better than 90% of what is on TV. The Leftovers has returned to form in brilliant fashion after a couple weaker episodes.
Summary: A member of the GR, Gladys, is stoned to her death by unknown assailants. Kevin tries to help the GR but risks alienating the townspeople. He ultimately lets them go and decides to divorce Laurie. Laurie is distressed by Gladys' death and Patti has to talk to her 1 on 1 to reaffirm her faith.
The Good: The opening sequence was really well done. It was a shock to see Gladys stoned so suddenly and the scene itself was brutal, disgusting and depressing which is exactly what the show was going for. It started the episode on a really high note.
I liked the effect of Gladys' death on the GR. Laurie went into a full-on panic and had an attack, probably spurred on by the worry of her dying and leaving her family behind. I love the touch that while long-time member Laurie questions her beliefs after the stoning, the newbie Meg gets her beliefs reaffirmed and becomes entirely committed to the GR and finally dresses in white and stops speaking.
The highlight of the episode was easily Patti talking to Laurie (see: Best Moment). It raises some more questions about the GR (see: The Unknown), but it also adds some much needed humanity to Patti and clarity for what the GR stands for.
A scene that I really liked was Jill's reaction when Kevin arrived in her school. She assumes the worst and can't control her emotions, and when Kevin tells her everything is okay she shows that while she still cares about her mom, she is angry at her for leaving them. It was a good scene that shows the many emotions that loss puts you through.
Kevin deciding to divorce Laurie and give up on the GR was a logical next step for his story arc after this episode. His final scene was good, though I didn't connect as much as I think I was meant to (see: The Bad).
Matt saying "I say fuck too" was easily the funniest moment on this show.
The Bad: This show isn't clicking as well as it should be. There are plenty of scenes that I feel were made to draw an emotional response but they did nothing for me. I'm sure that the reason for this is because I don't care about ay of the characters individually with the exception of Matt. In the previous episodes we have been primed to care about the relationships between characters, but when a character's individual story arc is taking place I'm finding it hard to care because the show hasn't given us a reason to care about the character as a whole; instead we can only care about the character's relationships with others. This show desperately needs a flashback or more focused episodes like "Two Boats and a Helicopter" to make us care.
Kevin had an interesting story this week as he was tested to choose between the townspeople and the GR. On paper it's a good conflict, but I thought the execution was fairly sloppy. In almost every scene Kevin comes off as an asshole and is hard to like. The part where he stormed the Indian guys at the dry cleaners was a good example of this; it was just difficult to root for Kevin when he's literally threatening some businessmen. I understand that Kevin is going through a tough time with all the pressure he's under, but I need to see what he's like without that pressure so that I can actually sympathize with him.
The GR has the same issue too. It's hard to care about the characters because we don't know why they joined the GR. Laurie should be likeable but since we have no idea why she left her family (especially since she lost nobody close to her), we can't understand her decisions and what motivates her. This flaw is taking away from all of the scenes that Laurie is in.
What happened with the whole mystery man shooting dogs storyline? It's clear that the man does exist and isn't in Kevin's mind after this episode, but why was there no mention of the dog shootings? It feels like the entire storyline was just dropped which makes all the setup in "Penguin One, us Zero" feel rather pointless since the story has led absolutely nowhere. There seems to be a conflict between Kevin and the man but I have no clue what the conflict is about if not about the dogs and where it's going to lead to.
The Unknown: What is Patti and Laurie's relationship? Their conversation seems to hint that Laurie was Patti's therapist or possibly the other way around. Also who is Neil and what did Patti give him in the bag?
Why is Patti allowed to speak on some days? How do these "days off" work? The GR apparently make you not feel anything anymore. How does that work and how is it possible? Surely you can't lose all feelings, something still has to be there.
Why did the alarm never seem to work for Kevin?
What's with the green lights suddenly turning to red?
What happened to Kevin's white shirts? If they weren't at the dry cleaners, where are they?
Who is the mystery man and what is his motivation?
What was with the whole Killainey dispute? There were so many vague problems in Kevin's way that prevented him from keeping Gladys' body and we need an explanation for those. What was with Killainey's final phone call too? What did he plan to do to remove the GR?
Best Moment: Laurie and Patti's discussion in the restaurant was the best part. A lot was revealed about the GR which helps us understand them more. It's nice to get to know Patti more as she seems to be an important character, so we need to understand who she is and where she comes from.
Character of the Episode: Patti for speaking and giving us some much needed answers to our questions about the GR.
Conclusion: This was another disappointing episode but for different reasons than the previous one. This show wants to tell an emotional story but without making us care about the characters it is very tough to do that and we desperately need to be given a reason to care or this show risks being unable to hit any of the high points it hit in "Two Boats and a Helicopter" again.
Summary: The town's Baby Jesus doll goes missing and Kevin hunts for it. Jill and her friends stole it but they return it to Kevin. Laurie gives Kevin papers for a divorce. Christine is pregnant with Wayne's baby and Tommy is stuck protecting her for weeks without any contact with Wayne. The Guilty Remnant steals photos of departed family members from the homes of citizens of Mapleton.
The Good: Justin Theroux puts in a solid performance as Kevin. Though I had some issues with the storyline (see: the Bad), I thought that Kevin was enjoyable throughout.
I enjoyed parts of the Tommy story this time around, but the storyline as a whole still remains the weakest part of the show (see: The Bad). I enjoyed the scene with Tommy waiting for the bus and questioning his faith. It was logical for him to almost lose his faith after Wayne refused to call him and I'm glad that was examined since it added some emotion to his story, if only a little. I did like the phone call Tommy received, and Chris Zylka finally did something above average when he reacted to the call.
The best storyline in this episode was Laurie's. It started with the great divorce scene (see: Best Moment). One thing that I have grown to care about is the Kevin/Laurie relationship, mostly due to the brilliant acting of both characters. It was heart-wrenching to hear Meg read the divorce letter and Kevin's refusal to listen and to stand up to Laurie was as sad as anything on this show. While Jill's interruption felt a bit clichéd, her gift of the lighter was wonderful and created more emotional scenes for Laurie as she threw it down the gutter but ultimately went back to grab it; she's not ready to leave her family yet.
Kevin and Nora's scene was pretty nice as well. It's the first time we have seen them interact and they had a nice scene between two hurting people. It's good to check in with how Nora is doing after the bombshell Matt dropped on her in the previous episode.
The GR taking the pictures provided a good haunting visual.
The Bad: There were several things wrong with this episode that make it the weakest yet.
I'll start with my usual complaint: the Tommy story is still lacking. It still only seems to be providing mystery and action which doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the show. This episode also gave me another complaint in Christine. She was downright annoying throughout the episode and her telling Tommy it wasn't her fault and not letting go of that was very annoying and it made me really loathe her character. If I was Tommy I would have just left her. It's hard to understand why Tommy thinks she is important enough to protect and that ruins any chance of me sympathizing with him.
My next complaint is the Baby Jesus story. It's pretty dull to centre a story around a missing doll and that in turn made this episode far weaker and less engaging than the previous three. I never cared about the Baby Jesus like Kevin and I was honestly confused as to why it was focused on so much throughout the episode. I'm sure there is some symbolism with the Baby Jesus, but that isn't enough to justify using it as a major storyline for an entire episode.
I remain annoyed by this show's take on teenagers. Sure the brothers provided a couple of laughs but other than that the teenagers just seem stupid and unrealistic. The idea that they stole the Baby Jesus and tried to destroy it was even worse than the scenes from "Pilot" and made me groan out of the stupidity.
The GR stealing pictures was pretty haunting but it didn't feel like as big of a scene as I feel like it was intended to be. I just never emotionally connected to what was happening. There is also a plausibility issue. I can't buy that they didn't get caught by anybody when they went through the homes and it's ridiculous that Kevin wouldn't suspect that the other GR members were doing other things when he only found a handful of them near the school.
Aimee appears to have a crush on Kevin judging by her stares. I really don't care about that since her character has been totally bland so far.
The Unknown: Far fewer questions from this episode.
How did Christine appear in the naked guy's dream? Is something supernatural happening or is he just insane?
What's with the Loved Ones dolls? Apparently they can be ordered by those who lost someone to bury them, but what was the point of showing them in the Tommy story?
We also learn that Tommy is not Kevin's biological son and that he was abused as a kid which explains the scars on his back. What happened to his biological father? Where is he now?
Best Moment: I really liked the divorce scene. There was real emotion delivered from Kevin, and the scene overall helps examine the theme of loss which this show loves to explore. It was nice to use Meg to read Laurie's letter since it made the divorce seem all the more unfair for Kevin.
Character of the Episode: Nobody really stood out this week. I will give it to Tommy for finally doing something interesting in his storyline.
Conclusion: This was a lot weaker. It was always going to be tough to follow up "Two Boats and a Helicopter" but this was flat out disappointing. I expect a better quality than this.
Summary: Matt's church proceedings are bringing in less and less people and he's making enemies by exposing the wrongdoings of those who departed. His wife is in a catatonic state and now the bank is going to take away his church unless he brings them over $135,000 by the next day. Believing in faith and using signs from god, Matt acquires the required money and starts heading to the bank but he's knocked out after trying to help a member of the Guilty Remnant. When he wakes up he heads back to the bank but discovers that he was unconscious for a long while and has missed the deadline. The Guilty Remnant has bought out the church.
The Good: Wow, what an incredible episode! After some interesting but fairly ordinary opening episodes, The Leftovers went all in with an ambitious and powerful episode that delivered on just about every level.
I love the format of this episode. The Leftovers went full-on Lost with a character-centric episode and the focus given to Matt Jamison allowed for a complete story to be told with no interruptions or detours. By telling a simple story without cutting away, the episode kept my interest and had me completely gripped and engaged with Matt's story, hoping it would have a happy ending. This kind of immersion is so very rare in television, but this episode did it so effortlessly and had me totally suckered in after about 10 minutes and never lost me. That takes some real skill to pull off and I have never seen it done to such a degree before.
The biggest thing this episode does right is get us attached to Matt. he has only briefly appeared in previous episodes, so this episode had the tough task of making us grow attached to him and root for him while still telling an emotional story. And somehow this was pulled off just as easily as the immersion which is what really made this episode work so well. I cared for everything Matt was going through. I found myself feeling sad when his life was slowly revealed, I rooted for him when he attempted to get the money for his church, and I was angry at the GR after they bought out Matt's church. I don't mean to compare this show too much to Lost, but this episode did for Matt what "Walkabout" did for Locke and both of those episodes were what let me know that I was watching a truly special show.
Another thing that was executed so, so well was the use of tension. The story of the episode with Matt trying to save the church was so incredibly tense because we were given a deadline, a sense that Matt has to do something miraculous to achieve his goal. He had to go from 0 to 135,000 in one day and that very idea produced a heap of tension and excitement for the episode. And the writers were careful as well. They let us know in the first 20 to 30 minutes of the episode that the church is all that Matt has right now so they ensured that we not only knew that Matt wanted the church, but that we wanted him to keep the church as well. And then there was the excellent edge of your seat gambling scene which was just so gripping. It took full advantage of the rule of 3 (the third time is when the change happens) to make us wonder if Matt could actually succeed and get the money he needed. The smile on his face afterwards was shared by me and probably other viewers as we got the relief in knowing that Matt did it. But we knew he wasn't safe yet and the writers knew that we knew that. So they gave us a fake out that made us believe Matt was safe when he beat up the man trying to steal his money. He overcame that and it gave me the sense that he would actually succeed, but then the writers took his success away from him in an absolutely brutal matter.
The reveal that Matt had failed was absolutely heartbreaking. I had accepted the possibility that Matt may have slept for several days since that is a trick that is used very often, but it was still awful to see Matt go to the bank with such a hope that he would ultimately save his church only for the truth to be revealed at the end in a devastating matter: he was 2 days too late. And to make matters worth it was the GR that bought the church; the very same people that were indirectly responsible for Matt being knocked out. What a painful twist.
But all of this wouldn't have worked if Matt's character wasn't so compelling. We get his story told in pieces and the show smartly lets us, the audience, piece together his story from the little details that were given to us. It lets us understand him better and feel like we discovered him ourselves. And his story is sad. His wife's vegetative state was really disheartening to see (see: Best Moment) and it earned Matt a ton of sympathy from me. Matt's adherence to what he believes was also a fantastic element of his character and what made him so easy to like and to support. He has so many pains and struggles to deal with on a daily basis and yet he still admirably holds onto his faith.
Matt and Nora's scene was also well done for the most part (see: the Bad), but it wasn't as intricately put together as the rest of the episode. We get to see the extent of their relationship and also the conflicts that have arisen between them both after the Departure. Nora laying into Matt for holding onto the church and not moving on showed us how broken she is and how the loss of her family has really affected her. Despite her not agreeing with Matt who we now have a liking to, she still comes off as relatable because of what she has been through and it also lets us know that Matt isn't perfect as he asks her for her money which understandably isn't taken very well by Nora.
It was pretty sad to see Laurie hanging out behind Kevin's house at night. We saw the swing moving when Matt returned as well, so does Laurie go there every night? That does humanize her more and helps us relate to her as she can't seem to let go of her past like the other GR members.
Lastly I will highlight the performances in this episode which were great. Carrie Coon was outstanding in her single scene with Matt while Christopher Eccleston was incredible throughout the episode.
The Bad: there were a couple things I didn't like. For one, I didn't really buy into Matt telling Nora that were husband was having an affair. It was a powerful moment and Carrie Coon played Nora's reaction very well, but it seemed uncharacteristically cruel for Matt to say that to the sister that he loves.
I also wasn't a fan of Matt attacking and possibly killing the man outside the casino. That should have been treated like a bigger moment since a reverend just attacked and maybe killed a man but there are no repercussions to that scene. Perhaps from a storytelling perspective, Matt was knocked out and lost the church because he brutally attacked somebody, but I'm not sure about that since the tone of the episode doesn't suggest it.
The Unknown: Lots of questions once again.
Was there really a god helping Matt out with the casino? Or was it just dumb luck? One of the most fascinating aspects of this show so far has been the blurring of the line between supernatural and normal.
There were a lot of mentions of a judge in the episode. Apparently Matt started his anti-departures campaign with a judge according to Nora. Later in the episode, we see a flyer for Judge Roy Hader and we see Matt taking off the sign of a street which was named after him. Why did Matt start by going after Judge Hader? Did Judge Hader do something to Matt? He was departed though so I wonder what he could have done. Was it something when the Judge was still alive? Was the Judge the person in the car who disappeared and caused Mary's paralysis? And how does Kevin Sr.'s money factor into this?
Speaking of Kevin Sr.'s money, why did he give the money to Matt?
What was the purpose of Matt's dream? Why did Laurie appear? Were they having an affair at some point?
Why did the GR buy the church?
Best Moment: We are truly spoiled for choice. Matt comes home to see Mary, who is incapable of even talking. He says a pretty sad "hey sweetheart" and then proceeds to give her a baptism in the tub. The music swells up and we see Matt pulling up to sleep in a pitiful little cot next to Mary's bed. He bursts into tears and prays to the lord saying "help me" and just moments later he has an epiphany. This scene was extremely powerful and really made me feel sympathy for Matt.
Character of the Episode: Matt of course. There is no possible other choice.
Conclusion: What an episode. There were so many layers to this story that I didn't get to talk about and all of it was truly excellent. This engaged my emotions to the next level and delivered something truly special, something much better than the previous episodes we have seen.
Summary: While attempting to find the man shooting the dogs, Kevin faces with the idea that he's going crazy. Jill tails Nora Durst after she notices a gun in her purse. Holy Wayne's compound is attacked by the government and he is forced to go undercover. Tommy is tasked to protect Christine and has to disconnect from his life to do it. Laurie tries to help Meg join the Guilty Remnant.
The Good: This was a decent follow-up to the pilot.
I liked the focus on Kevin contemplating the idea that he's going crazy. Justin Theroux played his paranoid desperation so well and made me believe that he thinks he might be going crazy but refuses to face up to it. I really enjoyed the input from his fellow cops that suggest he's going crazy followed by Kevin putting his foot down and swearing he isn't crazy. However, things like the mystery man, the bagel, the dream and the truck in his driveway lead to make us believe that he's crazy. And yet at the end of the episode there are a few hints dropped that suggest maybe he isn't crazy. Things like Jill seeing the man and the bagel being discovered try to lead us to believe that he is still sane. This provides a good mystery to the episode and makes us think afterwards to try to figure out if Kevin is crazy or not.
I liked Kevin Sr., who at first seemed perfectly normal and caring, but quickly dissolved into craziness. The intriguing part is wondering if he is crazy or if he has been gifted. In a world where the Departure happened, anything is possible and I will be interested no matter which direction the story goes.
While on the topic of the Departure, I really like the impact it has on the story. It questions us if the more supernatural elements are possible or if it's just humans trying to make sense of the tragedy. An example of this is the scene when Nora questioned the old couple about their departed son. She asks a few government validated questions, and it's hard to guess if the government is actually onto something or if they are just asking questions with hopes that they will find a common ground somewhere.
I enjoyed seeing Meg get accustomed into the GR. We are learning more and more about how the GR functions in every episode and these week we learn how the new members are handled. Also through a wonderful "conversation" between Laurie and Meg (see: Best Moment) we begin to understand more about why someone would want to join the GR, which is good to humanize the organization.
I'm always happy to hear a reference to The Wire.
The Bad: This show has been fascinating thus far, but some of its storyline just aren't clicking too well.
For one, the Tommy story has been quite poor and unengaging. I haven't been given any reason to care about Tommy and his story only provides vague details and action which doesn't fit in very well with the show. Sure I have been enjoying Wayne and he genuinely intrigues me, but Tommy's character really doesn't and we are being told his feelings instead of being shown his feelings. That aspect makes this story weaker than the other storylines which always show rather than tell. I also wasn't very happy with Tommy killing a man with practically no emotion except for him screaming once inside the car.
I didn't really like Jill and her friends trailing Nora either. The storyline was pretty boring and didn't offer very much emotion like the Kevin and GR stories did.
The Unknown: A truckload of questions again.
Is Kevin going crazy? Does the mystery man even exist or has Kevin imagined him? How about his dream? What does that indicate?
Is Kevin Sr. crazy or has he received some divine insight after the Departure? What did he mean when he told Kevin that someone was sent to see him? Was it the mystery man? Or are we overthinking all of this and the mystery man is just some creepy guy and Kevin Sr. is actually crazy?
Why do the GR make people cut trees? Is it just to help them get their emotions and pain out of their system?
Is Wayne real or is he a hoax? Apparently he can hug people and take their pain away. Is that an actual power or is he just a master of the placebo effect?
Why does Nora carry around a gun? Why did she hug Matt, the man handing out the papers which claim that those who departed aren't heroes.
Best Moment: Laurie and Meg talking was excellent. Meg asks if Laurie remembers how it feels to care and Laurie responds by letting Meg know that she does after mentioning Kevin. Meg soon follows up by saying she doesn't want to feel pain anymore. This exchange is fascinating because it highlights what brings people to join the GR and how they still retain their humanity despite shutting out their emotions from the world.
Character of the Episode: Kevin stole the show with his story of trying to prove his sanity. Justin Theroux's performance was impressive.
Conclusion: The Leftovers has its ups and downs for sure, but you can't deny that it is a fascinating show full of intriguing mystery. This episode continued to explore the feelings of pain, grief and misery that no other show properly does and it remains enjoyable despite some pretty bland storylines.
Summary: Three years after The Sudden Departure, a day when 2% of the world's population mysteriously vanished, Kevin Garvey has estranged his family. His wife Laurie joined a cult called the Guilty Remnant who dress in white, don't speak and smoke. His son Tommy joined another cult which is led by one Holy Wayne who has mysterious powers. His daughter Jill still lives with him but is a very moody teenager. Kevin is a cop who tries to keep peace in the town, but the job is getting harder and harder as the Guilty Remnant provokes the townspeople. He also follows a mysterious man who is going around the town killing dogs.
The Good: I thought this was an effective pilot. The characters, setting, premise, story and conflict is developed a lot in just one episode and it leaves me curious to see more from this show.
My favourite aspect of the episode was the Garvey family dynamic. Unlike most shows which would probably focus on why the Departure happened and where the people went, this show appears to focus on those who are left behind. In this case, we examine a family which wasn't even affected by the Departure, but one that has fallen apart ever since it happened. It's a unique and original take on this kind of story and has so far made for some compelling television. After watching this episode, I care about the Garvey family.
This leads me to my next point, this show seems to utilize emotion a lot which is what makes it a very compelling show. Even in this pilot episode there were many scenes that engaged my emotions and made me feel something. Specifically the final few scenes with Kevin talking to Laurie (see: Best Moment), Kevin shooting the dogs and Jill looking at the destroyed family picture. It was powerful and sad stuff that left an impact.
Another scene that was really powerful was the park sequence. It opens up with a sad story from Nora Durst who lost her entire family in the Departure. The follow-up appearance from the GR (Guilty Remnant) was also effective in showing us what they have been doing that has riled up the population. The riot that followed was superbly shot and showed us some more powerful scenes with people finally exploding as Kevin predicted and Kevin beating down the people to keep the peace.
The music on this show is also superb. The scenes hit even harder than expected because the music that was being played helped get your emotions out by telling you how to feel while watching the show. This helped develop the tone of the show and let us know this wasn't going to be an easy show to watch (see: The Bad).
I enjoy the subtle storytelling in this episode that rewards viewers who put all of their focus on the show. The deer scenes, Jill grabbing the picture that Kevin destroyed, us learning about the GR, and more were all shown in a subtle way. It's wonderful to see this kind of storytelling as it rewards the dedicated viewers and lets us piece things together ourselves. This also helps us get more immersed in the world of the show, which makes for a better viewing experience overall. Though the vague storytelling may turn off casual viewers, for a critic like me this kind of storytelling gives me more of a reason to watch the show.
The Guilty Remnant has definitely gained my interest after this episode. It's interesting to examine a post-apocalyptic cult and this one seems to be different from any other one I've seen. Seeing "We are living reminders" written on the board where Laurie was brushing her teeth told us everything we needed to know about this group, and the rest of the episode gave us small details of how they work and also showed us their recruiting process as they seem to have earned a new recruit in Meg. Though we still don't know a whole lot about them (see: The Unknown), they have piqued my interest and I want to learn more about them.
The Bad: There are still a few things that need to be ironed out. For one, we don't know the characters well enough to truly care yet. This will probably be fixed later in the season, but just dumping all of these emotional scenes on us can only be so effective when we only know the bare minimum about all of the characters.
I wasn't a fan of the Tommy/Holy Wayne storyline. It had less emotion than the rest of the story and felt very disjointed when compared to the other storylines in the episode. It's a purely mystery storyline and I just don't know enough about the characters, story and conflict to really care about what is happening in that story. I'm interested to learn more about Wayne, but I don't care much about Tommy or Christine yet and I would much rather watch what is happening with Kevin, Laurie and Jill.
I didn't like this shows take on teenagers. It was basic and just showed them as brain-dead idiots which isn't an accurate reflection of what teenagers are. I understand that the world changed after the Departure, but it makes no sense for all teenagers to just go crazy in the way the show is showing them. I also didn't really like Jill's moaning friend Aimee.
A possible problem for this show is the tone. It doesn't bother me but it will most definitely bother some of the viewers. This show comes off as depressing, sad, and melancholy at all times which isn't everybody's cup of tea. As I said, I am fine with it, but it's easy to understand if somebody doesn't like the show for going all in on the feelings of pain, misery and loss.
The Unknown: So many unknowns from this episode. Damon Lindelof seems to be doing an even better job of mystery on this show than with Lost.
The big question of course is what happened with the Departure? Where did everyone go? Why were only those specific people taken away? What caused it? Who caused it? So many questions have risen up from it. However, we probably can't expect an answer for them. This show is about the people who are still here, and if they don't get an answer, then we shouldn't either.
One of the biggest question marks for me was the man shooting the dogs. Who is he? Why is he shooting the dogs? And what did he mean by saying "they're not our dogs?" Does it have something to do with the rumour that dogs went crazy after the Departure?
Why did Kevin start shooting the dogs at the end of the episode? Was it because of the deer? Speaking of the deer, what is with the deer? It seems to symbolize something but I'm not sure what. I hope to figure that out sometime soon.
What happened to Kevin's kitchen? Was it the deer? Or was it him? I ask this because judging by the editing, it seems that Kevin had blanked out for a long while and suddenly woke up at home. Why did that happen? Has he had issues of blanking out before? Is he going crazy like his father before him?
Who was Kevin's father? What happened to him? What was with the flashback of a man running through the city naked?
Who is Holy Wayne? How did he magically make that congressman not feel burdened anymore? How does he have magic powers? What did he mean by saying "the grace period is over?"
Why does Tommy have lash marks on his back? Was it from college or was it Wayne?
Who created the GR? Why do they not speak and smoke? Do they exist outside of Mapleton? Is Patti their leader? How did they pick her as a leader? As Kevin asked, where did they come from? Why did Laurie join them?
Best Moment: Kevin meeting Laurie near the end of the episode was powerful. It was a nice twist to reveal that Laurie didn't depart and that she just left the family. I assumed she departed after hearing the school coach talk to Jill about her mom leaving. It was a surprise to see she left the family and it was clearly not an easy move from her. Kevin yelling at her to come home was powerful and Amy Brenneman was superb at showing how she felt without saying even a single word. Very sad stuff.
Character of the Episode: Hard to pick in this first episode. I would say Kevin since we got to know him better than anyone else in this episode.
Conclusion: This was a brave and unusual pilot episode but I enjoyed it. There was lots of mystery, a powerful tone and mood that most shows don't explore, and a lot of emotion at play, aided by a superb soundtrack. Overall this was very good and definitely worth watching if the tone doesn't drive you away. I am very intrigued by this show and I am eager to see more.
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