Thursday, November 19, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Leftovers

The Leftovers: Season 2, Episode 7 “A Most Powerful Adversary” (B+)

Did this show really just kill off its main character? It’s hard to be sure, but Michael arrived long enough after Kevin took the poison that him being resurrected seems unlikely, unless it was all part of Virgil’s plan to have his grandson come in, discover him dead, and act fast enough to save Kevin’s life. It would be a crazy thing if Kevin really did die and stay dead, and I’m not sure what I would make of that. As usual, what was most compelling about this hour was the way that lost time works. Kevin’s experience closely mirrors that of his father, and for him to find out from Michael that he shared the details about seeing Patti with Virgil once again stirred up the same disbelief that Kevin has expressed every time he realizes that he lives half of his life while he’s sleeping. I’m disappointed that Nora left, and I hope that, if Kevin’s still alive, she comes back, and if not, that she doesn’t blame herself for his suicide. Laurie showing up when Kevin was frantically searching for Nora was a shock, and I like just how honest she was with Kevin about what he’s currently going through and what’s real and what’s not. Jill was a standout of this episode, swearing her ass off in church and then reacting furiously to her mother’s arrival. Whether Kevin is still alive or not, his fingerprint coming back as a positive match will not be a good thing at all.

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