Friday, May 26, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Leftovers

The Leftovers: Season 3, Episode 6 “Certified” (B)

This show seems intent on spending the last of its hours devoted to on major character, looking earlier this season at Matt and Kevin Sr., and now it’s time for Laurie, one of the most complicated personalities on this show, to take center stage. I still contend that the Guilty Remnant was one of the most fascinating and disturbing aspects of this show, and the cult’s absence in this final season has been very felt. Opening with the flashback to her lack of interest in a session that resulted in her donning the white clothing was powerful, as was Nora’s angry reference to her actions while she was part of that cult, but I still feel that this show used to be much more focused, taking its plot points somewhere devastating and immensely powerful. Ending with Laurie ready to scuba dive to her death as she got a call from Jill was thought-provoking but didn’t do enough to address the other things that we learned in this hour, like Kevin’s willingness to be killed and John’s belief that Evie is still alive somewhere. It’s very likely that this show will end the way it started, with some experiencing what they believe to be a cathartic experience that only serves to defend everything that they’ve theorized and others left behind with no more knowledge as to what’s going on in their world. With just two episodes left, I’d like to zoom out a bit more and see what’s going on with everyone as the seventh anniversary approaches.

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