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Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 5 'Gladys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2014 11:00 PM
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Ann Dowd and Amy Brenneman in "The Leftovers"
Loyalty is a bond that can be stronger than blood ties, but creating that connection requires a careful balance of trust and vulnerability to show that you can be both sensitive and stoic to the needs of someone else. But loyalty can also be dangerous, and that becomes clear in "The Leftovers' " fifth episode "Gladys," where we witness in rather chilling fashion how and why the Guilty Remnant stay so devoted to their cause even in the wake of horrific acts.

Recap: 'The Leftovers' Season 1, Episode 4 'B.J. And The A.C.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
"There is no family," Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) mysteriously and somewhat gravely writes on her notepad, and it's a theme that will come to bear in "B.J. And The A.C." Christmas has arrived in Mapleton, and all police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) wants is a little bit of peace for the holiday. And so he has reached out to Patti and the GRs to ask for a simple favour. There is a Christmas dance coming up, a fundraiser for the new library, and he would appreciate it if the GRs kept their distance. But his request comes with a threat — if they do show up, and things turn ugly, he won't step in to protect them like he has in the past. Levin's enigmatic is answer is the aforementioned quote, leaving Kevin to counter in exasperation, "What the fuck does that mean?" And the town will soon find out.

Recap: ‘The Leftovers,’ Season 1, Episode 3, ‘Two Boats And A Helicopter’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
With just two episodes so far, Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” has already laid out a strong handful of mysteries, the central one being what exactly happened on October 14th that caused 2% of the world’s population to vanish. But as Lindelof has been stressing since even the show first aired, that instigating event is not the hook of the series. “If that’s why you’re watching the show, don’t watch the show,” Lindelof recently said. And as I’ve stressed over the past two recaps, “The Leftovers” is about the characters and consequences, and no better is this exemplified than in this week’s “Two Boats And A Helicopter,” which rewardingly breaks the format.

“Don’t Watch The Show” For Big Reveal About Mystery Rapture In 'The Leftovers' Says Damon Lindelof

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2014 4:14 PM
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The Leftovers
Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta (whose book serves as the source material) are behind this supernatural drama, one in which a mysterious, Rapture-like event has made 2% of the world's population disappear. And the show's central question isn't necessarily what happened, but as we've noted in our recaps, how it affects the characters three years on. And Lindelof has some advice to those perhaps waiting for the big answer.

Recap: ‘The Leftovers,’ Season 1, Episode 2, ‘Penguin One, Us Zero’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2014 11:00 PM
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The Leftovers
If the pilot for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s “The Leftovers” established the landscape of the show — one where semi-supernatural phenomenon bump up against personal drama — the second episode, “Penguins One, Us Zero,” makes a smart play and narrows the focus. Unlike “Lost” which forever expanded the question marks around the central mystery, Lindelof pivots much more wisely here to the repercussions on his characters. For now, “The Leftovers” is less concerned with what happened and why, and instead on how it has altered the people still dealing with the loss and grief three years later.

Interview: Composer Max Richter Talks Scoring HBO's 'The Leftovers,' Writing For Television & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 1:41 PM
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Max Richter
If there is one defining characteristic about composer Max Richter, is that he refuses to stay within any preconceived boundaries. Classically trained at Edinburgh University and finishing his studies under the tutelage of avant-garde composer Luciano Berio in Florence, from there Richter’s career went in a variety of directions. He did traditional compositional work, collaborated with acts as varied as The Future Sound Of London, Roni Size and Vashti Bunyan, and issued his own complex and acclaimed solo work.

Recap: 'The Leftovers,' Season 1, Episode 1, Teasingly Sets The Stage For A Fascinating Supernatural Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2014 11:15 PM
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The Leftovers
“There might be a lot of noise around the show, and people might love the pilot, but it might completely and totally sputter and burn out,” Damon Lindeolf told New York Times Magazine about “The Leftovers.” “We have not written a script or produced an episode yet where I go: ‘Booyah! That’s what I’m talking about!’ They’ve all been a gargantuan struggle.” And indeed, the first episode of HBO’s latest hopeful, won’t make anyone exclaim in excitement. Running 75 minutes long, much of the pilot is mere placesetting, establishing the scope and world the show will take place in, and the characters that will be our conduit into something that, at least from the outset, will be drawing comparisons to “Lost.”

Watch: New Spot For HBO's 'The Leftovers' Delivers A Sermon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 9:04 AM
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The Leftovers
Did creator/writer/producer of HBO's "The Leftovers" learn anything from the finale "Lost," that disappointed legions of fans who felt they were hoodwinked by a show that set up a mystery that it couldn't solve? According to an extensive profile in The New York Times, he has. But that said, he still loves a good whodunnit. “There are people who are comfortable with mystery,” Damon Lindelof said. “And there are people who are uncomfortable with mystery. I’m very comfortable with mystery; I think most of the people in [the writer's] room are comfortable with mystery.”

Watch: New Trailer For HBO's 'The Leftovers' Is Trying To Provoke You

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 9, 2014 9:19 AM
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Still licking his wounds from the controversial finale of "Lost" four years later, writer/producer Damon Lindelof will have something to prove with his upcoming HBO series "The Leftovers." And he's already letting folks know he's changed his approach to storytelling.

Watch: New Full-Length Trailer For 'The Leftovers' Brings The Pain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 9:17 AM
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The Leftovers
Oh, goddamn it, Damon Lindelof, despite our better instincts, now we're going to have to watch this thing. Yes, the creator/producer of "Lost" is back with another show brimming with promise and potential, and despite how that ABC series ended (i.e. horribly) we're going to grudgingly sit down this summer on the couch and (grudgingly) watch his latest, "The Leftovers." And yes, that's because this new trailer is pretty great.

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