Thursday, October 22, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Leftovers

The Leftovers: Season 2, Episode 3 “Off Ramp” (B)

More than anything, this show has managed to preserve its tone, showcasing utter devastation in a modern-day setting. I wasn’t sure whether Laurie would continue to be a part of this story, but it turns out that she is actually quite central, and that hearing her talk is well worth it since she’s got a lot to say. Running a support group for those brainwashed by the Guilty Remnant is an excellent vocation for her, and the fact that she’s writing a book gives this show a much more grounded feel than a lot of its events since writing and publishing is a literal and specific way of getting the world to know what’s going on even if they’re not local and experiencing it. Going after her stolen laptop and deliberately hitting two Guilty Remnant emissaries with her car on her way home was an intense journey, and then hearing the publishers trying to sensationalize her just broke her. What’s much more disconcerting, however, is what’s left of the Guilty Remnant, as Chris’ attempts to infiltrate and extract people were brought to a swift end by a whistleblower and he was forced to experience an odd yet humiliating and terrifying punishment from Meg, who has now surpassed her recruiter to attain Patti-level status. Chris definitely doesn’t have the charisma of Holy Wayne, but it’s so true that most of the people in that room could use something to believe in, and a simple life-altering hug may be just the remedy they need.

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